BY KIERSTEN WILLIS | ATLANTA BLACKSTAR
Alon Ziv’s 2006 book, Breeding Between The Lines, has been republished, which drew sharp criticism online.
Many users shared their disapproval of the book, which promotes the idea that interracial individuals are “healthier and more attractive” than those who are not.
The book’s website claims that even though the topic of race has an ugly history, the work “approaches it responsibly.” It alleges “mixed parents give their children the precious gift of diverse DNA” protecting them from cystic fibrosis and sickle-cell anemia, the latter of which is a disease that mostly affects Black people. All the author’s research is based on various academic journals in subjects like botany and animal behavior.
The description continues, saying Ziv – who is Jewish and not interracial – “illustrates how biology influences every aspect of our lives and how the right combination of genes can make all the difference.”
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Alon Ziv has been writing and lecturing on the biology of interracial people for over 10 years. He’s appeared on the BBC London Evening News, the KTLA Morning News, Air America, BBC Radio, and local radio across the United States. He has spoken on the science of interracial mixing for the Biracial Family Network, the Hapa Issues Forum, the Multicultural Resource Center at Penn State, and other organizations and colleges across the country. He was awarded the Certificate of Distinction in Teaching in Biology from UCLA. He lives in Los Angeles. And no, he is not interracial. Breeding Between The Lines.com
Featured Image: Glenford Nunez is as humble as his fashion photography is fierce. His portraits, which he creates at his downtown studio, are striking and bold — often mysteriously beautiful. But he’d never tell you that. ” try not to take myself too seriously,” he said with a laugh. While he just started photographing two years ago and launched Trust Your Photographer this month, Nunez is already in high demand. He works with companies based in New York and Los Angeles, but shoots his models in Baltimore. Last fall, he was tapped to shoot New York Fashion Week for Pop Africana Magazine and is currently working on “The Coiffure Project,” a coffee table book showcasing natural hair.
African American Photography Smithsonian Cultural Expressions: My natural hair portrait of Diandra Rose has been selected to be on permanent display for the NMAAHC. The photo will be used in their inaugural exhibition “Cultural Expressions” to open alongside the new African American History & Culture museum in 2016.
This photo was shot in under 60 minutes. We rented out a studio space for one hour so we had to get in and out as fast as possible. I used an Nikon D700 paired with the Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens. We used natural light from the window to take this shot. Diandra is a great subject and she is effortless in front of the camera. I used a portable white backdrop for the backdrop. I think I used a circle reflector but I don’t remember. I probably didn’t because there was a lot of light in the room. My camera settings were shutter speed 1/100sec, aperture f/2.8 and ISO 400, RAW. GLENFORD NUNEZ