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Juliette Fairley's 'Mulatto Saga' Film Series Provides Work For The Often Overlooked Bi-Racial Actress In Hollywood (!)

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by Emmanuel Akitobi
August 6, 2012 9:51 AM
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L-R: Jasmine Guy and Juliette Fairley at red carpet premiere
of the short film 'Mulatto Saga'.
L-R: Jasmine Guy and Juliette Fairley at red carpet premiere of the short film 'Mulatto Saga'.

"There's a lack of roles in Hollywood for bi-racial women. So, I create my own content that I star in and in the process I create work for other actors of all races, genders and nationalities," said Fairley whose mother is white and father African American."

Did you get that?  I'll wait for you to pick your jaw up from off the floor.

Actress Juliette Fairley has decided to write, produce, and star in her own films because, essentially, bi-racial actresses ain't eatin' in Hollywood like they should.

I really don't know what to say about that, except that I respectfully disagree.

And that I must be dreaming, because never in a million years would I have imagined I'd hear someone with fully-functioning eyes say such a thing.

Fairley's first two short films, Mulatto Saga, and Juliette Fairley's Mulatto's Dilemma, will be followed by a third film titled Juliette Fairley's Diary of a Mulatto Bride, for which casting is currently underway.

I could go on and on about how incredibly absurd the above quote (taken from the press release below) is, and I could counter it by providing countless examples of bi-racial actresses who seem to always have a job, be it in film or on television.

But I won't, because there are obviously some serious underlying personal issues involved in this movement of Fairley's; issues with which those of us of a dissimilar background likely cannot relate.  So any argument against it from my own perspective would be futile.

Check out the press release on the film's premiere last week:

(Los Angeles, August 6, 2012) A Different World star Jasmine Guy lead the line up of celebrities attending the red carpet premiere
of the short film Mulatto Saga, which kicks off its two-month rotation on network affiliates and cable stations on Tuesday, August 7 on the CW-Network (WWHO-TV) in Columbus, Ohio at 12 noon.
Following the screening of Mulatto Saga and its sequel Juliette Fairley's Mulatto's Dilemma at the Mayme Clayton Museum last week, Actress Jasmine Guy moderated a Q and A about the film, interracial relationships and the sometimes hairy task of being bi-racial.
"The film Mulatto Saga is different and fresh. I grew up hating the word "mulatto" but I've learned to embrace it," said Guy whose mother is white and father African American.
Guy is best known for her role as Southern belle Whitley Gilbert in the Cosby tv show spinoff A Different World that she starred in along
with Cree Summer, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Darryl Bell.
For weekly station information and air dates for the film visit the syndicator's website, which is updated every Thursday at http://www.badamitv.com/nowplaying.php. Directed by Spike Lee's assistant director Michael Pinckney and based
on the stage play directed by filmmaker Charles Burnett, Mulatto Saga stars Juliette Fairley, Cassidy Knight, Kaylee Souther and Yacine Simpore. Fairley is currently casting her third short film called Juliette Fairley's Diary of a Mulatto Bride and raising funds for production on indiegogo.com and by selling a DVD of Mulatto Saga and its sequel Juliette Fairley's Mulatto's Dilemma at www.MulattoSaga.org.
"There's a lack of roles in Hollywood for bi-racial women. So, I create my own content that I star in and in the process I create work for other actors of all races, genders and nationalities," said Fairley whose mother is white and father African American. Sponsor Coty perfumes ended the red carpet premiere on Wednesday by gifting attendees with Halle Berry, Celine Dion and Kimora Lee Simmons gift sets while Halfbreed Clothing Co raffled shirts to ten lucky winners.
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  • yogadiva | October 5, 2012 2:19 PMReply

    Guess what ya'll! Juliette Fairley's Mulatto's Dilemma won Best Romantic Comedy at the New York International Film Festival in LA! here's a link to the scoop:
    http://movies.broadwayworld.com/article/Juliette-Fairleys-MULATTOS-DILEMMA-Wins-Film-Festival-Award-20121003#sthash.eoOFCJpU.jWfswg7m.dpbs

  • Tia | September 14, 2012 7:22 AMReply

    PART 10 : And this is the last part - So YOU GUYS need to PROTEST the ODR IF YOU DON'T LIKE US REPLACING YOU SO DAMN MUCH, protesting is what turned over the miscegenation and segregation laws so Black people DO have power to change things the question is... Do you really want to ? If not, then... you need to shut the hell up, CAUSE YES, WE ARE REPLACING YOU it's not like we're asking to, it's just that you keep letting us , you're making it just too damn easy, all it takes is a drop right??? LOL If you guys can gain by claiming us ( and you ARE gaining and you know it ) then why can't we, we can be opportunistic too and you are the ones that will have come out with the shorter end of the stick cause pretty soon all the authentic black features will have been washed away and you guys will just keep getting lighter and lighter till no one looks black anymore unless that's really what you secretly want anyway ( things that make you go hmmmm ) YOU GUYS ARE HELPING to be erased BY DOING NOTHING TO CHANGE THE STATUS QUA. ( oh no, We can't let go of the biracial people !!! NOOOO we need them to help raise our numbers and give a more diverse perspective on the image of black people ) LOL

    The one drop rule WAS benefiting you guys for a while there ( which it was never intended to, it was intended to benefit white people ) by raising your numbers, more diversity in phenotypes etc ( which the lighter ones are being chosen and the darker ones are being either dissed and stereotyped or ignored completely ) So now the whole " black people come in all colors and we embrace the " one drop rule " ( that racist whites started ) cause it's just so damn unifying " crap is NOW STARTING TO BACK FIRE ON YOU LIKE A MOTHER isn't it .

