Wednesday Round-Up: Rosie Perez Helps Mitt Romney Get a Clue, Afro-Latinos in America and Little White Girls Who Wanna Be Black

Hi Meltingpot Readers,

It’s Wednesday again which means I get to share some of the best stuff around the web I’ve found in the last week. But let’s be honest, I didn’t find all of these by myself. Some of you sent me a link or two. (Thanks, Sharontina!). So let’s get to it. I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I did. And don’t forget to send me your links for next week.

1. Check out this heartfelt and humorous essay by beauty writer turned blogger extraordinaire, Tia Williams over at Shake Your Beauty. In it, Williams tells about her White friend’s seven-year-old daughter who taught her a thing or two about the power of Blackness.

2. Have presidential politics gotten you down? Are you wishing the whole thing was over already? Will you gag if you have to watch one more debate? Well, snap out of it! This is such an important election and you have to care. You have to vote and you have to make sure everyone around you votes. But I feel your pain. You need something to get you motivated and energized? Check out this new PAC, Actually… that uses just the right amount of celebrity and humor to get the facts out there. Note, if you’re planning to vote for Mitt Romney, this website probably won’t appeal to you. Also note, Rosie Perez is still the bomb!

3. I’ve been doing a lot of research on colorism and identity politics and the plight of Afro-Latinos is one that keeps coming up. Often ignored and invisible in the narrative of the Latino experience in America, influential Afro-Latinos in the United States are celebrated in this slide show that recently ran on the Huffington Post. Not only was I happy to see the recognition given, I was shocked by who made the list. Did you know Sammy Davis Jr. was a Latino? Yeah, me neither. Like I said, this is important stuff.

Thanks for reading. And don’t forget to send me your best links for next week.

Peace!

4 comments for “Wednesday Round-Up: Rosie Perez Helps Mitt Romney Get a Clue, Afro-Latinos in America and Little White Girls Who Wanna Be Black

  1. Wendy
    18 October, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Don’t feel lame! That wasn’t my point! I’m sorry. I am often surprised how random the information I know is. Being a Spanish teacher, we learn all kinds of tidbits and the coolest thing is that we keep on learning! I think that’s why I got into the whole teaching thing in the first place. An unquenchable thirst for knowledge.
    I leave you an interview with one of my favorites from Colombia ChocQuibTown talking about race in Colombia. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0meXf3n6swk

    • Ms. Meltingpot
      19 October, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      Gracias!

  2. Wendy
    17 October, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Yeah, I knew about Sammy Davis Jr., but its my job to know. If you want information of Afro-Colombians, I have a bunch and have shared a bunch here.

    • Ms. Meltingpot
      17 October, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      Wendy,
      Of course, you knew. I feel kind of lame for not knowing, seeing as how I’m a big fan of Black Spanish connections. But I know now.

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