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…

What Do You Know About Louis C.K.?

What Do You Know About Louis C.K.?

Hi Meltingpot Readers, What do you know about Louis C.K.? I admit I didn’t and still don’t know much except that he is a comedian, he has his own show on cable, and that even though he looks like a White American, he’s actually Mexican. I’ve read a few things about him here and there and always meant to look him up, but I haven’t. Until now. To be honest, I didn’t really look him up, my friend just sent me a link to a story about him in Colorlines….

Wednesday Round-Up: Black History Beyond Borders Edition

Wednesday Round-Up: Black History Beyond Borders Edition

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Monday’s post was meant to get all of my non-Black readers into celebrating Black history month. Now, I want to stretch your minds even more and ask if Black History month should extend beyond our borders here in the United States? Can the Black American experience include Latin Americans? Is the Black experience only an American one? Check out these links to see how other people are answering that question. From AOL Latino Voices: “February is called Black History month and, as Latinos, we need to understand…

Kimchi and Cheddar: Korean Food Gets Cheesy

Kimchi and Cheddar: Korean Food Gets Cheesy

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Here’s something for my fusion foodie friends. Yesterday I was working hard at my office at Temple University and I didn’t want to venture far to grab a bite for lunch. As luck would have it, there’s a brand new food truck parked right outside my building called Wingo Taco. I guessed Mexican, but I was wrong. Better said, I wasn’t all the way right. Dear readers, you know I was doing a meltingpot jig in the street when I found out that Wingo Taco is serving…

Wednesday Round-Up: Acts of Kindness, Dominican Paradise, Racial Profiling

Wednesday Round-Up: Acts of Kindness, Dominican Paradise, Racial Profiling

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Today is Wednesday so that means I’m sending your hither and yon through cyberspace to read some of the best or worst of what mankind has to offer a week before Christmas. So, let’s get to it. 1. Ann Curry, formerly of the Today Show, has decided to DO SOMETHING to honor the 26 people slain in Newtown, CT last week. She decided to perform 26 random acts of kindness and now it’s become a movement. Check out the story and some suggestions on how you can…

Race in the Race: A Wednesday Round-Up Election Special

Race in the Race: A Wednesday Round-Up Election Special

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I think it’s safe to say here, that I am so happy that Barack Obama won the 2012 presidential election. I was sitting on pins and needles last night and if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know I was pretty much losing my mind watching the election results come in. Lord have mercy, my nerves were shot by the end of the night. If I were the drinking type, I probably would have sucked down an entire bottle of something strong. Instead, I just screamed and…

Dia De Los Muertos: I’m Not Mexican but, Why Not Celebrate the Dearly Departed?

Dia De Los Muertos: I’m Not Mexican but, Why Not Celebrate the Dearly Departed?

Hola Meltingpot Readers, Happy Dia De Los Muertos! Even though it may sound incongruous to wish someone a happy ‘day of the dead,’ it’s actually quite fitting. Traditionally, Dia de los Muertos is a joyous celebration filled with good food, family gatherings and sweet treats. Essentially it is a single day dedicated to remembering family and loved ones who have died, with a spirit of celebration instead of mourning. No, I didn’t grow up celebrating Dia de los Muertos and neither did el esposo (although it is celebrated in Spain)…