“Black and Blue and Blond:” Meditations on Color and Family

“Black and Blue and Blond:” Meditations on Color and Family

Happy New Year Meltingpot Readers! I hope all of you are looking towards a productive and positive 2015. I am. I know I kind of disappeared for the holidays, but in addition to playing Santa Claus and trying to make the season Merry and Bright, el esposo had surgery and is not allowed to walk without crutches for another four weeks. Hello single motherhood! Still, it was a great holiday filled with love and family. And speaking of family, here’s a really wonderful essay penned by the writer Thomas Chatterton…

Death in the World of Curls: RIP Titi Branch

Death in the World of Curls: RIP Titi Branch

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Many of you know that in my other life, I am obsessed with Black hair. I’ve written books, articles and essays about the Black hair experience in the United States. Many times I write about the business angle of Black hair because it is such a lucrative industry with some truly exceptional characters. One company I’ve been following for years is Miss Jessie’s, the makers of delicious-sounding hair products like Curly Pudding and Baby Buttercreme. I loved the two sisters behind the brand, Miko and Titi Branch,…

If You’re in the Chicago Area…Check Out the Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference

If You’re in the Chicago Area…Check Out the Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference

Hi Meltingpot Readers, If any of you live in or near the Windy City, you might want to check out the Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference happening this weekend, November 13 – 15th at DePaul University in Chicago. Even though it sounds like a completely academic-y thing to do, it’s totally geared towards audiences beyond those who toil in the Ivory Tower. While many of the presenters are indeed university scholars studying the mixed race experience, there are plenty of panels featuring artists, educators, community activists and even parenting experts….

From the Meltingpot Vault: Passing For White, Asian Style

From the Meltingpot Vault: Passing For White, Asian Style

Hi Meltingpot Readers, For those of you who are new to the Meltingpot, you should know that this is like the third incarnation of this blog. I’ve always covered identity politics and parenting, I just did it over on blogger. I never took the original Meltingpot blog down, so you can always go back and read through the archives, just for kicks. Occasionally, somebody new does stumble upon an old post and leaves a comment, which makes me think it’s worth re-sharing. Here’s the comment I just received on my…

Snatching Blonde-Haired Babies In Europe

Snatching Blonde-Haired Babies In Europe

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Did you hear the one about the blonde-haired Roma child who was removed from her family because she allegedly didn’t look like ‘those people.’ (emphasis mine). Yes, it seems that European police officers are engaging in their own brand of racial profiling by snatching blonde-haired Roma children from their families on the assumption that they must have been kidnapped. Those assumptions are of course based on two prevailing stereotypes, ‘gypsies’ steal children and ‘gypsies’ can’t be blonde as they are a dark and swarthy people. The end…

Book Review: The Wedding Gift

Book Review: The Wedding Gift

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Have you heard the buzz about The Wedding Gift? It’s seriously one of those great stories of an author self-publishing her work, thousands of people reading it and then a major New York City publisher swoops it up and makes the author a star. That’s kind of what happened to Marlen Suyapa Boden and The Wedding Gift. Bodden is a lawyer in New York City and as the story goes, came across an intriguing historical legal case in Alabama and it got her thinking. What resulted is…

“What’s Better than Being Happy? Being White:” A Tragic Story from South Africa

“What’s Better than Being Happy? Being White:” A Tragic Story from South Africa

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Yes, today is Wednesday round-up, but I don’t have multiple fresh links though today, just one. It’s a tragic story from South Africa about a mixed-race man/child named Happy who more than anything wanted to be white. As you can imagine, the story doesn’t end well. The dek for the story from the Guardian newspaper reads: “Happy Sindane became famous in South Africa when he claimed to be a kidnapped white boy. After a DNA test cast doubt on his story, he sank into alcoholic obscurity, until…

May Was Mixed Experience History Month: Catch Up!

May Was Mixed Experience History Month: Catch Up!

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I can’t think of a better antidote to the racist nonsense brought forth by the Cheerios commercial, than a look back at 2013’s Mixed Experience History Month, which just ended. Since 2007, author, Afro-Viking and all around awesome person, Heidi Durrow has dedicated the month of May to celebrate the rich and varied Mixed experience throughout American history. In other words, Durrow is trying to educate folks and make them realize that Americans with a mixed heritage did not begin with Tiger Woods. Writes Durrow on her blog,…