Big thanks to Karen of Reel Artsy (http://www.reelartsy.com) for bringing this article to my attention! The things discussed in it are some of what I find to be the most fascinating aspects of the biracial experience. As an only child I’m left to imagine what it would have been like to have a biracial sibling. Would he/she have been darker or lighter than me? What would that have been like? I always imagine that no matter the phenotype we’d be really close, but that wasn’t always the case for these Jones girls. Their story reminds me of Danzy Senna’s Caucasia, what with the darker sister living with the black father after the divorce and the lighter sister going with the white mother. Bel-Air to Brentwood is not so drastic a distance though as Boston to Brazil. Anyway, I really enjoyed the interview. It’s so honest, painfully so at times, and I really appreciate that.
My daughters have learned an invaluable lesson from being multiracial: You can’t let an exterior force define you; you have to define yourself. Each did that, in her own way. I’m so proud of them for that.- Quincy Jones