Hello Meltingpot Readers, Today’s Black History book about Black hair really needs no explanation. The title – Happy to be Nappy by bell hooks – says it all. But remember, this book came out in 1999 before nappy was considered Continue reading #Books+Black Hair: Happy to be Nappy
Hello Meltingpot Readers, Today’s Black History Month book about Black hair isn’t really about Black hair, but Black hair does feature a prominent role in the story, so it counts. The book is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I read Continue reading #Books+BlackHair: Americanah
Hello Meltingpot Readers. It’s officially the first day of February which means two very important things; 1) My birthday is only days away and 2) It’s the beginning of Black History Month. So much to celebrate in February. Since it’s Continue reading Books + Hair for Black History Month
Hi Meltingpot Readers, If you have the time, please pop over to Newsworks.org to read my latest parenting column on what it means to be a member of a family with many colors. I will continue to blog over there Continue reading Same Family, Different Colors: A Personal Story
Hello Meltingpot Readers, I’m still here. In the midst of an existential blog crisis. As usual at the beginning of a new year I wonder if anybody is actually still reading My American Meltingpot. I know a few dedicated souls Continue reading New Year, New Blog…Sort Of
Hello Meltingpot Readers, On this last day of 2015, I thought it only appropriate to reflect. Reflect that is, on what I read this past year. If you recall, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to read more in Continue reading I Read #DiverseBooks: Ms. Meltingpot’s 2015 Year in Review of Books
Hello Meltingpot Readers, It’s that time of the year again when we’re all supposed to focus on the reason for the season: consumerism. Yes, it seems to me that every year Christmas becomes more about gift giving than reflecting on Continue reading Magazines for the Holidays: The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Dear Black People on the Main Line, No, not all the Black people. I’m sure some of you are super happy there and if you are, please feel free to completely disregard everything I’m about to say. I’m actually talking Continue reading Dear Black People: An Open Letter to the Black Families on Philly’s Main Line
Hello Meltingpot Readers, I’m sure many of you are getting ready for the holiday season, checking those turkey recipes, getting your cornucopia table decorations ready, yes, all the fun stuff that makes Turkey Day so very yummy and fun. But Continue reading Five Radical Ways to Put the Black in Black Friday
Hello Meltingpot Readers, If you’re regulars here, then you know I’m working on a book called Same Family, Different Colors that explores colorism in the United States. I’ve been working on the book for quite a while now, and have Continue reading #TeamLightSkin vs #TeamDarkSkin Take it to the Beach
Hello Meltingpot Readers, Tomorrow is my favorite holiday, Halloween. It’s really about the kids, but I like dressing up and eating candy too. What? You don’t? I won’t judge. Well, I wrote about why I love Halloween over at my Continue reading Happy Halloween! Make it Cheap and Easy
Hello Meltingpot Readers, I had one of those driveway moments the other day when I heard this story on NPR. It’s about Thomas Jefferson’s enslaved chef, James Hemings, yes, the brother of Sally Hemings. James was apparently quite the culinary Continue reading Free Black Man in France: James Hemings Makes His Culinary Mark in History
Hello Meltingpot Readers, I don’t know if you all know how much of an Adele fan I am. Suffice it to say, I LOVE HER! Her voice moves me like none other. I could listen to Adele sing the fine Continue reading Adele Had Me at “Hello”
Hello Meltingpot Readers, I’m only about one year late on this, but I just watched the documentary American Promise last night. (Thank you, Netflix!). While I enjoyed watching the film immensely, I’m left with a bad taste in my mouth. Continue reading Is Private School “America’s Promise?”
Hi Meltingpot Readers, Because you need something else to procrastinate with online, I offer up the opportunity to turn yourself into a Peanuts character. Yes, this is just some slick promotion for the upcoming Peanuts movie, hitting theaters on November Continue reading The “PeanutizeMe” Game Works for Families with Different Colors
Hi Meltingpot Readers, Last week The New Republic posted this fascinating story about the famous Indian singer Korla Pandit. Known as the “Godfather of Exotica,” he had his own TV show that ran in the 1950s and had an impressive Continue reading Passing While Black: Black Man Becomes the Indian Liberace?!
Hello Meltingpot Readers, This morning I posted the following quote by David Wolfe on my Facebook page, “Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.” Ironic because I fell asleep last night wondering if focusing on the positive Continue reading ICYMI: “100 Men of Color Greeted Kids on Their First Day of School”
Hello Meltingpot Readers, So, all of you regular readers know that el esposo is my Spanish husband and that I met him while spending my junior year of college in Salamanca, Spain and from a very young age I’ve had Continue reading Sisters Are Doing it for Themselves…in Spain
Hello Meltingpot Readers, Sorry for dropping off the face of the earth. I could give you a list of reasons why I have neglected you so, but do you really want to waste your time reading about my pitiful life? Continue reading Happy Birthday, “Substitute Me!”
Hello Meltingpot Readers, When I started this blog way back in 2006 ( I think), my lofty intentions were to create an online publication that showcased the ways that people of different cultures came together instead of clashed. I felt Continue reading “Rejected Princesses” Are Way Cooler and Way More Colorful Than Anything Disney
Hello Meltingpot Readers, I hope everyone had a colorful Fourth of July, if that’s your thing. I spent a lovely weekend celebrating a whole bunch of family achievements, from engagements to college graduations. We were in Buffalo, New York for Continue reading Mixie History in Maine: Malaga Island
Hello Meltingpot Readers, I hope you are all having a happy and healthy holiday season. I’m definitely happy, but healthy is proving to be a little bit harder. My whole family, minus son #2, has been hit with a stomach Continue reading Happy Holidays from Ms. Meltingpot!
