Choosing “Biracial”

On April 11, 2011, in Biracial, by Honeysmoke

Updated

I finally got my hands on a copy the May 2011 issue of Ebony, and I was a bit surprised. Ebony editors have dedicated 12 pages to the Mixed-Race in America special report.

When readers put down the magazine, they will know what it’s like to be biracial in America, how attitudes about interracial marriage are changing and why author Rebecca Walker thinks actress Halle Berry has “lost her mind” by referring to her daughter as black. There’s even a piece about the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival.

I am honored to be included in the package and for my words to be featured along side several authors. I wrote Choosing “Biracial,” an essay about raising biracial children, and a photo of the my family is in the magazine.

When I got the call, I knew the issue would be big. For decades, black publications have sidestepped this issue. Some have flat out ignored it. I once pitched an interracial story to a black women’s magazine and was flatly denied. “Our readers don’t want to read that,” the editor said.

I come from the school of newspapers, where reporters write about what readers want to know, should and don’t want to know. Ebony, which is headed by a biracial editor, is steering the magazine in a different direction, and I can’t wait to see what kind of splash it continues to make.

After the article has been out for a few weeks, we’ll talk about the issue more in-depth right here on Honeysmoke. Stay tuned!


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  • Jennifer Stimpson

    Just read your article in Ebony and loved it. As a Black woman married to a white man, I originally believed in the one drop rule about our three-year old daughter’s race. My husband also asked why she couldn’t be White. Well, our daughter put a stop to the argument with this statement: “Mommy you got chocolate on your face and I got yellow on my face like my daddy and my grandma.” I realized that we were raising her just as we planned, to decide her own identity and to not let labels dictate her life.

  • http://www.tipatipa.net Monique

    I will certainly purchase a copy of the magazine and read this article. Can’t wait to discuss it as well! I enjoyed reading Rebecca Walkers memoir. Haven’t heard of Heidi W. Durrow but off to look her up. Have you read Danzy Senna?

    • http://www.honeysmoke.com Honeysmoke

      Yes, I’ve read Danzy Senna, but need to pick up Caucasia.

  • http://www.dailylifeofme2.blogspot.com Keya

    Can’t wait to read it, and hear your response.

  • Keshia

    Why should a child be asked whether she/he is biracial or not?I think it is just ignorant for someone to ask that question.

  • http://homegrownmosaic.blogspot.com Yvonne

    Oh, I can’t wait to get this issue. I’m also a huge fan of Heidi W. Durrow and can’t wait to hear all of your perspectives on multiracial America. I’m sure this will become an explosive topic, but one that needs to be thoroughly discussed.

    I’ll be sure to post this on my blog too!!

    • http://www.honeysmoke.com Honeysmoke

      Thanks for the cross post!

  • http://www.isthatyourchild.com Michelle

    That’s such exciting news!!!! I’ll be heading to my local news agent to grab a copy!

  • http://www.learningtoenjoytherain.blogspot.com Mrs. K

    Neat-o. I subscribe to Essence but I’ll definitely be picking up a c opy of Ebony this month

  • Cat M

    Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  • Blanc2

    Congrats on getting your picture into the magazine. The jury is still out as to whether Ebony will give the subject any sort of meangful attention, but it is at least significant that the subject appears in the magazine at all.

    • http://www.honeysmoke.com Honeysmoke

      I haven’t seen it yet, but as soon as I do I will post something. I think I’m in good company with authors Heidi W. Durrow and Rebecca Walker.