Alix is a Marketing Coordinator living in Spokane, WA with her fiancé, and dog. Born and raised in California, Alix moved to Washington almost six years ago. Alix has been on her own since she was 20, and lived in San Diego and Seattle. She’s traveled to Scotland, Ireland, England, Spain, and Italy, but there are many more countries and cities on her list.
Alix’s blog, Toastologie, is a work in progress. It’s a way for her to express her passion for event planning. Alix’s love for event planning will come in handy when she get’s married to her swirl, next year.
“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” – Sir Winston Churchill
Follow Alix on Instagram, Twitter, and at Toastologie
Skye is an aspiring writer and lover of all things travel. She and her husband, Ethan, live in Holt, Michigan and like to spend their free time seeing the world and experiencing different cultures. Skye got her Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Social Studies Education, but ended up working in the nonprofit world for the last few years. While studying at Michigan State University, she took as many classes as she could that related to race, ethnicity and African Americans. Her time in those classes solidified her interest in her own racial background and the struggles that people of color and mixed race people face.
Skye’s mother passed away when Skye was 14 and left her, and her 4 siblings, with an aging father who couldn’t properly care for them all. Luckily, her Godparents stepped up to the plate and graciously offered to take the 5 kids in as their own. It was an incredibly difficult transition for everyone, but it didn’t take long for their families to meld together. Now, Skye has 7 siblings and 3 of them are white. Her family is an incredibly close-knit group who provide constant and unconditional love to each other, even if they live in 6 different states across the country.
Skye and Ethan don’t endure much open criticism about their interracial marriage, but are certainly aware that not everyone is accepting. They are unsure if they will ever have children, but hope that if they do, they are able to teach them how to love everyone, regardless of their race. Their immediate life plans are to travel as much as possible and Skye hopes to continue writing and pursuing her dream of writing a book. In their travels they hope to gain an even greater appreciation for other cultures and other people.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
NAOMI TAKATA SHEPHERD
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Naomi is a Hapa of many talents. She is a writer, filmmaker, cartoonist, blogger, and small business owner, and is based in the Bay Area. Her business, 6 Degrees of Hapa is Naomi’s way of contributing to the diverse and ever-changing Hapa community.
When Naomi isn’t screen printing tees in her studio (aka her garage), she’s working on film projects, writing and cartooning for her blog, All My Friends Are Employed, taking commission design work, and cooking up her next products for 6 Degrees of Hapa.
Fariba is a mum to three beautiful girls, married to an amazing man and living the mixed race family dream of Iranian/English/ Canadian and Nigerian cultures. Their lives have brought them from the UK where they met to Nigeria, Canada and back to the UK where they now live in London, UK. When she's not picking up after, cooking for, running around after or trying to entertain her three girls (all under 5), Fariba writes a mama blog sharing her experiences being a mixed race mama hoping to inspire, support and build a community of other mixed up mamas who may understand the journey.
Check out her blog at www.mixedracefamily.com
Desiree is Texan Lady living in the windy, sometimes temperamental city of Chicago where she is getting her MFA in Creative Writing. Born in Berlin, Germany and raised between the rural farmlands of West Texas and the melting pot of Killeen, Texas she aims to conquer the world. Whether enjoying a Sunday movie, listening to Frank Sinatra or reading one of her favorite authors like Junot Diaz, Desiree always seeks to immerse herself in the arts. She enjoys exploring the world around her in sunny places like California or dancing in the heat of New Orleans.
Her blog “The Blaxican Chronicles,” discusses her life experiences, inspirations, and reflections in her day to day life of her mixed existence. She has publications with The Rivard Report, NSIDE Publications, Study Breaks Magazine and Unite 4: Good. Her approach to writing whether fiction or non-fiction is to keep it as eclectic and diverse as her interest so she is ambitious in wanting to have her writing cross all platforms. She seeks to continue to improve in her skill set as an author, writer, and story teller while educating others on being bi-racial and interracial relationships. As she continues finishing her MFA she looks forward to the new opportunities that lie ahead and embracing whatever life throws her way.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Chanel is an actress and personal growth enthusiast currently living in Los Angeles, CA. She grew up in a military family, which gave her the opportunity to experience people from all walks of life.
For as long as she can remember, Chanel has always had an interest in race and race relations. Growing up in an atypical way (moving a lot and personally identifying herself differently from how others identify her), representation is a subject that is very near to Chanel’s heart, as she believes that all people deserve proper representation in advertisements and media. Chanel identifies as “multi-cultural” because she believes that skin color does not determine a person’s identity, instead it is our cultures that make us different, and that deserve to be appreciated, preserved, and honored.
Sarah Ratliff is a corporate America escapee turned eco-organic farmer, writer, activist, serial entrepreneur and the co-author of the book Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide. Much of her writing focuses on racial equality, feminism and politics. Sarah publishes a site called Multiracial Media (partnering with stand up comic and host of the Multiracial Family Man podcast, Alex Barnett). Multiracial Media is a platform of artistic expression for the multiracial community.
For more information about Sarah and/or to see samples of her writing, please visit her website.
Joanna L. Thompson, a mixed-race and queer female born in Alexandria, Virginia and raised in Rockville, Maryland, is a Ph.D. Candidate and instructor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. At UIC, Joanna teaches an undergraduate course on criminal justice organizations and is a Diversifying Faculty in Higher Education in Illinois Fellow. Joanna received her MA from the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice at UIC in 2012. Before moving to Chicago for graduate school, she received her BA in Criminology and Investigations with a minor in Professional Writing and Editing from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. Joanna's research interests include further understanding the formation and perception of biracial identity theory and interracial relationships, focusing on critical mixed-race studies to emphasize the intersections between mixed-race identity and interpersonal victimization. Aside from academics, Joanna is a proud only child who cannot live without music, coffee, texting, and shopping. She is a serious sports fan and follows Washington D.C. sports religiously. In her spare time, Joanna is usually getting in a work out, making visits back home to the east coast to spend time with longtime friends and family, or planning beach vacations because she loves to travel.
SAN DIEGO, CA
Empowering single Mom, speaker, author and entrepreneur.
Chris Kelly is an independent parent of two adult sons and one grade school daughter who daily brings joy to her life. Chris is a serial entrepreneur, coach, author and inspirational speaker who empowers women to create a life they love and live it on their terms with courage and confidence.
ROCHESTER, NEW YORK
Xavia, The Messiful Mama here; embracing life one beautiful mess at a time, and empowering other moms to do the same. I am the mother of 4 amazing, spirited children who definitely keep me on my toes, and although, plenty of my days full of chaos and drama, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
A little mindfulness and a whole lot of loving myself through my mistakes, and somehow, moment by moment, I make it work.