Looking back, it’s strange I felt this way because there were dozens of mixed people in the media during the 90s. Naomi Campbell, Keanu Reeves, Tiger Woods, Halle Berry, Mariah Carey and even the aforementioned Tia and Tamera, to name just a few, were all huge parts of the cultural landscape in the 90s, spanning TV, film, music, as well as people with mixed racial ancestry. As a child, I wasn’t aware of them as mixed, or how it might connect to me. Media in general did not recognise being “mixed” as a topic that might warrant discussion (beyond disclosing that you were), and I can only assume it was either not encouraged to talk about for whatever reason (for example, Tia and Tamera playing characters with two Black parents), or more likely, discussing their mixed heritage during this time may have been seen as a random topic given there was no wider conversation of mixedness to speak about. Even though many of the people above have openly talked about their mixed experiences, this didn’t ever feel like a movement or idea that could reach.
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