Lalou Dammond

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Age: 44
Residence: Still on the Lower East Side in New York City, NY, now with my husband and two daughters
Occupation: A commercial and film producer

It was interesting to revisit Black, White, Other 20 years later. As with Michael Apted’s brilliant documentary series 7 Up, it’s amazing to have this time-capsule of one’s thoughts. It’s interesting to see what has changed and what has stayed the same, both personally, and in the world at large. What has changed… well, we have a black President. I would never have believed that it would happen in my lifetime, if you had told me that 20 years ago. And, at the same time, he is, in fact, bi-racial. So, that’s a one-two for those of us who are bi-racial, even if he doesn’t appear, at least publicly, to identify that way. What does that mean? Does it mean that being bi-racial is still an uncomfortable place for Americans to identify? It would appear so, even though bi-racial families have been growing at an unprecedented pace over the past couple of decades. Race in America, there’s nothing quite like it. On another positive note we have Key & Peele bringing their genius voices to the conversation. Sometimes I think all the important dialogue in our nation is happening in comedy these days…I’m looking forward to seeing what the next 20 years brings.