Is Calling an Asian Woman a ‘Tiger Mom’ Racist?

Is Calling an Asian Woman a ‘Tiger Mom’ Racist?

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I’d like you to weigh in on this for me. An Asian friend of mine recently had an incident at work where she made a comment about some trouble her children were having at summer camp and a White co-worker called her a “Tiger Mom” as a joke. My friend was furious and hurt. Not only does she find the term racist, but it effectively diminished her ability to “parent in public.” The worst part is, she’d already schooled her co-workers on a previous occasion as to…

I Love Jamaican Writers Redux

I Love Jamaican Writers Redux

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of Nicole Dennis-Benn’s debut novel, Here Comes the Sun! It’s being talked about everywhere, from the New York Times, to Oprah magazine. I refuse to read any reviews because I want to enjoy it with unbiased eyes, but I do know it’s a story about a young woman in Jamaica who reveals what the real Jamaica is like, away from the tourist industry. I’m clearly underselling it because I actually don’t…

Slavery and Americana in Brazil

Slavery and Americana in Brazil

Hello Meltingpot Readers, It’s been a realllllly long time since I’ve posted here and I deeply apologize. I could spend a reallllly long time trying to make it up to you but who wants to hear me beg and plead for you to give me another chance to be your absolute favorite blog hangout? I’m guessing it’s not you. Instead, I’m just going to continue where I left off, providing you with kick-ass content about parenting, pop culture and identity politics. And speaking of Brazil. No, I really wasn’t speaking…

And Speaking of Books…Same Family, Different Colors is Almost Here!

And Speaking of Books…Same Family, Different Colors is Almost Here!

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Remember way back in May 2014, when I announced that I’d gotten a new book deal and I would be writing a book about skin color politics in diverse communities? Well Ms. Meltingpot has been chugging along and things are moving so quickly, I can hardly believe it. The book is now officially titled, Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in American’s Diverse Families. Beacon Press will be releasing the book on October 4, 2016. And, guess what? The cover has just been finalized and you can…

#Black Hair + Books: Hairs, Pelitos by Sandra Cisneros

#Black Hair + Books: Hairs, Pelitos by Sandra Cisneros

Hola Meltingpot Readers, We’re nearing the end of Black History Month, but I’ve saved this book for (almost) last. Like Monday’s offering, today’s book, Hair’s/Pelitos is a book from a Latina author who knows something about Black hair. Sandra Cisneros is known more for her adult fiction – most notably The House on Mango Street – but this book of hers is my hands down favorite. My copy is worn and the pages are taped together, but that’s because I’ve read it to all three of my children so many…

#Black Hair + Books: “Bad Hair Does Not Exist” in English or Spanish

#Black Hair + Books: “Bad Hair Does Not Exist” in English or Spanish

Hello Meltingpot Readers, This is our last full week of February, which means out last full week to highlight our favorite books about Black hair. Last week I dipped into the archives to find some of my favorites from years past. This week I’m going to highlight books about Black hair written by and/or for people with Black hair who might not be Black Americans. Case in point, today’s title, “Bad Hair Does Not Exist!/ Pelo Malo No Existe!” was written – in English and Spanish – to help Latinas…

#Black Hair + Books: Afros the Book

#Black Hair + Books: Afros the Book

Hi Meltingpot Readers, It’s Friday. I owe you a book about Black hair for Black history month. But I’m tired and it’s late. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to come through for you. I’ve been covering the Black hair game for so long, all I had to do was bounce on over to my HairStoryOnline website and peruse the archives. That’s where I stumbled upon this gorgeous photo book dedicated to the most iconic Black hairstyle of them all, the Afro. Instead of rewriting now what I said…

#Black Hair + Books: Sol the Super Hairo!

