By: Kedma Pognon-Brown  | 

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.- Audre Lorde, Poet

I’ve always believed that our strength and beauty lies in the things that make us unique and different.

The world in which we live is not a homogeneous one – even though there are some people that see it that way and would like to see it stay that way. The reality is that we come in many shades, shapes, sizes and orientations; we speak many different languages; we practice different faiths and we live all over the world. Our best experiences tend to be the ones where we are challenged and have to step outside our comfort zones to learn something new and gain a new perspective.

Welcome to the beta launch of Mélange Magazine. A place to get comfortable yet still be outside your comfort zone and can experience a mix of (culturally) inclusive and diverse content for and about women.

Mélange has been created with the intention of inspiring honest and respectful conversations about cultural and racial identity while celebrating all diversity, multiculturalism and ethnic communities. Our tagline “Get in the Mix” –reflects the real reality of the world in which we live because who we are matters. During a TedX Talk, Mellody Hobson talked about being color blind vs color brave. The concept of being “color-blind” meant that people would learn over time to pretend not to notice race. “In my view, that doesn’t mean there’s fairness,” Hobson said. “Color blindness is very dangerous because it means we’re ignoring the problem. We can’t be color blind, we have to be color brave.” That is why Mélange’s mission is to “Celebrate our Differences and Share our Similarities”. We don’t just want a seat at the table, we want to engaged with not just acknowledged; we want there to be an exchange of dialogue and not be pacified, we want to be empathized with not sympathized with and most of all- we want to be seen as a whole person – you can’t just take or accept the part of us that makes you feel better or politically correct.

So I think it’s time for us to be comfortable with the uncomfortable conversation about race: black, white, Asian, Hispanic, male, female, all of us, if we truly believe in equal rights and equal opportunity in America, I think we have to have real conversations about this issue. We cannot afford to be color blind. We have to be color brave. We have to be willing, as teachers and parents and entrepreneurs and scientists, we have to be willing to have proactive conversations about race with honesty and understanding and courage, not because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s the smart thing to do, because our businesses and our products and our science, our research, all of that will be better with greater diversity.- Mellody Hobson

So join us and mix things up – celebrate and share with us, explore the site, take our survey, leave your comments and give us your feedback. The conversation is just getting started and we want you to be a part of it.

Kedma Pognon Brown
Chief Cultural Officer & Publisher