Will “White People Believe Anything” About Race?

Will “White People Believe Anything” About Race?

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Pardon the delay in posting, but we had some technical difficulties. But I’m back now. And so happy to be here to tell you about a great event I went to on Monday in Brooklyn. In honor of Loving Day, the Brooklyn Historical Society hosted a screening of Lacey Schwartz’s amazing documentary, Little White Lie, followed by a discussion with Schwartz moderated by my neighbor and friend, the writer Lise Funderberg. Needless to say, it was an evening well spent. Little White Lie is a completely raw…

The Afro-Spanish Alliance: What I’m Writing Now

The Afro-Spanish Alliance: What I’m Writing Now

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, most of you know that I’m knee deep in the research for my new book, Same Family, Different Colors. Currently I am at work on the chapter focusing on Latino families and their issues with colorism, and let me just say I feel like I’ve fallen down a Kinky Gazpacho wormhole like no other. It’s fascinating how far back the Afro-Spanish alliance stretches into the past, here in the United States, in the Caribbean, in Europe and of course, Africa. But despite the long history of…

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….

Can White Girls Co-Opt the “Booty?”

Can White Girls Co-Opt the “Booty?”

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I’m trying to wrap my mind around the current “glorification” of big butts, brought to you by the likes of Kim Kardashian and Iggy Azalea, aka, not Black people. Recently Vogue magazine declared that we were living in the “Era of the Big Booty,” and actually credited Jennifer Lopez with starting the trend. Excuse me? Then today, I finally get a chance to check out the video behind the infectious pop song by Meghan Trainor called All About that Bass. Basically it’s a self-love anthem for those…

Black Soap, White Skin?!

Black Soap, White Skin?!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, you know I’m working on my next book that will explore the role of colorism in American families. Right now I’m deep into the research, so the majority of my waking hours are spent trying to figure out why so many people of color only see beauty and self-worth in light skin. As you can imagine, it’s a search with no satisfying answer and it is almost impossible not to have a head banging moment at least once a day when I discover something even more…

My Kids are Food Snobs. Hooray!

My Kids are Food Snobs. Hooray!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, This past weekend el esposo and I drove the boys down to North Carolina to stay with my parents for spring break. Granted it snowed there yesterday so they won’t be coming home with a tan and sand in their shoes, but hey, at least they’re down South. El esposo and I only stayed for two nights, but we managed to go out for dinner one of those nights with my parents, my grandmother and an aunt and uncle. Sadly, where my parents live is a wasteland…

And Speaking of Whitewashing Latino Identity: Have You Seen Disney’s First Latina Princess?

And Speaking of Whitewashing Latino Identity: Have You Seen Disney’s First Latina Princess?

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I hate to beat a dead race horse (pun intended), but sometimes I can’t help it. ┬áHave your heard all of the excitement over the fact that Disney was about to introduce their first Latina princess, Princess Sofia? I’d heard faint rumblings about it here and there, but it wasn’t until folks got a glimpse of the cartoon princess that the twitterverse blew up with cries of whitewashing. Apparently this Latina princess has milky white skin, blue eyes, and reddish-brown hair. She doesn’t speak Spanish, is voiced…

Is Argo a Whitewash of Latino Identity?

Is Argo a Whitewash of Latino Identity?

Hola Meltingpot Readers, This weekend el esposo and I went to see the film Argo. In case you haven’t heard about it, Argo is the movie based on the true life rescue of six hostages held in Iran during the infamous 1979 Iran hostage crisis. The hero of the story, Tony Mendez, is the CIA operative who concocted a plan to sneak the hostages out of Iran by disguising them as a Canadian movie crew. It sounds outrageous, and it was, but desperate times called for desperate measures and with…