Black History Month Needs a Name Change

Hi Meltingpot Readers, It’s officially Black History Month. Back in 2010, I wrote the following post about how I think Black History Month should be celebrated. While I received a fair amount of comments and the piece was picked up by Forbes.com, my suggestions for honoring my people didn’t take off like gangbusters. And I think I know why. It’s the name. Black History Month sounds as exciting as a tax seminar. *yawn* I get it. So, let’s give Black History Month a facelift. From now on, let’s call February,…

Flashback Friday: Black People Deserve a Capital “B”

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Hello Meltingpot Readers, I don’t know if I’m still feeling extra Black because we just celebrated Black Friday or because with all the media hoopla about how many Black themed movies are currently being shown at a theater near you, I’ve caught the bug. Or maybe I’m feeling revolutionary in honor of the great Nelson Mandela, may he truly rest in peace. Regardless, I felt it appropriate to revisit my post on capitalizing the letter “B” when referring to Black people. It really irks me to see Black written in…

12 Years A Slave Has Me Undone

Hello Meltingpot Readers, This past weekend I went to see 12 Years A Slave with my cousin. It wasn’t a film I was excited to see, it was more of a compulsion. When Hollywood takes on the Black experience, I feel it is my duty to support the effort. I also was intrigued by the very true story of a free Black man tricked and kidnapped into slavery who manages to survive 12 years of inhuman bondage and still return home to his family. Dear readers, can I just say,…

Wednesday Round-Up:Selena Gomez, Really?, “The Burden of Being Black,” & Babygirl’s Birthday!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Today is a special day in the Kinky Gazpacho household. It’s babygirl’s birthday! I can’t believe she’s two already! I can still remember the day I found out I was pregnant with her, yet interestingly, I hardly remember the whirlwind that was the first 24 months of her life. Luckily, I write things down, so I can always go back an re-read what really happened. Here’s a re-cap of her birth story, if anyone else wants to trip down memory lane with me. And even though I’m…

Trayvon Martin Deserves More

Hello Meltingpot Readers, It is with such a heavy heart that I write this morning. I am still stunned by the jury’s decision to let George Zimmerman walk away a free man. I want to understand the legal process that makes the jury’s decision sound reasonable but I simply cannot wrap my mind around it. I cannot understand how a kid can be walking home from the store and be shot dead and the man who did it is not held accountable. I simply can not understand it. I cannot…

Black History Month: It’s Not Just for Black People Anymore

Hello Meltingpot Readers, In honor of Black History Month, I’m reposting one of my favorite ‘articles’ from my original blog. I’ve added some minor updates in italics. I hope you enjoy! ************************************************************************ February is a busy month in my home. My birthday is in February, so is el esposo‘s. So is my dad’s, which coincidentally is the same day as el esposo‘s. That’s weird, right? And then sandwiched between our birthdays is Valentine’s Day. Of course we also celebrate George and Abe’s birthdays too with a day off from work and…

Wednesday Round-Up: Finding Zion, Fried Chicken and Black Women in Britain.

Hi Meltingpot Readers, It’s Wednesday, I’ve searched the web, so you don’t have to. Let’s get to those tasty, new links. 1. Check out this quickie but quirky interview with novelist turned memoir writer, Emily Raboteau. Her new book, Searching for Zion is travelogue, crossed with journalism, mixed with memoir. In the book, Raboteau travels the world trying to find the ‘Promised Land’ for Black folks.  I’m reading it right now and fell in love on the first page. 2. Talk about tasty. I watched Soul Food Junkies on Monday…

Django Unchained: A Taste of Revenge

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I have a confession to make. I am so excited to see Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington and Leonardo DiCaprio. Have you heard about it? The film is about a slave named Django (Foxx) who is hired to kill a bunch of evil White slave owners. That’s not really all it’s about, but that gets at the core of why this movie is already causing controversy, excitement and a whole lot of buzz. Why don’t you take a moment to view…