#Black Hair + Books: Sol the Super Hairo!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, This week Ms. Meltingpot is reaching into the Meltingpot vault to find some good reads about Black hair. I wrote about Sol the Super Hairo on my Hair Story blog way back in 2013, but have yet to actually get a copy of the book in my hands. But still, I love any character who rocks an Afro like Sol and whose greatest super power is loving her natural hair. About the book: “…[Sol the Super Hairo] animated tale is about a little girl named Sol who…

#Black Hair + Books: Nigerian Hairstyles by Ojeikere

#Black Hair + Books: Nigerian Hairstyles by Ojeikere

Hello Meltingpot Readers, For today’s book about Black hair, I’m digging into the Meltingpot archives to re-introduce the work of Nigerian photographer J.D. Okhai Ojeikere. Last year he published a book of black and white photographs, capturing 50 years of Nigerian hairstyles. I wrote it about here on the Meltingpot, so you can revisit that post and get lost in his stunning portraits of hair artistry. Enjoy. Peace + Hair Grease!

#Black Hair + Books: “Dreads”

#Black Hair + Books: “Dreads”

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Did you think I’d run out of books for my “books about Black hair challenge?” Oh no, cornrow! I’m just getting started. Today’s entry is probably one of my favorite photo books, Dreads by Francesco Mastalia and Alfonse Pagano with an introduction by Alice Walker. Yes, this is a gorgeous coffee table book dedicated to the beauty and wonder of dredlocks, written and photographed by two Italian men. I remember when this book came out in 1999 there was some shade thrown on Mastalia and Pagano, seeing…

#Books+Black Hair: Madam CJ Walker Bios for Grown folks and Kids

#Books+Black Hair: Madam CJ Walker Bios for Grown folks and Kids

Hello Meltingpot Readers, You can’t talk about the Black hair business and not spend significant time on the influence and genius of Madam C.J. Walker. Born Sarah Breedlove, this single mother and daughter of slaves, built a multi-million dollar empire by selling hair care products to Black men and women (mostly women). But her impact on the world wasn’t restricted to beauty salons and barber shops. Madam C.J. Walker funneled her profits into the Black community, founding community centers, professional schools, and supporting the anti-lynching movement among other causes. She…

#Books+Black Hair: Miss Jessie’s

#Books+Black Hair: Miss Jessie’s

Hello Meltingpot Readers, For today’s entry in our list of Black History Month books about Black hair, I present, Miss Jessie’s: Creating a Successful Business from Scratch – Naturally by Miko Branch with Titi Branch. Now people, please note, so far I’ve not had to venture any farther than my own private bookshelves to come up with entries for this “books about Black hair” challenge and this book, Miss Jessie’s, is one of my new favorites. The book just came out last summer and I had the chance to read…

#Books+Black Hair: Happy to be Nappy

#Books+Black Hair: Happy to be Nappy

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 a nice word by some. The whimsical water-color illustrations by Chris Raschka and hooks’ poetic ode to our baby girls’ crowning glory still makes this one of my favorite books celebrating Black hair. And not to brag or anything, but I have a signed copy. You could probably get a…

#Books+BlackHair: Americanah

#Books+BlackHair: Americanah

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 this book when it first came out in 2013 but I’m reading it again because I assigned it for homework for one of the classes I teach at Temple. And I cannot believe how prominently Black hair and Black hair culture are featured in the story and moreover, how perceptive…

Books + Hair for Black History Month

Books + Hair for Black History Month

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 my birthday month and this is my blog, I’ve decided to celebrate two of my favorite things in honor of Black history month, books and Black hair. Think of it as a celebration and a challenge. I was partially inspired by that cute little girl, Marley Dias, tired of reading…

Same Family, Different Colors: A Personal Story

Same Family, Different Colors: A Personal Story

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 on Newsworks about these issues in 2016, in anticipation of my new book coming out this fall. By the way, Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in America’s Diverse Families is already available for pre-order! You heard it here first. Thanks for reading as always. Peace!