Hi Meltingpot Readers, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I did. Lots of good food prepared by loving hands and surrounded by family. It was really lovely. Sadly, I can’t get that Turkey-induced high back, no matter Continue reading Am Waiting…
Hi Meltingpot Readers, I have to come clean. I am completely guilty of racial profiling. But it’s probably not what you think. The other day my body was crying out for a massage. Babygirl had been sick and sleeping in Continue reading Ms. Meltingpot is Guilty of Racial Profiling. But So Are You… probably
Hi Meltingpot Readers, For those of you who are new to the Meltingpot, you should know that this is like the third incarnation of this blog. I’ve always covered identity politics and parenting, I just did it over on blogger. Continue reading From the Meltingpot Vault: Passing For White, Asian Style
Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, we just had a huge baby shower for my cousin who is expecting her first child. We’re the same age so the fact that she is having her first child now was truly a cause for Continue reading “Not the Nanny” Syndrome is Multi-Generational
Hi Meltingpot Readers, Guess what? I got the job! No, I’m not leaving my Temple gig. I applied to be the advisor for our London summer program and I just found out I got the job. Summer 2014 the Kinky Continue reading Ms. Meltingpot is Going to London!
Hi Meltingpot Readers, I’m sure you all don’t want to hear all of the backstage drama that goes into getting a book published. Once the book is written and sold to a publisher it should be all smooth sailing, but Continue reading Hair Story Gets a New Look!
Hi Meltingpot Readers, Sometimes I really love my job as a writer and cultural thinker. It sounds very nebulous to describe myself that way and granted, there’s not a lot of money in the business of thinking and talking, but Continue reading Soul Food: Deconstructed & Delicious
Hi Meltingpot Readers, Today I wrote a thought piece on the Columbia Journalism Review’s website. I was inspired to write after seeing all of the reporting on the racist tweets about the new Miss America. In case you’re not into Continue reading Racism Exists in America: This Is Not News!
Hello Meltingpot Readers, I don’t know if you all know that I’m on the tenure track here at Temple University, which means there are a lot of hoops I have to jump through in the next two years in order Continue reading Is Ms. Meltingpot “Maxed Out?”
Hi Meltingpot Readers, Have you ever thought about trading places with someone whose life is the polar opposite of yours, just to see ‘ how the other half lives?’ Usually when I play that game, the ‘other half’ I’m thinking Continue reading Trading Places: South Africa Style
Hi Meltingpot Readers, Since today is Round-Up Wednesday and since it seems I can’t escape the stories about colorism in the Latino/Brazilian communities, I thought I’d just share two stories that really made me realize how much the new book Continue reading How Do You Say Colorism in Spanish (and Portuguese)?
Hi Meltingpot Readers, Have you heard the buzz about The Wedding Gift? It’s seriously one of those great stories of an author self-publishing her work, thousands of people reading it and then a major New York City publisher swoops it Continue reading Book Review: The Wedding Gift
Hi Meltingpot Readers, Clearly you know I keep watch on all things Black hair related for all of my research for my book, Hair Story. But even if I wasn’t a certified hairstorian, I’d still be completely engrossed in all Continue reading Black Girl Hair Is Still “Unacceptable”
Hi Meltingpot Readers, Yesterday was the first day of school for all of three of my babies. It’s official, I now have a 7th grader, a 4th grader and babygirl officially joined the Two’s class at her daycare. They grow Continue reading Best of the Meltingpot: “Who Are You Calling Oriental?”
Hi Meltingpot Readers, I hope you’re having a labor-free Labor Day. I’m trying really hard not to work too much. But just for kicks, how about a trip down memory lane, when I actually went in to labor to birth Continue reading And Speaking of Labor Day…Remember When Babygirl Was Born?
Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, I got another update about the progress of Kinky Gazpacho the movie. If you recall from the last time I wrote about it, a Spanish actor had reached out to me to tell me he wanted Continue reading Kinky Gazpacho The Movie! An Update
Hi Meltingpot Readers, It’s Wednesday. Time to see what the world wide web is offering up for those of us who like our news both colorful and tasty. Here’s what I have for you: 1. You know I’m obsessed with Continue reading Wednesday Round Up: Pelo Malo Means Bad Hair in Venezuela, FYI Miley Cyrus isn’t Black and Remember the March on Washington
Hi Meltingpot Readers, All summer long, I was trying to teach my kids the value of money. So, we literally saved every penny we found on the street with the goal of purchasing something we all really wanted. Once you Continue reading Look What I Bought!
Hello Meltingpot Readers, I am happy to announce that “Martine” is the winner of two tickets to see Romeo & Juliet on Broadway! Congrats, Martine! Please send me your email address at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll give you all the details Continue reading And the Winner is…
Hi Meltingpot Readers, Because I live in academia, the advent of fall feels like the beginning of a new year to me. It’s where the reset button gets hit and we start all over again. I get a new crop Continue reading Wednesday Round-Up: New Year, New Blogs that Taste Like the Meltingpot
Hi Meltingpot Readers, Did you know a new version of Romeo & Juliet was about to hit Broadway? And that in this new version, Romeo is White and Juliet is Black? And wait for it, Romeo is being played by Continue reading Romeo & Juliet Gets A Meltingpot Makeover on Broadway (& You Can Win Free Tix to See it!)
Hi Meltingpot Readers, I just have to brag a little bit. As many of you loyal readers know, I grew up in Caucasia, Wisconsin, where I was often the only Cocoa Puff in a box of Kixx. In my neighborhood, Continue reading Mt. Airy Makes the List for Best Big-City Nabe!
Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, some of you have already you expressed your opinions, frustrations and disgust over this incident that was reported last week. For those of you who don’t follow Oprah’s every move, apparently the royal O, was shopping Continue reading Is Switzerland Racist? Should a Purse Cost $40K? Is Oprah Okay?