RECORDED 9/13/16: I had a great talk with Robert Reece about his recently released study, “What Are You Mixed With?: An Analysis of Perceived Attractiveness, Skin Tone, and Mixed Raciality.” We have a wide-ranging discussion and touch on ideas about agency and racial strategy, facing the “What are you?” question without taking race into account, mixed race babies, and give a nod to Hey Arnold. Don’t miss this interview. You can listen to it here or download it on itunes.-Heidi Durrow
Robert Reece is a PhD candidate in sociology at Duke University where He takes an intersectional critical race approach to research on the American South, colorism, gender/sex/sexuality, and digital technology. Robert is a co-founder of Still Furious and Brave, a blogging collective of scholar-activists that focuses on issues that rest at the intersections of race, region, and feminism, and founder of Magnolia Fresh, a fashion blog that seeks to cater to black men in the South. He is also a member of the editorial board for Scalawag magazine, a quarterly magazine that focuses on southern politics and culture.
Robert is originally from Leland, MS, a small town in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, and obtained BA and MA degrees in sociology from The University of Mississippi. He has organized or co-organized forums about masculinity and sexual assault, blackness in the 21st century, Mississippi’s Personhood Act, and the contemporary social movements with co-founder Bobby Seale. Robert collects black art, Black Panther Party memorabilia, black superhero comics Legos, and consider herself to be a connoisseur of southern rap.