Sisters Are Doing it for Themselves…in Spain

Sisters Are Doing it for Themselves…in Spain

Hello Meltingpot Readers, So, all of you regular readers know that el esposo is my Spanish husband and that I met him while spending my junior year of college in Salamanca, Spain and from a very young age I’ve had a love affair with Spain. And then all of my dreams about Spain were crushed when I learned that Spain has a very peculiar response to Black people, which I wrote about in my memoir, Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love & Spain. Whew, that was a mouthful. Anywho, Spain has been…

#WomensLives: Life on the Border Between Europe and Africa

#WomensLives: Life on the Border Between Europe and Africa

Hello Melitngpot Readers, If you’ve read my memoir, Kinky Gazpacho, then you know I’ve lived in both Spain and Morocco, so these recent stories about life in the border city of Ceuta have caught my attention. Ceuta is a city on the cusp of Africa, but it is a Spanish territory. Ceuta’s citizens are Spanish, but the divide between African and European is clear and striking. Check out these two stories, one about the bone crushing work Moroccan women endure to make pennies at the border of Ceuta and Morocco…

Mixie Music Monday: Introducing Seinabo Sey

Mixie Music Monday: Introducing Seinabo Sey

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Some things in my life are just constant. For reasons that must have something to do with the moon I was born under or the arrangement of the stars when I pulled in my first breath, I am drawn to the mixing of cultures. So, I was in my car listening to NPR on Friday and caught the very tail end of an interview with a singer. I only heard 30 seconds of her voice but I immediately fell in love. Like instantly. But I didn’t catch…

Weekend Reads: What’s New and Next for 2015

Weekend Reads: What’s New and Next for 2015

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Last night around midnight I finished Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan. As an indication to show just how much I was drawn into this amazing story, I will admit that I almost missed my stop on the train yesterday because I was reading. Suffice it to say, I really enjoyed this book. This morning I found myself replaying the characters’ final dialogue in my mind, as if I’d been there watching it actually unfold. Later today, I have plans to investigate a few things the book exposed…

Weekend Reads: “Half-Blood Blues” by Esi Edugyan

Weekend Reads: “Half-Blood Blues” by Esi Edugyan

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, one of my 2015 resolutions is to read more for pleasure. That sounds crazy coming from someone who loves books like a fat boy loves cake, but as I reviewed 2014, I realized that the majority of what I read was for work. And I do have to read a lot for “work” – books, articles, magazines, student work – to stay on top of things. So, yes, most nights I fall into bed and am asleep in two minutes and I barely have enough time…

…And We’re Back: Back to School, Back in the USA, Back to the Grind

…And We’re Back: Back to School, Back in the USA, Back to the Grind

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I’m baaack!! I hope you didn’t miss me too much. I missed you. Really I did. And I missed having an outlet for all of my crazy discoveries, opinions and cultural critiques that only you, my devoted readers would care to hear about. So, I’m picking up my proverbial pen and getting back to blogging. This year –yes, I still think of the year starting in September — is going to be crazy busy for me. I’m working on my book manuscript for Same Family, Different Colors,…

My European Adventure is On Tumblr!

My European Adventure is On Tumblr!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I have not fallen off the face of the earth, I swear. I made it to the UK and it’s been great so far. But you don’t have to take my word for it here. I’ve started a Tumblr blog — just to capture the 57 days I’ll be abroad — as sort of a parenthesis from the Meltingpot. If you’d like to see what I’ve been up to and to follow along, please bookmark this link. Cheers and thank you in advance for continuing to care!

Guess Where I’m Going? : Ms. Meltingpot’s European Adventure

Guess Where I’m Going? : Ms. Meltingpot’s European Adventure

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I’ve been in a whirlwind of travel planning. Remember when I told you that I’d be spending the summer in London teaching? Well, everything is officially a go, so I had to buy my tickets this week and make it official. And while I am totally excited to spend six weeks with 20 college students for six hours a day, five days a week in a city as exciting as London, I know I’m going to need a real vacation at the end of it all. So,…