    Biracials need their own category or Biracials will just continued to be chosen over you and we will eventually be used to fully replace every positive image of you and the only time they will show the more authentic looking black person is for the stereotypes . Tough pill to swallow I know, but please do try not to choke on it .

  • Tia | September 14, 2012 7:02 AMReply

    PART 9 : So NOW when biracial people start replacing more authentic looking black people and start to be looked at as the " NEW Black " and MORE authentic looking black people are being pushed to the back burner or just being used to portray black stereotypes by society... NOW THERE'S A PROBLEM and it's now RACIST TO USE BIRACIAL'S TO REPRESENT BLACK PEOPLE RIGHT ??? WHAT HAPPEN TO THE SO MANY BLACK PEOPLE WILLINGNESS AND EAGERNESS TO EMBRACE THE RACIST ONE DROP RULE ? HMMMM ? now there's a problem ? BUT I THOUGHT WE BIRACIAL'S WERE BLACK ??? So now these biracial people are so-called " not black enough to represent Black people " LOL WOW, what changed ? You guys are starting to sound like opportunistic hypocrites and you accuse Biracial's of playing the fence when it suites us ??? WELL WHAT DO YOU CALL WHAT YOU'RE DOING ? WE'RE BLACK WHEN IT'S GOOD FOR YOU AND NOT BLACK ENOUGH WHEN THERE' S NOTHING TO GAIN BY CLAIMING US RIGHT !! THAT'S SURE AS HELL WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE AND FEELS LIKE .



    If black people don't like the choosing Biracials over " real black people " so much... then SPEAK UP or Boycott certain movies,shows . It will only get worse if you don't, they will continue to show preferential treatment for biracial features over more authentically black looking features and you will continue to see biracial people when they want to show the so-called positive attractive aspects and features of black people and they will use the darker blacks to represent the negative stereotypical view of black people and really... you'll have no one to blame but yourselves cause the racist "one drop rule" that you guys want to embrace so much has made it to where now black people can come in ALL colors( from ebony to Ivory ) and whites will always choose what's closer to them to show the positives and whats further from them to show the negatives . Just ONE DROP... RIGHT !!! REMEMBER ??? So don't complain now, either deal with it or help to get the "one drop rule" eradicated from society by rejecting it publicly as racist and refusing to perpetuate and embrace it in public, spread the word publicly, call a press conference or something LOL The one drop rule is your enemy not your damn friend and it was never meant to be your friend . As long as it's intact and as long as black people help to keep it alive... white people will always choose us over you ( at least with the females anyway ) unless like i said before they need a black female or male stereotype and then they'll choose you .

  • Tia | September 14, 2012 6:44 AMReply

    PART : 8 So black people want to go along and uphold the one drop rule and for Biracials to stay included in the black category because it is beneficial for black people to keep us in the black group with them But then... at the same time... they don't want Biracial's to be chosen before Black people from 2 black parents and black people who are darker with more black features, so racism and the ODR is actually fine with black people but only if it's beneficial to black people... and by beneficial... i mean, that the ODR has created more numbers for Black people ( anyone can be black according to the one drop rule, there is no other qualifying factor other than being able to find 1 drop of black blood in order to be black, which makes it's insanely ridiculous and racist and specifically opportunistic on black peoples part.

    The one drop rule has created more achievement's that would have otherwise of been considered Biracial achievements i.e. OBAMA among so many others who were biracial that were also deemed black (by racist white people's One drop theory) and falsely, so, were all those Biracial people's achievements and black people were all so willingly ready to falsely accept those biracial achievements as black achievements with open arms too ( it doesn't matter that they identified as only Black back then because they didn't have a choice, and also most of the white blood in black people back then came from slave rape or a rape that accorded after slavery, why the hell would you want to claim blood from something as disgraceful such as rape ? i know I wouldn't )

    The ODR has also created more diversity in phenotypes... that's why black people can come in all shades from Lilly freaking white( without being albino ) to ebony, from the lightest eyes colors to the deepest and darkest of eyes colors and STILL be Black with supposedly no admixture whatsoever and that is also ( whether you want to admit to it or not ) is the reason there is colorism in the black community to this day.

