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!