#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…

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 is Coming Back to Blogging

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Hello? Is anybody still out there? Anyone? I know I don’t deserve to have anybody answer me. Technically, I’ve been gone for almost two years now, but I didn’t mean it. I got caught up writing my book, Same Family, Different Colors and then promoting that book. I created a new blog for that book and discovered Instagram and then one thing led to another and it was 2018! But I missed the Meltingpot. I missed blogging regularly. I missed you, dear readers. So, I’ve decided to come back. But…

Hillary Clinton, Implicit Bias and Why We’re All Racists

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Did you watch the debates last night? I did. I laughed, I cried, I threw my slipper at the TV. Overall, I thought Hillary Clinton did a fine job pretending she was actually in a presidential debate rather than the shit show she was forced to endure with Trump and his kindergarten bully tactics and Lester Holt’s inability to shut Trump down every time he went down a rambling rabbit hole of nonsense. But there was a really good point that Hillary Clinton made that I’m sure…

Five Radical Ways to Put the Black in Black Friday

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I’m sure many of you are getting ready for the holiday season, checking those turkey recipes, getting your cornucopia table decorations ready, yes, all the fun stuff that makes Turkey Day so very yummy and fun. But have you noticed that every year Thanksgiving seems less important while Black Friday gains in popularity. It’s like the only reason we’re feasting is to power up to shop on Black Friday. While I’m sure the spirits of Thanksgiving past are rattling their chains over this unfortunate turn of events,…

Adele Had Me at “Hello”

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I don’t know if you all know how much of an Adele fan I am. Suffice it to say, I LOVE HER! Her voice moves me like none other. I could listen to Adele sing the fine print on my phone bill and I’d be crying tears of joy. And now, glory be, she has a new single out called “Hello.” Considering the fact that more than two million people have already liked the video on YouTube, clearly I’m not breaking any news here, but just in…

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 recording career as well. He was rich, married –to a White woman – and accepted in Hollywood as, well, an acceptable exotic. The only thing was, Korla wasn’t what he seemed. From the New Republic: ” Like most everything in Hollywood, it was all smoke and mirrors. His charade wasn’t…