Same Family, Different Colors: A Personal Story

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Same hands, different colors.

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

I Read #DiverseBooks: Ms. Meltingpot’s 2015 Year in Review of Books

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Not just a logo, a movement!

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

Dear Black People: An Open Letter to the Black Families on Philly’s Main Line

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#Warning This story may break your heart, or harden it.

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

Five Radical Ways to Put the Black in Black Friday

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Artwork by Ernest E. Varner

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

#TeamLightSkin vs #TeamDarkSkin Take it to the Beach

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My thoughts exactly.

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

Free Black Man in France: James Hemings Makes His Culinary Mark in History

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A portrait of James Hemings.

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

Is Private School “America’s Promise?”

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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?”

The “PeanutizeMe” Game Works for Families with Different Colors

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Could this be my Halloween costume?

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

Passing While Black: Black Man Becomes the Indian Liberace?!

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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?!

ICYMI: “100 Men of Color Greeted Kids on Their First Day of School”

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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”

“Rejected Princesses” Are Way Cooler and Way More Colorful Than Anything Disney

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This is  a website you need to check out and share!

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

Mixie History in Maine: Malaga Island

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A headline from the newspaper detailing the fate of the people from Malaga Island.

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

Ms. Meltingpot is Guilty of Racial Profiling. But So Are You… probably

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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

From the Meltingpot Vault: Passing For White, Asian Style

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Asian or White? Who gets to decide?

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

How Do You Say Colorism in Spanish (and Portuguese)?

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So, these colonial Spanish Castas paintings didn't help, or rather they did help give the Spanish speaking world a social hierarchy based on color.

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)?

Best of the Meltingpot: “Who Are You Calling Oriental?”

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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?”

Wednesday Round Up: Pelo Malo Means Bad Hair in Venezuela, FYI Miley Cyrus isn’t Black and Remember the March on Washington

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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

Wednesday Round-Up: New Year, New Blogs that Taste Like the Meltingpot

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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

Romeo & Juliet Gets A Meltingpot Makeover on Broadway (& You Can Win Free Tix to See it!)

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Sparks will Fly in this staging of Romeo & Juliet!

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!)

Is Switzerland Racist? Should a Purse Cost $40K? Is Oprah Okay?

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Do the Swiss have a chocolate problem?

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?