The “PeanutizeMe” Game Works for Families with Different Colors

The “PeanutizeMe” Game Works for Families with Different Colors

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Because you need something else to procrastinate with online, I offer up the opportunity to turn yourself into a Peanuts character. Yes, this is just some slick promotion for the upcoming Peanuts movie, hitting theaters on November 6, but I’m willing to overlook the obvious publicity play. Why? Because it’s so fun AND because whoever works in the marketing department over there at Peanuts headquarters understands that both Peanuts and people come in different skin colors and have different hair textures. It sounds so simple, but it…

“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…

Defining Blackness: My Take on Rachel Dolezal

Defining Blackness: My Take on Rachel Dolezal

It’s not as though there hasn’t already been enough written about Rachel Dolezal, the White woman from Montana who has been passing for Black for the last decade. Still, I feel I have to add my two cents to the raging controversy over this woman’s actions. Actually, I have more than two cents to add and I don’t really want to say a lot about Rachel, as much as I want to talk about identity politics in general. Let’s begin by acknowledging that Rachel Dolezal belongs in a Gillian Flynn…

“All Joy and No Fun:” Parenting in the 21st Century #MeltingpotBookReview

“All Joy and No Fun:” Parenting in the 21st Century #MeltingpotBookReview

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Earlier this year I promised myself I would read more. I’m a writer so reading should be a part of my regular practice, right? Because I like to write both fiction and nonfiction, exploring themes of race, culture, parenting and identity politics, I figured my reading selections should explore these topics and genres as well. So, I picked up Jennifer Senior’s (relatively) new book, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting. I assumed reading this book would feel like homework, but I promised myself…

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…

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…

Hair’s the Thing: Dove’s #LoveYourCurls Campaign

Hair’s the Thing: Dove’s #LoveYourCurls Campaign

Hi Meltingpot readers, Have you seen Dove’s new #LoveYourCurls video? There aren’t any references to Dove products in the video, so it actually feels more like a public service announcement than a commercial. The main message is that little girls with curly hair want straight hair because they believe it’s more beautiful. This of course, we can assume, will be detrimental to their self-esteem and body confidence. The solution, according to the social scientists employed by Dove, is for mothers and relatives and essentially anyone who is exposed to a…

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…