New Year, New Blog…Sort Of

New Year, New Blog…Sort Of

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 are and I thank you for that. And as usual I always consider shutting this all down. But I can’t. I just can’t. Instead I’m tinkering and playing with new ideas and fantasizing and dreaming. All good things for a creative person like myself. So, please stay tuned as I…

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

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

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 2015 because I’d noticed that I’d been reading for work and not for pleasure and reading is one of my greatest joys. And when you realize that you’ve neglected a simple joy in your life, something has to be done. I wrote in this early 2015 post that I was…

Magazines for the Holidays: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Magazines for the Holidays: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

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 the changing seasons, the birth of Christ (if that’s you’re thing), a celebration of light (if that’s your thing) and / or giving to the less fortunate and counting our own blessings. But I don’t mean to rain on anyone’s gift giving parade. I realize there is something intrinsically wonderful…

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

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

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 to the Friday family that was profiled in the depressing and disheartening story in the December issue of Philadelphia magazine, titled “Racial Profiling on the Main Line.” And while this letter was inspired by the Fridays, I know there are other families like them dealing with the same, ugly, race-based…

Five Radical Ways to Put the Black in Black Friday

Five Radical Ways to Put the Black in Black Friday

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 have you noticed that every year Thanksgiving seems less important while Black Friday gains in popularity. It’s like the only reason we’re feasting is to power up to shop on Black Friday. While I’m sure the spirits of Thanksgiving past are rattling their chains over this unfortunate turn of events,…

#TeamLightSkin vs #TeamDarkSkin Take it to the Beach

#TeamLightSkin vs #TeamDarkSkin Take it to the Beach

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 been completely immersed in the world of colorism, so much so, I didn’t think anything could shock me when it came to color-based discrimination. But I was wrong. A colleague told me today about a case of the color wars that had me shaking my head and sucking my teeth….

Happy Halloween! Make it Cheap and Easy

Happy Halloween! Make it Cheap and Easy

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 new parenting blog, Philly Parenting on Newsworks.org. Feel free to check it out and share it with your friends. I’d love to hear how other parents feel about Halloween. You know I’m listening. Boo!

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

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

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 genius, so much so, that when Jefferson traveled to Paris for a five-year stay, he took James with him so he could learn the art of French cuisine. While there, James lived as a free man, indeed learned the secrets of French cooking and considered a bid for freedom. Check…

Adele Had Me at “Hello”

Adele Had Me at “Hello”

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 print on my phone bill and I’d be crying tears of joy. And now, glory be, she has a new single out called “Hello.” Considering the fact that more than two million people have already liked the video on YouTube, clearly I’m not breaking any news here, but just in…

Is Private School “America’s Promise?”

Is Private School “America’s Promise?”

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. For those of you who haven’t heard about this powerful documentary, in a nutshell, a Black couple decided to film their son’s education from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Think of it as one long, endless reality show, but with a point. What that point was exactly, I’m not sure. I…

The “PeanutizeMe” Game Works for Families with Different Colors

The “PeanutizeMe” Game Works for Families with Different Colors

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 6, but I’m willing to overlook the obvious publicity play. Why? Because it’s so fun AND because whoever works in the marketing department over there at Peanuts headquarters understands that both Peanuts and people come in different skin colors and have different hair textures. It sounds so simple, but it…

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

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

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 recording career as well. He was rich, married –to a White woman – and accepted in Hollywood as, well, an acceptable exotic. The only thing was, Korla wasn’t what he seemed. From the New Republic: ” Like most everything in Hollywood, it was all smoke and mirrors. His charade wasn’t…

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

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

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 and the good could be the antidote to the horror unfolding daily in this world. I get exhausted just thinking about working to undo the damage being done by racist politicians, hyper-violent cops, the NRA, and countless other “evil doers” in our midst. But I have to do something. I…

Sisters Are Doing it for Themselves…in Spain

Sisters Are Doing it for Themselves…in Spain

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 a love affair with Spain. And then all of my dreams about Spain were crushed when I learned that Spain has a very peculiar response to Black people, which I wrote about in my memoir, Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love & Spain. Whew, that was a mouthful. Anywho, Spain has been…

Happy Birthday, “Substitute Me!”

Happy Birthday, “Substitute Me!”