    Some black people say they embraced the one drop rule because it has forced Black unity within the community and I say ... YEAH RIGHT the "one drop rule" has brought nothing but problems to the black community not unity . The "one drop rule' has done absolutely nothing to unify black people in America, if it did you wouldn't have light V's Dark, Good hair V's kinky hair, light eyes V's dark eyes, broad nose V's slim nose, big lips V's thin lips . The 'one drop rule" didn't unify black people at all... it actually created a hierarchy within the black community, with the closet to European features you have the more prized you are within the black community and apparently within the white mainstream as well . True Unification doesn't come from being forced, it comes from choice.

    Every one with black blood being forced into the same group created a lot of issues within the black community, it's evident, you'd have to be in total denial not to realize it . Can anyone say colorism, resentment by dark skinned for the ones that are light and preferential treatment from white people and also from Black people for the ones that are light . Unity my A** . Yeah sure... looks like unity to me . NOTTTT !!!!

  • Tia | September 14, 2012 6:21 AMReply

    PART: 7 And if the ODR tactic doesn't work that's when many ( not all ) will throw out the massive guilt trip (and the guilt tripping starts as soon as any kind of otherness within the biracial person is detected )

    one of the guilt trips used is " You must think you're better than us " or you're just ashamed to have black in you " and sadly with a lot of biracial's... the guilt trip seems to work and they end up being coerced by many black people into identifying as only black because they don't want black people to think that their ashamed to have black in them and one of the ways to prove to Black people that you're not ashamed to have black in you...is for the Biracial person to ex out the other half of their heritage and just fully and completely identify as black and only black, especially if that other half of their heritage is coming from the white race .

    And if there is any white person who is in the presence of a black person ... and the white person makes reference to a biracial person actually being biracial either on T.V. Radio etc there always seems to be a black person there to remind that uniformed white person about the One Drop Rule and the history behind it, as if, because a white person from 100 + years ago made it up that somehow NOW the white people of today are not allowed to chose to not go by it, as if, somehow they need a black person's permission to do away with a racist ideology their ancestors came up with or something. LOL . NEWSFLASH TO BLACK PEOPLE .. white people don't need your permission to reject the One Drop Rule , just like they didn't ask for your permission to enforce it , they don't need your permission to reject it today, They created it, they can choose to reject it when ever they want .

  • Tia | September 14, 2012 6:09 AMReply

    PART 6 : Or maybe it's the fact that the One Drop rule or ODR is beneficial to the black race in general so there is something to gain for you guys by getting to claim us into your group !!!

    The sad reality is... many black people want to continue to have Biracial's be seen and looked at as black for the simple reason that it BENEFITS Black people in America in general to have biracial's in the same black boat as they are in, and most black people know it but no one ever want's to really admit to that being the reason for black people's wide spread acceptance of the 'one drop rule " and their so-called "acceptance" of biracial people into the black community in general .

    Yes I just said that .
    Many Black people's acceptance of biracials seems to come with conditions and what their is to be gained for black people by claiming us and many black people are so adamant on making sure we stay in the same category as them, and they make sure we stay in the black category by always trying to discourage biracials from any other identity choice other than a black one . Many black people always bringing up the ODR to biracial people and shove it down our throats in hopes that they can coerce us from making any other choice but a black one and trying to make it like we don't have any other choice of identity when they know that we really do. If we didn't have any other choice you wouldn't be working so hard to convince us that we didn't . LOL

  • Tia | September 14, 2012 5:49 AMReply

    PART : 5 What's funny though, is... Many black people accept and embrace the " one drop rule " even though it was founded on a racist ideology and meant to imply that black blood is something that contaminates you no matter how small the amount BUT... then get all offended when a white person uses racism and shows preferential treatment for Biracial' s over Black people that are dark skin ...

    So what that says to me is... you'll embrace one form of racism and white supremacy towards you by white people... but then you don't want to embrace another form of racism and white supremacy towards you by white people.. WHY NOT ? if you embrace one racist ideology that was meant to deem anyone with black blood as inferior and tainted then you should also embrace the other racist ideology that says the closer you are to white the better... RIGHT ??? same logic .

  • Tia | September 14, 2012 5:33 AMReply

    PART 4: The fact that black people aren't objecting to biracial people being used to represent black people .. white casting directors are taking that as BLACK PEOPLES APPROVAL . In their minds THEIR SAYING ... " If Black people had a problem with any of it... they would surly call us out on it and tell us they felt we were being racist... RIGHT ??? I mean anytime black people perceive racism coming from us white people... they don't just stay silent about it, they PROTEST, soooo if they thought this was racist or offensive to Black people they would let us know; but they don't, soooo they MUST APPROVE OF IT; their probably just happy that we're showing someone who has black in them, SO WHAT that their half white, Black people accept them as black and ' half White " doesn't = White in this country so... it really doesn't matter that their only half Black will just make Biracial people the new black and use them as tokens so we don't get accused of discrimination for not showing authentic looking black people.. we'll show Black BUT... not TOO BLACK " that's probably what's going through their minds.

