47 episodes

My American Meltingpot is a biweekly podcast about the intersection of race and real life. From technology to travel, from music to motherhood, we have conversations and tell stories from a multicultural perspective. Is Black hair still political? Why is K-Pop so popular? How do I raise confident Mixed-Race kids? Can technology be racist? Hosted by award-winning author, journalist and mom of three, Lori L. Tharps, the MAMP podcast will give you the information and inspiration you need to better navigate America’s diverse society.

My American Meltingpot Lori L Tharps

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9, 40 Ratings

My American Meltingpot is a biweekly podcast about the intersection of race and real life. From technology to travel, from music to motherhood, we have conversations and tell stories from a multicultural perspective. Is Black hair still political? Why is K-Pop so popular? How do I raise confident Mixed-Race kids? Can technology be racist? Hosted by award-winning author, journalist and mom of three, Lori L. Tharps, the MAMP podcast will give you the information and inspiration you need to better navigate America’s diverse society.

    How to be a Revolutionary Writer

    How to be a Revolutionary Writer

    On episode 46 of the podcast, I want to encourage everyone to pick up their pens and fight. Yes, become a revolutionary writer. We can all put pen to paper and write for our lives. You don’t need permission to write. You don’t need fancy tools or equipment. You simply must write.
     
    You can write newspaper articles, blog posts, poems and manifestos. You can  write novels, comic books, biographies and letters to your congressperson. You can write pamphlets, plays, memoirs and letters to your younger self. You can write text books and guide books and an entire magazine if you’re up for it. You can write song lyrics, movie screenplays, and letters to your racist uncle.  
     
    Join me as I share how revolutionary writers are born and stick around to hear from three extraordinary revolutionary writers – Tracey Lewis-Giggets, Kenrya Rankin and Zetta Elliott –  who are all busy creating revolutionary works right now. 
     
    By the end of the show, I hope everyone is inspired to write!
     
    For full show notes and links to the work of our guests, please visit My American Meltingpot.com.

    • 21 min
    Title: All Hail The Queens of the Resistance

    Title: All Hail The Queens of the Resistance

    On episode 45 of the podcast, I'm talking about a brand new book series called The Queens of the Resistance. A perfect collection for any wanna-be Revolutionary Reader, The Queens of the Resistance series is a group of four biographies saluting four of the most beloved boss ladies in Congress: Maxine Waters, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Nancy Pelosi and Elizabeth Warren. Written by Brenda Jones & Krishan Trotman, these easy-to-read, illustrated biographies are super inspiring and informative. Also, the books themselves are absolutely beautiful to look at and would make a welcome addition to any bookshelf or coffee table.
     
    It's another mini Revolutionary Readers episode, but we still get to hear from one of the co-authors of The Queens of Resistance series, Krishan Trotman.
     
    Also, because self-care is also revolutionary, I also take a moment on the show to share my definition of a perfect summer beach read and two options for you to consider reading.
     
    If you feel inspired by this episode and now you want to be a revolutionary reader, please share this episode with a friend or tell a lot of friends by leaving us a rating or review on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.
     
    For full show notes with links for resources mentioned in this episode, please visit My American Meltingpot.com.

    • 15 min
    How to Raise a Revolutionary Reader

    How to Raise a Revolutionary Reader

    On episode 44 of the podcast we're continuing with our Revolutionary Readers summer series. The topic? We’re going to be talking about how to raise young revolutionary readers, with the hope that the young people in our lives go from being revolutionary readers, to revolutionary leaders. Think about it, reading can be the spark that leads young people to do great things. Keeping in mind of course, that 'great things' could be defined as becoming the first female president of the United States, or it could mean starting a food drive for those in need in one’s community. 
    In addition to my suggestions for raising revolutionary readers, I also share my latest book crush, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet. This book incorporates all the elements  I love to read about from Black identity, to family bonds, to colorism. You'll probably want to read it too!
    Be sure to check the show notes at My American Meltingpot for a full recap of the show and for additional book recommendations for the young revolutionaries in your life. 

    • 15 min
    Revolutionary Readers Book Club: Exile Music

    Revolutionary Readers Book Club: Exile Music

    I'm baaaack...for a special summer series on My American Meltingpot.
    Normally, I would have taken the summer off from the podcast, to relax and refresh, but I just couldn’t put down the mic when there is just so much to talk about. But rather than rehash the day’s news, respond to every new event, or simply continue producing regular full-length episodes about race and real life,  I decided to do something a little different.
    For the next five weeks, I’m going to be hosting the Revolutionary Readers Summer Book Club here on the  podcast.
    I’m going to be sharing some reviews, recommendations, and interviews with authors. These are going to be short episodes that will hopefully inspire you to read and learn and take action in these crazy times we’re living in. I’ll be talking about fiction, non-fiction, books for kids and teens. I’ll be sharing about the books I’m reading and why. I’ll offer suggestions for books to help you cope and even books to make you laugh when everything else seems to be falling apart.
    Basically, I'm going to be talking about how books and reading can be part of the revolution. 
    The book I'm talking about on this episode, is called Exile Music by Jennifer Steil.
    For full show notes and links to books and resources, visit My American Meltingpot.com. 
    P.S. I hope you LOVE our new logo as much as I do!

    • 8 min
    Why Colorism Matters at this Moment

    Why Colorism Matters at this Moment

    On episode 42 of the podcast (the final episode of Season 4 by the way), I’m giving a lesson on colorism - that is the preferential treatment given to others based on the color or shade of their skin.  At this pivotal moment in American society, as people grapple with dismantling racism, it is critical that folks understand that racism has a crafty cousin named colorism.  And the truth is, if we don’t recognize the role colorism plays in maintaining a white supremacist society, then the fight to dismantle racism will never be won. If you want to slay the dragon, you have to kill all her helpers too. So, stay tuned for my primer on colorism, taught in five easy lessons that will help everyone be a better warrior in the fight against racism and discrimination. 
    But before we get to the conversation on colorism, I'm taking a meltingpot minute to honor Juneteenth Day, aka, Black America’s Independence Day.
    For additional resources on colorism and/or Juneteenth Day, please visit the My American Meltingpot blog. 
    Don't forget to leave a review and/or a rating of the My American Meltingpot Podcast on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. I'll be back for the summer season of the podcast in July. 

    • 46 min
    A Loving Day Message for Today's Turmoil

    A Loving Day Message for Today's Turmoil

    Happy Loving Day! Do you know what Loving Day has to do with today's current racial justice moment? Listen in to this inspirational Meltingpot Minute to hear how a supreme court decision in 1967 paved the way for people of different races to legally marry in all 50 states,  AND dealt a serious blow to white supremacy. I hope this episode enlightens you about our history, and inspires you to keep fighting for our future. 
    For more information about Loving Day and how you can celebrate it with your family and community, visit MyAmericanMeltingpot.com.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

VikkiVera ,

Love this podcast

Tackles serious, important subject matter in a fun, engaging and generous way. Loved the series about blackness in Spain. Highly recommended.

California Mitchell ,

Fabulous

What an excellent podcast. Conversational and clear and accessible and approachable and educational. Thank you!

Lauren.r.m ,

Gracias!

Thank you for this platform for these conversations, particularly on being black in Spain. Bendiciones!

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