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…

#Black Hair + Books: Afros the Book

#Black Hair + Books: Afros the Book

Hi Meltingpot Readers, It’s Friday. I owe you a book about Black hair for Black history month. But I’m tired and it’s late. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to come through for you. I’ve been covering the Black hair game for so long, all I had to do was bounce on over to my HairStoryOnline website and peruse the archives. That’s where I stumbled upon this gorgeous photo book dedicated to the most iconic Black hairstyle of them all, the Afro. Instead of rewriting now what I said…

#Black Hair + Books: Sol the Super Hairo!

#Black Hair + Books: Sol the Super Hairo!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, This week Ms. Meltingpot is reaching into the Meltingpot vault to find some good reads about Black hair. I wrote about Sol the Super Hairo on my Hair Story blog way back in 2013, but have yet to actually get a copy of the book in my hands. But still, I love any character who rocks an Afro like Sol and whose greatest super power is loving her natural hair. About the book: “…[Sol the Super Hairo] animated tale is about a little girl named Sol who…

#Books+Black Hair: Miss Jessie’s

#Books+Black Hair: Miss Jessie’s

Hello Meltingpot Readers, For today’s entry in our list of Black History Month books about Black hair, I present, Miss Jessie’s: Creating a Successful Business from Scratch – Naturally by Miko Branch with Titi Branch. Now people, please note, so far I’ve not had to venture any farther than my own private bookshelves to come up with entries for this “books about Black hair” challenge and this book, Miss Jessie’s, is one of my new favorites. The book just came out last summer and I had the chance to read…

#Books+Black Hair: Happy to be Nappy

#Books+Black Hair: Happy to be Nappy

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Today’s Black History book about Black hair really needs no explanation. The title – Happy to be Nappy by bell hooks – says it all. But remember, this book came out in 1999 before nappy was considered a nice word by some. The whimsical water-color illustrations by Chris Raschka and hooks’ poetic ode to our baby girls’ crowning glory still makes this one of my favorite books celebrating Black hair. And not to brag or anything, but I have a signed copy. You could probably get a…

#Books+BlackHair: Americanah

#Books+BlackHair: Americanah

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Today’s Black History Month book about Black hair isn’t really about Black hair, but Black hair does feature a prominent role in the story, so it counts. The book is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I read this book when it first came out in 2013 but I’m reading it again because I assigned it for homework for one of the classes I teach at Temple. And I cannot believe how prominently Black hair and Black hair culture are featured in the story and moreover, how perceptive…

Books + Hair for Black History Month

Books + Hair for Black History Month

Hello Meltingpot Readers. It’s officially the first day of February which means two very important things; 1) My birthday is only days away and 2) It’s the beginning of Black History Month. So much to celebrate in February. Since it’s my birthday month and this is my blog, I’ve decided to celebrate two of my favorite things in honor of Black history month, books and Black hair. Think of it as a celebration and a challenge. I was partially inspired by that cute little girl, Marley Dias, tired of reading…

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…