Passing (is) Strange … And Makes for Fascinating Reading

Passing (is) Strange … And Makes for Fascinating Reading

Hello Meltingpot Readers, There’s probably nothing revolutionary or even that revelatory in a new book out on passing called, A Chosen Exile by Stanford professor of American History, Allyson Hobbs, but still, I’m dying to read it. Why, because the very concept of passing, of leaving behind a life and family, shedding one’s cultural history and starting over with a new racial identity is just so fascinating. Really, it seems like the plot of a great mystery series, but in fact, as Hobbs suggests, it was so commonplace that the…

“Love the Skin You’re In,” Says Elmo and Lupita

“Love the Skin You’re In,” Says Elmo and Lupita

Hi Meltingpot Readers, After Monday’s depressing post about skin whitening soap, today I bring you better news on the same topic courtesy of Elmo and my new girl crush, Lupita Nygong’o. They have a simple message: Love the skin you’re in. Way to go Sesame Street for offering this tiny tidbit of self-love empowerment in a world where white skin is held up as pure and perfect, dark skin is demonized and skin lightening products can be found on grocery store shelves. I hope some little brown girls are watching…

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…

A New Book in the Works!

A New Book in the Works!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Sorry for the silence. I have been busy. Really busy. But in a good way. Remember a few weeks back I mentioned I’d be making an announcement soon. Well, I can officially say it now as the ink is dry on the contract. I sold my book proposal to Beacon Press! I’ve hinted about the book here and there, it’s the one about color bias in American families. After writing about hair for all of these years, I’m excited to expand my area of expertise into skin…

Flashback Friday: “Not the Nanny Syndrome Doesn’t Discriminate”

Flashback Friday: “Not the Nanny Syndrome Doesn’t Discriminate”

Hi Meltingpot Readers, In a few weeks I am going to have a big, exciting announcement to make. It’s about my writing life, so don’t think I’m going to tell you all the sex of my unborn child. That train has long left the station. In the meantime, I’ll give you a clue by linking back to this post I wrote in 2012 about that pesky situation of being mistaken for your child’s caregiver when you don’t look like your offspring, biological or adopted. It’s maddening. And it doesn’t only…

“Not the Nanny” Syndrome is Multi-Generational

“Not the Nanny” Syndrome is Multi-Generational

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, we just had a huge baby shower for my cousin who is expecting her first child. We’re the same age so the fact that she is having her first child now was truly a cause for celebration, so my entire extended family descended upon Philadelphia for the shower. And of course, the three-hour shower turned into a three-day, non-stop party. So, one day during the festivities, my mother and one of my play aunties, who happens to be a caramel-colored Colombian woman in her fifties, took…

How Do You Say Colorism in Spanish (and Portuguese)?

How Do You Say Colorism in Spanish (and Portuguese)?

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Since today is Round-Up Wednesday and since it seems I can’t escape the stories about colorism in the Latino/Brazilian communities, I thought I’d just share two stories that really made me realize how much the new book I’m working on is needed. My new book is all about colorism in Black, Latino, Asian and interracial communities. Clearly I can’t write it fast enough. Check out this story that appeared on the Huffington Post Latino Voices yesterday. It’s a personal essay written by a Dominican-American male who tells…

One Drop: A Colorful New Book About Blackness

One Drop: A Colorful New Book About Blackness

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Pardon my absence last week. I was in Washington, DC at a conference for work. Ms. Meltingpot wears many hats, and journalism professor is one of them and must be attended to in addition to my author, mommy, lover of the multi-culti universe roles. Anywho, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to tell you all about this gorgeous and powerful new book by a fellow Philadelphian, called (1)ne Drop. The book is really about Black identity, but rather than me trying to summarize its greatness,…