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…

Colorism By Another Name is “Shadeism:” A Movie Coming Soon To A Film Festival Near You

Colorism By Another Name is “Shadeism:” A Movie Coming Soon To A Film Festival Near You

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Not a lot of time to write today, but I still wanted to share. Last week I had the opportunity to attend an amazing conference on colorism. It was held at Washington University in St. Louis and featured an amazing gathering of scholars from around the world who all research and/or advocate against colorism. I learned a lot. The last agenda on the conference schedule was the screening of a film by a young Canadian filmmaker named Nayani Thiyagaraja, who produced a documentary about colorism amongst her…

“What’s Better than Being Happy? Being White:” A Tragic Story from South Africa

“What’s Better than Being Happy? Being White:” A Tragic Story from South Africa

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Yes, today is Wednesday round-up, but I don’t have multiple fresh links though today, just one. It’s a tragic story from South Africa about a mixed-race man/child named Happy who more than anything wanted to be white. As you can imagine, the story doesn’t end well. The dek for the story from the Guardian newspaper reads: “Happy Sindane became famous in South Africa when he claimed to be a kidnapped white boy. After a DNA test cast doubt on his story, he sank into alcoholic obscurity, until…