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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, 30 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.

    A Message for Today: How We Fight White Supremacy

    A Message for Today: How We Fight White Supremacy

    I know it's not Friday, but I wanted to launch this special Rewind episode of the podcast  – with a new intro – as soon as possible. This moment that we're in right now as a nation, demands it. 
    Back in April 2019, journalists Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin joined me on the show to talk about their new book, How We Fight White Supremacy. While I knew at the time how powerful the episode was, today I am convinced that this episode was made for this moment. Not only do Akiba and Kenrya break down exactly what white supremacy is and what it looks like in our daily lives, we also talk about the many ways we all can participate in the fight to dismantle this pernicious and multi-layered system of oppression.
    The episode is extremely informative and enlightening, but more importantly, it is encouraging. Yes, there are tears on this episode, but I promise there is laughter too.  My hope is that all who listen will understand why we have to fight white supremacy and how to get started. Nobody is promising a simple or easy battle, but it is possible once you understand that white supremacy is a lie and a distraction that harms us all. 
    Even if you listened to this show when it first aired in 2019, I beg you to listen again with fresh ears. Considering what is happening in America right now, I guarantee this conversation will resonate deeply. 
    For More Information 
    Please buy a copy of How We Fight White Supremacy for yourself and a friend. On Amazon, or an indie bookseller. 
    To keep up with journalist Akiba Solomon, follow her on Twitter at @akibasolomon. Update: At the end of 2019, Akiba left Colorlines to become Senior Editor at The Marshall Project. 
    To keep up with journalist Kenrya Rankin, visit her website, Kenrya.com. Update: At the end of 2019, Kenrya became Editorial Director of Colorlines. 
    For more resources on how to fight white supremacy and racism, please visit the Resources page on My American Meltingpot.
    If you want to join the My American Meltingpot book club, we're doing a diverse reading challenge for 2020. 
    Remember that one of the easiest things you can do in this fight is to bring someone else along who needs to get to work but doesn't know where or how to start. Please share this episode with someone who needs to hear it.
    Peace! 

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Dear White People, You Have to Fix Your Racism Problem

    Dear White People, You Have to Fix Your Racism Problem

    On Episode 39 of the My American Meltingpot podcast, I explain my agenda for white America in light of recent events in New York City and Minneapolis. Essentially, it's time for white people to fix America's race problem. 
     Here's a taste of what you'll hear on this incredibly important Meltingpot Minute. 
    Black Lives Matter
    "Black people have been marching, protesting and reminding the public that Black Lives Matter for centuries, but it hasn’t really moved the needle in ending racism. We’ve changed laws, yes, but we haven’t dismantled racism. We haven’t been able to convince white and white adjacent people that Black lives are as inherently worthy as their own. 
    Racism is Like an Addiction But We All Feel the Pain
    Racism is an illness that white people suffer from. All white people. Even the white people who don’t feel like they caught the racism. Trust me, they have it. But let’s just say, you’re one of the white people who might consider themselves super woke and not racist. I’m proud of you and happy for you. But you still have to do the work that Black people cannot do. You must be the doctors that help your fellow racist white brothers and sisters out.
    Racism is like an addiction. And like anyone who suffers from an addiction, you can’t solve the problem for the addict. They have to do the work themself. First they have to admit that they have a problem and then they have to be willing to do the work to rid themselves of the problem.

    Black people could have the definitive 12-step Racists Anonymous guidebook or even the racism equivalent of methadone and it wouldn’t help if white people won’t accept the fact that they are in fact sick. 

    #FixYourselves
    White people, this is your problem to solve. And here’s the thing. You’re not solving the racism problem to make Black people feel good. You’re curing yourself from an insidious affliction that hurts you just as much as it hurts people of color. Just like a drug addict may feel good when he inhales, or shoots up, we all know he’s killing himself. The same is true for racism. And just like second hand smoke, your addiction hurts all of us too.
    So, white people get to work. Fix yourselves. Fix your families. Fix your kids. Make this your number one issue. Talk about it at book club. Pray on it at church. Have conferences. Go on retreats and meditate on it. I believe in you. I know you can do it. I mean, if you can put a man on the moon, you can definitely rid yourselves of racism. People of color want you to do this for yourselves. We know you’ll feel so much better when you’ve rid yourself of racism. And we will certainly feel better too."
    Resources for Further Study
    Teaching Tolerance - An educational organization that provides social justice resources for parents and educators. 
    Embrace Race - A parent-led organization that creates tools and resources for parents and educators to raise children who can confidently navigate issues of race and identity and be stewards of social justice. 
    An Anti Racist Reading List compiled by author Ibram X. Kendi for the New York Times. 
    Podcasts for Learning about Racial Justice
    My American Meltingpot Resources 
     

