Please check out this great piece on the founding roots of marriage equality that I curated for Loving Day. Hippo Reads is a great resource to learn a lot about a topic very quickly. Read the article here. -Heidi Durrow
Thank you Cheerio’s for this heart-warming commercial celebrating families with mixed roots! Bravo! –Heidi Durrow
I’ve confessed already: I do love some reality TV shows. Now that The Bachelor season is done I’ve turned my attention to NBC’s Ready for Love–that features the wonderful Tracy McMillan, a mixed chick with an inspiring life story to tell. I had a chance to interview her when Jennifer Frappier asked Tracy to join us on our podcast after reading what has become the most viewed essay on the Huffington Post, “Why You’re Not Married,” a humorous piece that went viral. We were thrilled she said yes.
If you don’t know about Tracy, learn a little more from the podcast (episode 236) or this awesome New York Times profile that ran yesterday! And for those of you who are single, check out her recently released book: Why You’re Not Married. . . Yet.
Congrats Tracy on the great work! Any chance you’ll join us for the festival one year?–Heidi Durrow, Mixed Roots Executive Producer/Founder
If you’re in southern California, don’t miss this chance to hang out with the wonderful folks at MASC. This is from MASC’s newsletter:
“Join MASC for a FREE, private guided visit to the Skirball Cultural Center‘s special Noah’s Ark. A Noah’s Ark gallery educator will give our group an introduction to this wonderful and unique exhibition, its theme, mission, and message. The exhibit is completely hands-on, interactive, and perfect for children of all ages. We will have the exhibit to ourselves for an hour, then we have a room reserved for lunch. You can bring your own lunch or buy food at their cafe.
RSVP required by May 1st! Space is limited. For more information and to RSVP, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Priority will be given to MASC members. Not a member yet? Join or renew now.”
Help us spread the word about the Festival! We’re giving away t-shirts this week for folks who tweet or share this message: “Save the Dates 2013 #mixedroots” Three (3) winners will be picked at random. Leave a comment below to make sure that we know you’re helping to spread the Mixed Roots message!–Heidi Durrow
On this day in 1891, the amazingly talented writer (and fellow Afro-Viking) Nella Larsen was born. Thinking of her today and giving thanks for her work and her life. It changed my life that I was able to honor her by installing a headstone on her grave in 2006. I hope one day I’ll have the honor of seeing her novel Passing on the big screen (I co-wrote an adaptation). But I am so glad her memory lives on.–Heidi Durrow
So how’s it going Mixed Roots CampNanoWriMo writers? I will confess I am down on my word count but continue to plug away at it. The best bit of advice that’s keeping me going is from one of my favorite poets, William Stafford. He once said: “There is no such thing as writer’s block for writers whose standards are low enough.” I’m aiming really low, and I’m enjoying the work!–Heidi Durrow