Five Great Books about Frederick Douglass in Honor of his 200th Birthday

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Yes, I know today is Valentine’s Day, but did you know today is also the day Frederick Douglass would be celebrating his 200th birthday? Considering this man is one of my personal heroes, I figured I’d dedicate today’s post to him, instead of waxing on about love and flowers and chocolate and such. But just as a historical aside, nobody knows exactly what date in February Douglass was born. He claimed Valentine’s Day for himself, which I think might have been one of his most radical acts…

The Loving Generation Explores Blackness, Whiteness and the Spaces Between

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Back in 2015, I wrote about a fascinating documentary called, Little White Lie. It was about one woman’s search for her true racial identity, after years believing she was White. That filmmaker was Lacey Schwartz and now she has directed a new digital documentary series that also explores race, biracial identity and Blackness. The series is called The Loving Generation and is available for viewing on the new digital storytelling platform Topic.com. From the Topic.com website: ” The Loving Generation tells the story of a generation of…

Same Family, Different Colors: A Personal Story

Hi Meltingpot Readers, If you have the time, please pop over to Newsworks.org to read my latest parenting column on what it means to be a member of a family with many colors. I will continue to blog over there on Newsworks about these issues in 2016, in anticipation of my new book coming out this fall. By the way, Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in America’s Diverse Families is already available for pre-order! You heard it here first. Thanks for reading as always. Peace!

Adele Had Me at “Hello”

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I don’t know if you all know how much of an Adele fan I am. Suffice it to say, I LOVE HER! Her voice moves me like none other. I could listen to Adele sing the fine print on my phone bill and I’d be crying tears of joy. And now, glory be, she has a new single out called “Hello.” Considering the fact that more than two million people have already liked the video on YouTube, clearly I’m not breaking any news here, but just in…

Mixie History in Maine: Malaga Island

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I hope everyone had a colorful Fourth of July, if that’s your thing. I spent a lovely weekend celebrating a whole bunch of family achievements, from engagements to college graduations. We were in Buffalo, New York for the weekend, so we also took a moment to visit Niagara Falls. That was gorgeous. It’s because we were on the road that this post is coming to you two days late and I apologize. I know many of you show up here on Monday morning looking for tasty new…

Essence Magazine’s May Book Picks: A Meltingpot Dream

Hello Meltingpot Readers, When you think of Ms. Meltingpot’s favorite things, you know books, Black hair, and multi-culti family life are all on the list right? Well, it’s like Essence magazine Books Editor, Patrick Bass was thinking only about me when he chose what books to feature in the May issue of the magazine. Seriously, I think he created this list just for me. While I would read everything on the three-page spread dedicated to books, the two standouts that I think you too, dear readers, will enjoy are Loving…

#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…

If You’re in the Chicago Area…Check Out the Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference

Hi Meltingpot Readers, If any of you live in or near the Windy City, you might want to check out the Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference happening this weekend, November 13 – 15th at DePaul University in Chicago. Even though it sounds like a completely academic-y thing to do, it’s totally geared towards audiences beyond those who toil in the Ivory Tower. While many of the presenters are indeed university scholars studying the mixed race experience, there are plenty of panels featuring artists, educators, community activists and even parenting experts.…