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How Stereotypes and Discrimination Shape Our Reality

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  Interview with Amanda Reen   Amanda Reen is a thirty-three year old multiracial woman from rural Wisconsin who resides in the Boston area of Massachusetts with her husband Jeffrey and her daughter Olivia. I had the pleasure to meet Amanda while I was working on the series of interviews about the complex image of the African American woman. After we exchanged views briefly we both agreed that her story wouldn't fit in the African American series, and that the issues she was willing to discuss should be highlighted in a separate interview. So here it is, an honest and uncensored account on what it is like to be a person of both Caucasian and African American descent in today’s United States. Oana: Tell us about your experiences growing up as a person of both white and African American descent. Have you ever felt “disconnected” with any of those groups and why? Amanda:...
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Mahogany Keys: The Complex Image of the African American Woman part 7

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Interview with Linda Braggs Director/Owner of Serenity for Life Sober Living in Arizona An Arizona native, Linda Braggs is a writer, motivational speaker and creator of Serenity for Life Sober Living. She spent her childhood in Arizona and California and as a young woman she was soon acquainted with the destructive force of addiction that held her in its horrible grip for fifteen years.A mother of four children, grandmother, sister, daughter and aunt, she found relief in God and his Love and then turned to help others, bringing hope into their lives.She is currently working on a book titled, Colors of Addiction. Oana: What is the importance of the family in your life?Linda: The importance lies in unconditional understanding or at least a constant pursuit to understand it. It's loving each other wisely. I want to leave more than a memory for my family. Family means loving them, knowing the worst...
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Mahogany Keys: The Complex Image of the African American Woman part 5

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Interview with Davida Green-Norris – Attorney and Published Author A successful lawyer, Davida also writes under the pen name Dicey Grenor. She authored Shameful (Taboo fiction) and (The Narcoleptic Vampire Series): Sleepy Willow's Bonded Soul (Vol. 1), Sleepy Willow's Heartless Soul (Vol. 2) and Sleepy Willow's Loosed Soul (Vol. 3) Growing up in a small North Carolina town gave Dicey plenty of time to dream of Hollywood and vampires. She loved escaping in great movies and fiction books, and discovered she wasn't bad at writing either. But she didn't think that was going to pay the bills or that anyone would take her seriously. However, her passion along with the hard work makes her one of the most respectable African American authors. Oana: Davida, what is the importance of the family in your life? Davida Green-Norris: It is the most important thing to me. My husband and my children are more...
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Mahogany Keys: The Complex Image of the African American Woman part 4


                                                 Interview with Lemelia Johnson Bonner – writer Lemelia Bonner is a novice writer of creative fiction and non-fiction, and a professional mother. She lives with her teen daughter, son, and a few feline companions in Winston-Salem North Carolina. Her musings on spirituality and the paranormal can be found on her blog, The Chocolate E-Clair on Blogger. She also contributes to the Gather.com writers' network as busimama. Lemelia is a 1979 graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy. She attended North Carolina State University’s School of Design, and is currently pursuing a degree in Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. She chose to preface her interview with the following fragment, Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides        and gravity, We shall harness for God the energies of love, And then, for...
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