By Allyssa Lee
Updated February 22, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST

As the daughter of a Black Panther mother and a white father, Angela Nissel had a childhood steeped in trauma. Her family shuttled back and forth between white and black communities in and around Philadelphia during the 1970s and ’80s, but Angela never felt like she belonged in either. ”I’d made the mistake of bringing a black Barbie out to play with the white girls once, but they treated her like dirt,” she says, ”like she was Scurvy Barbie.” Honest, entertaining, and never once hitting a false note, Nissel (now a producer on TV’s Scrubs) dishes her story, Mixed, with real candor, laying bare an experience that’s as poignant as it is painfully funny.

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