Magazines for the Holidays: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Magazines for the Holidays: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Hello Meltingpot Readers, It’s that time of the year again when we’re all supposed to focus on the reason for the season: consumerism. Yes, it seems to me that every year Christmas becomes more about gift giving than reflecting on the changing seasons, the birth of Christ (if that’s you’re thing), a celebration of light (if that’s your thing) and / or giving to the less fortunate and counting our own blessings. But I don’t mean to rain on anyone’s gift giving parade. I realize there is something intrinsically wonderful…

Five Radical Ways to Put the Black in Black Friday

Five Radical Ways to Put the Black in Black Friday

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I’m sure many of you are getting ready for the holiday season, checking those turkey recipes, getting your cornucopia table decorations ready, yes, all the fun stuff that makes Turkey Day so very yummy and fun. But have you noticed that every year Thanksgiving seems less important while Black Friday gains in popularity. It’s like the only reason we’re feasting is to power up to shop on Black Friday. While I’m sure the spirits of Thanksgiving past are rattling their chains over this unfortunate turn of events,…

Happy Halloween! Make it Cheap and Easy

Happy Halloween! Make it Cheap and Easy

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Tomorrow is my favorite holiday, Halloween. It’s really about the kids, but I like dressing up and eating candy too. What? You don’t? I won’t judge. Well, I wrote about why I love Halloween over at my new parenting blog, Philly Parenting on Newsworks.org. Feel free to check it out and share it with your friends. I’d love to hear how other parents feel about Halloween. You know I’m listening. Boo!

In Honor of MLK: Do Something!

In Honor of MLK: Do Something!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Happy MLK Day! I hope those of you with the day off, enjoyed a break from your regular routine, however you spent it, even if that meant catching up on your laundry. Since I’ve been sick and missed an entire week’s worth of work, I spent the majority of my day at my office playing catch up. But that doesn’t mean I can’t find a way to honor Dr. King’s Legacy today, and every day for that matter, because I think that’s what this day is really…

This Thanksgiving, I’m Giving Thanks that I am Black!

This Thanksgiving, I’m Giving Thanks that I am Black!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, There’s a lot of sadness and anger in the United States right now, most of it stemming from the situation happening in Ferguson, Missouri and the continual assault on Black lives. And then if you throw in the pathetic and disturbing downfall of Bill Cosby, as his secret life as a sexual predator comes to light, it’s enough to make any self-respecting Black person want to curl up and hide for the next 100 years or so. There is so much pain and sorrow blowing through our…

Ms. Meltingpot is in a State of Grace

Ms. Meltingpot is in a State of Grace

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Did you miss me? I missed you all. Really, I did. So much has been happening in my life, so many times I’ve wanted to write but literally couldn’t find the time for much more than a quick Facebook post or a tweet. That’s right, dear readers. I’ve basically only been able to dedicate 140 characters or less to writing these days. So, let me catch you up. But I warn you, I’m about to go a little spiritual and words like God with a capital “G”…

Happy Holidays from Ms. Meltingpot!

Happy Holidays from Ms. Meltingpot!

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I hope you are all having a happy and healthy holiday season. I’m definitely happy, but healthy is proving to be a little bit harder. My whole family, minus son #2, has been hit with a stomach virus, starting three days before Christmas. Thus, I haven’t had a moment to write here. I apologize. And for the record, I probably won’t make it back to the blog before the new year begins. So, just in case, merry, merry to all and here’s to a happy and peaceful…

On Blizzards and Birthdays

On Blizzards and Birthdays

Hi Meltingpot Readers, This weekend two big events are occurring, the winter storm of the century and my birthday. Sadly, the snow storm is getting more attention. I don’t mean to suggest that the entire eastern seaboard ought to be thinking about me on February 10, instead of whether or not they can tunnel out from under 36 inches of snow, but still, a girl kind of hopes that any semblance of a celebration in her honor wouldn’t get dashed by Mother Nature. Seriously though, I’ve never been a big…