Adichie’s Americanah Finds a Second Life on the Internets!

Adichie’s Americanah Finds a Second Life on the Internets!

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I think all of you know that I’m a huge Chimamanda Adichie fan, especially after having the chance to meet her in person last year while she was in Philly for a reading from her latest novel, Americanah. And truth be told, I love her as much as I love her books. So, of course I was only too thrilled to see that I don’t have to wait for her next book to be released to satisfy my craving for new content from her. She’s started a…

I Refuse to Remain in the Lower Case

I Refuse to Remain in the Lower Case

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Please enjoy this essay I penned and if you agree with it, please pass it on, share it with your networks, re-post it (with credit please) tell your parents and their friends. I’m seriously trying to start a revolution here and I need your help. Thank you! Black People Deserve a Capital “B” I am a writer. My husband is a linguist. Words matter to us. I am Black, not African-American. My husband is Spanish, not to be confused with Hispanic or Latino. Labels matter to us…

Arise Media: News for the World

Arise Media: News for the World

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Earlier this week, my co-author and I had the privilege of appearing on Arise360 to talk about Hair Story. What? You’ve never heard of Arise360? Well, then you heard it here first but don’t think it will be the last time. Arise360 is a daily entertainment and culture show on the new Arise Network which launched in early 2013. In Europe and Africa, the channel is available on cable. Here in the United States, you have to watch online. Yes, people, an entire new network was launched…

Speaking of Microaggressions…

Speaking of Microaggressions…

Hello Meltingpot Readers, So, the other day on facebook I stumbled upon this article listicle from Buzzfeed titled, “21 Racial Microaggressions You Hear On A Daily Basis.” The story recaps the work of a photographer from Fordham University who asked her peers to write down some of the racial microaggressions they hear on a daily basis. Before I get too far ahead of myself, here’s the definition of a “microaggression” per Buzzfeed: “The term “microaggression” was used by Columbia professor Derald Sue to refer to “brief and commonplace daily verbal,…

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…

Best of the Meltingpot: “Who Are You Calling Oriental?”

Best of the Meltingpot: “Who Are You Calling Oriental?”

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Yesterday was the first day of school for all of three of my babies. It’s official, I now have a 7th grader, a 4th grader and babygirl officially joined the Two’s class at her daycare. They grow up so fast. I can’t believe it. And it’s the beginning of a new school year for me too, so I’m up to here in busy work and getting back into the groove of being supermom/super-professor/super-author so, I’m going to go into the Meltingpot vault and pull up an old…

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…

Norwegians are Freezing And Africans Can Help

Norwegians are Freezing And Africans Can Help

Hello Meltingpot Readers, A little levity for Friday is in order, I believe. My son made me watch this video about a spoof on all of the Aid to Africa songs and collection efforts. In it, Africans are feeling sorry for the people of Norway whom they hear are freezing to death. So, they created a campaign – Radi-Aid – printed the t-shirts and wrote a song about sending radiators to the people of Norway. It’s really quite clever and funny. And for a spoof, the song is pretty good…