New Year, New Blog…Sort Of

New Year, New Blog…Sort Of

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I’m still here. In the midst of an existential blog crisis. As usual at the beginning of a new year I wonder if anybody is actually still reading My American Meltingpot. I know a few dedicated souls are and I thank you for that. And as usual I always consider shutting this all down. But I can’t. I just can’t. Instead I’m tinkering and playing with new ideas and fantasizing and dreaming. All good things for a creative person like myself. So, please stay tuned as I…

Happy Halloween! Make it Cheap and Easy

Happy Halloween! Make it Cheap and Easy

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Tomorrow is my favorite holiday, Halloween. It’s really about the kids, but I like dressing up and eating candy too. What? You don’t? I won’t judge. Well, I wrote about why I love Halloween over at my new parenting blog, Philly Parenting on Newsworks.org. Feel free to check it out and share it with your friends. I’d love to hear how other parents feel about Halloween. You know I’m listening. Boo!

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…

“Rejected Princesses” Are Way Cooler and Way More Colorful Than Anything Disney

“Rejected Princesses” Are Way Cooler and Way More Colorful Than Anything Disney

Hello Meltingpot Readers, When I started this blog way back in 2006 ( I think), my lofty intentions were to create an online publication that showcased the ways that people of different cultures came together instead of clashed. I felt the mainstream media was doing a fine enough job covering discord and strife between different cultural groups and I wanted The Meltingpot to be the antidote, seeing as how my very own life flew in the face of racial animosity and conflict between cultures. Sadly, I’ve strayed from that initial…

Music for Melancholy: Ms. Meltingpot Needs a Lift

Music for Melancholy: Ms. Meltingpot Needs a Lift

Hi Meltingpot Readers, It’s late. I’m tired. But it’s Monday, so I have to post something. I promised. But lately, dear readers, my life is getting so full it’s hard for me to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve given up searching for some sort of work/life balance and am just aiming for a work/work balance that doesn’t kill me or cause me to kill anybody else. But I know the end is in sight. In fact, when I hand in my tenure files and my…

Mixie Music Monday: Introducing Seinabo Sey

Mixie Music Monday: Introducing Seinabo Sey

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Some things in my life are just constant. For reasons that must have something to do with the moon I was born under or the arrangement of the stars when I pulled in my first breath, I am drawn to the mixing of cultures. So, I was in my car listening to NPR on Friday and caught the very tail end of an interview with a singer. I only heard 30 seconds of her voice but I immediately fell in love. Like instantly. But I didn’t catch…

#LinkLove: Fresh, Hot and Tasty New Meltingpot Links

#LinkLove: Fresh, Hot and Tasty New Meltingpot Links

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Please notice over there on the right, that I’ve added some new links to my “Tastes Like the Meltingpot” blogroll; HapaMama, Mater Mea, and Multiracial Sky. These are websites/blogs I love and I’m sure you will too. I’m always trying to keep it fresh for my loyal (and new) readers who, like me, are always looking for new voices and new resources on the multiculti/ pop culture/ parenting beat. So, take a look and enjoy the new offerings. And please note, that while Afro-Viking author, Heidi Durrow’s…

Ms. Meltingpot Has Questions. Do You Have Answers?

Ms. Meltingpot Has Questions. Do You Have Answers?

Hello Meltingpot Readers, From time to time I find myself questioning things in this crazy game we call life and wonder if I’m the only one asking. Maybe it’s because I don’t have cable or because I rely on my children to explain a lot of pop culture references. Or maybe it’s because I prefer print over e-anything and decaffeinated coffee is my drug of choice. In other words, it might just be me who needs answers, but maybe not. Either way, if you can shed some light on my…