Slavery and Americana in Brazil

Slavery and Americana in Brazil

Hello Meltingpot Readers, It’s been a realllllly long time since I’ve posted here and I deeply apologize. I could spend a reallllly long time trying to make it up to you but who wants to hear me beg and plead for you to give me another chance to be your absolute favorite blog hangout? I’m guessing it’s not you. Instead, I’m just going to continue where I left off, providing you with kick-ass content about parenting, pop culture and identity politics. And speaking of Brazil. No, I really wasn’t speaking…

And Speaking of Books…Same Family, Different Colors is Almost Here!

And Speaking of Books…Same Family, Different Colors is Almost Here!

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Remember way back in May 2014, when I announced that I’d gotten a new book deal and I would be writing a book about skin color politics in diverse communities? Well Ms. Meltingpot has been chugging along and things are moving so quickly, I can hardly believe it. The book is now officially titled, Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in American’s Diverse Families. Beacon Press will be releasing the book on October 4, 2016. And, guess what? The cover has just been finalized and you can…

Dear Black People: An Open Letter to the Black Families on Philly’s Main Line

Dear Black People: An Open Letter to the Black Families on Philly’s Main Line

Dear Black People on the Main Line, No, not all the Black people. I’m sure some of you are super happy there and if you are, please feel free to completely disregard everything I’m about to say. I’m actually talking to the Friday family that was profiled in the depressing and disheartening story in the December issue of Philadelphia magazine, titled “Racial Profiling on the Main Line.” And while this letter was inspired by the Fridays, I know there are other families like them dealing with the same, ugly, race-based…

#TeamLightSkin vs #TeamDarkSkin Take it to the Beach

#TeamLightSkin vs #TeamDarkSkin Take it to the Beach

Hello Meltingpot Readers, If you’re regulars here, then you know I’m working on a book called Same Family, Different Colors that explores colorism in the United States. I’ve been working on the book for quite a while now, and have been completely immersed in the world of colorism, so much so, I didn’t think anything could shock me when it came to color-based discrimination. But I was wrong. A colleague told me today about a case of the color wars that had me shaking my head and sucking my teeth….

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…

Author Crush #437: Mat Johnson & Loving Day

Author Crush #437: Mat Johnson & Loving Day

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Pardon my absence. I was in the woods of Northern Pennsylvania on a writing retreat all last week. It was absolutely exquisite and I made a lot of progress on my new book, Same Family, Different Colors. I also ate really delicious food, made great new friends and saw a big, black bear up close and personal. Yes, there was a bear who showed up twice during my stay making the experience all the more exciting. But I digress. In addition to writing for almost 10 hours…

Will “White People Believe Anything” About Race?

Will “White People Believe Anything” About Race?

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Pardon the delay in posting, but we had some technical difficulties. But I’m back now. And so happy to be here to tell you about a great event I went to on Monday in Brooklyn. In honor of Loving Day, the Brooklyn Historical Society hosted a screening of Lacey Schwartz’s amazing documentary, Little White Lie, followed by a discussion with Schwartz moderated by my neighbor and friend, the writer Lise Funderberg. Needless to say, it was an evening well spent. Little White Lie is a completely raw…

May is Mixed Experience History Month!

May is Mixed Experience History Month!

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Happy Monday! Happy May! Happy Mixed Experience History Month 2015! If you’ve been a regular reader of the Meltingpot, then Mixed Experience History Month is nothing new. But if perhaps this is your first time traveling through our cyber world, then you’re probably wondering what we’re talking about. Well, my cool friend and famous Afro-Viking Heidi Durrow, the author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky and founder of the Mixed Remixed Festival, is the brains behind the whole Mixed Experience History month idea. She launched…