Dear Black People: An Open Letter to the Black Families on Philly’s Main Line

Dear Black People: An Open Letter to the Black Families on Philly’s Main Line

Dear Black People on the Main Line, No, not all the Black people. I’m sure some of you are super happy there and if you are, please feel free to completely disregard everything I’m about to say. I’m actually talking to the Friday family that was profiled in the depressing and disheartening story in the December issue of Philadelphia magazine, titled “Racial Profiling on the Main Line.” And while this letter was inspired by the Fridays, I know there are other families like them dealing with the same, ugly, race-based…

#TeamLightSkin vs #TeamDarkSkin Take it to the Beach

#TeamLightSkin vs #TeamDarkSkin Take it to the Beach

Hello Meltingpot Readers, If you’re regulars here, then you know I’m working on a book called Same Family, Different Colors that explores colorism in the United States. I’ve been working on the book for quite a while now, and have been completely immersed in the world of colorism, so much so, I didn’t think anything could shock me when it came to color-based discrimination. But I was wrong. A colleague told me today about a case of the color wars that had me shaking my head and sucking my teeth….

My Protest on the Page: The #CapitalBCampaign is Launched!

My Protest on the Page: The #CapitalBCampaign is Launched!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I’ve been busy since the last time I wrote. Besides making a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner for 15 people, I’ve started a revolution in the name of respect. Dear readers, you all know how I feel about the capital B situation in printed work. It drives me nuts that Black Americans are written in the lowercase, as if Black culture was something less than Latino, Asian or Native American culture. I wrote about my feelings here on the Meltingpot as well as in the New York Times in…

This Thanksgiving, I’m Giving Thanks that I am Black!

This Thanksgiving, I’m Giving Thanks that I am Black!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, There’s a lot of sadness and anger in the United States right now, most of it stemming from the situation happening in Ferguson, Missouri and the continual assault on Black lives. And then if you throw in the pathetic and disturbing downfall of Bill Cosby, as his secret life as a sexual predator comes to light, it’s enough to make any self-respecting Black person want to curl up and hide for the next 100 years or so. There is so much pain and sorrow blowing through our…

Monday Microagressions Comic Relief: If Black Women Said…

Monday Microagressions Comic Relief: If Black Women Said…

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I have a new obsession and it’s called Buzzfeed. *hangs head in shame* My brother sent me a link to this hilarious video entitled, “If Black Women Said the Stuff White Guys Say” from the funny people at Buzzfeed. Yes, it’s meant to make you laugh but underneath the humor is a really effective way to get people to think about the microagressions Black women face every day. Like, I laughed until I almost peed myself watching this, but mostly because I could relate to every single…

White Moms Sue Because They Got a Black Baby…

White Moms Sue Because They Got a Black Baby…

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Have you heard about this lawsuit? A White lesbian couple is suing the sperm bank they used to find a baby daddy for their now two-year-old daughter. The problem? The two blonde mommies wanted a White father for their child and the sperm bank screwed up and sent them some Black sperm. So, now they have a Black /biracial child and they have to raise her in their bigoted small town they call home and take her long distances to get a decent hair cut and worry…

I Refuse to Remain in the Lower Case

I Refuse to Remain in the Lower Case

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Please enjoy this essay I penned and if you agree with it, please pass it on, share it with your networks, re-post it (with credit please) tell your parents and their friends. I’m seriously trying to start a revolution here and I need your help. Thank you! Black People Deserve a Capital “B” I am a writer. My husband is a linguist. Words matter to us. I am Black, not African-American. My husband is Spanish, not to be confused with Hispanic or Latino. Labels matter to us…

Speaking of Microaggressions…

Speaking of Microaggressions…

Hello Meltingpot Readers, So, the other day on facebook I stumbled upon this article listicle from Buzzfeed titled, “21 Racial Microaggressions You Hear On A Daily Basis.” The story recaps the work of a photographer from Fordham University who asked her peers to write down some of the racial microaggressions they hear on a daily basis. Before I get too far ahead of myself, here’s the definition of a “microaggression” per Buzzfeed: “The term “microaggression” was used by Columbia professor Derald Sue to refer to “brief and commonplace daily verbal,…