ATR 49 – Teddy Zee interview – 11/27/2006 – Voicemail 206-203-3983 – addictedtorace@gmail.com

teddy zeeINTERVIEW WITH TEDDY ZEE
Carmen chats with movie producer Teddy Zee about the current state of representations of Asian-Americans in film and television. Zee is president of Ironpond, an entertainment company that bridges Hollywood and Asia. Previously, he was a top-level studio executive at Columbia and Paramount. He produced Hitch, Saving Face, The Pursuit of Happyness, and recently completed West 32nd.

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  • One year later, how has BET changed? Last fall, BET made a lot of noise about its new entertainment team, headed up by Reginald Hudlin who brought on Toure, Nelson George, and Selwyn Hinds. Now, one year later, Forbes checks in on their progress.
  • Please note: We’re actually going to discontinue Conscious Media Maker as of today. We didn’t think of this when we came up with the idea for the blog, but there is way too much overlap with Racialicious. So, this will be the last post. Also, we have another blog in mind that we’d like to launch, so it’ll free up some time for us to focus on that new project. :)

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  • Episode 48: Carmen interviews Daniel Golden, author of “The Price of Admission: How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges — and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates.” Golden reveals the elaborate system of legacy preferences and “development” cases that has created affirmative action for white wealthy students.

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a blog for parents who are committed to raising children with an anti-racist outlook

  • Columnist Intro – Amber: As a white woman, I was not raised to think about my race. I was supposed to be colorblind and not acknowledge that I noticed other people’s race.
  • Ask Anti-Racist Parent: book series featuring characters of color? So are there book series featuring characters of color for children out there, and I’m just not hearing about them? If so, what are they?
  • Columnist Intro – Margie: My first reaction, upon receiving an invitation to contribute to Anti-Racist Parent, was to ask who would want to listen to a middle-aged white woman talk about race. What could I possibly add to this dialog?

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  • Kanye West: mixed race women are “mutts” and exist solely for music videos: Kanye reportedly told the magazine, “If it wasn’t for race mixing, there’d be no video girls…Me and most of my friends like mutts a lot … Yeah, in the hood they call ‘em mutts.”
  • Kramer drops the n-bomb repeatedly in racist tirade: Michael Richards, who played Kramer on Seinfeld, went on a racist tirade on Friday at Los Angeles’s Laugh Factory after a black audience member heckled him.
  • Michael Richards on Letterman: “I’m not a racist”: The fact that Richards, when provoked by a black man, immediately reminded him that it wasn’t so long ago that he could have been lynched and made a public spectacle of, to me indicates that he is resentful of having to tolerate blacks being equal to him, and longs for the days when he could exercise his “god-given” superiority.
  • Of course Michael Richards would have rocked blackface: A clip from the 1986 movie “Whoops Apocalypse” has surfaced on the internet, featuring Michael Richards in full-on blackface, afro wig and attempting Ebonics.
  • White supremacy by any other name: Michael Richards and his ruined career are not the point here. The point is that if we’re ever to move beyond our current racial strife, we need to begin with enough intellectual honesty to acknowledge and understand America’s glaring legacy of white supremacy.

ATR 48 – Daniel Golden interview – 11/20/2006 – Voicemail 206-203-3983 – addictedtorace@gmail.com

INTERVIEW WITH DANIEL GOLDEN
Carmen interviews Daniel Golden, author of The Price of Admission: How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges — and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates. Here’s the book description:

Every spring thousands of middle-class and lower-income high-school seniors learn that they have been rejected by America’s most exclusive colleges. What they may never learn is how many candidates like themselves have been passed over in favor of wealthy white students with lesser credentials—children of alumni, big donors, or celebrities.

price of admission daniel goldenIn this explosive book, the Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Daniel Golden argues that America, the so-called land of opportunity, is rapidly becoming an aristocracy in which America’s richest families receive special access to elite higher education—enabling them to give their children even more of a head start. Based on two years of investigative reporting and hundreds of interviews with students, parents, school administrators, and admissions personnel—some of whom risked their jobs to speak to the author—The Price of Admission exposes the corrupt admissions practices that favor the wealthy, the powerful, and the famous.

In The Price of Admission, Golden names names, along with grades and test scores. He reveals how the sons of former vice president Al Gore, one-time Hollywood power broker Michael Ovitz, and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist leapt ahead of more deserving applicants at Harvard, Brown, and Princeton. He explores favoritism at the Ivy Leagues, Duke, the University of Virginia, and Notre Dame, among other institutions. He reveals that colleges hold Asian American students to a higher standard than whites; comply with Title IX by giving scholarships to rich women in “patrician sports” like horseback riding, squash, and crew; and repay congressmen for favors by admitting their children. He also reveals that Harvard maintains a “Z-list” for well-connected but underqualified students, who are quietly admitted on the condition that they wait a year to enroll.

The Price of Admission explodes the myth of an American meritocracy—the belief that no matter what your background, if you are smart and diligent enough, you will have access to the nation’s most elite universities. It is must reading not only for parents and students with a personal stake in college admissions, but also for those disturbed by the growing divide between ordinary and privileged Americans.

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  • Today’s WTF moment, brought to you by The New York Post: Check out today’s lead story in the Post, ‘Guinea Pig’ Kids Stir Furor: City Allows Racial Studies In Schools. And what are these evil, evil, “racial studies?”…Oh the moral outrage! How dare these researchers investigate racial discrimination and harrassment in our public school system?
  • Latinos: codependent, not punctual, fatalist and macho: Wow, so this is what multicultural marketers do, huh? Reduce an entire population into a stereotype?
  • Ed Bradley’s legacy: If you believe…: The students didn’t know much about what made the man special at the beginning of the class, but by the time they heard him talk about journalism ethics, saw some of his best work, and heard from people who had known him from the earliest days of his career, they understood why he was so worthy of study.

