biracial-characters

anyway so cc literally told a fan looking for positive Muslim representation that it won’t ever happen because shadowhunters only worship raziel, completely disregarding how this angel bullshit doesn’t fit all religions/cultures and also erasing other religions like buddhism etc by effectively suggesting that shadowhunters “absorb” their philosophies but won’t acknowledge it as a “real” religion bc there’s only one true religion in their universe.

#HOGWARTSBLACKOUT

I wonder how Ron can stand having such a fine friend and girlfriend lol.

i wrote a thing

it’s not really edited and probably full of tense issues and passive voice or what ever, but i’m excited damn it. It’s a potential scene in the book i’m writing, inspired by that post about sci-fi/fantasy with minorities that is not ABOUT the minorities… I’m only just getting started, i don’t even have a real plot yet but it’s getting there, anywho, have a thing: 

It’s three twelve a.m. when Davin Kahye is drawn from the near trance like state he often enters when writing. He blinks strained green eyes as he tries to shift mental gears. The sound of a wailing babe is punctuated by a rapping at the door and some clarity bleeds into Davin’s awareness. *Someone’s at the door, and they have noisy brat in tow*


Davin mumbles “thank you captain obvious” as he slips from his chair, grabs his precious hat, and pads down the hall. Eric pops his head from their bedroom at the far end.


“It’s after three, you should have been in bed.” His glare is as ineffective on Davin as it is on his more rambunctious students.


“I was writing,” Davin says, as though that was all the explanation he need give.


Eric’s responding sigh and motion to open the door seemed to say it was.
Davin does as told and tugs the door open to reveal a young woman with large frightened eyes, clutching a squalling infant in her arms. She pushes into the hall and slams the door closed behind her. Her breathing is so fast that Davin worries she will hyperventilate.


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[cracks knuckles] aight pal lemme tell you A Thing™. The biracial Danny headcanon came from my fic Paranormal Activity VII, henceforth referred to as PAVII, for convenience. I thought to myself, “Self? How can I make this fic more diverse?”

And then it hit me. Make a character biracial (because I don’t see enough biracial characters in fanfiction, and I wanted someone like me). Danny’s Korean heritage comes from Jack, in this headcanon. ok now sTAY WITH ME HERE I CAN EXPLAIN!!

I was once told that Korean men were actually pretty tall on average, being about 5′11 (a full three inches taller than the average American man!!!) Jack, as we all know, is a fucking giant. I had already been considering making one of Danny’s parents Korean, but before I heard that Jack’s height had been a huge roadblock to me. However, not many people have naturally black hair without being Asian. Both Danny and Jack have naturally black hair. I know it’s natural because black hair is recessive. If Maddie’s hair is naturally red, she has two red alleles, since red hair is also recessive. I know her hair color is natural because of her sister, Alicia, who also has red hair. Therefore, if Maddie’s hair is naturally red, then both Jazz and Danny have a chance of getting either red or black hair. I know Danny’s hair is naturally and genetically black thanks to the theme song: 

“There was a great big flash, everything just changed; his molecules got all rearranged!”

If his molecules got rearranged, that means his cells, DNA, and genetic code were all altered when he got zapped. Therefore, in order to go with the whole “inverse colors” thing, his hair had to be naturally black. In order to be naturally black, the only parent with black hair had to pass on both black alleles. I reiterate: I have never in my life seen a white person with naturally black hair.

I chose to make Jack Korean because I’m a quarter Korean. It’s a lot easier for me to accurately write him, since I know the culture and can get information firsthand from my grandmother, rather than internet searches that may or may not be accurate.

I got off topic a bit and I apologize (genetics are really cool!!!), but yeah. I headcanon Danny as half Korean, half white, and he gets the Korean half from his dad.

~theartisticintrovert

Masterlist: black & biracial character name ideas

As a black girl in the RP community, in just regular rps, I see a lot of very interesting names for POC, specifically the black/mixed characters. No there aren’t specific names that black people have to have and this isn’t to say that black people don’t or can’t have names that aren’t traditionally black but most of the black people I know don’t have names like “Suzie” or “Sarah”, you feel me? And just like FCs of different ethnicities can have ethnicity-specific last names, black FCs can have different names than you’re used to. So here’s a masterlist of some names that I like that I believe could fit black/mixed characters based on my name, my friends and families names, etc.

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I was recently thinking how Iris, Joe, and Wally being Black means that this Arrowverse/Flarrowverse’s speedsters will be most Black/biracial.

 If you don’t already know Don and Dawn are the twin children of Barry and Iris. Bart (Impulse) is Don’s son. I chose the actor Cameron Boyce because he has one grandparent who is Black just like I imagine this world’s Bart to have and he also reminds me of Grant. Jenni Ognats (XS) is Dawn’s daughter and as you all can see was originally created as a biracial Black character.

