Wednesday Round-Up: A New Movie in “Black & White,” Mixed Race Riots and Questlove on Trayvon Martin

Wednesday Round-Up: A New Movie in “Black & White,” Mixed Race Riots and Questlove on Trayvon Martin

Hi Meltingpot Readers, It’s Wednesday and I have three meltingpot items to share in this week’s round-up. So, let’s get to it. 1) Kevin Costner and Olivia Spencer are getting ready to start filming on a new movie called Black and White. The film is about a custody battle between the grandparents – Costner and Spencer – of a biracial child. You can read about the stellar cast and the production in New Orleans here. I will definitely be watching the movie when it comes out, obviously, but I hope…

“The Intouchables:” A French Feel Good Movie in Black and White

“The Intouchables:” A French Feel Good Movie in Black and White

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Last night I stayed up way past my bedtime because I had to watch The Intouchables. I actually paid money to rent a movie instead of my usual library loan system. But boy am I glad I did. The Intouchables is truly one of those films that makes you want to embrace life, celebrate the beauty in your fellow man and maybe try your hand at sky diving. Seriously. And to top it all off, it’s in French. Everything, even cheesy movies, sounds better in French. I’m…

My Life on the Big Screen?… Stay Tuned

My Life on the Big Screen?… Stay Tuned

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, yesterday morning when I checked my inbox, I had an email from this wonderful Spanish actor who said he really wanted to play the part of el esposo in the movie version of Kinky Gazpacho! Dear readers, do you remember some time ago, a couple of years at least, I mentioned that the movie rights for Kinky Gazpacho had been optioned by a fabulous, Canadian indie film producer? While I was extremely flattered and honored, I understand the movie business enough to know that the likelihood…

Borrowing the Black Experience for Oscar

Borrowing the Black Experience for Oscar

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Did you watch the Oscars last night? I didn’t. I wasn’t boycotting or anything, I just didn’t have any particular reason to watch. I’m not a fan of Seth MacFarlane. In fact, before the Oscars, I had never even heard of him. And of all of the Oscar nominated films, I’ve only seen two, Argo and Django Unchained. And, quiet as it’s kept, I don’t really care what Hollywood’s rich and richer wear to the ceremony. Even when I worked at Entertainment Weekly and covered Oscar fashion,…

Wednesday Round-Up: Fierce Female Bloggers, Django One More Time, and GQ’s Take on Asian Beauty

Wednesday Round-Up: Fierce Female Bloggers, Django One More Time, and GQ’s Take on Asian Beauty

Hi Meltingpot Readers, It’s Wednesday, so let’s get it to it, your weekly rationing of tasty, fresh links. I’ve scoured the web, so you don’t have to. Enjoy! 1. Because I spend far too much time scrolling through my twitter feed instead of working intently on my next book project, I stumbled upon this great blog, called Colored Girl Confidential. I think I’ll be visiting the CGC on the regular. What pulled me in was their list of  “23 Fierce Female Bloggers to Follow in 2013.” Now, Ms. Meltingpot didn’t…

Django Unchained: A Taste of Revenge

Django Unchained: A Taste of Revenge

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I have a confession to make. I am so excited to see Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington and Leonardo DiCaprio. Have you heard about it? The film is about a slave named Django (Foxx) who is hired to kill a bunch of evil White slave owners. That’s not really all it’s about, but that gets at the core of why this movie is already causing controversy, excitement and a whole lot of buzz. Why don’t you take a moment to view…

My ‘Black Friday’ at the Movies: Rise of the Guardians

My ‘Black Friday’ at the Movies: Rise of the Guardians

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I sure did. We hosted 14 people for dinner and everything turned out great. The food was delicious. We went all out and put tablecloths on the tables and my kids entertained everyone between dinner and dessert by playing their instruments (guitar and flute). My fish turned out really well, but I have to confess one thing. I chickened out on the flan. I made a gluten-free, banana pudding instead. It was delicious. But I will learn how…

Wednesday Round-Up: Multicultural Familia Gets an Update, One More Opinion About Nina Simone and Marvin Gaye’s Message About Hurricane Sandy

Wednesday Round-Up: Multicultural Familia Gets an Update, One More Opinion About Nina Simone and Marvin Gaye’s Message About Hurricane Sandy

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I hope all of you living on the East Coast are okay post Sandy. We were very lucky here in our Kinky Gazpacho family. We survived with nothing more than a little trickle of water in our basement. My sister and brother, who also live in Philadelphia, also made it through with very little incident. But, dear readers, when I see Sandy’s destruction around the world, specifically in my former home of New York City, I am truly in shock. Denene Millner, editor and writer, at MyBrownBaby.com penned…