    Lets not forget, the history of racism in this country and how white is considered right and black is considered BAD. So a white person will pick lighter over darker 9 times out of 10 (when it comes to the females and usually the darker males are used as the stereotype and so is the darker female ) you've seen it happen throughout history why do you think it would stop now especially when black people really aren't complaining to white directors about biracials being used to represent black ? It is the sad reality of America and the racism it was founded on and it will continue if certain white people are allowed to get away with it unchecked .

  • Tia | September 14, 2012 5:18 AMReply

    PART 3 : So When a white person cast a Biracial person as black they don't think anything of it because their usually never challenged on it so they just look at it as normal. Black people never seem to object to it in public or in a large number period . Black people are always including biracial people in the black category because of many black peoples willingness to so eagerly accept,embrace and perpetuate the racist " One Drop Rule " on such a large scale... to the point that.. if a biracial person says their anything other than black and Black ONLY.. and they openly decide to reject the racist " One Drop rule ..." and actually openly identify as Biracial ( WHAT THEY actually ARE ... ) many black people will get personally offended and take it as that biracial person attempting to personally and publicly reject black people and black blood completely .

    i.e. Tiger Woods and Mariah Carey, lets not forget that Mariah didn't always consider herself only Black, she identified as Mixed-race and biracial for like the longest time in public and black people accused both her and Tiger of " just not wanting to have black in them " because they didn't identify as Black and exclusively ONLY Black . For many Black people ... a Biracial person's attempt at rejecting the "One Drop Rule" is taken as an insult to black people.


    When really.. all biracial people are trying to do.. is reject a racist ideology that implies that they've somehow been contaminated by black blood and black people. We reject the ODR because we don't look at the black in us as something that contaminated us, as if, having black in you is comparable to having some kind of infectious disease or something, pftt.

    Did it spice things up ? HELL YEAH !!! but it sure as hell didn't taint me, so why should I or any other biracial person embrace the implication that it has ?

  • Tia | September 14, 2012 5:10 AMReply

    PART: 2 They hardly make roles for biracial characters who are actually being played by biracial people ( I'm talking about biracial's who are half Black half white right now ) If biracials boycotted or rejected roles that were specifically calling for someone who was fully black ( like some have suggested ) then Black/white Biracial's would never work.

    And one of the main reasons why there are no Biracial roles is because of the racist " One Drop Rule " being so heavily ingrained in the very fabric of American society, ( even though it is no longer a law anymore because it was banned in 1967 loving V's Virginia it is still socially followed ) it is so heavily ingrained that even many white people don't realize that when they actually consider a biracial person only black and just BLACK instead of what they actually are... ( which is Biracial ) their actually being racist and are actually " One Dropping " them . They just know, that if you're mixed with black you're looked at as black, there are many whites in this generation that don't know why it is that way... to them ... " that's just what they've always heard " and they don't think to question it any further than that .

  • Tia | September 14, 2012 4:59 AMReply

    PART: 1 The reasons she is saying Biracial people are overlooked is because WE ARE over looked . What we actually ARE is being overlooked . The only time a biracial person is even being looked at or considered for a role is when their being typed-cast to play a black person who has supposedly came from 2 black parents.

    How many biracial people do you see acting in roles to where they are actually playing what they are which is biracial person??? hardly any. How many roles do you see where they are playing a biracial person where they actually show their white parent or non black parent ? NOT very many, and of the ones they do show... it's a relatively recent occurrence, I'd say... within the last decade or so and you STILL hardly see it.

  • Tia | September 14, 2012 4:56 AMReply

    DISCLAIMER: Ok this is probably going to be considered a really lengthy comment, it will more than likely be in several parts because As of now, I don't know if there is a character limit on here but I'm guessing that there is because the comments on here are so short, so if there is I'll find out when I try to post this in it's entirety and it wont go through, then you will end up seeing this one long comment in several parts. And YES it has to be long because I can't say what I'm about to say in a short message some may even find what I'm about to say very harsh, but ... the truth often hurts before it helps, please keep that in mind, that being said ...

  • Winston | September 14, 2012 10:12 AM

    @TIA-- You're so TRAGIC. And pathetic. That's my Part 1 . . . and done.

  • yogadiva | August 23, 2012 5:05 PMReply

    This week...Mulatto Saga airs in:

    Toledo Station: WMNT-TV MYNET Date: 8/23 Time: 10:00AM

    Baltimore Station: WMAR-TV Date: 8/25 Time: 2:00AM

    Honolulu Station: KWHE-TV LeSea Date: 8/25 Time: 5:00PM

    Monroe-El Dorado Station: KAQY-TV ABC Date: 8/26 Time: 1:00PM


    Atlanta Station: WXIA-TV ABC Date: 8/26 Time: 1:00PM

    Toledo Station: WMNT-TV MYNET Date: 8/26 Time: 1:00PM

    Davenport-R.Island-Moline Station: WQAD-TV ABC Date: 8/26 Time: 1:00PM

    Albany-Schenectady-Troy Station: WNYT-TV NBC Date: 8/27 Time: 12:00PM

    Columbus-Tupelo-W Pnt-Hstn Station: WCBI-TV CBS Date: 8/29 Time: 1:05AM

  • Tia | September 14, 2012 7:54 PM

    @ Winston, Haaa... REALLY ? ??? LMAO . I think it's tragic and pathetic that that's the only rebuttal you can manage to come up with . Truth hurts sorry, but you acting like a child and calling people names isn't solving anything GROW UP . Now I'm done .