Irey and Jai are the children of Wally West and Linda Park in the comic books. Since Linda is Barry’s ex in this universe I took it upon myself to imagine Wally meeting and falling in love with a speedster named Danica Williams who is The Flash in the Beyond Universe that was brought to us by Batman Beyond.

Finally we have Max Mercury, the time-traveling speedster from the 1830s who operate as a mentor to many of the future West-Allen kids. His origin is based in some racist, mystical Native tropes so I racebent him to fix it.

The Flash Family now has the potential to show off a variety of Black skin tones and I pray to god that they do it right.

Also Barry is now that cool ass White Grandpa in a Black Family and that makes me happy AF.


Don and Dawn Allen (The Tornado Twins) played by Charlie Barnett & Monica Raymund

Bart Allen (Impulse) played by Cameron Boyce

Jenni Ognats (XS) played by Alisha Boe

Iris “Irey” West II played by Sydney Park

Jai West played by Miles Brown

Danica Williams (The Flash Beyond Universe) played by Stefanee Martin

Max Mercury played by Martin Sensmeier

I LOVE THAT PHARAH’S DAD IS CANADIAN!!! that makes her Thunderbird skin actually reALLY COOL because she’s not only proud of her egyptian heritage but also from her native canadian ancestry and at least for me it’s really wonderful to see first nations represented 

AND on top we got the added bonus that none of her parents are white?? A BIRACIAL CHARACTER WITHOUT A WHITE PARENT??? I’m so here for thissñdfjodfsdfsldjflsodisjd

anonymous asked:

Writer to writer, how do you go about creating characters who extend beyond your sphere of personal knowledge. I don't want to be one of those cishet white writers who only write cishet white characters, but equally as terrifying is misrepresenting whatever group I want to give representation to. Its a really big dilema for me because I have not been exposed to a whole lot in my life yet, so my go to point of reference for creating realistic human characters is myself. Please, any tips?

My main character is biracial, so I get ya. I am not Japanese, so I’ve done my best not to misrepresent Japanese people. As far as tips, this sphere of race/gender/sexuality/ability/etc, while scary on the outside, is much the same as any writing. And this is the part where I make a list. Because, well… lists.

1.     Find an understanding through research. This type of research is so important because you need to understand the culture of the group as well as what’s okay vs not okay. After all, your character would probably know all of this and it’s your job to represent your character as accurately as possible. For example, if your character is LGBTQ, you could start a polite dialogue with some out, open, and willing to talk LGBTQ folks. Ask them if they’d be okay with answering a few questions about your characters/concepts/etc. Many people (including my queer self) would be delighted that you would even care and be more than happy to help you. Just keep in mind that it’s best to get multiple perspectives on any topic because no one person is the Voice of Their People™. If you feel awkward about real life talk, internet talk works too. If you feel awkward about that, there’s plenty of resources just a Google search away—it’s just like any other part of the process.

2.     Make them human before anything else. Just because a character is, for example, a person of color, their entire identity doesn’t revolve around their skin color. Basing their personality off of one aspect of their life is a great way to make very stereotypical and offensive character. Obviously, people are more than just a single identity. Understand that there are many different people in the world and that just because some people are of the same race/gender/sexuality/ability does not mean they will all have the same experiences/personality/culture/etc. We’re all human first, so treat your character like a human. Also know that the problem isn’t only in who your character is, it’s in how you present them through their POV.

3.     Don’t preach what you don’t know. If you are not in the same demographic as your character, it’s best to avoid making the book’s main conflict about their experience with oppression within their demographic. Example: I am a cis woman, so writing a novel about a trans woman coming to term with her gender identity is a hugely inappropriate. It’s so deeply intimate and not only would I have no fucking idea what I was talking about, but I’d be silencing the voices of those who are already oppressed. It’s great being an ally and all, but taking their stories and their struggles without having more than a skin deep understanding is not okay. Instead, use your privilege to lift up those identifying writers/stories and support the ever-loving shit out of them.

4.     Enlist beta readers. If you’re worried that people could take something the wrong way or that your character isn’t coming across right, enlist beta readers within that demographic that might be able to shed more light on it. Ask things like: “So this character has depression, did I present it right?” This DOES NOT mean to recruit allies and hang on to their every word. Allies are great, but they can be like over excited dogs. They just want to help you do the thing, but in the process, they can fucking break EVERYTHING. Listen to them of course, but know that they have no better judgement than you—their voices are not the ones you should be following through on. Granted, it can be hard finding multiple identifying people who are willing to beta a whole book, so if you have non-identifying people saying a certain aspect of your book is ignorant/disrespectful/etc, listen to them and check in with someone who is open and willing to talk. (See #1.)

5.     Listen to the voices within the community. It’s that easy and it’s the most important one. Don’t magically cure disabilities. Say that your bisexual character is b i s e x u a l. Listen to what people within these groups have been saying forever.

