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Mixed Up

Narrated by: Tineka Smith, Alex Court
Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
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Tineka Smith always knew that growing up Black in America meant certain restrictions. Don’t talk back to white people; expect to be stopped by the police; always be on your guard. So, when she moved to the UK – and fell in love with Alex Court, a white man – she wondered if things might be different. 

When Alex proposed to Tineka, it was the easiest decision in the world. What he didn’t anticipate was the reaction – sometimes subtle, sometimes overt – from friends and strangers alike. Nor did he expect to have to think about Tineka’s race, and his own white privilege, every single day.

Tineka has always felt the burden of calling out and educating people, only now she has to teach her new husband at the same time - asking him to see, hear and think with a new perspective about the things he had never noticed before.

But what does this mean for Tineka and Alex’s relationship? With anecdotes, analysis and honest conversations, Mixed Up has the pair attempting to navigate their new and challenging world, confronting race and relationships in the 21st century head on.

©2020 Tineka Smith, Alex Court (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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"A must read book that will change the way we see mixed race couples and make us question our own entrenched beliefs." (Melissa Fleming, award-winning author of A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea)

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Highly recommended

A must-read for everyone, everywhere, by no means only for those in interracial relationships. Excellently narrated by both authors, a personal narrative which allows listeners to understand the broader issues and how to make positive changes.

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Small actions big implications

The format of a dialogue between husband and wife means that the listener is always hearing two sides of each experience. Thus, both sides have to examine situations from each other’s perspectives and work together to understand the world in a way that makes sense to them as a couple . This is difficult enough for couples who have similar backgrounds and are of the same race. Congratulations to Alex and Tineka for having the courage to be honest and frank about how that has has played out in their own marriage.

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Educational and informative

Highly recommend listening to this educational, honest and at times emotional look at race. It will challenge your preconceptions, give you a different perspective and reveal some harsh truths about society while still being an entertaining and accessible way to broach this timely topic. Excellent narration and storytelling!

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Well worth considering

Very interesting book and a smashing performance by Alex and Tineka. Would highly recommend to anyone.