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To have hidden it from his own children, to have cut himself off from extended family scattered throughout the country, as far as Los Angeles -- and in essence from himself?

In "One Drop," Broyard, now 41, grapples frankly with the pact her father made with himself.

If you’re nosey like us, you probably want to know who. Her father, famous drummer Pete Escovedo, is Mexican-American, while her mother, Juanita Escovedo (formerly Gardere), is French and black.

I’ve been a fan since homegirl showed up in Source: Nicole Richie But of course Nicole would be on the list.

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