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…

Happy Birthday, “Substitute Me!”

Happy Birthday, “Substitute Me!”

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Sorry for dropping off the face of the earth. I could give you a list of reasons why I have neglected you so, but do you really want to waste your time reading about my pitiful life? No, you want to get to the good stuff, right? So, on this day, five years ago, a full year before I birthed babygirl, I gave birth to my first novel, Substitute Me. It’s a story about two women, one White, one Black, one the employer, one the employee. It’s…

My Protest on the Page: The #CapitalBCampaign is Launched!

My Protest on the Page: The #CapitalBCampaign is Launched!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I’ve been busy since the last time I wrote. Besides making a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner for 15 people, I’ve started a revolution in the name of respect. Dear readers, you all know how I feel about the capital B situation in printed work. It drives me nuts that Black Americans are written in the lowercase, as if Black culture was something less than Latino, Asian or Native American culture. I wrote about my feelings here on the Meltingpot as well as in the New York Times in…

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…

Happy Pub Day for Hair Story!

Happy Pub Day for Hair Story!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, first, thank you all for your kind comments regarding my last post. It really warmed my heart to hear from so many of you. Thankfully, many things are going well in my life, including everyone’s health. But what I’m really excited about is that today is the pub day for my new book! And when I say “new” I mean the updated version of my first book, Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America. (St. Martin’s). We added two new chapters covering the…

Racism Exists in America: This Is Not News!

Racism Exists in America: This Is Not News!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Today I wrote a thought piece on the Columbia Journalism Review’s website. I was inspired to write after seeing all of the reporting on the racist tweets about the new Miss America. In case you’re not into beauty pageants, the new Miss America is of Indian descent and when she was crowned back on September 15, some morons on Twitter had some pretty nasty things to say. And of course those nasty tweets made the news. Why? Because they represent the majority of American thought? Or because…

Kinky Gazpacho The Movie! An Update

Kinky Gazpacho The Movie! An Update

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, I got another update about the progress of Kinky Gazpacho the movie. If you recall from the last time I wrote about it, a Spanish actor had reached out to me to tell me he wanted to play the role of el esposo. Apparently his enthusiasm was a wee bit premature, but the wheels of progress are still turning. There is a director attached, the script is being fine tuned and they are about to cast the role of Lori!!! I can’t believe this. So, dear…

My First Book ReBorn

My First Book ReBorn

Hi Meltingpot Readers, In case you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to — besides my usual combination of teaching, parenting and blogging — ¬†and you want to know how I’ll be spending the next two months of my life, I can now officially report that I’ll be writing the updated version of my first book, Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America. In all honesty, my co-author and I launched HairStoryOnline because we hoped to attract the attention of our publisher and convince them that it…