Asian Americans and Skin Color Politics

Asian Americans and Skin Color Politics

Hello Meltingpot Readers, As most of you know, I’m hard at work on my new book, Same Family, Different Colors. In the book, I’m trying to document how skin color politics play out in American families, across different cultures. In addition to the fact that people of all ethnic backgrounds get squirmy when you bring up the idea of colorism, it is especially difficult to get people to talk to someone who doesn’t share the same culture. Going into this project I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to…

Me and Toni Morrison: On the Same Page About Skin Color Politics

Me and Toni Morrison: On the Same Page About Skin Color Politics

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Have any of you read Toni Morrison’s new novel, God Help the Child? Not only have I read it, I had the chance to see Ms. Toni give a reading from the book here in Philadelphia and of course got her to sign my book. It was magical getting to meet her in person and to hear about her inspiration and ideas for writing this particular story. Dear readers, I don’t know if you know this, but God Help the Child is all about a dark-skinned Black…

Yo, Is That Colorist?: Australian Newscaster Praises Light Skin Twin

Yo, Is That Colorist?: Australian Newscaster Praises Light Skin Twin

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I think you all know I’m working on a book called Same Family, Different Colors where I’m looking at skin color variations in nuclear families and how those skin color differences affect family dynamics. Often times I’m hearing stories about minute variations between brown and browner, but every now and again there are extreme skin color differences that are impossible to ignore, both inside and outside the home. Recently, a set of twins in the UK have made headlines because one twin has brown skin, brown curly…

Essence Magazine’s May Book Picks: A Meltingpot Dream

Essence Magazine’s May Book Picks: A Meltingpot Dream

Hello Meltingpot Readers, When you think of Ms. Meltingpot’s favorite things, you know books, Black hair, and multi-culti family life are all on the list right? Well, it’s like Essence magazine Books Editor, Patrick Bass was thinking only about me when he chose what books to feature in the May issue of the magazine. Seriously, I think he created this list just for me. While I would read everything on the three-page spread dedicated to books, the two standouts that I think you too, dear readers, will enjoy are Loving…

Colorism By Another Name is “Shadeism:” A Movie Coming Soon To A Film Festival Near You

Colorism By Another Name is “Shadeism:” A Movie Coming Soon To A Film Festival Near You

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Not a lot of time to write today, but I still wanted to share. Last week I had the opportunity to attend an amazing conference on colorism. It was held at Washington University in St. Louis and featured an amazing gathering of scholars from around the world who all research and/or advocate against colorism. I learned a lot. The last agenda on the conference schedule was the screening of a film by a young Canadian filmmaker named Nayani Thiyagaraja, who produced a documentary about colorism amongst her…

The Afro-Spanish Alliance: What I’m Writing Now

The Afro-Spanish Alliance: What I’m Writing Now

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, most of you know that I’m knee deep in the research for my new book, Same Family, Different Colors. Currently I am at work on the chapter focusing on Latino families and their issues with colorism, and let me just say I feel like I’ve fallen down a Kinky Gazpacho wormhole like no other. It’s fascinating how far back the Afro-Spanish alliance stretches into the past, here in the United States, in the Caribbean, in Europe and of course, Africa. But despite the long history of…

“All Joy and No Fun:” Parenting in the 21st Century #MeltingpotBookReview

“All Joy and No Fun:” Parenting in the 21st Century #MeltingpotBookReview

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Earlier this year I promised myself I would read more. I’m a writer so reading should be a part of my regular practice, right? Because I like to write both fiction and nonfiction, exploring themes of race, culture, parenting and identity politics, I figured my reading selections should explore these topics and genres as well. So, I picked up Jennifer Senior’s (relatively) new book, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting. I assumed reading this book would feel like homework, but I promised myself…

#LinkLove: Fresh, Hot and Tasty New Meltingpot Links

#LinkLove: Fresh, Hot and Tasty New Meltingpot Links

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Please notice over there on the right, that I’ve added some new links to my “Tastes Like the Meltingpot” blogroll; HapaMama, Mater Mea, and Multiracial Sky. These are websites/blogs I love and I’m sure you will too. I’m always trying to keep it fresh for my loyal (and new) readers who, like me, are always looking for new voices and new resources on the multiculti/ pop culture/ parenting beat. So, take a look and enjoy the new offerings. And please note, that while Afro-Viking author, Heidi Durrow’s…