On IG (or Instagram), one of my favorite pages, @newafricaculture, said that January was Black History Preparation Month. Of course there are other things to be aware of this month but this is what’s important to me at the moment. I decided to let you all know how wonderful your Melanin is.
Don’t worry about those Black History Month LeBrons that are coming out (I hope Nike is giving back to the Black community with that money). Just sit back and learn a few things so you canharness self-love. Those material things are not going anywhere; trust me.
So this Melanin though. What is it? Where does it come from? What does it do? Don't search for it on the internet because I don't want you to be satisfied with the vague definition "skin and hair pigment" (I'll reference some material later on). MAD Writer Productions from Sankofa.ch states that Melanin is "the most primitive and universal pigment in living organisms" and it "controls all mental and physical body activities." Pretty powerful stuff, huh?
“It is the vital chemical that makes life itself.” ~ Llaila Afrika
So where does it come from? That “third eye” of yours, better known as the pineal gland, releases Melanin. Simple.
If you know how to pay attention for a few minutes, watch this video for a quick rundown:
Now you may be asking, “If Melanin is so great and powerful, why are there so many Melanin-rich people in poverty?” Well I am glad you asked. Melanin absorbs everything. EVERYTHING. That means the good, the bad, and the ugly. The negative effects of drugs, alcohol, harsh chemicals, radiation, etc., are stronger in highly Melinated people.
“The stronger your melanin, the more you will hold emotions and chemical toxins. When it’s time to let go other races with less melanin can release these things more easily, but our melanin holds on to all that."~ Queen Afua, Sacred Woman
Know that I am not sharing this information with you to belittle anyone. Everyone has Melanin in them and everyone can learn & benefit from this knowledge. I know that some people will try to say that this is bogus or that this is all lies and buffoonery. But before you jump to conclusions and develop opinions off 15 minutes of research, remember: You can believe whatever you want to believe.
No matter how many theories come out (which are just “scientific opinions”), no matter how many books are published, no matter what anyone says; you can believe whatever you want to believe.
There is so much knowledge about Melanin and its role in the universe. I can’t tell you everything because that wouldn’t be possible (plus I’m still learning just like you!). You should always do your own research on any subject anyway.
As promised, here are some things to get you started on your journey: