Who’s More Black•ish, El Esposo or Ms. Meltingpot?

Who’s More Black•ish, El Esposo or Ms. Meltingpot?

Hello Meltingpot Readers, So, those of you who read my memoir, Kinky Gazpacho, know I have a deep fascination with all things Black and Spanish. It’s kind of been my way to make my relationship with el esposo into some sort of cosmic destiny thing. I like finding historical precedents in all things, including my own personal love life. So, when I fell in love with Spain and then with el esposo, I felt compelled to find some shard of Black culture in my adopted homeland. And I did. A…

…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!

A New Book in the Works!

A New Book in the Works!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Sorry for the silence. I have been busy. Really busy. But in a good way. Remember a few weeks back I mentioned I’d be making an announcement soon. Well, I can officially say it now as the ink is dry on the contract. I sold my book proposal to Beacon Press! I’ve hinted about the book here and there, it’s the one about color bias in American families. After writing about hair for all of these years, I’m excited to expand my area of expertise into skin…

Flashback Friday: “Not the Nanny Syndrome Doesn’t Discriminate”

Flashback Friday: “Not the Nanny Syndrome Doesn’t Discriminate”

Hi Meltingpot Readers, In a few weeks I am going to have a big, exciting announcement to make. It’s about my writing life, so don’t think I’m going to tell you all the sex of my unborn child. That train has long left the station. In the meantime, I’ll give you a clue by linking back to this post I wrote in 2012 about that pesky situation of being mistaken for your child’s caregiver when you don’t look like your offspring, biological or adopted. It’s maddening. And it doesn’t only…

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Today el esposo and I celebrated 15 years of marriage. Yes, if you do the math, we partied like it was 1999 on April 3, of 1999. Three kids, several transatlantic flights, two houses, two returns to school, one new career and we’re still here. Together. Marriage isn’t easy. Parenting isn’t easy. Throw in two languages, two different cultures. Two very different personalities and you begin to understand this Kinky Gazpacho life of ours. It’s not always fun and sometimes it’s really, really hard, but, dear readers,…

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,…

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”…