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Hello All! I wrote a new verse for my Twitter audience and they really loved it. I took a few days to rest and all of a sudden my creative mind came back around to me. Creativity is where my mind flourishes. I feel like if I could have made a song a day, that would be what drives me each day. It fuels an energy in me that is unmatched. Literally creating lyrics and perfecting it – the sound of it, the intonations, the facial expressions, music is an art in every form. So I wrote this, and I pretty much kept it how it is from the time I wrote it which was about 2am last Friday, after I had finished creating waist beads, a headband, and bracelet as part of the Melanated Bundle through my Melanated Gem handmade jewelry series (be sure to custom order yours today). So I was literally creative all day, and that led to my mind being free and creating. That being said, I will still blog, but I will be creative in my writing. I believe in structure, but what last Thursday did for me, brought back a new energy, I love music and creative writing! Today is #MusicMonday, so we focus on the music, but, tomorrow is #TeachMeTuesday, so we focus on IGBO’s of course, stay tuned! Check out my latest rap below!

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Keep it in the Family #SoulfulSundays

Today I had a meeting about what we should do with the land in the family and I was so happy that as descendants of enslaved Africans who were given 100 acres of land and a mule, that we chose to keep the 30 acres that’s left. It’s interesting that the area where the land is in the same area where so many Igbo enslaved Africans were brought to, that is the area that I visited a few years ago to look at the Igbo village that has been reenacted at one of the museums. I would love if we could give legacy to both the Igboness and legacy of our great grandparents. I have my ideas but I’ll keep them now to myself.

Anyway, I feel that as a people as we are growing and moving forward with our liberation, that we should remember never to sell our legacies. So many of us have had legacies whether products or businesses that were bought out by corporations all in the name of the dollar. We have to look at legacy only, everything isn’t a business deal, we need things to pass down to our children and our children’s children. I hear so many people say that a person sold their company because they got a big check and it was worth it. I will always say that it is not worth it. In 100 years they can change the narrative and we will never know that it was a black person who started that very thing, but when we keep our legacies and keep our dollars within our communities then they will always know that we have, that we do, and that we will continue building legacies with our ideas and our gifts.

I know that us keeping the land will be blessed by our Igbo ancestors and they will guide us on what to do. Cheers!

The picture feature is actually a picture of me with my mom, aunts, and cousins in Virginia.

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Let’s Communicate! #ForwardFridays

black men with balloons and smartphone

Melanated Gems, do you know communication is key? We as a diaspora are moving into liberation, we can feel it as things intensify, there’s always a little storm before change happens, and we recognize that; but now it’s up to us to communicate. Communication isn’t always what we want to hear, but what we need to hear. If we are expressing our concerns as a community to move forward, we shouldn’t be attacked, or attacking each other. We have become so used to divide and conquer against us as a people, that we continue divide and conquer. Feedback is not always an attack, listening carefully to words used when the person is speaking, did they attack you or did they specifically state their experience. Through dialogue comes understanding.

In the case of history, we as Africans know that colonizers did their best to confuse us and detach us from our history. The point was for us to not know. The point was to rewrite it in a way that favors them, so those of us who may have contradictory knowledge to white’s, should not be dismissed. I have countless examples of lived experiences and passed down actual knowledge, also knowledge that I sought to find by researching and researching, it may not be “first in the google search” but it’s there. I put that in quotes because it’s not just google, it’s books, human accounts, and comparing and contrasting through connecting the dots. I don’t just come up with stuff by reading something once, I evaluate it against other information and draw conclusions based on strong analysis. When I state what I’ve found, someone will send a screenshot of their first google search. The point is, we have to start believing each other and engaging at least in conversation that doesn’t tear down before finding out what the person is trying to say. Divide and conquer knew that the misinformation would cause us even to argue about that, that was the point.

Our narratives are more important than the misinterpretations that were passed down to us. We also have to be real about what we inherently see now that is trendy amongst us, besides all the arguing, what is inherently African culture that is displayed around the world through the continent and all the descendants. There is nothing new under the sun, we have to begin to look to us currently, and historically to debunk myths about us. I always say, westerners will tell us that our African stories are myths, but their misinterpretation of our stories are truth. We have to take back our narratives. That starts with engaging with and believing each other, or at least engaging for understanding. We can walk away with our inherent beliefs, but let’s remain in peace before, during, and after the engagement, do you get? I’ll dive more deep into this topic in upcoming posts.

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