  • yogadiva | August 22, 2012 9:37 PMReply

    Juliette Fairley's Mulatto's Dilemma is an official selection of the New York International Film Festival in LA...September 12 to 18, 2012. Stop hatin' and check out red carpet interviews from the Aug. 20 NY premiere of Mulatto Saga and Juliette Fairley's Mulatto's Dilemma at M1-5. http://youtu.be/ZYoZfV-J_vQ

  • Nadine | August 22, 2012 10:15 PM

    "Stop hatin'"...? Yeah... okay.

  • bondgirl | August 22, 2012 9:55 PM

    @Akimbo: Same thing I was thnking....she is really special.

  • Akimbo | August 22, 2012 9:45 PM

    Congrats, Juliette. Now please stop your spamming.

  • yogadiva | August 11, 2012 10:25 PMReply

    Check out this video of Jasmine Guy and Juliette Fairley discuss the issue http://youtu.be/nr7JGNOLgjo

  • yogadiva | August 10, 2012 6:28 PMReply

    Don't miss Juliette Fairley, Cassidy Knight, Kaylee Souther and other actresses in Mulatto Saga on the following tv stations and states this weekend:
    Odessa-Midland Station: KPEJ-TV FOX Date: 8/11 Time: 4:00AM

    Jacksonville Station: WAWS-TV FOX Date: 8/11 Time: 12:00PM

    Norfolk-Portsmth-Newpt Nws Station: WSKY-TV IND Date: 8/11 Time: 1:00PM

    Wausau-Rhinelander Station: WSAW-TV MYTV Date: 8/11 Time: 2:00PM

    Charleston, SC Station: WTAT-TV FOX Date: 8/11 Time: 6:00PM

    Washington, DC (Hagrstwn) Station: WDCA-TV My20 Date: 8/12 Time: 4:00AM

    Jackson, MS Station: WAPT-TV NBC Date: 8/12 Time: 12:00PM

    Meridian Station: WGBC-TV FOX Date: 8/12 Time: 12:00PM

    Columbia, SC Station: WOLO-TV ABC Date: 8/12 Time: 1:00PM

    Raleigh-Durham (Fayetvlle) Station: WRDC-TV MYNET Date: 8/12 Time: 1:00PM

    Milwaukee Station: WITI -TV FOX Date: 8/12 Time: 1:00PM

    Albany, GA Station: WFXL-TV FOX Date: 8/12 Time: 1:00PM

    Wilmington Station: WWAY-TV ABC Date: 8/12 Time: 1:00PM

    Cleveland-Akron (Canton) Station: WEWS-TV ABC Date: 8/12 Time: 2:00PM

    Utica Station: WFXV-TV FOX Date: 8/12 Time: 2:30PM

    Shreveport Station: KSHV-TV MyNET Date: 8/12 Time: 2:00PM

    Denver Station: KETD.2 IND Date: 8/12 Time: 2:00PM

    Colorado Springs-Pueblo Station: KWHS IND Date: 8/12 Time: 2:00PM

    Grand Rapids-Kalmzoo-B.Crk Station: WZZM-TV ABC Date: 8/12 Time: 3:00PM

    Tyler-Longview(Lfkn&Ncgd) Station: KLPN-TV MYNET Date: 8/12 Time: 3:00PM

    Youngstown Station: WYFX-TV FOX Date: 8/12 Time: 4:00PM

  • anon | August 10, 2012 11:19 AMReply

    lol overlooked biracial actress? ive heard it all now! no longer are they happy stealing all black womens roles now thats not enough, they want their own roles? Great! hopefully that will stop them stealing bw roles. But isnt it ironic -shouldnt it be BLACK women complaing about the lack of roles for them not the women who seem to be doing pretty well in hollywood. Goes to show how entitled some biracials are and how pathetic bw are as these people have shown their disdain and utter contempt for the roles that black women "champion" and support (i.e thandie newton etc al) and believe that these roles are "beneath them" something I knew they thought all along. but yeah we're all black riiiiiighhhht!

  • Nancy Williams | August 8, 2012 11:51 AMReply

    Are you only sticking to the actual definition of mullato/a or including all lighter skinned actress who aren't half of one and have of another? I doubt the majority white casting directors make the differentiation. I doubt they do extensive genealogies, I'm sure they go on looks only. Genetically, we are an extremely diverse people; most of us have a variety of colors in our family history. I grew up closely with a fair-skinned grandmother who took great affront when people addressed her in another language. "I am a colored woman!" she would acclaim with great indignation. You cannot ascertain racial history just by looking at someone. Look at the newly revealed genealogy of the President, deep and very different.

