This ad plays upon the familiar trope of a family meeting, in which a child sits on the living room couch across from both parents. It introduces the “MilkBite” product - a “hybrid” cereal bar that combines granola and milk. The ad begins with an anthropomorphized snack bar accusing his out-of-frame parents of “not thinking” about what life would be like for him, and then pans to reveal his mother and father – a glass of milk and a bowl of dry cereal.
This clip comes from a 2010 episode of the late-night show “Lopez Tonight.” Host George Lopez’s guest is rapper Snoop Dogg, who is there to receive the results from a DNA test that investigated his ethnic background. Central to the clip is a competition between Snoop Dogg and former professional basketball player Charles Barkley to see “who is blacker?” When the DNA test results are revealed, Snoop Dogg is found to have 71% Sub-Saharan African heritage, compared to Barkley’s 75%. Lopez concludes the segment by giving Snoop a gag gift of “things that white people like.”
This 11-minute uncut version of Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” music video was released six months after the March 1991 Rodney King beating by four Los Angeles police officers, and offers a complicated commentary on contemporary race relations. The video was most often exhibited without the last 4 1/2 minutes on MTV and other television outlets, which resulted in many viewers only seeing the optimistic, poppy, racial and global harmony parts of the video and not being aware of the portion that pointedly juxtaposed scenes of prevalent racist, war-torn, and blighted city streets. In contrast to images of Jackson dancing with people from around the world, black and white babies sitting together on a globe, and diverse, smiling faces morphing into one another as they joyfully sing the pop song, in the latter section, Jackson performs his signature dance moves, but they are deliberately laced with anger, even violence, as he destroys the racism and prejudice emblazoned on graffiti-marred public property, and through his dance, takes ownership of the public space of the street.
This 2010 documentary short by Director Sterling Hudson explores how mixed race Americans conceptualize their personal racial and ethnic identity. Interview subjects include scholars, actors, artists, physicians, students and others, as each reflects upon the challenges they have faced while navigating an often hostile social landscape. The clip begins with a discussion of the term “mulatto” -- a word that denotes the offspring of a white person and a black person, but has become an antiquated phrase for describing mixed race identity.
This short feature from NYTimes.com was produced in 2008. It begins with a clip of President Obama, who was born of mixed racial heritage, before describing recent statistic related to the prevalence of mixed race identity in the United States. From there, it follows the discussions of “Fusion”, a group of undergraduate students from Rutgers University who formed a student organization to talk about their experiences as mixed people. They describe not only the challenges faced as a result of their multiracial backgrounds, but also the value that this has brought to their lives.