|[Me and Angel "Moonyeka" Langley / Photo by Bo Kim]|
On Saturday afternoon, March 5, 2016 we held the first unbelievable Raising Mixed Race book signing at Kinokuniya Bookstore in Seattle's International District. I say "we" because I was very intentional in organizing the event. I wanted it to be not just about me - but about community and centering, uplifting all mixed race, people and women of color voices; a transformative goal that actually lies at the center of Raising Mixed Race itself. And I'm pretty sure we accomplished that goal. Which is why I say "unbelievable" because for me and I think for many there - at the risk of sounding cheesy (but who cares?) - this was nothing short of a transcendent experience. It was a special moment, a rare moment, that very few of us mixed identifying people get to have. A moment where our voices could be not only heard, but fly free and liberated. I'll never forget it.
So pleased to be able to share an incredibly well done video of the event by Angela Flores-Marcus below. Take a look. View time is over an hour and I know it's hard to find an hour to do anything these days. So. I've included a view menu. Definitely jump around or watch it in bits and pieces if you need to. But please do watch it. Promise you won't be sorry...
0:18 Ahren Scholtz
8:10 Cody Choi
12:42 Angel "Moonyeka" Langley dancing to "Exodus" by M.I.A. & The Weeknd
15:48 Luzviminda "Uzuri" Carpenter performing her poem "To Pass Or Not to Pass"
19:31 Kalayaan Domingo
32:00 Me! (trailer for Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight: The Japanese War Brides at 45:19)
(for full bios of speakers and performers please go here)
|[Ahren Scholtz / Photo by Bo Kim]|
|[Angel "Moonyeka" Langley / Photo by Bo Kim]|
|[Cody Choi / Photo by Bo Kim]|
|[Luzviminda "Lulu" Uzuri Carpenter / Photo by Bo Kim]|
|[Kalayaan Domingo / Photo by Bo Kim]|
|[My turn / Photo by Bo Kim]|
|[Standing room only / Photo by Bo Kim]|
|[Signing / Photo by Bo Kim]|
|[Photo by Bo Kim]|
|[Me and Lulu / Photo by Bo Kim]|
Hope to see you at the next signing
Kinokuniya Portland, Oregon, Saturday April 16th!