Hi Meltingpot Readers,
First of all, how do you like the new look? You can be honest. I kind of like it. Feels more me than the sparse black look before. If I had just a shred of cyber creativity and know-how, I'd make the Meltingpot even more attractive but I'm stuck working with templates right now. I hope my powerful words and witty voice are enough to keep you all coming back. Oh, but I also just got a new flip camera, so if I can figure out how to work it, I'll be adding some Meltingpot TV moments here too in the near future. Can't wait!
In the meantime, I hope you are all planning to hug somebody of another race tomorrow, in honor of Loving Day, the day that commemorates the 1967 supreme court decision (Loving vs Virginia) banning anti-miscegenation laws which still existed in 16 states at the time. If you want to do more, try buying a tee shirt capturing the Loving Day spirit from my company, Whatrugear or host your own Loving Day gathering with a bunch of friends of different races and watch the World Cup together. I think just watching all of those people from different countries gathering in South Africa is a Loving Day experience we would have never imagined ten years ago.
Now I have to admit, I'm not going to any special Loving Day celebrations because I will be cheering on my son's little league team as they vie for the league championships. Who knew baseball would take over my life? But I have to admit, I'm enjoying it immensely. When my not-quite athletically inclined son hits the ball and actually makes it on base, it brings tears to my eyes and I'm the loudest cheerleader in the bleachers. Other parents have actually asked me if I was a cheerleader in high school or college. I wasn't, in case you were wondering.
Besides baseball, the other must-see event in the Kinky Gazpacho household this weekend is not World Cup soccer, it's The Karate Kid. Every since we saw the previews of little Jaden Smith in China, we've all been super excited for this movie to come out. My boys are excited about the Karate (which in China is actually Kung Fu, not Karate), I'm intrigued as to how they'll treat the culture clash of Chinese and Black American culture. And I admit, I'm thrilled to have my kids see an action-packed kid-friendly movie where the cute kid who gets to do all the cool moves is brown instead of a cute red head with freckles or a blond boy with striking blue eyes. Or a guinea pig! They need to see themselves on the big screen, just like the rest of us.
I'll post my review of the film next week. So, people. What are you going to do this weekend? Do you have World Cup fever? Does your spouse? Are you going to see the Karate Kid? Maybe you're going to Los Angeles to take part in the awesome Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival. It's the biggest West Coast Loving Day celebration and it's free.
Inspire us with your plans for the weekend.