  • ALM | August 8, 2012 11:24 PM

    @Nancy: Great comment. I keep telling people that you can't look at someone and determine their race. Race can no longer be perceived solely by the eyes.

  • lim | August 8, 2012 11:21 AMReply

    All those Bi-Racial actresses mentioned aren't playing Bi-Racial (Mulatto) characters in movies and tv, they are either black or hispanic. The fact that she used the word Mulatto shouldn't be a big deal, people get upset over the weirdest things. Year 2012 and the N word is constantly being used in music, movies, etc by people defining themselves but yet, Mulatto, makes people squirm.

  • Boomslang | August 10, 2012 5:33 PM

    @Nancy,

    White people CAN actually tell the difference .I don't know why you guys insist they can't see , as if you live in their minds . To produce a biracial you need a white person's genes or am I missing something.
    Light skinned black people actually have full african features ( something some of you guys are too chicken to put into words ) . Biracials look biracial for the most part , um.. that's what they are.They just aren't a part of the black diversity per se.

  • ALM | August 8, 2012 11:25 PM

    @Lim: A lot of African Americans don't like the N word either. Just because it's still being used doesn't mean that everyone is okay with the use of the word.

  • Mountaincoco | August 8, 2012 1:55 AMReply

    You have GOT to be effin' kidding me. What the hell year is it...1912? Mulatto? Wha? Huh?

    So, since I am a "quadroon", should I be expecting more stories for "people like me"?
    This dumb crap boggles the mind. What is it that makes people like this woman feel that they can pull up all that was wrong from the past and resurrect it like some kind of "post-racial Frankenstein monster"? I hope this heifer grows cobwebs on her azz waiting for a nod from Hollywood.

  • Miles Ellison | August 7, 2012 9:30 PMReply

    Mulatto? What year is this, 1870?

  • LEAF | August 7, 2012 7:11 PMReply

    Is this a joke? I mean it HAS to be a joke. Biracial women have ALWAYS worked more than the sistas who look COMPLETELY black in Hollywood. The list could go on for days of the actresses who fall into this biracial category. I get telling the story of what it's like to grow up biracial but to say you have it worse in Hollywood because of this is just outright ridiculous. This woman should ask herself were her acting chops not good enough or did she not make the right connections in Tinsel Town not did her mulatto-ness attribute to her difficulty getting acting jobs. This is beyond ridiculous and a ploy to further her non-existent acting career.

  • Reef215 | August 8, 2012 4:03 PM

    Quote: "Biracial women have ALWAYS worked more than the sistas who look COMPLETELY black in Hollywood"

    EXACTLY!!!!

    Most mulatto people THROW IT IN YOUR FACE THAT THEY ARE MIXED...and black people so desperately wanting to be something other than black, used to have the line "I got Indian in my family"

    White people do it to, they say they're a mixture of other European cultures to make themselves seem more exotic

    Mixed people, especially Latinas, are PROUD to be of more than one race!

  • COMMENT POLICE | August 7, 2012 3:52 AMReply

    THIS ALL SEEMS KIND OF PATHETIC & VERY EXPLOITATIVE. SOMETHING ABOUT THE FILMMAKER DOESN'T SIT RIGHT. THE STORY SHE TELLS ABOUT HER FIANCE'S MOM REFUSING TO COME TO THE WEDDING BECAUSE HER DAD'S BLACK...THAT'S DEEP & CRAZY, BUT IT'S LIKE IT DOESN'T EVEN OCCUR TO HER THAT, IF BOTH HER PARENTS WERE BLACK, THIS MAN PROBABLY NEVER WOULD HAVE ASKED HER TO MARRY HIM, OR MAYBE EVEN GIVEN HER THE TIME OF DAY. NO ONE EVER SEEMS TO RECOGNIZE THEIR PRIVILEDGE, ONLY THEIR OPPRESSION.

  • bondgirl | August 7, 2012 11:56 PM

    This chick is dry and boring, with the personality of a mosquito. I agree with all your statements, except maybe the part about her husband. White people will always date/marry us, if we are willing to vilify and subjugate black people in order to be with them. Not only have I witnessed this myself, but there are too many public examples. Exhibit A & B: Jimmy Walker & Ann Coulter pairing, Clarence Thomas and his wife.

  • Miles Ellison | August 7, 2012 10:20 PM

    Truer words have never been spoken.

  • Nadine | August 7, 2012 4:43 PM

    Boom.

  • Laura | August 7, 2012 10:11 AM

    @Comment Police. "NO ONE EVER SEEMS TO RECOGNIZE THEIR PRIVILEDGE, ONLY THEIR OPPRESSION." I think I'll be borrowing that line.

