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 Being Black in Honduras: One Woman’s Story of Longing and Belonging

#WomensLives Being Black in Honduras: One Woman’s Story of Longing and Belonging

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I am so excited that I am getting the chance to take part in an initiative to highlight the lack of focus on women and women’s issues in the news media and really in society at large. Public Radio International (PRI) has spearheaded this initiative called Across Women’s Lives and has partnered with Blogher to help get the word out. Blogher is how I get involved. My job is simple. I get to highlight all of the amazing journalism PRI and its media partners are creating that…

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: A Call to Change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: A Call to Change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Did you ever stop to think why you get a day off for Columbus Day? What exactly is it we are celebrating? Some of us didn’t really celebrate anything at all today and reported in for work, but that’s beside the point. The real point is that celebrating the man who accidentally bumped into the American continent, thought it was India, and then tried to lay claim to the land for his European employers, despite the fact that the land was already inhabited, is kind of insane….

How Do You Say Colorism in Spanish (and Portuguese)?

How Do You Say Colorism in Spanish (and Portuguese)?

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Since today is Round-Up Wednesday and since it seems I can’t escape the stories about colorism in the Latino/Brazilian communities, I thought I’d just share two stories that really made me realize how much the new book I’m working on is needed. My new book is all about colorism in Black, Latino, Asian and interracial communities. Clearly I can’t write it fast enough. Check out this story that appeared on the Huffington Post Latino Voices yesterday. It’s a personal essay written by a Dominican-American male who tells…

Wednesday Round-Up: New Year, New Blogs that Taste Like the Meltingpot

Wednesday Round-Up: New Year, New Blogs that Taste Like the Meltingpot

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Because I live in academia, the advent of fall feels like the beginning of a new year to me. It’s where the reset button gets hit and we start all over again. I get a new crop of students, new classes and new writing projects to work on. My kids are starting new grades; I’ll have a 7th grader, a 4th grader and a full-day day care/preschooler for the first time. So, with all of this starting over, I’m feeling like I need to freshen up the…

Babygirl is Bilingual

Babygirl is Bilingual

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I woke up this morning with babygirl by my side as usual. And as usual, we went through our regular morning snuggle routine which includes me asking babygirl to point to her nose, eyes, mouth and ears. Usually this game means I take babygirl’s hand and guide her to the different parts of her face. Then she ┬áresponds by grabbing a handful of my face, usually my lips, and tries like the devil to pull them off. This is followed by uproarious laughter. Hers, not mine. I…