Darlene Donloe interviews Svenya Nimmons, the author of this riveting book

I am so looking forward to being back in the saddle this Sunday for Sunday Morning Live.  Truth be told, I really enjoyed the last two Sundays watching Jaaye Person-Lynn sit in for me as my world became a bit jiggly. And last Sunday EVERYBODY else in the household got involved so I cleaned up my room!  Jarim Person-Lynn made an excellent guest as a wealth coach. Kwaku and the sons did an excellent job.  If you haven’t heard the show, please click back and listen.

This show is about mixed living.  Oh heck, I don’t know what else to call it, and it may change 7 times before the show on Sunday. All I know is Darlene Donloe, our Entertainment Reporter, interviewed Svenya Nimmons, the author of “Just because I’m Mixed Doesn’t Mean I’m Confused,”  for this Sunday.  I thought “now would be as good a time as any to broach the subject for the show, since for whatever reason, I have many bi-racial friends and family around me.”  When I probe them with questions, some seem reluctant to share, but in this race-based society I find it fascinating the lifestyles of all the folks and their stations in life.

On Sunday Morning Live, I wanted a live panel so the members could talk to one another.  And we’ll have Jesse Raudales and Renee Cross Washington live as our panelists. (See their bios and photos below)

Are we being fair to mixed people?  What better term should I use?  I missed the memo, and am making things up as I go along.

Are families more mixed these days and is that helping sensitize us?  What sorts of things are we saying in earshot of mixed kids that may hurt their feelings?

What mixed things to family members of the mixed say to one another? I’ve got a doozy for that one.  I just got to change the names to protect the innocent.

So, I may be politically incorrect, saying things that are now challenged that were one accepted as fact.  We are truly living in different times, so why not educate each other on this phenomenon?  It should open up the dialogue.  One thing I know for certain, not one mixed person has chosen their mixed status, nor have they ever done anything to create their situation, so why do we blame them?  Let’s talk about it today on Sunday Morning Live.

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Just because I’m Mixed Doesn’t Mean I’m Confused

Author Svenya Nimmons

Svenya Nimmons, Author

Biracial teens have some of the highest rates of depression, substance abuse and suicide. The reasons for these striking numbers are based on the belief that these young adults suffer from a lack of understanding of their own identity. Coincidentally, there are limited amounts of resources that deal with the issues that have simply been ignored for those marked as “other.”

Svenya tells her story of being a mixed brown girl, growing up in the South with a Swedish name and a Southern accent. She shares her personal struggles with cultural identity, racism, depression, her health, and a learning disability. Throughout her guide, she advises on problem issues of biracial people while adding her own self discoveries that helped her to overcome it all.

Join her as she shows young adults how to take their uniqueness and turn it into greatness by using her basic life principles. Get the best explanation on how to care for biracial hair. Hear about those underlying issues that biracial people are commonly faced with as she exposes her hilarious tales of her pre-midlife identity crisis.

To order the book:  https://www.createspace.com/3491552

Her website:  http://www.SwirlPower.com

Jesse Raudales. Photo taken by Billy Miles http://www.jesseraudales.com

For your teen girls

Internationally acclaimed and Olympic artist Jesse Raudales, whose work is featured in museums, galleries, organizations, and homes of many celebrity collectors is the author of a book titled: If I had a Daughter. Jesse is multiracial: Aztec Indian/ Mexican/ Black. To order the book, which is $16.99 click this link: 


Rene Cross Washington's family

Renee Cross Washington with her daughter Erin and son Evan Photo by Leroy Hamilton

Rene Cross Washington is the premier graphic designer for Los Angeles.  She has designed everything from logos, to books, to corporate collateral materials, to indoor murals. Her father ‘s family is African American from Virginia, while her mother was white.

To contact the most creative graphic designer EVER, visit http://www.rcwgrafx.com/

Kofi Opantiri, African American and French Canadian

Kofi Opantiri is an equipment operator for the US Postal Service.  A graduate of Union College, Schenectady, NY, he grew up in  Lakers Ron Artest’s stomping grounds Queens Bridge Projects in New York.  He is an avid researcher and writer, and the father of three.  His future work is in development.

