Who Am I?
My name is Lori L Tharps and I am a journalist, an author and a mom. I am also a Black woman married to a Spanish man, raising three bilingual, biracial, bicultural children. My worldview has always be through a multicultural lens. As a writer, I have always tried to use my words to tell stories that will make people think differently about race and culture. I've written books about the politics and culture of Black hair in America (Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America), about Spain's hidden Black history (Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love & Spain) and about colorism in America's diverse communities (Same Family, Different Colors:Confronting Colorism in America's Diverse Families). I've written magazine articles about transracial adoption, literary festivals in the Caribbean and Japanese athletes who wear dreadlocks.
Twelve years ago, I started the blog, My American Meltingpot, so I could continue to tell the stories that most interested me, stories the mainstream media wasn't following or didn't care about. Stories that centered diversity. On November 23, 2018, I launched the My American Meltingpot podcast to continue on with that journey of telling stories and sharing ideas about the intersection of race and popular culture.
Tell Me More About the Podcast
Here's how the show works. On each biweekly episode, I start with a Meltingpot Minute where I give a short, quirky, monologue on a current event or pop culture phenomenon. Then we move into our featured discussion, where I will be in conversation with a special guest – think authors, academics, journalists and pop culture personalities – and we will talk about a trending topic or relevant issue. As it says in our tagline, we cover, "a multicultural mix of pop culture, parenting and identity politics." My goal is to make sure the conversations on the Meltingpot are always entertaining and educational, inspirational and insightful.
Maybe you just want to take a listen to our first couple of episodes for a taste of what the Meltingpot offers. A new episode will be released on every other Friday through March 1, 2019.
But What Makes It Special and Why Should I Give You My Money?
The My American Meltingpot podcast fills a void in the media marketplace, a void felt by people like me who live life zig zagging across racial and cultural boundaries, and want their media content to reflect that diversity. I know there is an audience hungry for conversations and stories that center the experiences of people of color, that challenge the simple black and white narrative of American history and culture, and that celebrate the beauty in cultural connections. The My American Meltingpot podcast does all of that and more. And not only do we create diverse content, but our guests always represent diverse backgrounds as well.
Okay, I Want to Help. But Where is My Money Going Exactly?
I decided if I was going to create a podcast, then I was going to do it well. There's no point in creating great content but having poor audio quality or substandard distribution methods. The costs associated with creating the first season include – fees for a professional editor/producer, music composer, and graphic designer; podcast hosting fees, transcription fees and marketing and promotional materials (including Kickstarter's fees). Those fees total just over $5000. The good news is, many of those fees are one-time only and won't be necessary for the second season.
So, here's the ask. Can you help me finance the first season – that's eight episodes in total – of the My American Meltingpot podcast? Your contribution will allow me to focus all of my attention on building a great podcast, finding stellar guests, spreading the word about the show and securing sponsors for season two. I promise, you won't see another Kickstarter campaign asking to finance any subsequent seasons of this podcast. Ever. Our small, scrappy team is so confident that the My American Meltingpot podcast will be a success, we believe it will be self-sustaining by Season 2. (Note: that's not magical thinking, we actually have a business plan to fund Season 2.)
So, What's In It For Me?
Let's be clear. If you donate just $1, I will be forever grateful. More importantly, I'll know that someone believes in the Meltingpot mission, and you'll know that you have given me that vote of confidence to carry on with my plans. And that is invaluable.
What I won't be able to do, however, is provide everyone with really cool thank-you gifts. That would be counterproductive. If I spend the small amount of money we raise through this campaign on donor gifts, then I have nothing left for the podcast. But I do know how to stretch a dollar and I have friends who know people, so there are some Meltingpot-inspired goodies I'll be giving away to show my deep appreciation for your generosity. But also know that what you're getting by donating to this campaign, is the knowledge that you helped breathe life into a podcast with the potential to change the world. (Or at least change the way we see the world. In vibrant colors, instead of just black and white).
Thank you in advance for helping the My Amerrican Meltingpot podcast survive and thrive!
Risks and challenges
The main risk for this project is that I won't receive the funding requested. If that is the case, I will have to pursue other funding possibilities. But the show will go on, no matter what.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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