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My Multiracial Miami

She doesn’t know it yet, but my daughter Olivia lives in a world that is deeply and intensely global and multiracial. Miami. Once, while passing through Little Havana, I stopped at a drive-through Subway and was in the process of … Continue reading

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Big Hair

Last month New York’s Commission on Human Rights declared that it’s no longer okay to discriminate on the basis of hairstyle. Meaning, employers and other authorities can no longer force people to get rid of their dreadlocks, cornrows, box braids, … Continue reading

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Venice Beach

Mom dressed me up and took me to a Venice Beach motel to see my father for the first time. Or at least, it was the first time that I could remember.  I was four or five and over the … Continue reading

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The Girl in the Yellow Poncho

A few years ago I decided to revisit the topic of my roots and childhood in this Washington Post essay. One thing led to another and soon I had a memoir on my hands…one that took surprising twists and turns … Continue reading

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