Monday Microagressions Comic Relief: If Black Women Said…

Monday Microagressions Comic Relief: If Black Women Said…

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I have a new obsession and it’s called Buzzfeed. *hangs head in shame* My brother sent me a link to this hilarious video entitled, “If Black Women Said the Stuff White Guys Say” from the funny people at Buzzfeed. Yes, it’s meant to make you laugh but underneath the humor is a really effective way to get people to think about the microagressions Black women face every day. Like, I laughed until I almost peed myself watching this, but mostly because I could relate to every single…

Can White Girls Co-Opt the “Booty?”

Can White Girls Co-Opt the “Booty?”

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I’m trying to wrap my mind around the current “glorification” of big butts, brought to you by the likes of Kim Kardashian and Iggy Azalea, aka, not Black people. Recently Vogue magazine declared that we were living in the “Era of the Big Booty,” and actually credited Jennifer Lopez with starting the trend. Excuse me? Then today, I finally get a chance to check out the video behind the infectious pop song by Meghan Trainor called All About that Bass. Basically it’s a self-love anthem for those…

Black Soap, White Skin?!

Black Soap, White Skin?!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, you know I’m working on my next book that will explore the role of colorism in American families. Right now I’m deep into the research, so the majority of my waking hours are spent trying to figure out why so many people of color only see beauty and self-worth in light skin. As you can imagine, it’s a search with no satisfying answer and it is almost impossible not to have a head banging moment at least once a day when I discover something even more…

Soul Food: Deconstructed & Delicious

Soul Food: Deconstructed & Delicious

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Sometimes I really love my job as a writer and cultural thinker. It sounds very nebulous to describe myself that way and granted, there’s not a lot of money in the business of thinking and talking, but it does provide some wonderful opportunities. Like last night. I had the honor of playing ‘hostess’ at a literary dinner celebrating this wonderful new book called, Soul Food:The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time. The menu for the meal was pulled from recipes in the…

Black Girl Hair Is Still “Unacceptable”

Black Girl Hair Is Still “Unacceptable”

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Clearly you know I keep watch on all things Black hair related for all of my research for my book, Hair Story. But even if I wasn’t a certified hairstorian, I’d still be completely engrossed in all of the Black hair news being made this week. First of all, one of the Black co-hosts on The Talk, Sheryl Underwood -who is also a comedian – thought she was being funny (I think) when she derided Heidi Klum for keeping her kid’s Afro hair as a keepsake. Not…

Wednesday Round Up: Pelo Malo Means Bad Hair in Venezuela, FYI Miley Cyrus isn’t Black and Remember the March on Washington

Wednesday Round Up: Pelo Malo Means Bad Hair in Venezuela, FYI Miley Cyrus isn’t Black and Remember the March on Washington

Hi Meltingpot Readers, It’s Wednesday. Time to see what the world wide web is offering up for those of us who like our news both colorful and tasty. Here’s what I have for you: 1. You know I’m obsessed with Black hair, but I’m sooo not the only one. There’s a new movie, screening at the Toronto International Film Fest called Pelo Malo (translation: bad hair) about a cute little boy  in Venezuela who believes straightening his curly hair will change his life. It’s a movie about identity and family…

Ms. Meltingpot Is Back!

Ms. Meltingpot Is Back!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Is anybody still out there? If so, thank you for sticking with me. I officially hit send on the new Hair Story manuscript at midnight on June 30. It was due at 9am on July 1. (How’s that for punctual?) Then, because Ms. Meltingpot never stops, I converted back into Mom-in-Chief and packed this Kinky Gazpacho family up for a 14-hour drive across the country. Yes, el esposo and I drove from Philadelphia to Milwaukee to attend a family reunion. At first we said we couldn’t make…

Teaching My Mixie Son “How to Be Black” with Baratunde Thurston

Teaching My Mixie Son “How to Be Black” with Baratunde Thurston

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Parenting is hard. Can we all just admit that? If only our kids were just mini replicas of ourselves, perhaps we’d be better prepared to handle all of their issues. Because their issues would be our issues. But they’re not. Our kids come into this world with their very own brand of special. Case in point. I’m trying to raise brown boys to be confident and proud of their dual Black American /Spanish heritage. And I am neither a boy nor am I Spanish. And el esposo,…