Yo, Is That Colorist?: Australian Newscaster Praises Light Skin Twin

Yo, Is That Colorist?: Australian Newscaster Praises Light Skin Twin

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I think you all know I’m working on a book called Same Family, Different Colors where I’m looking at skin color variations in nuclear families and how those skin color differences affect family dynamics. Often times I’m hearing stories about minute variations between brown and browner, but every now and again there are extreme skin color differences that are impossible to ignore, both inside and outside the home. Recently, a set of twins in the UK have made headlines because one twin has brown skin, brown curly…

#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…

My Cup Runneth Over …with Books!

My Cup Runneth Over …with Books!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I am so lucky to be on the mailing list of some great publishers. Look what books showed up on my doorstep last week. Thank you Beacon Press and Algonquin! That’s Prison Baby by Deborah Jiang Stein and My Accidental Jihad by Krista Bremer. Prison Baby I know is going to make me cry and cheer as Stein recounts her coming-of-age tale as a multiracial adoptee who discovered she was born in a prison to a drug-addicted mother. And My Accidental Jihad tickles all of my multicultural…

Asian Baby Dolls: Where Are They?

Asian Baby Dolls: Where Are They?

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Consider this an open thread. In other words, I don’t have any answers, but I’d love to hear what you have to say on this subject. So, now that I have my very own babygirl, I’ve started paying attention to dolls again. As a child, I loved my baby dolls and stuffed animals, but with two sons, my doll obsession went dormant and was replaced with an affection for cool cars, trains and Lego’s. Of course, babygirl seems equally smitten with cool cars, trains and Lego’s because…

Nothing Says ‘Spanish Thanksgiving’ Like Pumpkin Flan!

Nothing Says ‘Spanish Thanksgiving’ Like Pumpkin Flan!

Hola Meltingpot Readers, I don’t know about you, but I LOVE Thanksgiving. I mean what’s not to like? It’s all about food and family, two of my favorite things in life. And ever since we moved to Philadelphia, Ms. Meltingpot always hosts the family feast. That doesn’t mean I cook the whole entire meal, but for the last five years, I’ve made the turkey. My cousin is a trained chef, and between the two of us, we create Thanksgiving dinner. Every year we try to introduce a new dish. This…

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…

Queen of Sheba and King Solomon:Interracial Romance Goes Biblical

Queen of Sheba and King Solomon:Interracial Romance Goes Biblical

Hi Meltingpot Readers, My mother has a close friend who loves the Lord. A lot. And she wants to ensure that friends and family enjoy a similar kind of love. As such, she worries about me and mine, given that my search for a religion I can call my own has taken me down some pretty obscure paths. So, every now and then, she sends me little gifts, like a giant blanket with the Lord’s Prayer printed on one side. Last week, she sent my children this book about the…

True Confessions from Ms. Meltingpot

True Confessions from Ms. Meltingpot

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Since the theme of the week is transparency and coming clean, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share some things about Ms. Meltingpot that you might not know, but that you might find fascinating. Or not. This is pretty much an exercise for me to start ‘sharing’ some of my more personal information here on the Meltingpot. For your benefit, dear readers, I will try to highlight some of the more interesting aspects of my secret life. So, without further ado, five things you didn’t know…