Dear Black People: An Open Letter to the Black Families on Philly’s Main Line


#Warning This story may break your heart, or harden it.

Dear Black People on the Main Line, No, not all the Black people. I’m sure some of you are super happy there and if you are, please feel free to completely disregard everything I’m about to say. I’m actually talking Continue reading

#TeamLightSkin vs #TeamDarkSkin Take it to the Beach


My thoughts exactly.

Hello Meltingpot Readers, If you’re regulars here, then you know I’m working on a book called Same Family, Different Colors that explores colorism in the United States. I’ve been working on the book for quite a while now, and have Continue reading

Free Black Man in France: James Hemings Makes His Culinary Mark in History


A portrait of James Hemings.

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I had one of those driveway moments the other day when I heard this story on NPR. It’s about Thomas Jefferson’s enslaved chef, James Hemings, yes, the brother of Sally Hemings. James was apparently quite the culinary Continue reading

Passing While Black: Black Man Becomes the Indian Liberace?!



Hi Meltingpot Readers, Last week The New Republic posted this fascinating story about the famous Indian singer Korla Pandit. Known as the “Godfather of Exotica,” he had his own TV show that ran in the 1950s and had an impressive Continue reading

ICYMI: “100 Men of Color Greeted Kids on Their First Day of School”



Hello Meltingpot Readers, This morning I posted the following quote by David Wolfe on my Facebook page, “Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.” Ironic because I fell asleep last night wondering if focusing on the positive Continue reading