Hello All! I always find it interesting in this society that people pigeon hold themselves to that one title, “I’m a model therefore I am____________” fill in the blank. The truth is, you make the title, the title doesn’t make you. We’ve all heard that, right? Well, I want to go a little further and tell you that everything you were created to be is already inside of you, no title needed. You see, especially when it comes to Africana people, the world has done it’s best to withhold certain titles, positions, and opportunities from us. We are plagued with useless statistics on what is “not” happening with us, or what a percentage of us “will or will not” experience according to someone’s useless statistics. These people know the power of words and the power of ruling by fear, if they can get you to believe that you can’t, then actively hide the resources, then they feel they’ve won their battle. That is not the case love, if it was designed to be in you, then it is active at all times.
When we look at the trajectory of or lives, we see who we were always meant to be. I believe in the power of prayer because once I ask God to actively show me something, it happens. No matter the situation, the pattern of you is always clear. Have you always stood up for people, have you always taken things apart, have you always gazed at the stars at night and wondered how it all happens, have you become extra angry when you see a disabled person get bullied, have you taken apart your cell phone in an effort to put it back together? What has always been you? then actively seek out the resources to make that happen. I truly believe that once we start a journey, doors start to open up; then we either create our own paths or are lead on the path to make our dreams a reality. The only thing between us, and beginning, is the action.
It may sound hard for people who actively have situations that seem unbearable, but I can guarantee, from experience that even in an unbearable situation there is always a way, even if it seems unnoticeable, we have to open our eyes to see. Especially as Africana people, we literally have had everything taken from us, and even today, no matter the status, have opportunities withheld from us, and we still manage to create something out of nothing. That’s not just Black Girl Magic, that’s Black People Magic. We manage to influence culture all over the world, and supposedly the people with the least. I’ll tell you what, even if we have the least resources, we have the most life.
So, Melanated Gem, we can’t look at the title the world gives us only, we have to title ourselves. Start telling people who we are, with confidence. Even if it’s a doctor you wish to be, begin to tell people you are a healer on the path to becoming a doctor, a writer on the path to becoming an author, a musician on the path to becoming a producer. These are the things we must begin to tell ourselves – with confidence, to create the paths, to transform the world. Once the words are out there, the actions will follow. I call you Melanated Gems because you are my gems, your presence feeds me. When I was teaching I called my students my babies, my kids, I loved them so much, and I was able to transform their minds by transforming those words. There’ nothing in the world anybody can tell me about a Black child, and their capabilities, I will prove them wrong everytime, why? Because I am a Black child, whatever you say about them, you are saying about me, you get?
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