The Hamster Village
Against All Odds

Against All Odds

June 12, 2019

"I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard's and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That's what Loving, and loving, are all about."

- Mildred Loving

 

This is a special episode for many reasons; for one, it is "Loving Day!" It is the commemoration of the Loving family winning a Supreme Court decision (Loving vs Virginia) effectively ending anti-miscegenation laws all across the country! It allowed Interracial couples to legally marry in ANY town, in ANY state. It is because of Mildred & Richard's sacrifice and struggle that the families like our host, Nathan Brannon, and many listeners out there are allowed to exist. In celebration of this courageous family, we have chosen an interview with another amazing interracial couple; Is & Maggie Caballero. We discuss overcoming doubt about their young relationship, the importance of connecting & believing in one another, the experiences of Interracial families in small, rural areas, and much more! Give it a listen, and HAPPY LOVING DAY!

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Sankofa: Looking to Your Past to Guide Your Future

Sankofa: Looking to Your Past to Guide Your Future

April 22, 2019

In this episode, we sit down with Kevin Oleson, a veteran of Family History Research. Kevin has been researching and documenting family history for the past 18 years. Today, he talks with us about how important researching your own family history is, some experiences he has had during his research, and how to get started with your own family history from scratch. We also unveil our new Family History Research starter kits, available for purchase on our website, to get your started & to raise funds for more interracial outreach activities!

Check it out! Tell your friends! Subscribe! Like! If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at TheHamsterVillage.com, or our social media pages (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter). Also, if you enjoy our show, or support our outreach activities such as “Family-History Scrapbooking Nights” (On our website photos), please consider supporting us through our Patreon Page, or visiting our ONLINE STORE!

Community

Community

January 28, 2019

“The word [Community] may have come to suggest a ‘body of people who live in the same place,’ but, initially, it meant something much simpler and much more powerful: ‘joint ownership.’."

- Megan Garber, “What Does 'Community' Mean?”, The Atlantic

 

In this episode, we explore the concept of “Community.” It is a very important part of life to experience a sense of belonging; that you are wanted, that you are understood, without explanation. It is a big reason The Hamster Village was originally created; to, at the very least, promote a sense of community among the interracial community. Throughout the discussion, we examine how large of a role it plays not only in our day-to-day social activities, but also our own sense of well-being.

Our guest for this episode, is Jennifer Noble; a tenured professor of psychology, an active member & past leader of the Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC), and of African-American/Sri Lankan descent. Throughout the interview we discuss the different times in her life she found “community” through shared experiences, the benefit of knowing both her Black & Sri Lankan side, her discoveries & hopes for the interracial community, her work with MASC, and more! It is a great episode, and one you do not want to miss!

Check it out! Tell your friends! Subscribe! Like! If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at TheHamsterVillage.com, or our social media pages (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter). Also, if you enjoy our show, or support our outreach activities such as “Family-History Scrapbooking Nights” (On our website photos), please consider supporting us through our Patreon Page, or buying one of our original T-shirt designs in our ONLINE STORE!

Motivation

Motivation

January 7, 2019

"Mutualistic relationships defined under symbiosis are those relationships where both species benefit from the association."

In this episode, we sit down with Amanda & Zane; an interracial couple, as well as both stand-up comics who actively, constantly seeks to strengthen one another. In our interview, we talk about going-to-bat for your partner, how important it is to have understanding & a willingness to “learn” in an interracial relationship, and much more! Say hello, to Amanda & Zane.

Check it out! Tell your friends! Subscribe! Like! If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at TheHamsterVillage.com on our contact page, or our social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter). Also, if you enjoy our show, or support our outreach activities such as “Family-History Scrapbooking Nights” (On our website photos), please consider supporting us on our Patreon Page as well.

ICYMI - “Help with The Holidays

ICYMI - “Help with The Holidays

November 21, 2018

We went back into our archives, and found a very timely episode; "Help with The Holidays," where we received tips from listeners about "breaking the ice" with extended family, during the Holiday Season. Some of the suggestions are great ideas, even if you are NOT in an interracial family. We take those suggestions, and discuss them with Multiracial individuals Raishawn Wickwire, Comedian Adam Pasi, and Comedian Curtis Cook!

It is a great, inspiring, hilarious discussion about working to bridge cultural divides, and finding your own path for connection. Listen with your significant other, or on the way to your holiday destination, and see how fast this episode puts a smile on your face!

Check it out! Tell your friends! Subscribe! Like! If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at TheHamsterVillage.com on our contact page, or our social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter). Also, if you enjoy our show, or support our outreach activities such as “Family-History Scrapbooking Nights” (On our website photos), please consider supporting us on our Patreon Page as well.

 

Outside City Limits

Outside City Limits

November 6, 2018

In this episode, Madison Shepard; a Mixed actress, comedian, and writer in Los Angeles, by way of Dallas, Texas. We cover a myriad of topics concerning her experiences growing such as growing up in a predominantly Black Texas community while living with just her White mother, moving to Los Angeles & being exposed to much more diversity, and her interest in exploring Black history. We also revisit themes that we have been covering through past episodes involving the entertainment industry, body standards, and the lives of Rural American Mixed families compared to Urban Mixed families. It is a wonderful episode about empowerment, taking control of the narrative of your identity, and being exposed to new things!

