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Positive Identity

We are a content generator and aggregator based in Los Angeles, California and we want to celebrate positive race relations and identity in America and around the world. We currently focus on Asian, Black, Hispanic/Latin, and White people, but also excitedly share stories of Native, Mixed and other people as well. We find content to uplift race relations, see the best of each other and give people positive self-identity. The goal is that people use that perception change to take action and help make the world a better place.

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Our Team

We’re friends who came together to make this because we believe that we have the power to change the world.

Ron Bush

Creative Director

Is a stand up comedian, actor, director, writer, cool ass Black guy, cool ass gay guy, cool ass Black gay guy, cool ass gay Black guy comedian…that tells jokes. He’s from Philly but based in LA. He mixes personal stories mixed with social commentary to make a point. Folks in LA have started calling him the “Scariest Gay Man in America.” Ron finds that hilarious. So he has to talk about himself in third person. It is very weird to him. He does quite enjoy using soaring platitudes to balance the delusions of grandeur. Ron advocates for Positive Identity because he believes in the good in people, yes you too. You can find his comedy at RonBushOnline.com.

Stephen Grey

Founder

Is a White-American filmmaker by day and a social advocate by night. Born with Asperger’s Syndrome, he’s set out to Hollywood to partner with the outsiders of society like him by making films to tell their stories and support them through advocacy. Stephen’s filmmaking themes focus on stories of people that society thought were bad but were good and are heavily defined by Race Relations, Autism, Identity, Culture and Morality. He has produced films that cover the cultural spectrum and worked with filmmakers from all backgrounds. Stephen deeply loves America and believes its people have done great things… and that there’s more greatness to come.

Trish Thi

Interview Director

Is an Asian-American filmmaker dedicated to exploring the stories of women, people of color. As the daughter of refugees, Trish has always been fascinated by the complexities of identity, perceptions of others who are “different”, and what it means to be American as a person of color. Through her work, she aims to bring awareness and inspiration to audiences.
Trish is working with Positive Identity because she believes in helping give people of all identities new voices and ways to speak to society.

Kayla Sun

In House Editor and Creator

Kayla Sun is an Asian female filmmaker, one of the recipients of the 2020 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant for her upcoming film “The Locksmith’s Wife”. She is a MFA candidate for Film and Television production at University of Southern California. She is interested in showing Asian characters in natural and non-stereotypical ways. She is working with Positive Identity because she believes this to be a great way of helping people of all backgrounds express themselves and connect with each other.

Jasmine Asuncion

Executive Coordinator

Is a Japanese-Filipino-American project manager and digital media nerd with a background in advertising who is intensely curious about life, culture, and society. She was born in the Philippines but grew up in Los Angeles. However, she was fortunate enough to be able to go back to the Philippines and study there for a few years. That experience for her was enlightening and she came back home to Los Angeles with a new passion for life and culture. With Positive Identity, she hopes to bring people from all walks of life together in an optimistic and uplifting way.

Alexis Murray

In House Editor

Curious to the world around her, Alexis is a filmmaker who loves to travel and explore nature and different cultures. Her mantras in life: to live life intentionally and to “turn lemons into apple juice,” meaning to make the impossible a reality while inspiring others to do likewise. Alexis’s worldwide adventures have fueled her desires to capture what brings people into community with one another through the lens of a camera. She graduated with a BA in Film Production and minor in Animation through Loyola Marymount University, and is eager to bring people together through storytelling.

Ben Alexander

Social Media Manager & Content Developer

Ben Alexander was born and raised in the multicultural hot spring that is the San Francisco Bay Area. He was privileged to encounter many vibrant, unique cultures and their peoples’ respective ethnicities in his journey toward adulthood. Finally free to live as an independent young man in Chicago, Ben graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Writing/Producing for Television, before soon moving back to the Sunshine State. Having experienced personal tragedies within the reality of racial bias, he aims to meld his love of all races/cultures/ethnicities/sexualities/genders with his passion for creating awareness and understanding through all forms of media.

Leonora Anzaldua

Content Director

Leonora Anzaldua is a Chicana filmmaker and photographer. Her passion lies in amplifying the stories of underrepresented peoples and art for social change. Her work includes narrative, documentary, and branded film, as well as portraiture. Her short film, Madrugada quebradiza: The Break of Day,” earned an Imagen Award Nomination in the Short Film category. She is also a 2020 ASC Vision Award winner and a semifinalist in the 2020 Breakthrough Science Prize Filmmaker’s Challenge.Originally, from San Diego, CA, Leonora was grew up with people of many different cultures and backgrounds, a personal history which fundamentally shapes her life, interests, and approach to storytelling. After training in photography and media studies at Yale University, Leonora began making films in order to create more diverse, positive, and truthful media representations of people of all backgrounds. Thus, Positive Identity’s mission matches perfectly with her own.

Our Story

We are a media entity dedicated to the idea that if we see the best in who we are and in who others are, it will change our perception to see the good in others and be inspired to do good ourselves. By loving who others are and who we are and then spreading that love, it will do wonders to create positive unity for all.
 
The creation of  Positive Identity is driven by a greater dream, yet exists as a new racial movement to address the current social climate. PI was founded in part to push back against the division created by the collapse of modern race relations in America. See links below for further reading.
 