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  • Sorry, there was no new episode this week, but we’ll be back on Monday!

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  • It’s been a quiet week at ARP, but we’ll be back to normal next week. In the meantime, check out our gallery of gratuitous cute kid pics from anti-racist parents Meera, Terri, Jensboys and Ryan!

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Race Changers
a community of people working towards an anti-racist future, one week at a time

Conscious Media Maker
a blog for entertainment, media, advertising and public relations professionals who are committed to bringing about more realistic, three-dimensional representations of people of color

  • Budweiser: Bringing you smug white superiority since 1934: This is an old Budweiser ad from 1934. The white man smirks at the camera, bending over slightly to supervise as his black manservant serves up some Bud and cold cuts for the guests.
  • Double standard at The New York Times? Talented culture writer Lola Ogunnaike was suspended after appearing on “The View” even though other Times reporters appear regularly on television. Funny – her colleague Maureen Dowd…wrote the Rolling Stone cover story this month on Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
  • OfficeMax bring sexy back? Uh… what does a naked, tattooed Asian woman have to do with office supplies? Anyone?
  • Magazine mania: Recently I’ve added some new titles to my Can’t-Let-Go collection. With the appearance of some newer magazines geared toward an Asian-Pacific-American audience, I find myself lingering for longer periods around the magazine racks at bookstores and newsstands.

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  • Gratuitous cute kid pic: This is Alex, the daughter of ARP’s very own columnist, Karen Walrond. As you can see, Alex is dressed up for Halloween.

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a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture

  • The story behind “Flags of our Fathers”: Ira Hayes was a Pima Indian from Arizona who joined the Marine Corps shortly after the start of World War II. He was hungry and needed money, and not least, he wanted to bring honor to his tribe.
  • It’s bigger than hip hop: If we’re so hip-hop and the music is the music of the people, why don’t I see my people in those spaces? Could it be that my people are in a different place?
  • Musical yellowface: The bare title of this post might already be enough to summon, in your head, the ubiquitous musical phrase that says “chinky!” with as much self-conscious gusto as bamboo fonts and gongs.
  • Election racialiciousness roundup: Unfortunately, Bob Corker’s race-baiting tactics appear to have paid off. And so have Ward Connerly’s KKK-praising strategies to end affirmative action in Michigan.
  • I’m hung like a black man: I don’t know what’s worse: the shirt itself or the description used to sell the shirt: “When you’re fishin’ for ho’s with a rod like this, bitches can’t help but to jump in da boat.”
  • Superhead and Bobby Brown reality show? Karrine Steffans and Bobby Brown reportedly have a new reality series slated to air on BET.

ATR 47 – Marla Brettschneider interview – 11/06/2006 – Voicemail 206-203-3983 – addictedtorace@gmail.com

INTERVIEW WITH PROF. MARLA BRETTSCHNEIDER
the family flamboyant marla brettschneiderJen interviews Professor Marla Brettschneider, author of the new book The Family Flamboyant: Race Politics, Queer Families, Jewish Lives. In the book, Marla Brettschneider draws on her own experience in a Jewish, multiracial, adoptive, queer family in order to theorize about the layered realities that characterize families in the United States today. Brettschneider uses critical race politics, feminist insight, class-based analysis, and queer theory to offer a distinct and distinctly Jewish contribution to both the family debates and the larger project of justice politics.

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Duration – 43:03
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Race Changers
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Conscious Media Maker
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Addicted to Race
a podcast about America’s obsession with race

  • Episode 46: We hand the reins over to our listeners in this episode – it’s a special all listener feedback show!

Anti-Racist Parent
a blog for parents who are committed to raising children with an anti-racist outlook

  • Why my daughter will never dress in a national costume for Halloween: Everyone guessed everything from Aunt Jemima to Kizzy, the slave girl who was one of the main characters from Alex Haley’s then-recent epic movie, Roots. By the time the day ended, I’d ripped the head wrap from my head, and scrubbed my face clean of any makeup.
  • Hope vs. Optimism: And in thinking about Cornell West’s quote, I too want to help my children have hope – not just blind optimism that leads to a passively waiting for things to get better – but the kind of hope that leads to actions as a personal agent of change.

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  • Anti-Racist of the Week: Mutombo!: On Thursday night Houston Rockets center Dikembe Mutombo got into an altercation with a fan who allegedly yelled racist slurs at him, including the word “monkey”, during a preseason game against the Orlando Magic.
  • A million to one. Again.: Gee. For a “million-to-one” odds, it seems like we’re seeing a whole lot of “miracle black and white twins” these days. Just a few days after our last reported twins, here comes yet another set.
  • Borat: just plain funny? or racist and xenophobic? What do you think of the Borat movie? Is it just silly and funny? Or do you think Sacha Baron Cohen is tapping into a racist and/or xenophobic vein in the United States?
  • Kimchi in aisle two! Basically, at this point, we still see that anything aside from apple pie and hot dogs is relegated to “ethnic food” aisles. It would be nice to see a bit more integration at the grocery store ;) , but perhaps it will take a while since clearly, the way that we discuss ethnic cuisine sets it apart.
  • Sofia Coppola feminism: dependent on class, race, and cultural subjugation: It is a feminism that demands emptiness (real or invented) of reflection, instead replacing it with self involvement. It requires that culture and emotion be reduced to tropes and materials so that possession of these trinkets is possession of the cultural significance.
  • Whites stereotype Asians, Asians stereotype blacks: Check out this old Jell-O ad from the sixties that mocks an Asian baby trying to eat Jell-O with chopsticks. It has just about every offensive stereotype you can think of: the dreaded Asian font and a presumably white dude narrating with an awful fake accent.