Inspired by Natalie Portman’s SNL rap video, Susane Lee says:
My latest project DREAM BIG is a comedic rap music video that highlights my journey as an Asian-American actress in Hollywood. It pokes fun of the common stereotypes and draws a lot from my own personal experiences. It is my greatest desire to see leading roles in TV and Film more diversified and thus a closer representation of how our world really is!
Erika Alexander who is known for role as Maxine aka Max on Living Single , Shanti in the movie Deja Vu, Hidimbi/Madri an African character in the movie The Mahabharata explains why Caucasian Executives Only cast African American Actors in Stereotypical Roles; prostitutes, crack heads, sassy women, promiscuous, single mothers and characters who speak ebonics to name just a few
One of the realest testimonies I’ve ever watched.
Look how massive those wings are!
DNA tests offer clues into Indian and Spanish ancestry
With support from UC Davis, GSK Oncology, and V Foundation grants, we are working to identify new genes associated with breast cancer. Plans are in place to validate relevancy of the discoveries through partnerships with other investigators at UC Davis, Stanford, UCSF, University of Southern California, and the Cancer Prevention Institute of California. Our work has already revealed interesting background on the history and ancestry of these villagers.
Recently I talked about DNA and Native American Heritage. I’m a recognized Metis in Canada. I have my official Metis card. But I hoped for confirmation of my Native American heritage through DNA testing.
Through the kindness of a stranger on an online forum I learned that a Professor with the University of Chicago does in-depth DNA analysis of individuals’ raw data to determine your ethnic origins.
Well I’m very pleased to say that the Professor’s computerized analysis of my brother’s Family Tree DNA raw data gave the answer I’d hoped for - he has .7% Native American heritage.
Along with his analysis, Professor MacDonald sent a computer generated map, a bar graph, a scatter graph and a 5 page explanation of how to read and understand the generated pages.
I also ordered an upgrade to my brother’s Y-DNA test on Family Tree DNA for D9S919 which was suggested by Roberta Estes in her blog post Proving Native American Ancestry Using DNA .
Since I was advised to consult the FamilyTree DNA Help desk for answers, I wrote to them on January 14th. My question was simple:
I’ve had my brother’s Y-DNA tested (also Family Finder for him) at Family Tree DNA. What test or upgrade do I order to test for Native American heritage?
Yesterday I received a detailed response which began
"Any of our tests can potentially reveal Native American ancestry. The test results will show, depending on the type of test you choose, whether or not the line you are testing is Native American in origin or if you have a detectable percentage of Native American ancestry (>3%)."
The Help Desk went to provide a detailed explanation of the test for Y-DNA, MtDNA and Family Finder
Interesting enough, Family Tree DNA help desk did not suggest I order the test for Marker D9S919 which is available on their site. I’m not sure why this wasn’t suggested, but I’m not an expert and can only go by what Roberta and other online websites indicate.
For instance, the International Society of Genetic Genealogy states:
"D9S919 is a STR marker located on chromosome 9. It was previously known as D9S1120 and under this name it was reported that an allele value of 9 was only found in the Americas and far eastern Asia. The presence of an allele value of 9 is therefore a strong indication of native american ancestry somewhere within a person’s pedigree. This marker is available from Family Tree DNA.”
Indeed it is. For a small fee of $15.00 I was able to order the test of this specific marker on the Family Tree DNA website.
The Family Tree DNA help desk explained that only the Family Finder test will give a breakdown of ethnic percentages found within the individual’s overall genetic makeup, including Native American. Using the Family Finder test, it does not matter which line the Native American ancestry came from or whether or not that ancestor was male or female.
I had previously ordered Family Finder but it did not show our Native heritage - which was no surprise because Family Tree DNA pointed out that you must have 3% or more for the test to show your Native American heritage.
Help Desk provided a welcome explanation of the three tests that could determine Native American heritage but I am curious why they didn’t advise me to order the $15.00 test for the D9S919 marker. My conclusion is that the onus is on the individual to explore and read everything he or she can find that might give the answers being sought. Or in other words, don’t give up even if you hit a dead end! Keep looking for alternate answers. It’s just like doing genealogy research.
Time’s Peña Nieto ‘Saving Mexico’ Cover Sparks Confusion, Outrage
Mexicans respond mockingly to ridiculous Time Magazine cover story
Under the banner of “Saving Mexico,” Time Magazine has put Enrique Peña Nieto on the cover of its February 24 international edition.
Many who first saw the cover this morning responded with, “Is this a joke?” When people realized it wasn’t, it unleashed a backlash in Mexico and from Mexicans throughout the world toward Time and the cover story’s author, Michael Crowley.
“It’s the hot new emerging market. But can President Peña Nieto and his team of reformers really turn their country around?”, asks Time. The answer: not with Peña Nieto. And definitely not by further liberalizing Mexico’s natural resources.
The “Mexico Moment” meme is old and tired. Pushing Mexico as the “hot new emerging market” confirms what many predicted would happen with Peña Nieto’s privatization of PEMEX: The foreign press would shower EPN with accolades, create a bubble, cash in and then wait for the economic crisis to hit in order to buy even more of Mexico at a lower price.
The Mexican people, however, have lived through one too many Mexico Moments are now wise to this game. Here are some of the best “portadas verdaderas” that we’ve seen in response to Time’s cover.
The bottom image of the autodefensa grandmother holding a rifle is, we feel, the most accurate response of them all. Mexico’s people are saving themselves!