On Monday I had the pleasure of appearing on one of my favorite NPR shows, Radio Times. Recorded in Philadelphia, but broadcast to the world, Radio Times is a great call-in show that covers topics of local, national and international interest. I was so impressed by the host’s deep, probing questions and obvious interest in … More Color Talk on Radio Times
Yesterday The New York Times posted their online review of Same Family, Different Colors. The reviewer, Stanford professor, Allyson Hobbs, called the book “urgent and and honest.” She then went on to give it an amazingly positive review. I am thrilled to say the least. I am especially thrilled because Ms. Hobbs is the author … More The New York Times Gives SFDC A Great Review!
Today is the official launch day of my new book, Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in America’s Diverse Families (Beacon)! *Yay* Technically, it’s been a lifetime in the making, since the book was conceived right about the time my first son was born and we instantly became a family of many colors. So far … More Same Family, Different Colors Debuts Today
Hi Everybody, Like every great writer who has too much to say, I’ve officially (re)launched a newsletter. Because I’m so good at coming up with catchy titles, I call my newsletter, “From the Desk of Lori L. Tharps.” Catchy right? Maybe not, but I do plan on sending these out semi-regularly and not only when … More Stop the Presses: My New Newsletter
Mark your calendars! Beacon Press will release Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in America’s Diverse Families on October 4, 2016. I. Am. So. Excited! Yes, this will be my fourth book, but it still feels like a miracle. Like giving birth, the emotions involved with giving life to a book that started as a … More Same Family, Different Colors Gets a Cover and a Pub Date!
My first novel turns five today. As a journalist turned novelist, this book has been the hardest for me to promote because I could never read it without seeing the flaws. But five years later, I picked it up, read it all the way through and actually enjoyed it. It’s a damn good read. Not … More Happy Birthday, “Substitute Me!”
There’s a new book just out called The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America by Tamara Winfrey Harris. As the title it implies, it is a book that explores the relentless demonization of Black women in America, from past to present. I was thrilled that the Washington Post asked … More My Byline Makes it to the Washington Post!
I’ve always defined myself as a writer and a mother. I don’t often write about being mother but almost everything I write about is somehow inspired by my children. So, it seems pretty appropriate that I am now penning a monthly column for the local Philadelphia NPR affiliate about parenting and family life. By no … More My New Gig as Parenting Blogger on Newsworks.org
In honor of Women’s History Month, I will be signing books at Ten Thousand Villages in Chestnut Hill on March 7, from 2 – 5 pm. Please come out and say hello, buy a book, enjoy the music and have some free M&Ms. Thanks!
Today is my birthday. I am over age 40. I own my home, have three healthy children and a job I absolutely love. In a nutshell, I don’t need any presents this year, but still there’s something I want more than anything in this world. And that is respect. I am still waiting for the … More Living in the Lower Case Just Got Personal: A Birthday Wish For Me and You
Years ago, over on my original MyAmericanMeltingpot blog, I wrote about how much it bothered me that when writing about Black people, “Black” was always changed to the lowercase. Working in the publishing industry, this has always been an issue between myself and the copy editors. I’d always turn in my stories with Black being … More Capital B Campaign and Another Op-Ed in The New York Times
I think it’s safe to say that it is every journalist’s dream to one day see their byline in The New York Times. Well that dream came true for me on April 30, 2014. The New York Times asked my Hair Story co-author, Ayana Byrd and I to pen an op-ed about the Army’s new … More My Byline in the New York Times
I am so excited to announce that I have just signed a contract with Beacon Press to publish my next book. It’s going to be a non-fiction book that examines the role of colorism in American families. I’ll be sharing some of my own experiences in the pages of the book, but it’s not going … More New Book Deal!
If you would have told me 15 years ago, that Black hair was going to take me this far, I never would have believed it. But with the re-release of my first book, Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America, I am having the chance to talk with people all over the … More Hair Story All Over the World
Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014. I’m not making any official resolutions but I’m excited about getting to work on my next book, which begins as soon as the New Year is officially done being celebrated and the kids are back in school. In case you were wondering, the next book is non-fiction and … More Happy Holidays!
I don’t let myself fantasize too much about the possibility of Kinky Gazpacho actually becoming a major motion picture, but it might actually happen. The wheels of progress keep turning – and no I have nothing to do with the process– so I shouldn’t be too pessimistic. But we all know Hollywood isn’t kind to … More Kinky Gazpacho: The Movie
It’s my favorite time of the year. Fall. Back to school. Back to classes. And for me, back to writing the book I’ve been trying to write for the last two years! I just finished the manuscript for the updated version of Hair Story and now I have to complete the proposal for my new … More Fall into the Book
It’s 2017. Usually the new year makes me feel excited about new beginnings, but alas, given our current political climate, I have to say the dawn of this new day has me shaking in fear. Still, I will continue to write and create and share my thoughts because that is what writers do. As a … More A New Year Brings New Responsibilities
It feels like just yesterday that I conceived the idea for this book and now Same Family, Different Colors is about to be born. Sorry for all of the childbirth metaphors, but seriously that’s how it feels. My baby is about to come into the world. And. I’m. Not. Ready. October 4, is less than … More It’s the Final Countdown…SFDC Debuts in Less Than 3 Weeks!