Seeing Color


June 19, 2018

"You get a car! You get a car! You get a car! You get a car! Everybody gets a car!" 

It's one of the most iconic moments in daytime television. Picture it (or just YouTube it): First Oprah gives away 11 cars on her wildly successful talk show. Big deal, right? But the...

March 27, 2018

It’s incredible the influence our cultural lens can have on every aspect of our lives. I stand in a curious position: a biracial, multicultural kid raised by parents from two different minority cultures, living in yet a third culture; a culture with which few of my fam...

February 13, 2018

There are times when a movie makes me feel dirty and ashamed. But it’s not because of some explicit content. It’s because the real-life narrative revealed some wrong attitudes I held in the past.

Our family recently watched Loving. It centers on an interracial couple wh...

February 6, 2018

"One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team."-- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, six-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP)

When I was 13, my AAU basketball team from Colorado Springs, CO took a trip down to Santa Fe, New Mexico to play in a tourname...

January 5, 2018

“All the words; words of love, forgiveness, encouragement-- words of frustration, angry words - HABLARLOS, SPEAK THEM!” - Lila Downs

I was in a packed concert hall when I heard these words expressed with love from the mouth of world renowned singer, Lila Downs.

This sent...

December 26, 2017

I remember the first time I realized that Jesus, of Jewish descent, was actually born in Asia and had fled as a refugee to Africa. As a little girl I don’t remember even considering the color of Jesus’ skin. It wasn’t that I didn’t think that it mattered; it was that i...

October 17, 2017

Bobby Sox, Bobby Darin, Bubble Gum. Mack the Knife, full of life, having Fun. 1959. I had no idea what was on the horizon. Imagine the pure joy of my discovery of Erroll Louis Garner playing on the phonograph. At the time, I didn’t understand the jewel of jazz that I h...

September 12, 2017

 Photo of Edna Lewis

My mouth is beginning to water just thinking about all the great food that my mentor mom cooks when we get together at her house. Yes, pork chops and collard greens are probably my favorite thing that she dishes up. The conversation is rich and the...

August 8, 2017

It happened in junior high. Our class, half Hispanic and half Caucasian, one day realized that it meant something. There were suddenly differences that had never been apparent before. “So what is it? Are you Mexican or White?” And I knew immediately that I couldn’t tak...

June 6, 2017

What is it about the drum?  When my husband and I were first dating we would spend a majority of our dates walking and talking in downtown Madison, Wisconsin.  I think part of the reason we enjoyed this was we were able to observe the eclectic group of people wandering...

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Our hope is to inspire authentic love, celebration, and care for people--of all beautiful shades--that will guide us into a better world.