Growing up as a dark-skinned child, a day never passed by when I wasn’t picked on for my skin tone. I was always the darkest of my cousins and neighbors and as I got older, darker than all of my classmates.
Going to an all-White high school, I got used to it. I learned to embrace my skin tone and love what it means to be Black.
Each of us has a special essence that is floating around, an essence that travels dimensions and galaxies and can only be worn by the soul of the “original people.”
Millions have been murdered for the sake of it. That essence is melanin, and it’s written in our DNA.
It is the dark brown-to-black pigment occurring in the hair, skin, and iris of the eye in people and animals. It is responsible for tanning of skin exposed to sunlight. It is our connection to the cosmos and the universe, as science has proved the same genetic material that makes up our melanin is the same matter floating around in space. Your melanin is magic and it’s time we truly embrace it.
Racism and colorism exists worldwide in every form. What many people don’t know is that there are more brown, black, “red” and “yellow”- skinned (melanated) people on this planet than others. It’s mindboggling that there are medical items such as sleeping aids made from extracted melanin.
History has revealed that melanated people are genetically the most dominant on the planet, which is why those who carry more melanin don’t require creams and sunscreens to operate in extremely hot temperatures. That must explain why in most ancient civilization they would exterminate the “aboriginals” – melanated citizens – while continuing to populate the globe with other non-melanated people.
We must teach
Schools aren’t teaching our children to embrace their skin, so it’s up to us. We have to end the “light-skin vs dark-skin” debates. While they may be entertaining, those sentiments end up sticking with us as adults. Black is beautiful, no matter what shade.
Last weekend, in celebration of Disney’s “Lion King” remake, Beyoncé and her 7-year-old daughter Blue Ivy released a new single entitled “Brown Skin Girl” celebrating the beauty, the power and the strength of melanated queens everywhere. “Your skin is not only dark; it shines and it tells your story.”
In a time when congresswoman are being told to go back to their country and White people are outraged about “The Little Mermaid,” Beyoncé proves yet again that she keeps her pulse at the edge of all things Black culture. Meanwhile, troubled singer Chris Brown released a song in which he proclaims he only dates “Black girls with the good hair.”
It shows the clear struggle we still have in this day in age with colorism. When our very own celebrated entertainers are going back and forth, what does that say about us as a people?
On August 10-11, a new community experience will be bringing the magic of melanin to Daytona Beach. “The Melanin Too Rich” Festival is a two-day cultural event where entrepreneurial, educational and economic empowerment opportunities are provided to people of color, while celebrating the diversity in African American culture.
The event will feature cultural-themed activities for adults and children featuring speakers, vendors, musical performances, and workshops. There will be a dodgeball tournament followed by a “Back To School” Bash, including a free kids’ zone featuring a bounce house, face painting, arts and crafts, book giveaways, and other activities, including health and wellness screenings done by the Florida Department of Health.
Viola Vantise, the festival’s director and founder of “Melanin Too Rich,” a melanated lifestyle brand, says this event is truly an experience to empower, educate and entertain our community.
The festivities will be held at DME Sports Academy, located at 2241 Bellevue Ave., Daytona Beach. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
With events and programs such as the “Melanin Too Rich,” Juneteenth, the annual Malcolm X Day Community Bash, the tide is shifting. It’s time now to love your nappy curls and your beautiful curves.
“The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice” is not just a phrase, it’s a lifestyle. Black is beautiful, Black is love, Black is life. Asé !
Rell Black is an award-winning activist, blogger and the founder of Community Healing Project Inc.