Same Family, Different Colors: A Personal Story

Same Family, Different Colors: A Personal Story

Hi Meltingpot Readers, If you have the time, please pop over to Newsworks.org 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 on Newsworks about these issues in 2016, in anticipation of my new book coming out this fall. By the way, Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in America’s Diverse Families is already available for pre-order! You heard it here first. Thanks for reading as always. Peace!

#TeamLightSkin vs #TeamDarkSkin Take it to the Beach

#TeamLightSkin vs #TeamDarkSkin Take it to the Beach

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 been completely immersed in the world of colorism, so much so, I didn’t think anything could shock me when it came to color-based discrimination. But I was wrong. A colleague told me today about a case of the color wars that had me shaking my head and sucking my teeth….

Defining Blackness: My Take on Rachel Dolezal

Defining Blackness: My Take on Rachel Dolezal

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 raging controversy over this woman’s actions. Actually, I have more than two cents to add and I don’t really want to say a lot about Rachel, as much as I want to talk about identity politics in general. Let’s begin by acknowledging that Rachel Dolezal belongs in a Gillian Flynn…

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…

“Black and Blue and Blond:” Meditations on Color and Family

“Black and Blue and Blond:” Meditations on Color and Family

Happy New Year Meltingpot Readers! I hope all of you are looking towards a productive and positive 2015. I am. I know I kind of disappeared for the holidays, but in addition to playing Santa Claus and trying to make the season Merry and Bright, el esposo had surgery and is not allowed to walk without crutches for another four weeks. Hello single motherhood! Still, it was a great holiday filled with love and family. And speaking of family, here’s a really wonderful essay penned by the writer Thomas Chatterton…

An Adorable Children’s Book That Tackles the Color Complex

An Adorable Children’s Book That Tackles the Color Complex

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 African-American families (I’ll be moving on to colorism in Latino families next.). So, imagine my great delight in stumbling upon this wonderful children’s book called, Same Difference by Calida Garcia Rawles. The book is about two little brown cousins, one dark and one light, who learn a positive lesson about…