#FridayFavorites: Chris Rock’s Tamborine

Hi Meltingpot Readers, It’s Friday! That means I share something that’s making me happy that hopefully might make you happy too. Lord knows we need some happy right now given what’s happening in this country right now. Last night, el esposo and I watched Chris Rock’s Netflix special, Tamborine, even though it was a school night. I’ve always been a fan of Rock’s stand-up – can’t say the same about his acting career – because he’s usually always on point with his political and cultural commentary. Even if I don’t…

Five Great Books about Frederick Douglass in Honor of his 200th Birthday

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Yes, I know today is Valentine’s Day, but did you know today is also the day Frederick Douglass would be celebrating his 200th birthday? Considering this man is one of my personal heroes, I figured I’d dedicate today’s post to him, instead of waxing on about love and flowers and chocolate and such. But just as a historical aside, nobody knows exactly what date in February Douglass was born. He claimed Valentine’s Day for himself, which I think might have been one of his most radical acts…

The Loving Generation Explores Blackness, Whiteness and the Spaces Between

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Back in 2015, I wrote about a fascinating documentary called, Little White Lie. It was about one woman’s search for her true racial identity, after years believing she was White. That filmmaker was Lacey Schwartz and now she has directed a new digital documentary series that also explores race, biracial identity and Blackness. The series is called The Loving Generation and is available for viewing on the new digital storytelling platform Topic.com. From the Topic.com website: ” The Loving Generation tells the story of a generation of…

#FridayFavorites: Books and Black Hair Products

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Now that I’m back to blogging after an, ahem, brief time away, I’ve decided to add some new features to the blog. One of these new features is a weekly post that will highlight whatever person, place or thing I’m currently crushing on. It could be a book, or a restaurant or Trader Joe’s new freeze-dried okra. Basically, it will be my way of giving you a peek into my colorful life and somewhat left of strange interests and passions. Hopefully, if you actually enjoy this blog,…

Five New Books by Black Authors You Should Read During Black History Month

Hello Meltingpot Readers, It’s February! That means my birthday is coming up, Valentine’s Day is around the corner and of course, it’s Black History Month. Now, I already told you last week that I think we should be calling it Black Cool Month and making February a month of celebrating the coolness that Black people bring to the table every day. That being the case, I can’t think of a better way to do that, than by highlighting some awesome, new(ish) books by Black authors that will make you swoon.…

The Ghost of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Might Be Getting Ready to Haunt Whoever Okayed That Car Commercial

Dodge Ram Commerical

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I’m just going to get this out of the way right now. I’m not an Eagles fan. The truth is, I don’t really care about football at all. There I said it. But I do live in Philadelphia. I love a good underdog story and I will pretty much go anywhere for a party that makes no apologies for featuring buttloads of processed food. So, of course I was at a Super Bowl party last night but my main focus was on the commercials, not the game.…

From the Archives: Swapping Black History Month for Black “Cool” Month

Hi Meltingpot Readers, It’s officially Black History Month. Back in 2010, I wrote the following post about how I think Black History Month should be celebrated. While I received a fair amount of comments and the piece was actually picked up by Forbes.com, my suggestions for honoring my people didn’t take off like gangbusters. And I think I know why. It’s the name. Black History Month sounds as exciting as a tax seminar. *yawn* I get it. So, let’s give Black History Month a facelift. From now on, let’s call…

Ms. Meltingpot’s 5 Favorite Parenting Blogs That Aren’t Written by White Women

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Last week, The Washington Post published an article lamenting the death of the gritty, realistic mommy blogs and the rise of the product sponsored, immaculate world of Instagram motherhood. If 2017 was the year of “fake news,” it apparently was also the year of “fake motherhood,” where all the mommies on the world wide web have perfect kids who pose with shiny products in white kitchens and staged living rooms. There’s no mess, no tantrums, no problems…and no color. And by color, I don’t just mean on…