james-mcbrideJames McBride is a well-known multiracial writer and musician. He is of African-American and Jewish Ancestry. James was born in September of 1957 making him 59 years of age. James has an undergraduate degree in music composition, and also a journalism degree from Columbia University.
I am particularly intrigued by his memoir, The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute To His White Mother. While I have not personally read his book, I have heard nothing but good things. There is a part where McBride asks his mother whether he is white or black, and she says: “You’re a human being. Educate yourself, or you’ll be a nobody.” I couldn’t help but smile as I came across this excerpt as it reminded me so much of my own mother. I think it is so important to realize that we are all much, much more than the color of our skin.
Perhaps his mother’s advice is what drove McBride’s career, education, and work ethic. His memoir has sold over 2.5 million copies, and has also been translated into 15+ languages. McBride has collected countless accomplishments over the years, and is sure to achieve even more over the years.


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