Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Interracial marriages surge across U.S.

"NEW YORK — The charisma king of the 2008 presidential field. The world's best golfer. The captain of the New York Yankees. Besides superstardom, Barack Obama, Tiger Woods and Derek Jeter have another."

United States of America November 5, 2007 -- For most of U.S. history, in most communities, such unions were taboo.It was only 40 years ago — on June 12, 1967 — that the U.S. Supreme Court knocked down a Virginia statute barring whites from marrying non-whites. The decision also overturned similar bans in 15 other states.

Since that landmark Loving v. Virginia ruling, the number of interracial marriages has soared; for example, black-white marriages increased from 65,000 in 1970 to 422,000 in 2005, according to Census Bureau figures. Factoring in all racial combinations, Stanford University sociologist Michael Rosenfeld calculates that more than 7% of America's 59 million married couples in 2005 were interracial, compared to less than 2% in 1970. And 45% of the interracial couples met from online dating servce, like interracialfriends.com,match.com.

Coupled with a steady flow of immigrants from all parts of the world, the surge of interracial marriages and multiracial children is producing a 21st century America more diverse than ever, with the potential to become less stratified by race.

"The racial divide in the U.S. is a fundamental divide. ... but when you have the 'other' in your own family, it's hard to think of them as 'other' anymore," Rosenfeld said. "We see a blurring of the old lines, and that has to be a good thing, because the lines were artificial in the first place.

"The boundaries were still distinct in 1967, a year when the Sidney Poitier film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner— a comedy built around parents' acceptance of an interracial couple — was considered groundbreaking. The Supreme Court ruled that Virginia could not criminalize the marriage that Richard Loving, a white, and his black wife, Mildred, entered into nine years earlier in Washington, D.C.

But what once seemed so radical to many Americans is now commonplace.

Many prominent blacks — including Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, civil rights leader Julian Bond and former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun — have married whites. Well-known whites who have married blacks include former Defense Secretary William Cohen and actor Robert DeNiro.

Last year, the Salvation Army installed Israel Gaither as the first black leader of its U.S. operations. He and his wife, Eva, who is white, wed in 1967 — the first interracial marriage between Salvation Army officers in the United States.

Opinion polls show overwhelming popular support, especially among younger people, for interracial marriage.

That's not to say acceptance has been universal. Interviews with interracial couples from around the country reveal varied challenges, and opposition has lingered in some quarters.

Bob Jones University in South Carolina only dropped its ban on interracial dating in 2000; a year later 40% of the voters objected when Alabama became the last state to remove a no-longer-enforceable ban on interracial marriages from its constitution.

Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Hallowmas Hair

We can only imagine what must be living in that rat's nest atop Amy Winehouse's head.

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

The Hottest Celebrity Interracial Couples !

The Hottest Celebrity Interracial Couples

Which Celebrity Interracial Couples making a great match!


Taye Diggs
and Idina Menzel



Tom Verica
and Kira Arné



Aisha Tyler
and Jeff Tietjens



Cuba Gooding,
Jr. and Sara (Kapfer) Gooding



Rashida Jones
and Mark Ronson



Newton and Oliver Parker



Lenny Kravitz
and Nicole Kidman



Seal and
Heidi Klum



Michelle Kwan
and Brad Ference



Karyn Parsons
and Alexandre Rockwell





Celebrity-Interracial-Couples Derek Sanderson Jeter (Seven)

Derek Sanderson JeterDOB: June 26, 1974, Chilton Memorial Hospital, Pequannock, NJ; Moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan where he began playing ball at the age of five.
Career Highs: New York Yankees Shortstop; AL Rookie of the Year, 1996
Career Lows: Getting unwanted media attention due to a threatening letter that warned he'd be "shot or set on fire" if he didn't stop dating white women.

Filmography: Through the Fire, 2005, Appeared as himself; Anger Management, 2003, Appeared as himself
Racial/Ethnic Heritage: Multiracial: His father, Charles Jeter is African-American; His mother, Dorothy Conner is Caucasian.
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Jessica BielDOB: March 3, 1982, Ely, Minnesota; has lived in 6 states, but likes to call Boulder, Colorado home TV: 7th Heaven
Film: Blade Trinity, 2004; Cellular, 2004; The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 2003; The Rules of Attraction, 2002; Summer Catch, 2001; I'll Be Home for Christmas, 1998; Ulee's Gold, 1997
To find your own interracial relationship

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Celebrity-Interracial-Couples Halle Berry (Six)

Halle BerryDOB: August 14, 1968, Cleveland, Ohio

Career Highs and Lows: She won The Best Actress Oscar for MONSTER'S BALL in 2002--the first African-American to win the Best Actress Oscar. She also won the Razzies Worst Performance for her CATWOMAN in 2005.
Films: X-men 3 (March 2006), Catwoman (2004), Gothika (2003), X-men 2 (2003), Die Another Day (2002), Monster's Ball (2002), Swordfish (2001), X-men (2000), Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999), Jungle Fever (1991)
Inspirations: Her mom, Judith Berry, Dorothy Dandridge, Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Jodie Foster, Yvonne Sims (her fifth grade teacher)
Racial/Ethnic Heritage: Bi-racial - African American and Caucasian English

Interracial personal website: www.interracialfriends.com

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Celebrity-Interracial-Couples Tiger & Elin (Five)

"It's pretty exciting to find a person who complements you so well. She's just like me: very competitive with a little bit of a temper." -Tiger Woods, on Elin Nordegren.

In November 2003, Tiger and Elin attended the President's Cup tournament in South Africa and became officially engaged when Tiger proposed at the luxury Shamwari game reserve.

On October 5, 2004, Tiger and Elin were married by the 19th hole of an exclusive golf resort in Barbados. The ceremony reportedly cost over $1.5 million. Privacy was achieved by buying out the island's sole helicopter charter company and by booking the entire hotel - 200 rooms ranging in price from $700 to $8,000 per night.

The couple spent their wedding night on a $57 million, 155-foot yacht named "Privacy."
Tiger and Elin currently spend their time in their Florida and California residences. The couple is expecting their first child in summer of 2007.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Interracial Love Story Online (four)

Rosario DawsonBirthdate: May 9, 1979Birthplace: New York, New YorkQuote: On getting her first feature role in Kids: "I was just hanging out where I live, and they asked if I wanted to be in the movie. I was like, 'You're picking people off the street? Obviously this movie is not going anywhere.' " -- E! Online's Sizzlin' 16, 2000
Claim to Fame: Breakthrough performance in Kids (1995)
led to leading roles in He Got Game (1998),
Josie and the Pussycats (2000),
Men in Black II (2002),
the Rundown (XXXX), Alexander (2004),
Rent (2005),
Sin City (2005),
Killshot (2006),
Clerks 2 (2006)
Significant Other: Jason Lewis, actor, Sex and the City; dating since 2004
Factoid: Discovered by Kids director while sitting on her stoop in NY's Lower East Side Jason LewisBirthdate: June 25, 1971
Birthplace: Newport Beach, CaliforniaClaim to Fame: Played Smith Jarrod on the HBO series Sex and the City