“When I was Younger I Dreamed of Flying” CASEY VEGGIES [Countdown to 2042]

Incredibly, Casey Jones, better known by the hip hop moniker Casey Veggies, is only twenty years old. This may not strike some people as particularly noteworthy. There are, after all, plenty of twenty year olds in the world. However, there are far fewer twenty year olds who have been founding members of an internationally famous hip hop collective, started their own clothing line, or been co-signed by the likes of Mac Miller, Roc Nation, and music industry legend Sylvia Rhone. Casey Veggies has done all of these things. By the time he graduated high school, Casey had released multiple mixtapes, including his debut Customized Greatly Vol. 1 at the age of 14, founded the aptly named and highly successful clothing brand Peas & Carrots International, and helped found Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. Today, he is working on his debut studio album and continues to grow both the Peas & Carrots and Casey Veggies brands. We caught up with Casey at his Inglewood studio to talk about why diversity excites him, how he’s a dreamer, and why you should travel abroad.

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ADRIAN YOUNGE on being sampled twice on MCHG “It’s counter-intuitive” [Countdown to 2042]

In our MIXLY original series “Countdown to 2042” we sit down with experts in their field to hear their take on diversity and how we should prepare for 2042 – the year where the population will be at its most mixed, according to the US Census Bureau. Here Adrian Younge, a producer, arranger, composer, film editor & entertainment lawyer speaks on his music making process and how it resulted in him being sampled twice on Jay Z’s platinum selling album “Magna Carta Holy Grail”.

MIXLY PERSPECTIVE: White Privilege is Like Flying First Class

We’ve been hearing the phrase “white privilege” in the news a lot lately – in discussions revolving around everything from New York’s controversially-unconstitutional “Stop and Frisk” policy to Miley Cyrus’s possibly more controversial VMA performance. Though some of the conversations it’s surfaced in may seem trivial, white privilege is anything but. In fact, for an idea that’s become as ubiquitous as it is important, there are shockingly few explanations of what white privilege actually is out there. We thought we’d give it a shot with another analogy – “White Privilege is Like Flying First Class.”
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MIXLY Recommends: Ask A Slave

This new web series takes the form of a conventional Q & A, but the series itself is anything but conventional. A house slave working in George Washington’s Mount Vernon fields questions from an often surprisingly ignorant modern audience. The results aren’t just hilarious, they’re surprisingly informative – and not only about the past. Creator and star Azie Mira Dungey has based the series on real interactions she had with tourists “while portraying a slave character” at Mt. Vernon. The ignorance Lizzie Mae encounters isn’t just a relic of the past – it’s a reminder of how far we still have to go. There are just two episodes out so far, but we’re looking forward to more!
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Race is Like a High School Clique

Have you ever heard the argument that race is a social construction with no biological basis? Have you ever heard that argument and had no idea what it meant? Have you ever heard that idea and asked yourself, “What on Earth is a social construction?” Well, if so, you’re not unlike staff writer Joel, whose efforts to understand this important idea inspired the title of this post, “Race is Like a High School Clique.” Watch him break it all down in our latest MIXLY Perspective.
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Heidi Durrow on Being an Afro-Viking Writer [Countdown to 2042]

Heidi Durrow is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Girl Who Fell From the Sky. A mystery wrapped up in a coming-of-age story, Durrow’s novel tells the story of an 11-year old girl who, much like herself, is the daughter of a white Danish woman and a black GI. Like much of Durrow’s other writing, which includes contributions to the New York Times, NPR, and the Huffington Post, the novel deals with themes related to the mixed race experience. In addition to her writing, Durrow is the founder of the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival, as well as a co-host of the award-winning Mixed Chicks Chat podcast. We had the chance to chat with Heidi about why self-identifying as half white is important to her, how we’re all connected to the mixed experience, and what it means to be an Afro-Viking in our latest Countdown to 2042.
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MIXLY Perspective: F*ck Reverse Racism

We all agree that reverse racism, as a concept, is as whack as any other kind of racism. But what about “reverse racism” as a phrase? In our latest MIXLY Perspective, staff writer Joel breaks down why he hates the phrase almost as much as the thing itself.

“Persian is the New Black” Countdown to 2042 with Tehran SoParvaz

A year ago, Tehran “SoParvaz” Ghasri had just graduated from Georgetown Law in Washington D.C. Today, after less than a year in Los Angeles, he’s already hosting his own show at the famous Hollywood Laugh Factory – Monday night’s Comedy Bazaar. Tehran, of dual Persian and black ancestry, not only hosts but also curates the show, which features, according to the Laugh Factory, “a splash of Middle Eastern flavor.” We loved the show not just because it made us laugh, but for the way Tehran and his crew of “rock star, super stars” talked about race through humor. Between Comedy Bazaar, his show “I Love Tehran,” and his impressive academic credentials, we knew we had to get Tehran’s take on America’s increasing diversity and the impending date of 2042.

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MMXLII Perspective: Cracker, the History of a Slur

The word cracker, long understood to be a pejorative term for whites, has been in the news this summer, notably when its use and implications became an issue in the George Zimmerman trial. The word’s recent notoriety has raised interesting questions. Where did “cracker” come from? Does saying it make you a racist? And can it really be compared to other racial slurs used to refer to people of color? These are the questions we try to answer in our latest MMXLII Perspective.

“We Got a Lot of Heat”: Lil Debbie on White Girl Mob and Diversity in the Music Industry [Countdown to 2042]

Rapper and fashion designer Lil Debbie rose to fame as part of the Oakland-based White Girl Mob, starring alongside fellow white woman rappers Kreayshawn and V-Nasty in viral hits like “Gucci Gucci.” Since those days she’s struck out on her own and moved to Los Angeles. Since hooking up with controversial, eccentric rapper/entertainer/pop culture icon RiFF RaFF, Lil Debbie has created multiple million view hits, including “SQUiRT” and “2-Cups.” A new EP, “California’s Sweetheart,” is scheduled for Fall of 2013. We caught up with Lil Debbie at the Orange County Observatory to chat about the challenges of being a white woman rapper, the difference between the Bay and Los Angeles, and diversity in the music industry.
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