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: 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…

#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…