Wednesday Round-Up: New Year, New Blogs that Taste Like the Meltingpot

Wednesday Round-Up: New Year, New Blogs that Taste Like the Meltingpot

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Because I live in academia, the advent of fall feels like the beginning of a new year to me. It’s where the reset button gets hit and we start all over again. I get a new crop of students, new classes and new writing projects to work on. My kids are starting new grades; I’ll have a 7th grader, a 4th grader and a full-day day care/preschooler for the first time. So, with all of this starting over, I’m feeling like I need to freshen up the…

#AmWriting + Kids

#AmWriting + Kids

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Please pardon my spotty posting these days. I #amwriting like a fool in order to meet our July 1st deadline to our publisher. In case you’ve forgotten, my co-author and I are finally writing an updated version of our book, Hair Story:Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America (St. Martin’s). The book came out in 2001, but Black hair has continued to make headlines, so somebody has to write it all down and get the story (not our hair) straight. And it might as well be…

My First Book ReBorn

My First Book ReBorn

Hi Meltingpot Readers, In case you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to — besides my usual combination of teaching, parenting and blogging —  and you want to know how I’ll be spending the next two months of my life, I can now officially report that I’ll be writing the updated version of my first book, Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America. In all honesty, my co-author and I launched HairStoryOnline because we hoped to attract the attention of our publisher and convince them that it…

“Learning to Love My White-Girl Hair”

“Learning to Love My White-Girl Hair”

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, I warned you that my attention is being stretched in various different places these days, one of them being my new website, HairStoryOnline.com. I have a co-blogger (is co-blogger even a word?) but we’ve committed to posting everyday, which means I’m blogging a lot and  I have that full-time job and I’m supposed to be writing a book too. All that to say, I’m sorry for the lack of new posts here on the Meltingpot. But don’t despair and please don’t desert me just yet. I’d…

My Babies are in the World

My Babies are in the World

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, babygirl went to her first day of daycare today. I cried. She didn’t. She was so excited to play with little people in a bright shiny facility, she barely batted an eye when el esposo and I left her there this morning. Why do they grow up so fast? *sob* And then my other baby made her debut into the big wide world today too. If you get a chance, take a peep at my new blog, HairStoryOnline.com. We officially went live today, but we’re still…

Black Hair in the Ivy League

Black Hair in the Ivy League

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Guess where I spent my morning? At the University of Pennsylvania. The department of Africana Studies hosted a day-long symposium on the politics of Black hair. The panel I attended was moderated by Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show. Perry dedicated an entire show to the topic of Black women’s hair several months ago and this symposium at UPENN was actually a ‘continuation’ of that conversation. The other panelists all hailed from the worlds of academia but the discussion was a good mix of intellectual and…

Wanted: “Hair That Moves”

Wanted: “Hair That Moves”

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Do you know I thought I’d dodged a major bullet when God had the good sense to give me two boys instead of girls. I sighed a major sigh of relief thinking I’d get to avoid the hair issues. Specifically the issues where you have to fill your kinky-curly haired daughters with so much love and pride for their kinky-curly hair that they won’t doubt their beauty in a world that idolizes Rapunzel and Marilyn Monroe. A world where Beyonce’s fake blonde tresses are considered the standard…

Color Matters, In Fact and Fiction

Color Matters, In Fact and Fiction

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I think I’ve mentioned here already that my latest research topic is colorism. I’m looking at how color bias, more so than racism, is prevalent in almost every culture on the planet. When I was doing the research for my book, Hair Story, the concept of the color complex was always rearing its ugly head, so now I’m ready to focus on it. But I’m not just working on the pigmentocracy of Black America, I’m looking at colorism in Asian, Latino and White communities in the United…