Mt. Airy Makes the List for Best Big-City Nabe!

Mt. Airy Makes the List for Best Big-City Nabe!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I just have to brag a little bit. As many of you loyal readers know, I grew up in Caucasia, Wisconsin, where I was often the only Cocoa Puff in a box of Kixx. In my neighborhood, at school, on the swim team, I was usually the only Black kid in the bunch. I was a happy child, but still, all that Whiteness made it difficult for me to appreciate the skin I was in. So, when el esposo decided to start a family, one of the…

One Drop: A Colorful New Book About Blackness

One Drop: A Colorful New Book About Blackness

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Pardon my absence last week. I was in Washington, DC at a conference for work. Ms. Meltingpot wears many hats, and journalism professor is one of them and must be attended to in addition to my author, mommy, lover of the multi-culti universe roles. Anywho, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to tell you all about this gorgeous and powerful new book by a fellow Philadelphian, called (1)ne Drop. The book is really about Black identity, but rather than me trying to summarize its greatness,…

Teaching My Mixie Son “How to Be Black” with Baratunde Thurston

Teaching My Mixie Son “How to Be Black” with Baratunde Thurston

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Parenting is hard. Can we all just admit that? If only our kids were just mini replicas of ourselves, perhaps we’d be better prepared to handle all of their issues. Because their issues would be our issues. But they’re not. Our kids come into this world with their very own brand of special. Case in point. I’m trying to raise brown boys to be confident and proud of their dual Black American /Spanish heritage. And I am neither a boy nor am I Spanish. And el esposo,…

Poor White People: Where Are They?

Poor White People: Where Are They?

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, the other day my older son made a comment along the lines of, ‘Well, all the poor neighborhoods are Black neighborhoods.” I can’t even recall the context in which he said this, because my heart stopped for a moment and I had a painful flashback to my own childhood. Growing up in extremely segregated Milwaukee, we always lived in “White neighborhoods” and the “inner city” was code for Black neighborhoods. That dichotomy was the source of much of my alienation and shame of being Black as…

On Blizzards and Birthdays

On Blizzards and Birthdays

Hi Meltingpot Readers, This weekend two big events are occurring, the winter storm of the century and my birthday. Sadly, the snow storm is getting more attention. I don’t mean to suggest that the entire eastern seaboard ought to be thinking about me on February 10, instead of whether or not they can tunnel out from under 36 inches of snow, but still, a girl kind of hopes that any semblance of a celebration in her honor wouldn’t get dashed by Mother Nature. Seriously though, I’ve never been a big…

Separate But Equal? The Role of the Black Media in the 21st Century

Separate But Equal? The Role of the Black Media in the 21st Century

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Guess what I’m doing on Wednesday? I’m moderating a panel at Temple called, “Separate But Equal? The Role of the Black Media in the 21st Century.” The title of the panel was my idea and is deliberately incendiary because I wanted people to think, and because a good title always draws people in, don’t you agree? But seriously, as a journalist, as a Black woman, as a media observer, it occurs to me that some people might think that the era is over when a separate Black…

Ayana Mathis & Emily Raboteau Live in Philly! Ms. Meltingpot Goes Full-On Groupie

Ayana Mathis & Emily Raboteau Live in Philly! Ms. Meltingpot Goes Full-On Groupie

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Can you hear my heart beating rapidly with excitement and joy? Seriously, dear readers, I went full-on groupie last night, ditching the kids and el esposo so I could go in to the city for the big event. Was it a music concert or a broadway show? No, it was two amazing authors reading live at the main branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. And not just any two amazing authors, but Ayana Mathis and Emily Raboteau. For the folks who may not be living the…

Kimchi and Cheddar: Korean Food Gets Cheesy

Kimchi and Cheddar: Korean Food Gets Cheesy

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Here’s something for my fusion foodie friends. Yesterday I was working hard at my office at Temple University and I didn’t want to venture far to grab a bite for lunch. As luck would have it, there’s a brand new food truck parked right outside my building called Wingo Taco. I guessed Mexican, but I was wrong. Better said, I wasn’t all the way right. Dear readers, you know I was doing a meltingpot jig in the street when I found out that Wingo Taco is serving…