    • 10 min
    Author Erin Entrada Kelly talks Diversity and Dreaming of Space

    Author Erin Entrada Kelly talks Diversity and Dreaming of Space

    On episode 38 of the My American Meltingpot podcast, I am excited to have award-winning author, Erin Entrada Kelly join me to talk about her brand new book, We Dream of Space, her impressive career writing middle grade novels, and why she's so committed to including (truly) diverse characters in all of her work. Since Erin is also a Filipina-American, and it’s the middle of May, we also take time to chat about being Asian American in the age of Covid-19, and how celebrating Asian-American Heritage Month can help combat some of the discrimination we're seeing against this community. 
    Erin Entrada Kelly is a New York Times bestseller whose book, Hello, Universe won the Newbery Medal in 2018. Her 2017 fantasy novel, Lalani of the Distant Sea received six starred reviews and was named one of the best books of the year by the New York Public Library, The Horn Book, Booklist, BookPage, and others. Erin is the author of six books in total, all of which are Junior Library Guild Selections. Her latest book, We Dream of Space, is her first work of historical fiction. It’s set in January 1986, in the weeks leading to the Challenger disaster.
    We Dream of Space Giveaway!
    If you’d like to win a free copy of Erin Entrada Kelly's newest book, We Dream of Space, simply follow My American Meltingpot on Instagram and leave a comment on our post for this episode with the hashtag #WeDreamofSpace. Everyone who follows MyAmericanMeltingpot and leaves a message with the #WeDreamofSpace hashtag by Monday May 25 2020, 8pmEST, will be entered to win. The winner will be announced on Instagram on Tuesday and the book will be sent directly from the publisher. Note: Only people living in the United States are eligible to enter because of limitation on shipping due to #TheRona.  
    For complete show notes, please visit, My American Meltingpot.com.
     
     

    • 1 hr
    A Meltingpot Book Review: Girl, Woman, Other

    A Meltingpot Book Review: Girl, Woman, Other

    Episode 37 of the podcast is a quick Meltingpot Minute. Yes, it's a short episode, but it's long enough for me to share my honest review of the 2019 Booker Prize winning novel, Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo. The book is a delightful invitation into the lives of a diverse group of Black British women.
    Spoiler Alert: I loved it.
    Girl, Woman, Other is the perfect pandemic read. Why? Because the book is actually more like a collection of connected short stories than a novel, so even when my brain was fried, which it has been a lot thanks to our lockdown lifestyle, I could easily read a chapter of the book, and feel like I’d just read a great short story. Then the next time I picked the book up, whether it was one, or two, or three days later, I didn’t have to remember what I’d read the day before, because I’d be introduced to a brand-new character with a brand-new story to dive into. 
    Listen to the episode to hear all of my thoughts about Girl, Woman, Other, and who I think will also enjoy this massive, but also massively readable, tome. And then please let me know if you too liked the book. Also, let me know if there are other books by Bernadine Evaristo that you think I should read next. 
    For complete show notes, please visit My American Meltingpot.com. 
    Episode 37 of the podcast was sponsored by the My American Meltingpot store. 

    • 8 min
    How to Raise a Bilingual child

    How to Raise a Bilingual child

    On episode 36 of the My American Meltingpot podcast, we’re talking all about what it takes to raise our children to be bilingual. What’s the best approach to take? When is the right time to start? Do parents have to be bilingual in order to raise children who speak more than one language? What are the challenges and benefits involved? To help answer these questions and more, Manuel Malia joins me on the show. 
    Manuel is a Spanish Lecturer at Princeton University and has over 20 years of experience teaching in colleges, high schools and elementary schools. A native of Spain, he is also pursuing his doctorate in Spanish linguistics with a focus on second-language acquisition at Temple University. The father of three bilingual children, Manuel is also my husband. In addition to Manuel, I've asked three different moms to share their unique experiences raising their children with more than one language. So, during the show, you'll also get to hear how different people approach this bilingual journey, in French, Chinese and Spanish. 
    This is a really inspirational and informative episode and I hope people listen and get encouraged to bring a second language into their home.
    Episode 36 of the podcast is sponsored by Booklandiabox.com.  Booklandia is a monthly subscription service that delivers Spanish and bilingual children’s books to your door. Find them on social media @Booklandiabox and online at Booklandiabox.com. Be sure to listen to the episode to hear how you can get a special discount when you order from Booklandia.
    For full episode show notes, visit My American Meltingpot.com. And please remember to leave a rating or review on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. 
     

    • 54 min
    #BooksAreEssential in a Global Pandemic

    #BooksAreEssential in a Global Pandemic

    Episode 35 is a quick Meltingpot Minute dedicated to spreading the word about the new #BooksareEssential campaign. 
    Publisher’s Weekly, the publishing industry trade magazine, launched the #BooksareEssential campaign to raise awareness of the need for books in society in general, but even more so during the Covid-19 pandemic. It seems pretty obvious that people need distractions when locked inside their homes 24/7, and books provide myriad ways of escape. But also, for all the parents who are suddenly thrust into the role of homeschooling teacher, books are the new essential tools of the trade. And let’s not forget that books can also provide us with coping strategies for living in small spaces, dealing with unruly children, recipes for baking bread, and many of the other things we’re all dealing with for the first time during the pandemic.
    Tune in to hear how you can help participate in this campaign and help save the book industry - from authors to booksellers – from collapsing. 
    For full show notes, visit the My American Meltingpot blog. 
    To purchase books online, consider buying from Barnes & Noble, Powell’s Books or Bookshop.org.
    Be Well!

    • 10 min

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