Magazines for the Holidays: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Magazines for the Holidays: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Hello Meltingpot Readers, It’s that time of the year again when we’re all supposed to focus on the reason for the season: consumerism. Yes, it seems to me that every year Christmas becomes more about gift giving than reflecting on the changing seasons, the birth of Christ (if that’s you’re thing), a celebration of light (if that’s your thing) and / or giving to the less fortunate and counting our own blessings. But I don’t mean to rain on anyone’s gift giving parade. I realize there is something intrinsically wonderful…

ICYMI: “100 Men of Color Greeted Kids on Their First Day of School”

ICYMI: “100 Men of Color Greeted Kids on Their First Day of School”

Hello Meltingpot Readers, This morning I posted the following quote by David Wolfe on my Facebook page, “Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.” Ironic because I fell asleep last night wondering if focusing on the positive and the good could be the antidote to the horror unfolding daily in this world. I get exhausted just thinking about working to undo the damage being done by racist politicians, hyper-violent cops, the NRA, and countless other “evil doers” in our midst. But I have to do something. I…

Colorism By Another Name is “Shadeism:” A Movie Coming Soon To A Film Festival Near You

Colorism By Another Name is “Shadeism:” A Movie Coming Soon To A Film Festival Near You

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Not a lot of time to write today, but I still wanted to share. Last week I had the opportunity to attend an amazing conference on colorism. It was held at Washington University in St. Louis and featured an amazing gathering of scholars from around the world who all research and/or advocate against colorism. I learned a lot. The last agenda on the conference schedule was the screening of a film by a young Canadian filmmaker named Nayani Thiyagaraja, who produced a documentary about colorism amongst her…

Hair’s the Thing: Dove’s #LoveYourCurls Campaign

Hair’s the Thing: Dove’s #LoveYourCurls Campaign

Hi Meltingpot readers, Have you seen Dove’s new #LoveYourCurls video? There aren’t any references to Dove products in the video, so it actually feels more like a public service announcement than a commercial. The main message is that little girls with curly hair want straight hair because they believe it’s more beautiful. This of course, we can assume, will be detrimental to their self-esteem and body confidence. The solution, according to the social scientists employed by Dove, is for mothers and relatives and essentially anyone who is exposed to a…

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…

Monday Microagressions Comic Relief: If Black Women Said…

Monday Microagressions Comic Relief: If Black Women Said…

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I have a new obsession and it’s called Buzzfeed. *hangs head in shame* My brother sent me a link to this hilarious video entitled, “If Black Women Said the Stuff White Guys Say” from the funny people at Buzzfeed. Yes, it’s meant to make you laugh but underneath the humor is a really effective way to get people to think about the microagressions Black women face every day. Like, I laughed until I almost peed myself watching this, but mostly because I could relate to every single…

black•ish is okay•ish: It’s No Cosby Show but I’ll Stick Around to Watch

black•ish is okay•ish: It’s No Cosby Show but I’ll Stick Around to Watch

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Thanks to our robust Jewish community in Philadelphia, my kids’ school was closed today, so I allowed them to stay up to watch the premier episode of ABC’s black•ish last night. I have to admit, I too was really excited by all of the promos and advanced praise about the show. I mean really, it sounds like my life story…sort of. At least the part about a Black parent wanting his kids to feel connected to their Black roots, even though he’s raising them in a mostly…

“Love the Skin You’re In,” Says Elmo and Lupita

“Love the Skin You’re In,” Says Elmo and Lupita

Hi Meltingpot Readers, After Monday’s depressing post about skin whitening soap, today I bring you better news on the same topic courtesy of Elmo and my new girl crush, Lupita Nygong’o. They have a simple message: Love the skin you’re in. Way to go Sesame Street for offering this tiny tidbit of self-love empowerment in a world where white skin is held up as pure and perfect, dark skin is demonized and skin lightening products can be found on grocery store shelves. I hope some little brown girls are watching…