Adventures in AmbiLand

Ambi = Ethnically Ambiguous

It’s been a long time… October 9, 2009

Shouldn’t have left you- without at least a FEW links to step to-

Let’s start here- as I’m sure you’ve already heard about this- but hey- why not???

someone- anyone- applaud him!

Now I could bore you with all the particulars about why I’ve been away from Ambiland sooooooo long…and oh, best believe I will ;p. Just not this morning. Never fear- all is well in my world and I still have PLENTY some delicious tales cultural mis-identification to share. Trust me, the societal tomfoolery that makes the AmbiLicious Experience so very interesting is still in full effect!! Never a dull moment folks.

SHOUT OUT TO AUBREY GRAHAM BTW (DRAKE)…thanks to my commentary on him, lil weezy and the crew- I STILL receive about a trillion hits a day- how’s that for not updating in 3 months?? Lol.

Never fear- I’m back y’all- more Adventures in Ambiland coming much sooner than later!


Ambi @ Home. December 28, 2008

Anyone who knows me in “real life” knows that I have a whole lot of other things to do besides blogging about Obama and racial ambiguity on the internet.  I’m talking about RESPONSIBILITIES people- you know, like raising a child, running a household…stuff like that.  Were it not for the child I would probably have been out running these streets for the past 5 years, instead of keeping the home fires burning like I’ve learned to do so well.

During the past year,  I have achieved a level of domesticity that has surprised even me. Last summer I finally moved into a really nice space, a space that deserves good furniture and curtains.  I am trained as an artist, so naturally I enjoy the decorating aspects of home-ownership the most (much more than say- the orgazational aspects). Because I am a nerd, I must research all endeavours thoroughly before diving in.   I research furniture retailers to find the best quality and price, I read books like Apartment Thearapy,  I peruse magazine like Domino and Real Simple.

Occasionally, my domestic nerdery is rewarded by finding the perfect home item, for the perfect price.  This week between the the recession in combination with the after Christmas sales- I recieved the best gift ever from the retails Gods- I purchased about $500 worth of curtains for about $100.  And I’m not talking about stuff I bought just because it was on sale, I’m talking about curtains in the exact color and size I was looking for.  Pier One and West Elm– We salute you.

Not my stuff- but this is an example of some of the colors I am using in my house.
This is not my stuff- but this is an example of some of the colors I am using in my house.

P.S. Check out this this amazing baby nursery:

Birds, leaves and this shade of green=a few of my favorite things.
Birds, leaves and this shade of green=a few of my favorite things.



Is Barack Obama African American?

AmbiJawn says: Yes Of Course!

There are many Americans who beg to differ.  During a recent “Talk of the Nation” segment titled  Obama And The Politics Of Being Biracial host Neal Conan asks the audience:  “Does it matter what Barack Obama calls himself?  Why?”

White and Multi-Racial people flood the phone lines,  using like “hurt” and “insulted”  that Barack Obama considers himself African American.  One caller was offended that Obama “doesn’t acknowledge his white ancestry”.  Guest hosts Annette Gordon-Reed and  Dawn Turner Trice address these concerns in a much more graceful and evenhanded way than I could ever dream.  They speak so well! They are so well spoken.

As a person who has lived in ambi-world all of her life, I find it all highly entertaining.  It’s as though some folks feel that mixed people are somehow responsible for the “one drop rule and other uniquely American concepts of race.  The option of those with a black parent or African lineage to call themselves anything other than African American is a relatively recent phenomena (more info on this here).  I am tickled by the degree to which people are either uneducated about this facet of American history, or simply in denial.

There are many people who would rather just forget “that whole slavery thing”.  As Americans, we are all “hurt” and “insulted” by the history of slavery–this goes for those with white ancestry, black ancestry, both and “other”.   I think it’s safe to say  that most people around today give slavery the thumbs down!  It doesn’t mean that we can forget the past–understanding the past is essential to moving forward.  We as a nation must recognize that acknowledging the past is not analogous to condoning it.    While we have powerless to choose our past, we have all the power in the world to effect our future.

Micheal, can you clear this one up for the people??

One that note, I will leave you with an with an excerpt from  the essay  “Illogic of American Racial Catagories” by Paul R. Spickard which explains, well, the illogic of American racial catagories:
More to the point is the question of to which socially defined category people of mixed ancestry belong. The most illogical part of all this racial categorizing is not that we imagine it is about biology. After all, there is a biological component to race, or at least we identify biological referents–physical markers–as a kind of shorthand to stand for what are essentially socially defined groups. What is most illogical is that we imagine these racial categories to be exclusive. The U.S. Census form says, “Check one box.” If a person checks “Other,” his or her identity and connection with any particular group is immediately erased. Yet what is a multiracial person to do?

…The salient point here is that once, before the last third of the twentieth century, multiracial individuals did not generally have the opportunity to choose identities for themselves. In the 1970s and particularly the 1980s, however, individuals began to assert their right to choose their own identities–to claim belonging to more than one group, or to create new identities…. By 1990, Mary Waters could write, “One of the most basic choices we have is whether to apply an ethnic label to ourselves” (p. 52). She was speaking of a choice of ethnic identities from among several White options, such as Italian, Irish, and Polish. Yet the concept of choice began to apply to mixed people of color as well.

…That choice is still available to mixed people, but it is no longer necessary. Today a person of mixed ancestry can choose to embrace all the parts of his or her background.


Obama- The college Years December 23, 2008

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Obama: The College Years

Wow- What  a cutie!

Coming up next on Adventures in AmbiLand: A review of NPR’s take on”Obama and the Politics of  Being Biracial.”

Stay Tuned.