Wednesday Round-Up: Multicultural Familia Gets an Update, One More Opinion About Nina Simone and Marvin Gaye’s Message About Hurricane Sandy

Hi Meltingpot Readers,

I hope all of you living on the East Coast are okay post Sandy. We were very lucky here in our Kinky Gazpacho family. We survived with nothing more than a little trickle of water in our basement. My sister and brother, who also live in Philadelphia, also made it through with very little incident. But, dear readers, when I see Sandy’s destruction around the world, specifically in my former home of New York City, I am truly in shock.

Denene Millner, editor and writer, at penned this excellent post linking Marvin Gaye, hurricane Sandy and the obvious abuse of our planet. She expressed the exact same emotions I’m feeling right now. Thanks, Denene!

And even though for the last 48 hours my mind has mostly been on surviving a hurricane, I have to admit being trapped indoors for much of those 48 hours gave me plenty of time to troll around the internet. While trolling I came across an exciting announcement. The online magazine for multicultural families, Multicultural Familia got an update and an upgrade. It’s easier to read and navigate now and there’s some great new features. If you like MyAmericanMeltingpot, you’ll love Multicultural Familia and  probably find some like-minded bloggers to follow. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Finally, I know I’ve already posted about Zoe Saldana being cast to play Nina Simone in the upcoming unauthorized biopic. But after spending Saturday in Washington, DC at a conference on colorism in the Black community, I just can’t stop thinking about this. This issue of casting a lighter skinned actress, darkening her skin and making her wear a prosthetic nose, has all kinds of implications. Akiba Solomon offers her opinion on with lots of links that include pictures of Saldana in full Nina transformation.

So that’s what I got for you. What’s been keeping you engaged on the world-wide web?

I’m listening. And Happy Halloween, by the way.


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