  • BeemooreeBeemooree | August 6, 2012 11:37 PMReply

    Probably bc She looks like a man . Everybody knows biracial black actresses have the upper hand on black actresses

  • nycchick | August 6, 2012 9:35 PMReply

    Oh please. I know this chick. She's not been forced into creating her own work bc biracial actresses are overlooked. She's not getting work bc there's nothing compelling about her.

  • HU_GRAD_MAN | May 22, 2013 1:54 PM

    Exactly. That's why we're protesting the next screening. Keep an eye out on Twitter for the details.

  • Laura | August 6, 2012 10:32 PM

    @NYCCHICK. That's what I got from reading the post. I get that she's differentiating herself from the other biracial actresses by marketing herself as a biracial actress. That why I didn't get worked up about her statement

  • ALM | August 6, 2012 9:32 PMReply

    Did she just say:

    1. That no one really spotlighted biracial Americans prior to President Obama's election

    2. That race relations have IMPROVED since President Obama's election?

    with a straight face? Really?!

  • Orville | August 6, 2012 7:32 PMReply

    I think Juliette Fairley has a right to make movies specifically about the experiences of mulatto and biracial women because their life experiences are different than black people.
    However, I disagree that mulatto women have it harder in fact I think biracial actresses got it the BEST out of all women of colour in Hollywood. Hollywood likes biracial and mixed race women because the industry can claim to be racially diverse yet also appealing to the white beauty image. Halle Berry is a good actress but the fact is she's half white just like her 2.0 version Paula Patton. First Berry got big in the late 1990s early 2000s and now Patton got a huge role in Mission Impossible recently.

    Hollywood also favours singers who are mixed race like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Alicia Keys because the the film industry believes mulatto women can cross over easier and appeal to white audiences.

  • anon | August 10, 2012 11:27 AM

    yes paula is using EXACTLY the same blue print as halle -start off in blk films and then cross over to hollywood i.e using the blk communities meagre resources (that should only be reserved for blacks) to leverage a career in white hollywood and NEVR.LOOK.BACK.
    She's already got the white husband and white baby so its pretty much a wrap.

  • COMMENT POLICE | August 7, 2012 3:36 AM

    SHE HAS COLOR ISSUES. ANY TRUTH IN HER COMMENTS ON SUCH ISSUES IS ALWAYS CLOUDED BY THAT BIAS/INSECURITY. IT'S TOO BAD.

  • Laura | August 6, 2012 10:35 PM

    Beyonce & Rhianna are mixed (bi-?) raced? When did that happen? I thought they lighter skin Black women with more European like features.

  • K | August 6, 2012 4:06 PMReply

    "We were alaways under the shadows of African-Americans or the Afro as I would say." I was gonna give her the benefit of the doubt but after hearing that, it's some ol' bullshit.

  • Thutmose | August 6, 2012 4:03 PMReply

    Maybe she feels she needs to do this because she feels the kind of work she's receiving/accepting is not good enough for her and not because there's a need for more biracial roles in Hollywood. That in itself sounds ridiculous.

  • artbizzy | August 6, 2012 3:43 PMReply

    All actresses of color are overlooked. Birracial actresses are cast more, sure, but in the grand scheme of things they are overlooked and often sexualized and exoticized as to be not taken serioulsy as actresses only as eye candy. Actresses are overlooked period. Hollywood is a boys club. A white boys club and whatever the flava of the moment that catches their fancy which tends to be white women but they will occassionally throw a biracial girl in the mix for a little color. I think it's worth it to hear this side of the story because like it or not it is part of the whole story of who we and our ancestors are in this country and this world.

  • Boomslang | August 6, 2012 2:53 PMReply

    I think the title of her mini movie should have been " Half of a shade" or something similar. But mulatto diaries is terribly offensive , argh !!!! and it makes it easier for people to make fun of it all.

  • Xi | August 6, 2012 1:53 PMReply

    I think somewhere in this horrible expression of her intentions, she means she wants to bring to light "the mulatto story" in which case I can understand her plight...even though it sounds like a 2012 "Feast of All Saints".

  • Kwame | August 6, 2012 2:09 PM

    @XI-- " . . . she wants to bring to 'light' . . ." I see what you did there. Ha, ha!

  • Ladybug | August 6, 2012 1:09 PMReply

    Um really . . . . Halle Berry, Paula Patton, Salli Richardson, Thandie Newton, Essence Atkinson, Boris Kodjoe, Cree Summer, Gloria Rueben, Jennifer Beals, Sidney Poitier, Jordan Sparks, Karyn Parsons, Lisa Bonet, Rashida Jones, Lauren London, Lonette McKee, Maya Rudolph, Megan Good, Michael Michelle, Nicole Ari Parker, Persia White, Rachel True, Rae Dawn Chong, Eartha Kitt, Rosario Dawson, Sophie Okonedo, Stacy Dash, Tia & Tamara Mowry, Tatianna Ali, Tracee Ellis Ross, Vanessa Williams, Victoria Rowell . . . I am sure I forgot so many

  • artbizzy | August 6, 2012 11:22 PM

    Sydney Poitier is Sidney Poitier's actress daughter and she is bi-racial.

