Rss

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

And Speaking of Books…Same Family,...

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...

Read More

#Black Hair + Books: Queens by Cunningham & Alexander

#Black Hair + Books: Queens by Cunningham...

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...

Read More

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

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

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,...

Read More

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

#Black Hair + Books: “Bad Hair Does...

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...

Read More

#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...

Read More

#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...

Read More

#Black Hair + Books: Nigerian Hairstyles by Ojeikere

#Black Hair + Books: Nigerian Hairstyles...

Hello Meltingpot Readers, For today’s book about Black hair, I’m digging into the Meltingpot archives to re-introduce the work of Nigerian...

Read More

#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...

Read More

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

#Books+Black Hair: Madam CJ Walker Bios for...

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....

Read More

#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...

Read More

#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...

Read More

#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...

Read More

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)...

Read More

Same Family, Different Colors: A Personal Story

Same Family, Different Colors: A Personal...

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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

I Read #DiverseBooks: Ms. Meltingpot’s...

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,...

Read More

Magazines for the Holidays: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Magazines for the Holidays: The Gift that...

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,...

Read More

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

Dear Black People: An Open Letter to the...

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...

Read More

Five Radical Ways to Put the Black in Black Friday

Five Radical Ways to Put the Black in Black...

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I’m sure many of you are getting ready for the holiday season, checking those turkey recipes, getting your cornucopia table...

Read More

#TeamLightSkin vs #TeamDarkSkin Take it to the Beach

#TeamLightSkin vs #TeamDarkSkin Take it to...

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...

Read More

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?...

Read More

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

Free Black Man in France: James Hemings Makes...

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

Is Private School “America’s Promise?”

Is Private School “America’s...

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!)....

Read More

The “PeanutizeMe” Game Works for Families with Different Colors

The “PeanutizeMe” Game Works...

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Because you need something else to procrastinate with online, I offer up the opportunity to turn yourself into a Peanuts character....

Read More

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

Passing While Black: Black Man Becomes the...

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Last week The New Republic posted this fascinating story about the famous Indian singer Korla Pandit. Known as the “Godfather...

Read More

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

ICYMI: “100 Men of Color Greeted Kids...

Hello Meltingpot Readers, This morning I posted the following quote by David Wolfe on my Facebook page, “Promote what you love instead of bashing...

Read More

Sisters Are Doing it for Themselves…in Spain

Sisters Are Doing it for Themselves…in...

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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

“Rejected Princesses” Are Way...

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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....

Read More

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

Ms. Meltingpot is Guilty of Racial Profiling....

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...

Read More

From the Meltingpot Vault: Passing For White, Asian Style

From the Meltingpot Vault: Passing For White,...

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...

Read More

“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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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,...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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,...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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

Best of the Meltingpot: “Who Are You...

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...

Read More

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

And Speaking of Labor Day…Remember...

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

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....

Read More

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...

Read More

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,...

Read More

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

Wednesday Round-Up: New Year, New Blogs that...

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...

Read More

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

Romeo & Juliet Gets A Meltingpot Makeover...

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...

Read More

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

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

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...

Read More

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

Is Switzerland Racist? Should a Purse Cost...

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, some of you have already you expressed your opinions, frustrations and disgust over this incident that was reported last week....

Read More