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? No, you want to get to the good stuff, right? So, on this day, five years ago, a full year before I birthed babygirl, I gave birth to my first novel, Substitute Me. It’s a story about two women, one White, one Black, one the employer, one the employee. It’s…

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

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

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 the mainstream media was doing a fine enough job covering discord and strife between different cultural groups and I wanted The Meltingpot to be the antidote, seeing as how my very own life flew in the face of racial animosity and conflict between cultures. Sadly, I’ve strayed from that initial…

Mixie History in Maine: Malaga Island

Mixie History in Maine: 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 the weekend, so we also took a moment to visit Niagara Falls. That was gorgeous. It’s because we were on the road that this post is coming to you two days late and I apologize. I know many of you show up here on Monday morning looking for tasty new…

Happy Holidays from Ms. Meltingpot!

Happy Holidays from Ms. Meltingpot!

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 virus, starting three days before Christmas. Thus, I haven’t had a moment to write here. I apologize. And for the record, I probably won’t make it back to the blog before the new year begins. So, just in case, merry, merry to all and here’s to a happy and peaceful…

Am Waiting…

Am Waiting…

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 how hard I try because I feel like I’m in a perpetual state of waiting. And I just feel stuck. Here’s what I’m waiting for: I’m waiting to see if my book on color bias in America will be purchased by a publisher. I’m waiting to see if I’m going…

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

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

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 our bed for more than a week. In an effort not to crush her adorable little body, I think I slept in one rigid position every night, resulting in an overall bodyache and actual muscle spasms. This has never happened to me before – I know, I’m getting old –…

From the Meltingpot Vault: Passing For White, Asian Style

From the Meltingpot Vault: Passing For White, Asian Style

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. I never took the original Meltingpot blog down, so you can always go back and read through the archives, just for kicks. Occasionally, somebody new does stumble upon an old post and leaves a comment, which makes me think it’s worth re-sharing. Here’s the comment I just received on my…

“Not the Nanny” Syndrome is Multi-Generational

“Not the Nanny” Syndrome is Multi-Generational

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 celebration, so my entire extended family descended upon Philadelphia for the shower. And of course, the three-hour shower turned into a three-day, non-stop party. So, one day during the festivities, my mother and one of my play aunties, who happens to be a caramel-colored Colombian woman in her fifties, took…

Ms. Meltingpot is Going to London!

Ms. Meltingpot is Going to London!

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 Gazpacho family will be eating fish & chips, riding the tube and generally having a jolly good time getting to know the city of London. The course I will be teaching is all about London’s diverse multicultural communities. There’s going to be a lot of touring around trying to show…

Hair Story Gets a New Look!

Hair Story Gets a New Look!

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 no. There’s so much more minutiae that can make you wonder why you got into this business in the first place. Especially the perennial fight over the cover. Please ask any author you know if they had to fight to get the cover they wanted on their book and I…

Soul Food: Deconstructed & Delicious

Soul Food: Deconstructed & Delicious

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 it does provide some wonderful opportunities. Like last night. I had the honor of playing ‘hostess’ at a literary dinner celebrating this wonderful new book called, Soul Food:The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time. The menu for the meal was pulled from recipes in the…

Racism Exists in America: This Is Not News!

Racism Exists in America: This Is Not News!

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 beauty pageants, the new Miss America is of Indian descent and when she was crowned back on September 15, some morons on Twitter had some pretty nasty things to say. And of course those nasty tweets made the news. Why? Because they represent the majority of American thought? Or because…

Is Ms. Meltingpot “Maxed Out?”

Is Ms. Meltingpot “Maxed Out?”

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 to keep my job. I also, as you know, have three fantastic children, a husband who is trying to finish his PhD and an old house that loves to fall apart at the most inopportune times. I love my life, really I do, but last week I developed this mysterious…

Trading Places: South Africa Style

Trading Places: South Africa Style

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 about is the filthy rich. I like to test my moral compass to see what I’d do if money wasn’t an issue. Generally, I do do the right thing and give lots of my money to the poor and other noble causes. One thing I very rarely do however, is…

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

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

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 I’m working on is needed. My new book is all about colorism in Black, Latino, Asian and interracial communities. Clearly I can’t write it fast enough. Check out this story that appeared on the Huffington Post Latino Voices yesterday. It’s a personal essay written by a Dominican-American male who tells…

