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…

Sisters Are Doing it for Themselves…in Spain

Sisters Are Doing it for Themselves…in Spain

Hello Meltingpot Readers, So, all of you regular readers know that el esposo is my Spanish husband and that I met him while spending my junior year of college in Salamanca, Spain and from a very young age I’ve had a love affair with Spain. And then all of my dreams about Spain were crushed when I learned that Spain has a very peculiar response to Black people, which I wrote about in my memoir, Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love & Spain. Whew, that was a mouthful. Anywho, Spain has been…

#WomensLives: Life on the Border Between Europe and Africa

#WomensLives: Life on the Border Between Europe and Africa

Hello Melitngpot Readers, If you’ve read my memoir, Kinky Gazpacho, then you know I’ve lived in both Spain and Morocco, so these recent stories about life in the border city of Ceuta have caught my attention. Ceuta is a city on the cusp of Africa, but it is a Spanish territory. Ceuta’s citizens are Spanish, but the divide between African and European is clear and striking. Check out these two stories, one about the bone crushing work Moroccan women endure to make pennies at the border of Ceuta and Morocco…

…And We’re Back: Back to School, Back in the USA, Back to the Grind

…And We’re Back: Back to School, Back in the USA, Back to the Grind

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I’m baaack!! I hope you didn’t miss me too much. I missed you. Really I did. And I missed having an outlet for all of my crazy discoveries, opinions and cultural critiques that only you, my devoted readers would care to hear about. So, I’m picking up my proverbial pen and getting back to blogging. This year –yes, I still think of the year starting in September — is going to be crazy busy for me. I’m working on my book manuscript for Same Family, Different Colors,…

My European Adventure is On Tumblr!

My European Adventure is On Tumblr!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I have not fallen off the face of the earth, I swear. I made it to the UK and it’s been great so far. But you don’t have to take my word for it here. I’ve started a Tumblr blog — just to capture the 57 days I’ll be abroad — as sort of a parenthesis from the Meltingpot. If you’d like to see what I’ve been up to and to follow along, please bookmark this link. Cheers and thank you in advance for continuing to care!

“Black in Bali:” A Meltingpot Fantasy

“Black in Bali:” A Meltingpot Fantasy

Hi Meltingpot Readers, You know that moment when you’ve picked up two of your three kids from school, ferried them to not one, but two different sports activities, rushed home to throw a load of laundry into the washing machine before you start dinner and secretly try to scroll through all of your new Facebook updates while listening to your toddler tell you everything she saw on her walk home from preschool? Well, I was deep in that moment today when I stumbled upon this article from Parlour Magazine about…

Guess Where I’m Going? : Ms. Meltingpot’s European Adventure

Guess Where I’m Going? : Ms. Meltingpot’s European Adventure

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I’ve been in a whirlwind of travel planning. Remember when I told you that I’d be spending the summer in London teaching? Well, everything is officially a go, so I had to buy my tickets this week and make it official. And while I am totally excited to spend six weeks with 20 college students for six hours a day, five days a week in a city as exciting as London, I know I’m going to need a real vacation at the end of it all. So,…