 
The US, a country with the idea of a society being united beyond identity or race has found itself torn apart by those very elements. When there is a problem, new solutions are tried until we find things that work. Racial division is at statistical highs, and hate group growth is at record levels, we must continue to assertively try new ways to reject hate and create unity.
 
It’s time for a new movement and a new approach to race. One driven not by special interests but by the people. People who should be empowered because they are the ones that must have the power to make that change. A movement that doesn’t seek to divide us based on our worst, but brings us together by our best for positive unity.
 
 
That is Positive Identity.
 
Positive Identity looks to reject the mistrust, division, and alienation that people feel. In a world where it seems like only negativity reigns, we want to create positivity. To be clear, we must never stop seeking to fix the world and addressing the wrongs in it. Many have suffered along the way and we as a society must do everything in our power to heal those who have been hurt. But we must also know what we’re fighting for. Because if we only see the darkness of the world, that is all we’ll ever get. At PI, we want to be that light in the world. We want to celebrate who you are, who others are and how we’re working together to improve the world. We aim to spread and create stories that show the good people of all identities are doing for each other and the world. However we do things a little differently. While we want to change the world, we realize that true change comes from within. The foundation of this system of thinking comes from one age-old philosophy.
 
“Love your neighbor as yourself.”
 
How can you love others if you don’t know how to love yourself? You must celebrate the members of your community who have done good in the world and be inspired by them. Seek to emulate them. Then celebrate the achievements of other communities as well. Celebrate each other and work together to succeed even greater than before. Perception guides action and we aim to change perception.
 
You can only be a great person or have others be great by first seeing them as such. We aim to share stories that show great people of all identities. Stories of people doing things that we know that you and others can do as well. We know that many of you care, like we do. You want to do something, anything to see things change. While many these days wonder what our place is in society, on social media and on the internet, we believe these platforms are opportunities for good. We know that sharing and supporting stories like this changes people. It changes people for the better. Sharing these stories  and supporting others will even change you for the better. The people in your life will see you supporting Asian, Black, Hispanic and White, Native, Mixed, Other and beyond. They’ll see you supporting people in the good they do and in turn they’ll support you in becoming that greater person.
 
Furthermore, by highlighting the positive things people of your identity group have done, it helps to give you confidence in your success, teach you what “success” is and helps you understand how to succeed. Some people think success is getting wealthy and famous; others believe that they should have a family, others think it’s activism, for others its following God. We primarily feel success is being a moral person who works in service to others. We seek to highlight all the different ways people are ‘doing good’ among various communities. 
 
We live in a diverse world. By seeing the best of other communities you will have a far greater outlook on life. Instead of repulsing yourself from other communities, exposure to the good they do will have you drawn to them instead. Having a positive self-image and a positive image of others will make you more driven, smarter, and eclectic in what you want to accomplish. 
 
Let’s go back to our motto. We are here because we want change for America and The World. ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’. See the good in yourself, see it in others, they see it in you and soon you’ll both be helping each other more and more and perpetuating that good. This will create a feedback loop, where your help of others will cause them to help you and thus radically improve you all. We have to change this idea that we’re in competition with each other and to do that means to change perception and then action. The success of others doesn’t mean our failure. The success of others should mean our success as well because we know they’re helping us, on our side and rooting for us to succeed as well.
 
We all agree to the shared values of Democracy/Republics, Human Rights, Global Charity, Scientific Progress, Cultural Greatness and so forth. So let’s celebrate how we’re succeeding in these values and how others are succeeding! Then, let’s take action on those feelings. By seeing the best in ourselves and others we open the door to radical and exponential self-achievement, community achievement and united global progress.
 
Right now in the world, it seems like things are getting worse. At PI we argue that we don’t have to let the world define who we are. We still have the power to define the world.
 
Let’s celebrate the positive things that Asian, Black, Hispanic, White people and all other communities have done to create a better world. And then let’s take action to give more to celebrate

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Supporting Information

From presidents, to ideologies, to colors, to music to even paper or plastic, people rarely agree completely on anything. However, our mentality is this: there will always be disagreement about the methods and system, but if we can save just one life, it is worth it.

Please see supporting articles and papers discussing race relations and positive solutions to human sociology.

IDENTITY AND RACE

LINK TO STUDY

Public Health Sciences University of Miami School of Medicine

Seth J Schwartz, Jennifer B. Unger, Alan Meca, Elma I. Lorenzo-Blanco, Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, Miguel Ángel Cano, Brandy Piña-Watson, Jose Szapocznik, Byron L. Zamboanga, David Córdova, Andrea J. Romero, Tae Kyoung Lee, Daniel W. Soto, Juan A. Villamar, Karina M. Lizzi, Sabrina E. des Rosiers, Monica Pattarroyo

LINK TO PAPER

US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Naidi Okeke-Adeyanju, Ph.D., Lorraine C. Taylor, Ph.D., Ashley B. Craig, Ph.D., Rachel E. Smith, B.A., Aqiyla Thomas, M.A., Alaina E. Boyle, M.A., and Melissa E. DeRosier, Ph.D.

PERCEPTION

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Our inspiration

Here is an index of similar positivity movements that have inspired Positive Identity.

The body positivity movement teaches how self-love and self-appreciation of your body can lead to self-improvement and elevated happiness.

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A series of movements designed to create positive gender perception for women.

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A series of movements designed to create positive perception on social media.

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Various social movements have created positive perception to create social justice for that that have historically been disadvantaged and oppressed.

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