Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Life

From ‘Halfrican’ to ‘Mulatto History Month’


Jeff in 1998.

Jeff in 2013.

Jeff in 2013.

When Jeff Rogers recorded his Teenage Diary back in 1998, he referred to himself as a ‘halfrican.’ He had a black father and a white mother, and like many teenagers, he was trying to figure out who he was.

We caught up with Jeff in this week’s podcast, and he told us that he doesn’t use the term ‘halfrican’ anymore. He feels that neither ‘halfrican’ nor ‘biracial’ quite match his identity. Now he calls himself a ‘mulatto.’ In fact, he’s the founder of something called Mulatto History Month that celebrates the unique experience of mulattos. It’s from February 15 – March 15. Listen to this podcast to find out why.

To learn more about Mulatto History Month, check out Jeff’s Instagram and Twitter pages.

Stay tuned to our podcast to find out what’s happened to other Teenage Diarists over the years. And in May, tune into NPR for the broadcast of our new series, Teenage Diaries Revisited.

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