Sisters Are Doing it for Themselves…in Spain

Sisters Are Doing it for Themselves…in Spain

Hello Meltingpot Readers, So, all of you regular readers know that el esposo is my Spanish husband and that I met him while spending my junior year of college in Salamanca, Spain and from a very young age I’ve had a love affair with Spain. And then all of my dreams about Spain were crushed when I learned that Spain has a very peculiar response to Black people, which I wrote about in my memoir, Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love & Spain. Whew, that was a mouthful. Anywho, Spain has been…

#WomensLives: Life on the Border Between Europe and Africa

#WomensLives: Life on the Border Between Europe and Africa

Hello Melitngpot Readers, If you’ve read my memoir, Kinky Gazpacho, then you know I’ve lived in both Spain and Morocco, so these recent stories about life in the border city of Ceuta have caught my attention. Ceuta is a city on the cusp of Africa, but it is a Spanish territory. Ceuta’s citizens are Spanish, but the divide between African and European is clear and striking. Check out these two stories, one about the bone crushing work Moroccan women endure to make pennies at the border of Ceuta and Morocco…

Who’s More Black•ish, El Esposo or Ms. Meltingpot?

Who’s More Black•ish, El Esposo or Ms. Meltingpot?

Hello Meltingpot Readers, So, those of you who read my memoir, Kinky Gazpacho, know I have a deep fascination with all things Black and Spanish. It’s kind of been my way to make my relationship with el esposo into some sort of cosmic destiny thing. I like finding historical precedents in all things, including my own personal love life. So, when I fell in love with Spain and then with el esposo, I felt compelled to find some shard of Black culture in my adopted homeland. And I did. A…

Kinky Gazpacho The Movie! An Update

Kinky Gazpacho The Movie! An Update

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, I got another update about the progress of Kinky Gazpacho the movie. If you recall from the last time I wrote about it, a Spanish actor had reached out to me to tell me he wanted to play the role of el esposo. Apparently his enthusiasm was a wee bit premature, but the wheels of progress are still turning. There is a director attached, the script is being fine tuned and they are about to cast the role of Lori!!! I can’t believe this. So, dear…

Wish I Was Here…

Wish I Was Here…

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Once upon a time, I fell in love with a man from Cadíz. Our subsequent romance and eventual marriage required frequent travel to Spain. I fell in love with the country as my love for the man deepened. But then we had kids. And 9/11 happened. And the economy tanked. And it suddenly became a lot more difficult and expensive to go to Spain. But still, I cannot turn off my internal clock that says I should be in the Iberian peninsula during the months of June…

Kinky in Spain: A 21st Century Hair Story

Kinky in Spain: A 21st Century Hair Story

Hi Meltingpot Readers, If you know me then you know two of my twin passions are Black hair and Spain. Not necessarily Black hair in Spain, but you could imagine my excitement if somehow these two topics somehow came together in some kind of magnificent event. And guess what? They did. Sadly, I wasn’t involved in any kind of way, but I’m still happy. Apparently, almost twenty years after I first set foot on Spanish soil, a suitcase full of hair care goodies — from boxes of relaxer cream to…

Did You Know This About Me?

Did You Know This About Me?

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Did you know I was supposed to be a teacher, not a writer? In college, after earning a C in my first creative writing class, I decided writing wasn’t going to earn me a living. Because I was only 18 at the time, yes I cried and cursed the fates that I couldn’t follow my passions, but in a short amount of time I simply decided I would find some other profession where I could use my many talents. After a summer working at a camp for…

No Spain, No Gain

No Spain, No Gain

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I am so sad to report that I will not be making it to Spain this summer. * La sigh* Unfortunately, not enough students registered for the class I was supposed to teach, so it’s a no go. As you can imagine, I am extremely disappointed and so are el esposo and the kids. I was so looking forward to exploring northern Spain. *La sigh* But, since I am a perpetual optimist, I’m trying to find the bright side. The practical part of me is actually semi-relieved…