Hair’s the Thing: Dove’s #LoveYourCurls Campaign

Hi Meltingpot readers, Have you seen Dove’s new #LoveYourCurls video? There aren’t any references to Dove products in the video, so it actually feels more like a public service announcement than a commercial. The main message is that little girls with curly hair want straight hair because they believe it’s more beautiful. This of course, we can assume, will be detrimental to their self-esteem and body confidence. The solution, according to the social scientists employed by Dove, is for mothers and relatives and essentially anyone who is exposed to a…

A Multicultural Version of Frozen: Kinda Sorta in a Song

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Do you have a small female in your household who is obsessed with the song “Let It Go,” tends to run around the house with a blanket draped around her shoulders like a cape, and bangs on closed doors screaming, “Elsa, Elsa, let me out?” I do. And it’s quite comical bordering on annoying, especially since my small female has never even seen the movie Frozen in its entirety. She thought it was too scary. But boy does she dig that song. And apparently at preschool, there…

Videshi Magazine is Here!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, When you get a chance, hop on over to Videshi Magazine. It’s a super cool new online publication that covers South-Asians / South-Asian Americans in the entertainment industry. It looks spectacular, the articles are smart and, come on, it’s about time something like this existed. The best part is, Videshi is the brain-child of one of my former students at Temple, Jennifer Babu. This was a class project that she has turned into a reality! I am so proud of her. Plus she’s getting noticed outside of…

Tween and Toddler Temper Tantrums? Just Say No!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, a couple of weeks ago there was an opinion piece written in the New York Times by a childless man who had some choice words for parents. Many people thought he was out of line for criticizing today’s parents for being too permissive with their children, when he’s not a father himself. Not me. I agreed with almost everything he said. Dear readers, I will be honest when I say that I am appalled more often than not by what I see as a trend of…

The Real Harlem Shake: Thank You Melissa-Harris Perry

Hi Meltingpot Readers, When I recently heard about the Harlem Shake, I immediately bristled at the name when all I saw on YouTube were White people twitching and wiggling in funny costumes. I didn’t get it. And it just didn’t feel right. Then my sons came home telling me I had to see this Harlem Shake thing they’d seen at school. They wanted to put on their craziest costumes right away and record their own version of the Harlem Shake. I felt horrible telling them they couldn’t without being able…

My Sons Want to Be Millionaires So Freaking Bad…

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, the other day I hear my boys whispering in their room, their door is closed and just in case, the older one yells, “Hey mom, don’t come in here.” So, of course I want to go in there and see what’s going on behind closed doors. But I don’t, because in that exact moment, babygirl woke up from her nap and demanded my attention. And truth be told, I forgot about the boys and their little secret mission. I admit, my attention span is nonexistent short.…

Asian Beauty: Italian Vogue Puts Chinese Model on the Cover

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Did you know fashion history was made at the beginning of the month when Italian Vogue put Chinese model, Fei Fei Sun on the cover of their January issue? This is the first time Italian Vogue has ever featured an Asian cover model. Now, you might be thinking, Italy isn’t exactly a bastion of Asian pride, what gives? But that’s the thing. Italy isn’t teeming with Asian activists or even a large Asian population, yet Italian Vogue has an Asian cover model, while British Vogue and US…

The New Normal: I’m Kinda Hooked

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Even though my life is overwhelmingly overwhelming, work, writing, baby, boys, house, home, repeat, I somehow still manage to watch a wee bit of TV now and then. Okay, I admit it. Babygirl and I have a nightly routine which involves me watching TV for half an hour, while she nurses and falls asleep in my arms. It’s a win-win situation for both of us. She eats, I relax and we both get happy. So, while all summer long during the era of reruns and super bad…