Check it out! Tell your friends! Subscribe! Like! If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at TheHamsterVillage.com on our contact page, or our social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter). Also, if you enjoy our show, or support our outreach activities such as “Family-History Scrapbooking Nights” (On our website photos), please consider supporting us on our Patreon Page as well.

 
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Interracial Inquiries: Mixed in Entertainment

Interracial Inquiries: Mixed in Entertainment

October 9, 2018

In this episode, we sit down with Mixed Comedian/Actress/Writer, Bri Pruett, in Los Angeles to answer some of your great listener questions that have been sent in. The over all theme of the questions focuses on the experiences of Mixed-race individuals in the entertainment industry. We learn about Bri’s own experiences growing up mixed in Portland, Oregon, navigating Los Angeles, and making art that represents who she is. In addition to that, we address these questions:

 

“How do Mixed Race artists feel about working in entertainment?”

 

“Do Mixed artists today grow up with any Mixed role models? Do they feel like role models to younger Mixed generations?

 

“With so much emphasis in entertainment going to outward appearance, what advice would you give to a Mixed artist, new to the entertainment industry?

 

Take a listen, and keep those questions coming!!!

 

Also, make sure to check out Bri’s amazing comedy & inspiring projects at bripruett.com!

 

Check it out! Tell your friends! Subscribe! Like! If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at TheHamsterVillage.com on our contact page, or our social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter). Also, if you enjoy our show, or support our outreach activities such as “Family-History Scrapbooking Nights” (On our website photos), please consider supporting us on our Patreon Page as well.

Fight or Flight

Fight or Flight

September 26, 2018

 

In this episode, we meet Aisha Alfa; a Mixed comedian, writer, and actress currently living in Los Angeles, but is originally from Canada! With her dad being a professor from Nigeria, and her mom coming from a French-Canadian agricultural background, she has had the opportunity to be exposed to many different cultural practices, and racial atmospheres.

We talk about her travels to Africa, being added to groups solely because of her outward appearance, and how that has affected her sense of identity growing up. We also talk about Her work in comedy, television, as well as her advocacy work for Indigenous groups in Canada. It is a great episode about taking control of the narrative, when it comes to your identity! Make sure to Check out Aisha's comedy, as well, at www.aishaalfa.com!

Check it out! Tell your friends! Subscribe! Like! If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at www.thehamstervillage.com on our contact page, or our social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter). Also, if you enjoy our show, or support our outreach activities such as “Family-History Scrapbooking Nights” (On our website photos), please consider supporting us on our Patreon Page as well.

“White Like Me” with Brandee & Michael Steger

“White Like Me” with Brandee & Michael Steger

September 9, 2018

Special Episode Alert!

If you listened to our past interview with Brandee & Michael Steger, you know that they are creating creating a film that will be very important in the overall conversation about how we view/treat race in this country, especially within the world of entertainment. Their feature film, White Like Me, is about a struggling Black actress in Hollywood who decides to see how her circumstances might change if she were to make herself into a White man and become one of the town’s most powerful agents.

This episode focusses on their work with the film, what it can do/mean for the wider discussions happening in our society, and how YOU can support it & see that it reaches the masses. This is a snippet of our full interview with them, but is very important for everyone to hear, so we are posting the discussion one more time to those in the back!

Take a listen and make a donation to the project, get involved, tell your friends, find a whatever your style of helping is & lets make sure this film is up in lights!

For further information, you can check out their campaign on Indiegogo HERE!

If you have any questions or comments for us, you can find us at www.thehamstervillage.com on our contact page, or our social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter). Also, if you enjoy our show, or support our outreach activities such as “Family-History Scrapbooking Nights” (On our website photos), please consider supporting us on our Patreon Page as well.

Center Stage

Center Stage

August 29, 2018

"We convince by our presence."

- Walt Whitman

 

In this episode, we meet Brandee & Michael Steger; an interracial couple, as well as actors, producers, and writers living in Los Angeles, California. We talk about their relationship reaching all the way back to middle school, navigating the entertainment capitol of the world as an interracial family, and take a closer look at the issue of interracial families socializing with other Mixed families.

 

We also explore their latest project “White Like Me;” a feature-length comedy, about a struggling Black actress (Brandee Steger) who decides to try her luck as a powerful White man (Also, Brandee Steger). We talk about how their experiences in the entertainment industry, and with race all across the country, motivatied them to put all of our ideas about race "center stage."

 

For more information about “White Like Me” check out Brandee & Michael’s Indiego campaign here. Get the backstory to the film, the motivations, and ways that you can support the film & its production. This campaign will be wrapping up September 17th, so don’t wait! Spread the word! Boost the signal!

 

Check it out! Tell your friends! Subscribe! Like! If you have any questions or comments, you can find us at www.thehamstervillage.com on our contact page, or our social media pages (Facebook, or Twitter). Also, if you enjoy our show, or support our outreach activities such as “Family-History Scrapbooking Nights” (On our website photos), please consider supporting us on our Patreon Page as well.