#WomensLives: 50 Years of Nigerian Hairstyles

#WomensLives: 50 Years of Nigerian Hairstyles

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Not so long ago I shared with you that I would be highlighting some great stories about women around the world in partnership with PRI’s #WomensLives initiative. Well, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share this story, posted today, about the work of the late Nigerian photographer J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, who captured over 50 years of Nigerian hairstyles in stunning black and white photographs. The hairstyles are amazing and each one is imbued with meaning. Many of them harken back to the styles my co-author and…

#LinkLove: Fresh, Hot and Tasty New Meltingpot Links

#LinkLove: Fresh, Hot and Tasty New Meltingpot Links

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Please notice over there on the right, that I’ve added some new links to my “Tastes Like the Meltingpot” blogroll; HapaMama, Mater Mea, and Multiracial Sky. These are websites/blogs I love and I’m sure you will too. I’m always trying to keep it fresh for my loyal (and new) readers who, like me, are always looking for new voices and new resources on the multiculti/ pop culture/ parenting beat. So, take a look and enjoy the new offerings. And please note, that while Afro-Viking author, Heidi Durrow’s…

Dispatches from Pakistan Where Women Can Be Jailed for Falling in Love #WomensLives

Dispatches from Pakistan Where Women Can Be Jailed for Falling in Love #WomensLives

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. With three kids ranging in age from three to 13 and not a babysitter in sight, my Valentine’s Day means Taco Night and silly movies that will appeal to a teen and a toddler. Plus we’re making pink sugar cookies. Not exactly the most romantic plans, but I’ve never been a huge fan of this holiday that commercializes the most important and miraculous human emotion, love. I always felt pressured to feel something and do something to prove how much I loved…

#WomensLives Being Black in Honduras: One Woman’s Story of Longing and Belonging

#WomensLives Being Black in Honduras: One Woman’s Story of Longing and Belonging

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I am so excited that I am getting the chance to take part in an initiative to highlight the lack of focus on women and women’s issues in the news media and really in society at large. Public Radio International (PRI) has spearheaded this initiative called Across Women’s Lives and has partnered with Blogher to help get the word out. Blogher is how I get involved. My job is simple. I get to highlight all of the amazing journalism PRI and its media partners are creating that…

Breakfast, Kids and International Flavors

Breakfast, Kids and International Flavors

Hi Meltingpot Readers, If you could sum up Ms. Meltingpot’s favorite things in the world, children, breakfast foods and international travel would probably make the top-ten list. Well, the New York Times combined these three things in stupendous photo essay this week called, “What Kids Around the World Eat for Breakfast” in their Sunday magazine. I’ve reread it several times, shared it with my own crumb snatchers, and then checked out the online version which offers a few more photos than the print magazine. Besides providing a glimpse into other…

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…

Black History Month: It’s Not Just for Black People Anymore

Black History Month: It’s Not Just for Black People Anymore

Hello Meltingpot Readers, In honor of Black History Month, I’m reposting one of my favorite ‘articles’ from my original blog. I’ve added some minor updates in italics. I hope you enjoy! ************************************************************************ February is a busy month in my home. My birthday is in February, so is el esposo‘s. So is my dad’s, which coincidentally is the same day as el esposo‘s. That’s weird, right? And then sandwiched between our birthdays is Valentine’s Day. Of course we also celebrate George and Abe’s birthdays too with a day off from work and…

Happy Holidays from Ms. Meltingpot

Happy Holidays from Ms. Meltingpot

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I hope all of you who celebrate Christmas had a joyful and peace filled holiday. Ms. Meltingpot and her Kinky Gazpacho family certainly did. We ate, drank and made merry. I think we actually ate too much. I had plans to cook a fabulous Christmas Eve dinner, but by the time Monday night rolled around, we were so overwhelmed with holiday treats, we had a simple dinner of scrambled eggs and mushrooms. Simple, tasty and delicious. Here’s a shot from our family holiday party table where we…