  • Christine | August 6, 2012 11:14 PM

    Sidney Poitier is neither a woman, nor mixed race. Just had to point that out.

  • Ladybug | August 6, 2012 12:59 PMReply

    She's out of her mind . . . maybe someone should educate her . . . oh and Different World also starred Kadeem Hardison and Dawn Lewis . . . sigh

  • Ali | August 6, 2012 1:21 PM

    I like how they mention Darryl M. Bell(who is pretty irrelevant now and never was the most popular cast member) but they didn't mention ANY of the popular and original dark skinned cast members. LOL

  • justsaying | August 6, 2012 12:26 PMReply

    Did she say "we were always in the shadows of the African-Americans and the Afro as I say. And now the biracial are standing on their own two feet. And that doesn't mean we're turning our backs on anyone. It's just we have experiences in this country... and its different." Come on son. I agree with all of the previous comments here. You can articulate the need for more diverse stories, but why does she feel the need to compare or make it seem like African-Americans are overshadowing biracial (black/white) people. Why didn't she talk about being in the shadows of WHITE people. You don't need acknowledgement from others that your experience was tough in order to succeed. Just do it. So silly...

  • Darkan | August 6, 2012 11:59 AMReply

    Lmbao at the story then seeing ads of Rashida Jones plastered all over the site. Ignorance is bliss! Lol.

  • Marie | August 6, 2012 11:48 AMReply

    I, too, respectfully disagree with her comments. It's clear to me that the trend for roles for "black" actresses in American movies is to go with light-skinned women who are often biracial or Hispanic. As I noted before, Will Smith's wife in 1998's Enemy of the State was played by brown-skinned Regina King. By 2007's I Am Legend, his wife was played by biracial Salli Richardson, then in following films there was biracial Thandie Newton and Hispanics Eva Mendes and Rosario Dawson. He hasn't had a brown-skinned love interest since. Hollywood's preferences are clear when it comes to actresses: white (preferably blonde), then women who have a hint of color in them to make them "exotic" but not TOO much color in them which is why biracial women have become popular. I'm not familiar with any of Ms. Fairley's work but maybe she needs to consider other reasons for her lack of employment.

  • Donella | August 7, 2012 3:57 PM

    "I'm not familiar with any of Ms. Fairley's work but maybe she needs to consider other reasons for her lack of employment." I agree. Fairley's lack of employment is for other reasons. Halle Berry, Rosario Dawson, Sallie Richardson, Paula Patton, Thandie Newton, etc are doing good to great.

  • LeonRaymond | August 6, 2012 11:26 AMReply

    She has the utmost right to state this premise, mission, but the danger in going forward is that it's going to look a lot like some form of elite banner waving, I think we should not do this cause then it calls for too much separation among us all when she should have simply stated I want to make films that have more people of color who are not getting enough film roles. it looks too much like pouting when they have the connections and means to put forward lots of projects into production. I mean , I hear them, and say hey go for it but it looks shaky

  • Logic | August 6, 2012 11:24 AMReply

    Is this how people become relevant nowadays, by using outdated/offensive terminology (Mulatto? Redbone? Halfbreed? Really??) and trolling with blatantly divisive lies? Is there a competition for who can say the dumbest ish going right now, the foolywang olympics? Bottom line, if this chick had a modicum of talent and a competent therapist she wouldn't need to resort to these reindeer games. Next.

  • BluTopaz | August 6, 2012 10:26 AMReply

    I would say technically it should be Mulatta given the subject matter, but with those two hard looking broads the male signifier is appropriate. And does that really say "Halfbreed Clothing Co?"

  • Moe | August 6, 2012 10:25 AMReply

    Simply stupid, divisive and insulting! Reveals a complete ignorance to the history of black American bloodlines (diverse in race and ethnicity whether or not one has a white or other parent or not) Enough said!!!

  • keyshantel | August 6, 2012 10:24 AMReply

    I can't believe this chick set her mouth to even suggest that biracial actress aren't working enough in hollyweird. Is this a joke. Lets not name all the roles which have gone to biracial women playing the "black character". None of those roles have gone to black women or women who dont' look mixed. Get real.

  • Akimbo | August 6, 2012 10:21 AMReply

    Unless she means that the biracial woman's STORY is not being told, she's totally crazy. Let's not lose our minds,too.

  • Unfazed | August 7, 2012 8:02 PM

    Ummm . . . their story has been told by Halle Berry, plenty times. And remember how on FOX's 'NY Undercover', J.C. chose Sandy over Chantal? That's the whole story right there. Girl, BYE!

  • Nicole | August 6, 2012 10:44 PM

    I agree with Akimbo. She has to mean there's a lack of stories not roles.

  • Justsaying | August 6, 2012 12:15 PM

    Yes, I agree @Akimnbo... there is a difference between biracial actors getting roles and the stories portraying biracial people and their stories in the real world

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