Same Family, Different Colors: A Personal Story


Same hands, different colors.

Hi Meltingpot Readers, If you have the time, please pop over to to read my latest parenting column on what it means to be a member of a family with many colors. I will continue to blog over there Continue reading

#TeamLightSkin vs #TeamDarkSkin Take it to the Beach


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

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

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 Continue reading

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

Lucy and Maria, more than just colors.

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 Continue reading

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

An Adorable Children’s Book That Tackles the Color Complex

Tackling the color complex for the kiddos.

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I think you all know I’m working on a book about colorism in families and right now I’m in the research phase. That means I’m deep diving into all thing colorism related, specifically how colorism manifests in Continue reading