Adele Had Me at “Hello”

Adele Had Me at “Hello”

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I don’t know if you all know how much of an Adele fan I am. Suffice it to say, I LOVE HER! Her voice moves me like none other. I could listen to Adele sing the fine print on my phone bill and I’d be crying tears of joy. And now, glory be, she has a new single out called “Hello.” Considering the fact that more than two million people have already liked the video on YouTube, clearly I’m not breaking any news here, but just in…

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…

Music Monday: I Want to Be Annie Lennox When I Grow Up

Music Monday: I Want to Be Annie Lennox When I Grow Up

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I know the Grammy’s are yesterday’s news, but I’ve been reading about them and watching the performances on YouTube since last week trying to catch up. Because I care, just not enough to sit through the whole show on a school night. Anywho, all I have to say is please watch this amazing “duet” between newcomer Hozier and Annie Lennox. I use quotation marks around duet because really, Hozier, who I do admire, is really just Annie’s opening act. I’ve always been a fan of Lennox’s but…

Weekend Reads: What’s New and Next for 2015

Weekend Reads: What’s New and Next for 2015

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Last night around midnight I finished Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan. As an indication to show just how much I was drawn into this amazing story, I will admit that I almost missed my stop on the train yesterday because I was reading. Suffice it to say, I really enjoyed this book. This morning I found myself replaying the characters’ final dialogue in my mind, as if I’d been there watching it actually unfold. Later today, I have plans to investigate a few things the book exposed…

A Multicultural Version of Frozen: Kinda Sorta in a Song

A Multicultural Version of Frozen: Kinda Sorta in a Song

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Do you have a small female in your household who is obsessed with the song “Let It Go,” tends to run around the house with a blanket draped around her shoulders like a cape, and bangs on closed doors screaming, “Elsa, Elsa, let me out?” I do. And it’s quite comical bordering on annoying, especially since my small female has never even seen the movie Frozen in its entirety. She thought it was too scary. But boy does she dig that song. And apparently at preschool, there…

Just Because: Remember Jon Secada? He Has A New Book

Just Because: Remember Jon Secada? He Has A New Book

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I’m showing my age here and my deep, abiding love for cheesy pop songs when I confess that there was a time when Jon Secada was the man of my dreams. “Just Another Day Without You” also known as “Otra Dia Mas Sin Verte” was my jam. I mean, think about it. A beautiful brown-skinned man who seemed to be at once both Black and Spanish, of course I loved him and his soulful, Latin-infused, pop music. (By the way, he’s Cuban, which explains the Black/Spanish cultural…

Can White Girls Co-Opt the “Booty?”

Can White Girls Co-Opt the “Booty?”

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I’m trying to wrap my mind around the current “glorification” of big butts, brought to you by the likes of Kim Kardashian and Iggy Azalea, aka, not Black people. Recently Vogue magazine declared that we were living in the “Era of the Big Booty,” and actually credited Jennifer Lopez with starting the trend. Excuse me? Then today, I finally get a chance to check out the video behind the infectious pop song by Meghan Trainor called All About that Bass. Basically it’s a self-love anthem for those…

Wednesday Round-Up:Selena Gomez, Really?, “The Burden of Being Black,” & Babygirl’s Birthday!

Wednesday Round-Up:Selena Gomez, Really?, “The Burden of Being Black,” & Babygirl’s Birthday!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Today is a special day in the Kinky Gazpacho household. It’s babygirl’s birthday! I can’t believe she’s two already! I can still remember the day I found out I was pregnant with her, yet interestingly, I hardly remember the whirlwind that was the first 24 months of her life. Luckily, I write things down, so I can always go back an re-read what really happened. Here’s a re-cap of her birth story, if anyone else wants to trip down memory lane with me. And even though I’m…