Today we’re back with the second part of our Countdown to 2042 episode with George Clinton. Clinton breaks down how his music’s ability to attract both black and white listeners helped them to define a new sound. Clinton talks about funk’s connection to hip-hop and how being open to new things has allowed him to recognize new sounds and make connections with new generations of talent. Learn how he’s stayed relevant for so long and see all the different talents he’s worked with over the years in our new clip. Read More
We told you we had an interview with a legend coming soon, so here we are. We like to talk diversity here, and who better to talk about diversity with, than the grandmaster of funk George Clinton? In part 1 of our interview with George Clinton, he reveals how a simple name change was a key factor in creating a new sound. Read More
As promised, here is the newest installment of our original series “Countdown to 2042″. This time featuring hip-hop artist Speak! We caught up with him at Paid Dues recently and heard him weigh in on diversity, intermingling and how he fits into the hip-hop landscape being Jewish and Mexican.
When you think of the first Japanese Americans you probably have a specific idea and it’s probably a far cry from the truth. Early immigrants from Japan had some of the first multi-ethnic families in the U.S. and because of that lineage, Japanese Americans are on the cusp of becoming majority mixed. What does this mean? We take a first hand look. Read More
It’s not a new concept for brands to use celebrities as the faces of their products to attract more consumers, but recently more brands are allowing these celebrities to become the face and brains of their companies. Read More
Gillian Sherif is a senior at UC Berkeley, studying English with a focus on contemporary literature, poetry, and mixed race studies. She is currently writing an honors thesis that analyzes the performance of marginalized racial identities in spoken word and their influence on individual and societal constructs of race. Hit the jump to read her understanding of race as well as see the very poems she is referencing in her thesis.
For our readers that have been wondering what the name MMXLII is, it’s the roman numerals for 2042. In the year 2042, via the U.S. census, America will no longer have a single ethnic majority. We explore that landmark date with different leaders in their respective fields. Today we start with Baratunde Thurston the author of “How To Be Black”. Baratunde is also the founder of Cultivated Wit. Hit the jump to get a great insight from our friend. Read More
Our guest correspondent Joel Wacks is back with another intriguing article as he takes time to reflect on his personal life. As a person of mixed race there is a common question he seems to always be asked, and for one reason or another…it doesn’t sit too well. Hit the jump and take a look at his opinion and see what many other people of mixed race have to deal with constantly. Take a walk in their shoes so you can think about how that question may come across for some people. And if you are of mixed race, this is probably a story you can relate to. Read More
Beyoncé was just picked as the sexiest woman of the 21st Century by GQ Magazine. Is America starting to move away from the stick thin to a more curvaceous look or is this just the current trend? Read More