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Richard Pryor's Daughter on Growing Up Biracial

Sunday, April 07, 2013

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Richard Pryor, one of the most influential comedians of all-time, gained pop star status in the 1970's with his incisive storytelling about issues including race.  Now, his daughter Rain is sharing her take on growing up biracial in '70s and '80s Los Angeles, the child of the African-American comic genius and a Jewish go-go dancer.

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Author Explores Mythical Black Homeland in 'Pym'

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Imagine a search for identity on an epic scale, and you’ll have some idea what the novel "Pym" is about. It tells the story of Chris Jaynes — a professor who becomes obsessed with finding a mythical black homeland referenced by Edgar Allen Poe in his only full-length novel, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket." But "Pym" is more than a novel; it’s a biting satire of how Americans see race, and see themselves, in the 21st century.

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The Takeaway

Black, Biracial or Mixed?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A new study says that biracial Americans of black and white ancestry are more often self-identifying as black. The study, published in the Social Psychology Quarterly, finds that the majority of black-white biracial adults surveyed said they called themselves black.

The authors of the study describe this phenomenon "reverse passing."

"Most notably, we find a striking reverse pattern of passing today—while passing during the Jim Crow era involved passing as white, these respondents more often report passing as black today."

Weigh in: If you are the son or daughter of mixed-race parents, or if your parents are of different religions, what do you call yourself? How has this changed over time?

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