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by Carmen Van Kerckhove

About a year ago, I attended a marketing seminar. The woman who ran the seminar couldn’t have been more different from me. She was a real “girly-girl,” all pink, sparkles, big blonde hair.

I was apprehensive at first, but by the end of the event she had completely won me over. Why? Because I could tell she was totally comfortable in her skin. This was really who she was, and she was unabashed about it.

The ability to just be yourself is a lot harder to come by than we might think. And one of the biggest obstacles can be race. Specifically, racial stereotypes.

I’m not particularly meek, yet at almost every job I’ve held, people have thought of me as a shy and quiet Asian girl. Because of that, I’ve always had to project an exaggerated version of my personality, just to be perceived as normal.

What kinds of racial stereotypes do you find yourself battling on a daily basis? What elements of your authentic self are you suppressing? How is race getting in the way of your self-expression without you even knowing it?

I’m going to share that and much more on a FREE CALL happening TOMORROW, Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 1:00 pm Eastern time.

‘Just Be Yourself!’
How Race Gets in the Way of Expressing Our Authentic Identities

Sign up to reserve your line for this FREE call today!

On this lively, information-packed 60-minute call, you’ll learn:

  • How the quest for racial or cultural authenticity can thwart your true identity.
  • What “covering” is, and what it has to do with your civil rights.
  • Why it actually benefits you to know what racial stereotypes exist about your ethnic or racial group.

This call is a content-rich preview to the newest session of my program, The Racialicious Experience. If you’re a fan of our blog, you won’t want to miss it!

Limited lines are available for this call, so you’ll want to make sure you reserve your spot right away.

Just click the link above, enter your information in the boxes on the page, and you’ll receive the complete call details via email.

We will record the call, but only people who have registered will receive instructions on how to download the audio recording. So even if you’re not sure if you can make the call live, register now!

I’m coming to Boston this week!

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

Carmen Van KerckhoveIt’s amazing how quickly this summer flew by. Fall is definitely in full swing, as I’m headed out on the road again for speaking engagements. I’ll be in Boston this week for two events that are open to the public. Be sure to say hi to me if you come!

Friday, October 2
Workshop: “Love and Sex: What’s Race Got to Do With It?”
Stonehill College in Easton, MA
Contact the Intercultural Affairs office for time and location

Saturday, October 3
Keynote at 2009 Asian America Women in Leadership Conference
Boston University in Boston, MA
Register at this web site

ATR 119 – Annie Le, Gospel Tours, Fractions, Street Harassment

What role did race play in the media coverage of Annie Le’s murder? Gospel tours bring in much-needed revenue for black churches, but is it worth it vis-a-vis the racial tourism? What’s wrong with calling a multiracial person “half” Chinese? What role does race play in street harassment of women?

Carmen Van Kerckhove, Tami Winfrey Harris and Jen Wang discuss; and Angry Asian Man Phil Yu and Racialicious Special Correspondent Wendi Muse make surprise guest appearances!

Addicted to Race is broadcast live every Sunday afternoon at 12 pm Eastern. You can listen live on our BlogTalkRadio page and call in by dialing 347-996-3958.

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ATR 118 – Vogue Evolution, Kanye, Tyler Perry, Annoying Parents

What impact did Vogue Evolution — an openly gay dance crew featuring a trans woman — have on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew? When Kanye West protested Taylor Swift winning a VMA over Beyonce, did race have anything to do with it? What does it say about race and gender in Hollywood that Tyler Perry has been tapped to write, direct, and produce a film based on Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf?” Is there an upside to being an Annoying Parent when it comes to diversity at your child’s school? Carmen Van Kerckhove, Tami Winfrey Harris and Thea Lim discuss.

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ATR 117 – Healthcare, Van Jones, Swinging, Tyra’s Real Hair

Did Obama’s speech on healthcare make a difference? Did racism play a role in the pressure for Van Jones to resign? A web site attempts to diversify the world of swinging, but ends up being a big #diversityfail. Tyra showed us her real hair – has she singlehandedly resolved the politics of black women and hair? Tami Winfrey Harris and Andrea Plaid discuss.

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