I’ve been a fan of Garcelle Beauvais since her days as Fancy on the Jamie Foxx show and have followed her career as an actress. Now she’s adding author to her list of accomplishments! It was a huge honor to be able to get an advance copy of her new children’s book I AM MIXED, part of the I AM series of books.
Clearly, you know Roey’s mixed and I’m always grateful when I find books that honor his biracial goodness. She’s mom to two gorgeous mixed sons so I know this was a special project for her to do.
It was an even huge-er honor to be able to sneak in a quick Q&A with her about her project and being a kickass entrepremom. *squeal!*
Here are some snippets from Garcelle:
(I can call her by her first name cuz we’re cool like that… *COUGH*oknotreally*COUGH*)
How do your boys feel about the book?
They love the book and took it to school so their classmates and teacher could read it. Made me proud.
Do you have other books on the horizon? In the “I Am” series or otherwise?
Yes, our next book is I Am living in 2 homes, which is focuses on kids from a divorced family, and having 2 homes, of course from a kid’s perspective.
I’m raising a biracial son, and many of my readers are raising biracial children as well. What have been some of the highs and lows of dealing with the multicultural realities of this for you?
For me it’s been all highs from my perspective but sometimes people see me and my kids and they’ll ask if they’re both mine. Someone once mistook me for my boys’ nanny!
What tips do you have for new moms like me who are raising bi/multi-racial children?
The best tip is to make them feel special and to be proud of all the things that make them special.
My blog discusses raising a family while building a business. How do you balance being an awesome mom with being an awesome career-woman?
It’s a struggle and a juggling act most of the time. I am currently working on a film and the boys had their last Tball game so I begged the director to switch lunch time so I could make their game or at least go for a couple of innings. My most important role is being a mom.
My readers would kill me for not asking this as we are (slightly) hair obsessed: What do you do to keep your hair looking so gorgeous all the time? And…are you natural?
Yes I am natural! No relaxer, which I haven’t had in 3 or 4 years now.
Of course when I’m working people take care of my hair but when I’m not working especially in the summer I have extensions in so I can jump in the pool with my kids and not worry about it!
Thank you so much for your time, Garcelle!
If you’re interested in checking out her book “I AM MIXED” simply click on the image below to pre-order from Amazon!
I love this! I thought I was the only one who was interested in what Fancy (Garcelle Beauvais) was up to. Thanks for letting us all know and I’m interested in the book for my cousin’s daughter.
That’s amazing that you got to meet Garcelle! And like AMW, I still think she’s Fancy too.
FANCY!!!! Yayyyyyyy. I was just watching Jamie Foxx. My brother is having a biracial, well tri racial baby in Oct. we have been discussing the challenges of all the different cultures: black, white, Peruvian and what he will do to infuse them with his girlfriend. I will be needing this book!
It’s nice to see more books coming out celebrating being bi/multi-racial. I think it’s very important `for all kids to be `able to have examples in the media that they can relate to.