Hi Meltingpot Readers,
It’s Wednesday, so that means it’s time for some fresh, hot links to share. So, let’s get to it.
The first place I must send you to is Maine. I’ve been following Black Girl in Maine via twitter for a long time, and never realized she had a blog. Duh! Well, apparently BGIM has some serious fans over at babble.com because for the second year in a row she landed on their 100 Best Mommy Blogs List. She doesn’t consider herself a mommy blogger and I can see why. She just happens to be a mom, who lives in Maine, with a lot of White people. And it’s interesting. So, she writes about it. Check her out if you have the chance.
Next. I don’t know about you, but it takes me an entire week to actually read the entire Sunday New York Times. So, it was just today that I was making my way through the Book Review and I noticed an interesting trend. There are a lot of books coming out, just in time for the holidays, about Jews and Christmas. I’ve always thought it must suck to be Jewish at Christmas time in the United States, because everyone from the government to the retail industry shuts down as if everyone believes in the holy, baby Jesus. That’s got to be annoying. Like seriously annoying, considering there is supposed to be a separation of church and state. Anyway, there’s a book for adults called Kosher Christmas that is all about how “Jews cope with Christmas,” beginning with Jewish emigres from German-speaking countries back in the day and continuing on through history. It sounds fascinating. For the kids, two books caught my eye, Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama, which is about a ‘mixed’ family during the holidays, and Emanuel and the Hanukkah Rescue which is about Sephardic Jews from Portugal who move to Massachusetts in the 18th century. Doesn’t that sound cool? Are any of you dear readers, Jewish? Do you get annoyed around Christmas time? What do you do to cope?
Finally, this Sunday, a lot of people will have their TVs tuned to CNN to catch the fifth installment of the Black in America series. This time around, host Soledad O’Brien will be asking ‘Who is Black in America?’ They will be covering everything from colorism to transracial adoption to try to understand what it really means to be Black. Is it the color of the skin or the neighborhood where a person is raised? It sounds like it’s going to be really interesting. I’m curious to see what new information they will discover or debate. You can preview some of the stories here. I don’t have cable, so I’m not sure when I’ll be able to see the full episode, so feel free to let me know what you thought of it.
That is all.