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Mixed Up: Confessions of an Interracial Couple

Tineka Smith, Alex Court

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An important deep-dive into the realities of being in an interracial relationship, and the struggles that can come with it by journalist couple, Tineka Smith and Alex Court.

An uncensored account of the obstacles and triumphs of a mixed-race relationship during the biggest civil rights movement in history.

Growing up Black in America, Tineka Smith knew she had to behave in a certain way because of the colour of her skin. She faced restrictions imposed upon her by an unfair system; don't talk back to White people, expect to be stopped by the police and work twice as hard as your White peers.

Alex Smith, a White British man, moved through his life in a very different way. As someone with White and male privilege he saw himself represented in every field of life and so he always had the confidence to excel and push forward.

When Tineka and Alex first fell in love, they didn't realise how much the colour of their skin might impact on their relationship. But as time went on, and as their lives and cultures became interwoven, they recognised how dramatically different their experiences were.

In Mixed Up, Tineka and Alex open up about their interracial relationship for the first time, and with anecdotes, analysis and raw revelations, the pair attempt to navigate their new and challenging world, confronting race and relationships in the 21st century head on.

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Tineka Smith

Tineka Smith is a writer, racial equality advocate and entrepreneur. She is also the founder of Huetribe, a greetings card company aimed at promoting diverse representation. Tineka occasionally works as a freelance communications consultant to the United Nations. Tineka graduated with an MA from the International Journalism programme at City, University of London. Her writing and commentary on racism and diversity has appeared in titles such as The Guardian, The i Paper, Elle, Grazia, The Independent, BBC Radio London, BBC 5 Live, talkRADIO, Mashable, Yahoo!, The Voice and more.

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