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…

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…

#WomensLives: 50 Years of Nigerian Hairstyles

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Not so long ago I shared with you that I would be highlighting some great stories about women around the world in partnership with PRI’s #WomensLives initiative. Well, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share this story, posted today, about the work of the late Nigerian photographer J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, who captured over 50 years of Nigerian hairstyles in stunning black and white photographs. The hairstyles are amazing and each one is imbued with meaning. Many of them harken back to the styles my co-author and…

Ms. Meltingpot Has Questions. Do You Have Answers?

Hello Meltingpot Readers, From time to time I find myself questioning things in this crazy game we call life and wonder if I’m the only one asking. Maybe it’s because I don’t have cable or because I rely on my children to explain a lot of pop culture references. Or maybe it’s because I prefer print over e-anything and decaffeinated coffee is my drug of choice. In other words, it might just be me who needs answers, but maybe not. Either way, if you can shed some light on my…

Black History Month Lite: 5 Black Books That Aren’t About “Black Stuff”

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Here it is the last week of Black History Month and yours truly is just getting around to acknowledging it. Where are my manners? Hold on, let me get my tongue out of my cheek here. The thing is, I don’t know who Black History Month is really for and I don’t understand why Black American history isn’t the same thing as American history. I mean, historically speaking, Black people have pretty much been here since the beginning so, it’s not clear to me why our contributions…

#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…

Weekend Reads: What’s New and Next for 2015

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Last night around midnight I finished Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan. As an indication to show just how much I was drawn into this amazing story, I will admit that I almost missed my stop on the train yesterday because I was reading. Suffice it to say, I really enjoyed this book. This morning I found myself replaying the characters’ final dialogue in my mind, as if I’d been there watching it actually unfold. Later today, I have plans to investigate a few things the book exposed…

White Moms Sue Because They Got a Black Baby…

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Have you heard about this lawsuit? A White lesbian couple is suing the sperm bank they used to find a baby daddy for their now two-year-old daughter. The problem? The two blonde mommies wanted a White father for their child and the sperm bank screwed up and sent them some Black sperm. So, now they have a Black /biracial child and they have to raise her in their bigoted small town they call home and take her long distances to get a decent hair cut and worry…