All this being said, sometimes certain specific things can just plain not fit with your book’s plot/theme/characters/whatever. A lot of the time (especially in think pieces), being politically incorrect is used as a tool to shed light on the problems in the world around us, but know that some people might only see it as problematic. What you decide to do is ultimately your judgment call and you can only act with the best intentions. Hope this helped!

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cubanlance  asked:

Every time I read a fanfic and Lance is part Irish I just exit out like I just can't, I can't handle it

i just find it so unnecessary like yes biracial people deserve representation but like damn not at the expensive of someone else’s representation like holy shit there are a ton more biracial characters than there are cuban characters. 

ALSO being biracial doesn’t = being half white

he can be biracial and still be 100% cuban like damn

DIVERSE BOOKS MASTERPOST

YA BOOKS

Across the universe by Beth Revis: main character of color. sci-fi. trilogy.

To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han: biracial main character. contemporary. trilogy. 

The lunar chronicles by Marissa Meyer: main and secondary characters of color. sci-fi. 4 (actually 5) books series.

The unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: biracial main character and bisexual secondary character of color. paranormal. trilogy.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan: mentally disabled main character. fantasy. 5 book series. 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: physically disabled main characters of color. dystopia. trilogy. 

Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan: both racial and sexual diversity. fantasy. 5 books series. (spin-off of Percy Jackson & the Olympians).

Gone by Michael Grant: both racial and sexual diversity. paranormal. 6 books series.

Boy meets boy by David Levithan: sexual diversity. contemporary. standalone. 

Every day by David Levithan: agender and bisexual main character. contemporary. standalone.

Abandon by Meg Cabot: biracial main character. paranormal. trilogy.

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz: both racial and sexual diversity. contemporary. standalone.

Legend by Marie Lu: disabled main character of color. dystopia. trilogy.

House of night by P.C. and Kristin Cast: main and secondary characters of color and lgbt+ secondary characters. paranormal. 12 books series.

Pretty little liars by Sara Shepard: bisexual main character. contemporary. 16 books series.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio: disabled main character. contemporary. standalone.

An ember in the ashes by Sabaa Tahir: main characters of color. fantasy. trilogy. 

Lies we tell ourselves by Robin Talley: main character of color and lgbt+ main characters. contemporary. standalone.  

Beauty queens by Libba Bray: main characters of color, disabled character and lgbt+ characters. contemporary. standalone. 

The infinite sea by Rick Yancey: main character of color. dystopia & sci-fi. trilogy. (sequel of The 5th wave.)

Vanishing girls by Lauren Oliver: (mentally) disabled main character. contemporary. standalone. 

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell: main character of color and plus sized main character. contemporary. standalone.

The Kane chronicles by Rick Riordan: main and secondary characters of color. fantasy. trilogy.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green: sexual diversity. contemporary. standalone. 

The fault in our stars by John Green: disabled main and secondary characters. contemporary. standalone. 

The Bane chronicles by Cassandra Clare: both sexual and racial diversity. paranormal. (“spin-off” of The mortal instruments).


ADULT BOOKS

The dead man’s wife by Solomon Jones: main character of color. thriller. standalone.

The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde: sexual diversity. classic. standalone.

Wuthering heights by Emily Bronte: main character of color. classic. standalone. 

To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee: mainly about racism. classic. duology (?).

Size 12 is not fat by Meg Cabot: plus sized main character. mystery. 5 books series.

Heart of Carolina by Alice J. Wisler: main character of color. christian fiction. trilogy.

The Slum by Aluísio Azevedo: both racial and sexual diversity. classic. standalone.

Carmilla by Joseph Le Fanu: sexual diversity. classic. standalone. 

The cuckoo’s calling by J.K. Rowling: physically disabled main character. thriller. on going series.


GRAPHIC NOVELS

Saga: main characters of color and lgbt+ secondary characters. sci-fi.

Hellblazer: bisexual main character. paranormal. 

you know what i want to see in movies

  • more darkskin poc in leading movie roles that have nothing to do with their ethnicity and skin color. theyre just in a leading role in a regular movie and they happen to be poc
  • more non-black darkskin poc literally anywhere, friendly reminder these people do exist
  • actual rep for darkskin asians!!!! where are they??? not all asians have porcelain white skin
  • actual rep for biracial characters who arent treated like theyre just tan white people
  • lgbtq poc 
  • lgbtq poc in happy relationships with a happy ending where NONE OF THEM DIES ESPECIALLY NOT SAPPHIC WOMEN
  • fat darkskin poc that arent only there for comic relief

teens of tumblr who will grow up to become directors, producers, casting directors etc. - this is your task. i count on you.