Paulette and her daughter-in-law Sabrina

Paulette Wooten-Abney brings it all together with her sage advice for blending the two families.  She is a Program Manager for Workforce Program in D.C., married and a proud grandmother of two bi-racial granddaughters 9 and 11.

Paulette's granddaughters

Don’t forget to vote Tuesday March 8!

Nicole Chase for School Board

Nicole Chase is running for Community College Board.  Check Out Her Video!

Vote for Nicole Michelle Chase,  Member of the Board of Trustees Seat No. 5

My vision is to improve and reinvigorate LACCD’s educational system, with a special emphasis on improving the quality of education with the goal of increasing the matriculation and completion rates of committed students attending LACCD. In addition to addressing student issues, I pledge to increase the level of accountability and transparency with LACCD’s budget and bond allocations. Taxpayers have the right to know if LACCD is being fiscally responsible.

Find out more at: http://www.nicolemchase.com

Annie Smith Announced the Need for Poets to Enter Black Writers on Tour Poetry Competition

She also announced her new product Annie’s Hairsox:

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Contact her at that number for both!



And don’t forget to see Ava DuVernay’s I Will Follow!

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Halle Berry’s Ex: Don’t Call My Baby Black!

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Halle Berry’s ex, Gabriel Aubry, “went nuts” whenever anyone would refer to their daughter as “black” … sources tell TMZ.

Sources connected with the former couple tell TMZ … whenever Gabriel would read a story about Nahla that referred to her as “black,” he would go off, insisting his baby was white. We’re told Gabriel would tell Halle and others they should demand a “retraction” when such references were made regarding his daughter.

As TMZ previously reported, sources tell us Gabriel has called Halle the “N” word — and one woman previously involved with him referred to him as a “borderline racist.”

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Biracial children’s identity problem

From: Gwo-Wei Pan

Double Blood

By Rebecca WalkerSummer 2008 |


Rebecca Walker is an author, editor, speaker, and teacher. Her first memoir, Black, White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self, is a national bestseller and winner of the Alex Awardfrom the American Library Association. Her latest memoir, Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence, is now available in paperback.




Exit polls for the 2010 midterm election showgeneration splits so dramatic in voting that there are literally two Americas–young and old– headed in radically different directions.


Is the endless, angry furor against “underage drinking” really founded in genuine concern for “saving teenagers’ lives”–or just scapegoating youths so adults don’t have to face our own problems with alcohol? We decided to put that question to a test, with a new study by YouthFacts published in the May 2010 Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. We found “overage drinking” represents as deadly a threat to teenagers as “underage drinking.” In fact, legal, over-21 adult drinking and driving represents the sixth leading cause of death to American teens nationwide–killing 4,300 and injuring 390,000 teens age 16-19 over the last decade–and the fifth leading cause of death to California teenagers.



The Silent Generation: are people born before 1946.

The Baby Boomers: are people born between 1946 and 1964.

Generation X: are people born between 1965 and 1989.

Generation Y: are people born between 1990 and now.
Why do we call the last one generation Y?

I did not know, but a cartoonist explains it eloquently below…

Learned something new today.

Makes sense to me!

The secret to happiness is a good
sense of humor and a bad memory.

Thank you! Thanks to all of my friends and listeners for helping to address this issue:  Thanks to Darlene Donloe for opening up the platform, thanks to Svenya Nimmons, Jesse Raudales.  Please support these self-published authors!  Thanks to dear friends Paulette Wooten-Abney, Kofi Opantiri and Rene Cross Washington and Nicole Chase all for being a part of today’s program.  I know many many more who are not comfortable speaking about their experiences, and I thank you to for your offline conversations and then thanks to those who called or joined us in the chat room.  And thanks again for Jaaye Person-Lynn for hosting in my absence! Have a great week everybody!  Be sure and leave a comment!