#TeamLightSkin vs #TeamDarkSkin Take it to the Beach

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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 #TeamLightSkin vs #TeamDarkSkin Take it to the Beach

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

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

Defining Blackness: My Take on Rachel Dolezal

Rachel Dolezal, she's not really Black, but she feels like she is in her head.

It’s not as though there hasn’t already been enough written about Rachel Dolezal, the White woman from Montana who has been passing for Black for the last decade. Still, I feel I have to add my two cents to the Continue reading Defining Blackness: My Take on Rachel Dolezal

Essence Magazine’s May Book Picks: A Meltingpot Dream

It's all about the books in this month's issue of Essence.

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 Continue reading Essence Magazine’s May Book Picks: A Meltingpot Dream

Black History Month Lite: 5 Black Books That Aren’t About “Black Stuff”

Does this book look like it has too much Black Stuff? No worries. It's just a really good book.

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Here it is the last week of Black History Month and yours truly is just getting around to acknowledging it. Where are my manners? Hold on, let me get my tongue out of my cheek here. The Continue reading Black History Month Lite: 5 Black Books That Aren’t About “Black Stuff”

#WomensLives Being Black in Honduras: One Woman’s Story of Longing and Belonging

Women Matter!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I am so excited that I am getting the chance to take part in an initiative to highlight the lack of focus on women and women’s issues in the news media and really in society at large. Continue reading #WomensLives Being Black in Honduras: One Woman’s Story of Longing and Belonging

This Thanksgiving, I’m Giving Thanks that I am Black!

Ms. Meltingpot and her Grandmother. Black and proud for almost 100 years.

Hi Meltingpot Readers, There’s a lot of sadness and anger in the United States right now, most of it stemming from the situation happening in Ferguson, Missouri and the continual assault on Black lives. And then if you throw in Continue reading This Thanksgiving, I’m Giving Thanks that I am Black!