Cultural Diversity & The Emmy Awards – With Thanks to Publisher Lee & Low Books

Culrtural Diversity & TV 2Hi everyone,

Join me in a little experiment and let’s be ready for the Emmy Awards ceremony by looking at their track records when it comes to cultural diversity – Keeping in mind the TV Shows categories (Comedy, Drama, Soap Opera), you’re invited to cast your vote by answering the following questions:

1- Which show would you nominate for its culturally diverse ensemble cast?

2- Who would you nominate as best lead actor? And best lead actress?

3- Who would you nominate as best supporting actress? Best supporting actor?

4- What TV Show, spotlighting a bit of cultural diversity through its cast or story, would you nominate for best writing?

5- Last but not least, what type of TV Shows or story lines/ plot lines would you like to see more on TV?

A big thank you for publisher Jason Low of LEE & LOW BOOKS for inspiring this post and starting yet another thought-provoking and sobering conversation. Please, make sure to read (and comment on) Where’s The Diversity? A Look At The Emmy Awards & TV, at the open book.

Lessons Learned

I heard that night is the darkest before dawn.

Dear friends and fellow book lovers,
this is a bittersweet post. Bitter because of the way I stopped maintaining this website, without an explanation, while fading gradually away from the literary arena. Sweet because the passion that first drove me to start this blog is still there, despite the ongoing pain. Books don’t tell you how long it takes to grieve, or how deep the tears cut into your skin.

So what happened?
Life. Nothing more, with its load of treasures and trials. Even though we know that day will come, I’m not sure we’re ever prepared to witness our parents decline and leave, with the toll that sometimes follows; not sure we’re ever taught the words that will soothe them when the night approaches, the medical techniques that will steal some time for the present, make room for one more smile, one more joke, and one more hug. That was 2011 and 2012.

The blog etiquette.
Yes, there is a guide of good manners of blogging. Interestingly, none of those I read addressed what I need to add here, though I’m sure many of you would agree with me: Courtesy toward the readers and writers and the publishing team behind, requires that you let them know publicly of an upcoming hiatus, not just privately.

Thank you:
To the people who kept in touch, emailed to check in, to the strangers who even offered to help with Multiculturalism Rocks! for free – accepting was a bit more complicated than a simple “Yes,” without prior planning. Sincere and yet surprised thanks to the readers beyond borders who’ve kept visiting this blog pretty much every day.

The present
I’m blogging again, here and there. The posts will be up in their own time, I won’t give a schedule that I’m not yet sure to strictly maintain. I am resuming activities one step at the time, and one day at the time. I’m revising and writing new materials. My agent, Mira Reisberg, PhD, of Hummingbird Literary, is submitting an exciting picture book manuscript based on a true story, highlighting an aspect of life in an African village, seen through the eyes of an American girl.

I hope that you’ve all been well.
If you’re a writer or illustrator, I look forward to enjoying your work in the upcoming weeks. Please, be free to share about it in your comment and to leave a link to your website. It would be my pleasure to stop by and say, “Hi!”
If you’re a reader, I look forward to many conversations about books, cultural diversity and just life in general.

Wishing you a wonderful week, thank you for reading,

PS: My devotional website is bilingual, at least for the time being (note: it will always be multilingual). In the past, Multiculturalism Rocks! had posted a few bilingual posts (French/English) and even trilingual (French/Spanish/English), to honor the requests of some of our foreign readers and just because, well, it was fun and it’s the world we live in! 😉 Your input regarding that topic is much appreciated. Thank you.