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AN: Hello, lovely readers! You’re all beautiful and I love each and every one of you. Ok. So. I’m going to need your guys’s help. I enjoy writing fanfiction very much, but very often I use my fanfiction as a warm up for my current fictional WIP, which is around the 30,000 word mark right now and still has a long way to go. Would you guys be interested in reading my WIP as well? It’s inspired by the opera Aida.

It follows a naïve and headstrong princess who is mistaken for a commoner (all her fault) and taken captive, sold into the slavery of her enemy, and accidentally falls in love with one of the people fighting against her own kingdom. It’s got a lot of cool elements, in my opinion: There’s a lot of mystic powers, a race of magical beings inspired by a combination of fae and angels. There are quite a few POC, the main character is biracial (though I WILL say she is white passing, because that is what I am, and that is the experience that I am able to write from), and her best friend is asexual and in a very loving, strong relationship. We also have our token dark, brooding hot guy, if that’s what’ll turn the tide for you! If you have any more questions about it, please feel free to ask. I would love it if you guys were willing to read it!

Tamlin was waiting for us when Lucien and I finally rode in to the stables. In fact, he was in the stables, when we arrived, idly brushing his horse and glancing out the door at the horizon.

I schooled my expression into one of neutrality.

“Did you have a nice ride?” Tamlin asked, dropping the brush into a nearby bucket.

“Perfectly lovely,” Lucien replied. “We ran into a shadow creature near the wall—“

“You rode all the way to the wall?” Tamlin’s voice was suddenly edged with temper.

Lucien swallowed. “Feyre wanted to make sure the human villages were all right. To make sure there were no human hunters getting too close to us.”

Tamlin’s jaw clenched.

I cleared my throat as I dismounted. “It was safe, Tamlin. Lucien was with me, and with my new power—“

“Your new, untrained power.” Tamlin’s eyes darkened, as did his tone. “Untrained power that you’ve no idea how to use.”

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elusivezombie  asked:

So I know this isn't a literary question but I know you're very well versed on the subject of race- and with your recent posts about the portrayal of biracial characters in books, it really sparked me to ask this. I'm multiracial(white, African, Native American) and often get pigeon holed into being black, but not black enough to partake in any black culture. But when I partake in Native American or white culture, I'm also appropriating or "pretending" to be something I'm not. Any advice for me?

So, you have to claim your identity, do it loudly, and find people who support you and that identity.

I’m biracial, and for a very long time I struggled with the idea of not being Black enough. And there will still be people who will roll their eyes and say I have self hate because I don’t subscribe to this or that. But! That’s none of their business.  My identity is my own.

Identity is a tricky thing, and you will have to find your own path to being a version of you that fits the you in your mind and also doesn’t wear you down.  For example, I care a lot about equality and representation. But I generally don’t bring that stuff up when I occupy majority white spaces because I get really tired of fighting all of the time, so I save my words for when the trespasses are egregious.  I had to balance the person who I am (passionate about equality and representation of marginalized peoples) with one that will allow me to exist.

It’s also worth noting that you will ALWAYS find people who say you aren’t enough: not skinny enough, not smart enough, not woke enough, not *something* enough.  Those people are assholes.  Forge your own path and ignore them.  Or consider their criticisms and adapt accordingly.  But only you will know which is the correct choice.

LISTEN UP KIDS!

So I just finished this book called Rosa York and the Qualia and i’m just going to break down some of the reasons its awesome and you should read it:

1. Rosa York is a kickass biracial and bisexual main character 

2. The Qualia are led by Lucia Sovrano, also known as the kickass lesbian you will immediately fall in love with. (ft. so much thirst from the protagonist its amazing)

3. Divines are a whole group of agender beings who are basically kick ass by nature and based on mythology etc. 

4. Aurora aka the one you will fall in love with from the moment she shows up she is literally the purest cinnamon roll.

5. so many POC characters like so many (+3 points for a latino character that speaks spanish in a way that doesnt seem like someone just switched every ‘bro’ in their dialogue to ‘hermano’)

6. storyline in which all of these characters just kinda are and then go on quests to try to solve magic things.

7. A villain based entirely on the concept of overcompensation.

8. polyamory? (read and find out)

9. sex positive as hell

This is just a good book okay and because I’m so in love with it i’m starting a re-read right now and although i have zero idea if anyone wants this I’m going to be doing a live-draw of chapters as I re-read highlighting the coolest (read gayest) moments. I will be tagging this RosaYorkandtheQualia or RYQ live-draw for short.

anonymous asked:

How many of the biracial characters on TV are from two non-white races, of you don't mind me asking?

I honestly can’t think of any off of the top of my head (and I should add, I have only researched/documented this phenomenon in YA books, I read more than I watch TV).

I can only think of one book I’ve read with two non-white races, and that’s Lydia Kang’s male MC in her forthcoming YA book the November Witch (title may have changed). MC was Korean and Black.

So if anyone has any reqs, let me know.