Book Review: The Wedding Gift

Book Review: The Wedding Gift

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 up and makes the author a star. That’s kind of what happened to Marlen Suyapa Boden and The Wedding Gift. Bodden is a lawyer in New York City and as the story goes, came across an intriguing historical legal case in Alabama and it got her thinking. What resulted is…

Black Girl Hair Is Still “Unacceptable”

Black Girl Hair Is Still “Unacceptable”

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 of the Black hair news being made this week. First of all, one of the Black co-hosts on The Talk, Sheryl Underwood -who is also a comedian – thought she was being funny (I think) when she derided Heidi Klum for keeping her kid’s Afro hair as a keepsake. Not…

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

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

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 up so fast. I can’t believe it. And it’s the beginning of a new school year for me too, so I’m up to here in busy work and getting back into the groove of being supermom/super-professor/super-author so, I’m going to go into the Meltingpot vault and pull up an old…

And Speaking of Labor Day…Remember When Babygirl Was Born?

And Speaking of Labor Day…Remember When Babygirl Was Born?

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 babygirl. It seems so long ago when I look at her two-year-old face now, but at the same time, I still remember every agonizing moment of the marathon of her labor. Who am I kidding? That was the fastest labor ever, but it still hurt like hell. Anyways, enjoy and…

Kinky Gazpacho The Movie! An Update

Kinky Gazpacho The Movie! An Update

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 to play the role of el esposo. Apparently his enthusiasm was a wee bit premature, but the wheels of progress are still turning. There is a director attached, the script is being fine tuned and they are about to cast the role of Lori!!! I can’t believe this. So, dear…

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

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 Black hair, but I’m sooo not the only one. There’s a new movie, screening at the Toronto International Film Fest called Pelo Malo (translation: bad hair) about a cute little boy  in Venezuela who believes straightening his curly hair will change his life. It’s a movie about identity and family…

Look What I Bought!

Look What I Bought!

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 start looking, it’s amazing how many people walk over money in the street…if it’s a penny. Well, all of our pennies (and a few quarters, nickels and dimes) were enough to purchase half of a Vitamix blender. I added the other half of the funds and voila, we are officially…

And the Winner is…

And the Winner is…

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 myamericanmeltingpot@gmail.com and I’ll give you all the details on how to claim your prize. And thanks to everyone who left comments on the post. I loved hearing about your favorite fictional interracial couples. Coincidentally, I just watched The Loving Story last night on DVD. Now there’s a real life interracial love story that deserves to be retold on…

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

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

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 of students, new classes and new writing projects to work on. My kids are starting new grades; I’ll have a 7th grader, a 4th grader and a full-day day care/preschooler for the first time. So, with all of this starting over, I’m feeling like I need to freshen up the…

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

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

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 the too delicious Orlando Bloom and Juliet is being portrayed by the ridiculously talented and supremely gorgeous Condola Rashad (Yes, that’s Phylicia “Claire Huxtable” Rashad’s daughter.)? I don’t know about you, but I always imagined that the type of hatred between the Montagues and the Capulets to be racially motivated….

Mt. Airy Makes the List for Best Big-City Nabe!

Mt. Airy Makes the List for Best Big-City Nabe!

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, at school, on the swim team, I was usually the only Black kid in the bunch. I was a happy child, but still, all that Whiteness made it difficult for me to appreciate the skin I was in. So, when el esposo decided to start a family, one of the…

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

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

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 in Switzerland. She was in a fancy store and was looking at some fancy purses and reportedly when she asked to see one particular bag with a $38,000 price tag on it, the storekeeper refused to show it to her claiming it would be too expensive. She then tried to…

#Black Hair + Books: Queens by Cunningham & Alexander

#Black Hair + Books: Queens by Cunningham & Alexander

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Today is the last day of February, which means it’s the last day of our celebration of books about Black hair. And I’ve saved the best for last. Today’s book needs little by way of explanation, because it’s all in the title, Queens: Portraits of Black Women and their Fabulous Hair by Michael Cunningham and George Alexander. A compact coffee table book with black & white photos and accompanying essays, Queens is an ode to amazing Black women and their crowning glory. The book features women from…