Passing While Black: Black Man Becomes the Indian Liberace?!

Passing While Black: Black Man Becomes the Indian Liberace?!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Last week The New Republic posted this fascinating story about the famous Indian singer Korla Pandit. Known as the “Godfather of Exotica,” he had his own TV show that ran in the 1950s and had an impressive recording career as well. He was rich, married –to a White woman – and accepted in Hollywood as, well, an acceptable exotic. The only thing was, Korla wasn’t what he seemed. From the New Republic: ” Like most everything in Hollywood, it was all smoke and mirrors. His charade wasn’t…

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…

#Flashback Friday: Motherhood as a Competitive Sport

#Flashback Friday: Motherhood as a Competitive Sport

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Recently a New York Times Op-Ed piece ran that suggested Black mothers were better mothers than White mothers. Besides the multiple comments berating the writer for daring to suggest such a thing on the New York Times website, one Black woman wrote a pretty scathing take down of the Times piece in the Washington Post, pretty much shaming the Times writer for resorting to Mammy stereotypes to promote Black motherhood. And all of this just further perpetuates the mommy wars that really, in my opinion, is a…

Ms. Meltingpot Has Questions. Do You Have Answers?

Ms. Meltingpot Has Questions. Do You Have Answers?

Hello Meltingpot Readers, From time to time I find myself questioning things in this crazy game we call life and wonder if I’m the only one asking. Maybe it’s because I don’t have cable or because I rely on my children to explain a lot of pop culture references. Or maybe it’s because I prefer print over e-anything and decaffeinated coffee is my drug of choice. In other words, it might just be me who needs answers, but maybe not. Either way, if you can shed some light on my…

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…

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…

Wednesday Round-Up:Selena Gomez, Really?, “The Burden of Being Black,” & Babygirl’s Birthday!

Wednesday Round-Up:Selena Gomez, Really?, “The Burden of Being Black,” & Babygirl’s Birthday!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Today is a special day in the Kinky Gazpacho household. It’s babygirl’s birthday! I can’t believe she’s two already! I can still remember the day I found out I was pregnant with her, yet interestingly, I hardly remember the whirlwind that was the first 24 months of her life. Luckily, I write things down, so I can always go back an re-read what really happened. Here’s a re-cap of her birth story, if anyone else wants to trip down memory lane with me. And even though I’m…

French Kids Don’t Get ADHD? Really?

French Kids Don’t Get ADHD? Really?

Hi Meltingpot Readers, As if we didn’t already gnash our teeth over the fact that French women don’t get fat even though they eat cheese and French children aren’t picky eaters and French men are just really good at bringing the sexy even when they look like Gérard Depardieu. Now we have to contend with the fact that French children don’t get ADHD. Even though this article was written last year on PsychologyToday.com, it just appeared in my Facebook newsfeed last night so I read it. The first line had…