I just came across a bad review of Mulatto Diaries: The Movie on a blog  Here’s an excerpt…

Her film is called the Mulatto Diaries, and sadly…Tiffany rubbed me the wrong way. She, and a few of the other biracial folks she interviewed in her film, came across like she believes on some level that being black means being ghetto, stupid, uneducated, lazy,uncultured, not being able to speak correct English and not having class or manners.

I am shocked that one could come away from the film with this impression.  Yes, there are clips of me and the interviewees saying that at one time or another a black person/some black people have called us out for not being black enough. What does this mean if not that to some degree, which they find unsatisfactory, we do not ascribe to some stereotypical idea of being black?  I’d really like to know.  There is also a clip of me saying that for me the shame of this biracialness was heightened at the times when I was uncomfortable with my blackness.  That discomfort was shameful.  Not the blackness.

I think my point often is that I know firsthand that blackness indeed is not about donning the stereotypical garb of rap music and ebonics, but embracing the rich and difficult history that led to my being alive.  Here in this country.  Today.  Blessed with so much.  It is only because I am proud of my blackness and secure in my blackness, that I am able to say without shame and in a loud voice that I am also white.  I am proud of who I am and who I am is equal parts both.  It may seem like I go on and on about this.  To an extreme.  Beating a dead horse.  Protesting too much this one drop rule.  But I am trying to make up for hundreds of years of silence.  This silence which I believe has contributed somehow to these negative depictions of blackness and to some illusory idea of the grandeur of whiteness.  I may not always find the way to say exactly what I mean.  I do not know what I am doing.  I only know that I am doing.  I am doing with good intentions.  I am trying to free us all (black, white, mixed, whatever) from the boxes which I believe hold us back from reaching the great heights intended for us.


mixed roots report, day two

Even though I only got three hours of sleep, I couldn’t wait to get back to the festival Saturday morning.  For me, the day started with two workshops:  Mixed Race in Media Space: Tangible Ways to Voice Your Ideas and Concerns followed by Use It! Turning a Mixed Roots Experience into a Powerful Piece of Writing.  I got a lot out of both sessions.

Next was the Mixed in Hollywood panel discussion moderated by the wonderful Elliott Lewis author of Fade.  On the panel were Angel Nissel co-executive producer and writer for Scrubs/author of The Broke Diaries and Mixed,  and Karyn Parsons of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Sweet Blackberry Productions.  I filmed some of it and will have it on youtube pretty soon.


Another session of readings followed the panel discussion.  Unfortunately, I missed most of them (a girl’s got to eat), but really enjoyed what I did hear from Liberty Hultberg.

Readings were followed by screenings of In the Name of the Son, Parallel Adele, and….


The other films were great and it didn’t kill me to have to watch my big face in a semi-large group of people.  I liked listening to people watching it.  And, from what I can tell, they liked it! Phew!  There was a q&a afterwards, and seeing as I was the only director there, all of the questions were for me.  Thank God people had some questions to ask!  My mom filmed it and I intend to put that on youtube as well.  Pretty soon 🙂

My best friend from college, Sophina, (who was also my first biracial friend) came with some friends, as did my (step)sister Megan, and of course my mom was there and it was really just wonderful.


The event ended with Angela Nissel and Maria P.P. Root being award The Loving Prize for inspirational dedication to celebrating and illuminating the Mixed racial and cultural experience, followed by performances by the very talented Jordan Elgrably, Juliette Fairley, Kaypri, Jason Luckett, Lisa Marie Rollins, Jennifer Lisa Vest, Maija DiGiorgio, and Chris Williams.

Wow! What a line-up, what a weekend!  It all went by so quickly!  It was like a whole week of stuff packed into 2 days.  Heidi and Fanshen, I don’t know how you did it!  But I’m so grateful that you did!  Thank you for including me.


The weekend left me with lots of thoughts.  Some old, some new.  I’m still trying to process and incorporate and figure out what to do with it all.  But if I had to sum it up in one sentence, (today) it would be…

an idea whose time has come=stronger than all the armies

mixed roots, mixed roots, mixed roots!

sigh i can't wait for the weekend

Seriously!! I’m so excited for the festival ( I almost can’t stand it.  I haven’t been this excited for something in I don’t know how long.  It’s like I’m 5 and Christmas is on Friday!  The funny thing is that I have no expectations, other than to meet new friends and reconnect with old ones.  But I’m just so excited!  And a little nervous.  I am really NOT looking forward to seeing my face enlarged on the big screen.  Maybe I don’t have to actually watch it.  Here are the things I do have to do…

go run

There is only one more work out between me and the festival! Yes!

chanel cupcakes

Get new lipstick.  Cupcakes would be nice, but would cancel out the running so I’ll pass. Probably.

suitecasejpgsmallerPack.  Without Indy seeing me.  He’ll get upset and actually get into my suitcase so that I don’t forget to bring him.  I really wish that I could…


Explain to this face a million times where I’m going, why he can’t go, when I’ll be back, and what he’ll be doing while I’m gone.