Friday, August 15, 2008

#18 Being on "Mo'Nique in the Afternoon"

(A JAM C) This could be my second time revisiting my blog about how biracial people like to act more black around black people, but this entry deserves to be it's own entity.

So yesterday, I was listening to the radio, and the Mo'Nique show was on. They were asking people to call in and tell them stories about how they got something fake and tried to play it off as real. I immediately remembered when I was in 8th grade, and my step dad gave me a Rolex. At first, I thought it was real, so I showed it off to everybody acting like I was a baller.

Then, my stepdad told me it wasn't real, but it didn't matter. I wasn't going to be like "yeah I thought it was real, but it actually isn't."

Anyway, I called the Mo'Nique show for the first time EVER, and I got through. Needless to say, I was nervous. The guy I talked to told me it was going to be 12-14 minutes before I got on, so I was thinking that I would just pull the car over and wait for her to say my name. ONE MINUTE LATER, I hear Mo'Nique say "how you doin' Alex?" As I'm driving the stick shift about to make a turn, Mo'Nique asks me how I'm doing, so that just made me even more nervous.

But yeah, I tried to stick in there like a champ until the very end. I told my story, and she asked me a couple of questions. After the second question, there was an awkward pause that just seemed to take forever, so I said the first thing that came to my mind... "it's a good story."

Just in case you were wondering Mo'Nique, the story I just told you... it was good. It wasn't just good, it was HOT! It's so good that it should be made into a movie. If not, then at least an E! True Hollywood story.

She laughed at me at the end, but she's really nice about things, so I definitely didn't take it personally.

Monday, August 11, 2008

#17 Twins

(A JAM C) I remember studying about cross-pollination in a high school science class.  At least I think that's what it was called.  Basically, my biology showed a picture of a red rose and a white one.  The result of those two roses being close together formed a bunch of pink roses.  Then, the pink roses together made a whole array of roses.  Most were pink, but some were red, and some were white.  "Hmm, that's cool," I thought.  And that was the end of that story for a few years.

A few years ago, what I learned in biology resurfaced when a biracial man and woman came together, and gave birth two twins.  Not just any twins though, but some of the most fascinating twins that this world has ever seen.  Here's a picture.
This obviously doesn't always happen, but in this case one of the daughters got all of the black genes, and one of them got all of the white ones.  I can't even begin to tell you how awesome this is!  Biracial people have the advantage of having beautiful children along a w
hole spectrum of races.  Most will end up looking exactly like their parents, but many of them will look like these two girls pictured.

I have two young nieces.  They're both 1/4ths black.  One of my nieces looks exactly like she's supposed to look, but my other niece looks very different.  It's so funny to look at her when she's standing next to my sister, but I don't care.  She's one of the most beautiful little girls in the world to me.  Looking at this picture, and seeing my niece and my sister together, and thinking how different, but how beautiful they look together brings a smile to my face.

I can only hope that I'm as lucky when I have children.  They're a blessing, and I'm thankful for the skin that God has put me in.  I can only hope that all biracial people would feel the same way.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

SBPL Myth #5 - Hey You Look Like _______

(A JAM C) Charles Barkley.

Charles Barkley is one of the ugliest men alive.  You know what?  He's not ugly.  I apologize to the word "ugly" for associating Charles Barkley with it.  He's ooguhly... in other words, he's too ugly for ugly.  He makes "ugly" so pretty.  With that being considered, how much do you think it crushes my spirits when you tell me that I look like him?

I don't really look like him anymore since I have grown out my hair, and shaved my mustache, but back in the day when I was bald with a goatee, people said that I looked like him all the time.  Honestly, the only similar features were our bald heads, similar skin tones, and facial hair.  I guess that's enough.

For us biracial people, there's a whole slew of ugly people that you could compare us to.  Just don't do it.  I don't go around to every Asian girl I meet, and say that she looks like Margaret Cho, so please return the favor by not telling me that I look like Joakim Noah.  Nobody has ever said that I look like him, but my hair is getting longer, and if that day ever comes, I'm probably going to cry.

Like I said in the previous post, we can easily be compared to a wide variety of people, and my two worst comparisons are Charles Barkley and George Lopez.  George Lopez was kinda crushing, because at least Charles Barkley was in shape at one point.  When someone starts saying that you look like George Lopez, that means that your becoming fat.  You're not fat yet, but you're on your way there.  Granted, the person who told me I looked like him was a 12 year old kid, but it still pierced my soul.

But yeah, this should just be a general rule for all people.  Don't say somebody looks like a famous person who is widely known for being ugly.

Monday, August 4, 2008

#16 HEY, You Look Like _______

(A JAM C)  I can't count how many people I have been compared to.  Us biracial people have a wide range of look-a-likes.  Native American, Mexican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Black, sometimes even Asian.  I have been said to look like so many people, and when they're good looking, I love it.  Can I get a witness from my biracial brethren.

The reason why we like this is the same reason why any person would like to be compared to people who are famous.  If they're good looking, does that mean you think we're good looking too?  For instance, if I tell a girl that she looks like a current or ex-girlfriend, that probably means I find her physically attractive.  Why wouldn't that apply to famous people as well?  You think I look like The Rock?  Thank you!  The Rock is a beast, and in my opinion he's a good looking man.

Some of my favorite comparisons (in no particular order):

1. Will Smith (actor/"rapper")
2. Albert Pujols (baseball player)
3. Jerome Iginla (hockey player)
4. The Rock (wrestler/"actor")
5. Daunte Cullpepper (football player)
6. Chico Debarge (singer)
7. Don Omar (rapper)

All of these men are at least decently good looking in my opinion, so thank you.  Please, think of as many people as possible who have light brown skin and share some similar features as I do.  Please don't say that I look like Patrick Ewing though.  Ew.