Trading Places: South Africa Style

Trading Places: South Africa Style

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Have you ever thought about trading places with someone whose life is the polar opposite of yours, just to see ‘ how the other half lives?’ Usually when I play that game, the ‘other half’ I’m thinking about is the filthy rich. I like to test my moral compass to see what I’d do if money wasn’t an issue. Generally, I do do the right thing and give lots of my money to the poor and other noble causes. One thing I very rarely do however, is…

RIP Conrad Bain: The Meltingpot Mourns Mr. Drummond

RIP Conrad Bain: The Meltingpot Mourns Mr. Drummond

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I just found out that actor Conrad Bain, aka Mr. Drummond from Diff’rent Strokes died on Monday. He was 89. I can’t say I was a big fan of Bain’s, but I was a loyal viewer of Diff’rent Strokes. That show, along with the Facts of Life, is intrinsically linked to my youth. Those were two of the only sitcoms at the time where the Black characters’ lives slightly resembled my own. No, I wasn’t an orphaned kid from Harlem living with my mother’s former employer, but…