I Read #DiverseBooks: Ms. Meltingpot’s 2015 Year in Review of Books

I Read #DiverseBooks: Ms. Meltingpot’s 2015 Year in Review of Books

Hello Meltingpot Readers, On this last day of 2015, I thought it only appropriate to reflect. Reflect that is, on what I read this past year. If you recall, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to read more in 2015 because I’d noticed that I’d been reading for work and not for pleasure and reading is one of my greatest joys. And when you realize that you’ve neglected a simple joy in your life, something has to be done. I wrote in this early 2015 post that I was…

Happy Birthday, “Substitute Me!”

Happy Birthday, “Substitute Me!”

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Sorry for dropping off the face of the earth. I could give you a list of reasons why I have neglected you so, but do you really want to waste your time reading about my pitiful life? No, you want to get to the good stuff, right? So, on this day, five years ago, a full year before I birthed babygirl, I gave birth to my first novel, Substitute Me. It’s a story about two women, one White, one Black, one the employer, one the employee. It’s…

Author Crush #437: Mat Johnson & Loving Day

Author Crush #437: Mat Johnson & Loving Day

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Pardon my absence. I was in the woods of Northern Pennsylvania on a writing retreat all last week. It was absolutely exquisite and I made a lot of progress on my new book, Same Family, Different Colors. I also ate really delicious food, made great new friends and saw a big, black bear up close and personal. Yes, there was a bear who showed up twice during my stay making the experience all the more exciting. But I digress. In addition to writing for almost 10 hours…

Me and Toni Morrison: On the Same Page About Skin Color Politics

Me and Toni Morrison: On the Same Page About Skin Color Politics

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Have any of you read Toni Morrison’s new novel, God Help the Child? Not only have I read it, I had the chance to see Ms. Toni give a reading from the book here in Philadelphia and of course got her to sign my book. It was magical getting to meet her in person and to hear about her inspiration and ideas for writing this particular story. Dear readers, I don’t know if you know this, but God Help the Child is all about a dark-skinned Black…

Music for Melancholy: Ms. Meltingpot Needs a Lift

Music for Melancholy: Ms. Meltingpot Needs a Lift

Hi Meltingpot Readers, It’s late. I’m tired. But it’s Monday, so I have to post something. I promised. But lately, dear readers, my life is getting so full it’s hard for me to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve given up searching for some sort of work/life balance and am just aiming for a work/work balance that doesn’t kill me or cause me to kill anybody else. But I know the end is in sight. In fact, when I hand in my tenure files and my…

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…

“All Joy and No Fun:” Parenting in the 21st Century #MeltingpotBookReview

“All Joy and No Fun:” Parenting in the 21st Century #MeltingpotBookReview

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Earlier this year I promised myself I would read more. I’m a writer so reading should be a part of my regular practice, right? Because I like to write both fiction and nonfiction, exploring themes of race, culture, parenting and identity politics, I figured my reading selections should explore these topics and genres as well. So, I picked up Jennifer Senior’s (relatively) new book, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting. I assumed reading this book would feel like homework, but I promised myself…

At Least We Talk About Race in the USA: Zadie Smith on Writing, Race and Color

At Least We Talk About Race in the USA: Zadie Smith on Writing, Race and Color

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Last week Wednesday I skipped out of work as early as possible so I could get a front row seat at the University of Pennsylvania’s Speaker’s Series on Color featuring one of my all-time favorite authors, Zadie Smith. I’ve read (and own) almost all of Smith’s fiction, but I am also a big fan of her critical essays, especially those dealing with race and culture. I like her writing and I love her mind. So, my biggest takeaway from the almost sold-out event, is that not only…