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Be Authentic: #SoulfulSundays

Melanated Gem, do you know that you were created for a purpose? Everyone says that, but let’s get a bit deeper. Do you know that the very curl of my hair, width of my nose, volume in my voice, quirk in my personality was created to reach the very people I was supposed to reach. I see so many Melanated Gems complain about features that were downplayed by the very people who created false beauty standards, but literally, you are beautiful. Beauty is best worn in confidence. You literally look at yourself, and tell yourself that you are the best version of yourself because it is uniquely you. Not because it’s in comparison to anyone else, but because it has a very reason why it is that way. I love myself so much that I can’t wait to have a daughter to look and act just like me, however, she’ll have her own purpose too. I see a lot of internalized oppression that reveals itself in colorism, mistreating darker women because the Black woman’s body is the most policed and disrespected, etc., that’s the reality. People associate dark with manly and aggressive, so they are comfortable mocking and tearing down darker women. The same with Black men, they are seen as strong and tough, so people feel it’s ok to treat them all the same, according to society, they are not allowed to have emotions. We as Black people are seen as beings without feelings, and after 401 years sure we’ve become desensitized, right? Not at all, we are still gifted, crafty, intellectuals who shape the world, and we need no validation. I’m here to tell you to take your power back and literally find the strength to see yourself for all the good you are. You validate yourself. Even if someone comes back around and says the opposite, they are telling you more about themselves than you. Be yourself, why? Because the people you are supposed to reach are depending on you. You are depending on you. Imagine living a whole life and never appreciating who you are because of a mere human who got here the same way you did. A human who is going to their own home, their own purpose, their own self hate – that has nothing to do with you. Once you embrace the very part of you that is harmless and authentically you, then you will discover that it is all part of the purpose of uniquely being you. The laugh, the walk, the harmless thoughts, are your gift to the world. There are loud leaders, and there are silent leaders, Obama led with calm, Malcolm led with boisterousness, but they reached who they were supposed to reach, and so will you! Check out this video I did a couple of years ago on this very subject, enjoy!

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New Item Preview!!!

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The Brand New Beautiful Headband© design!

That’s right people, I got some new lettered beads that brings this design to a whole new level, it is absolutely gorgeous! This brand new design will be available in a range of colors, including multicolor, and will be available on August 4th, so be on the lookout! These beads are made of bronze metal and I am so excited to be incorporating bronze metal beads into ALL my designs now. Thank you all for your support so I am able to continue making and perfecting the products you love. 

It Doesn’t Stop There..

The Melanecklace™, the Melananklet™, and the Melanated Drip Earrings™ are all here! Shop now for these items, I guarantee you will loveeeeee!

Reserve Your Spot now, only 15 spots per class! This allows for more targeted Q&A!
Check out the updated course descriptions and sign up for a liberating experience!
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Toodles!

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Check Out DiasporAfri’s RBG Freedom Collection!

Hey Y’all! I am so excited to share with you all the Melanated Gem RBG Freedom Collection™️. Many of you know that the Pan-African colors of freedom are Red, Black, and Green. Many of you may know that Marcus Garvey is my hero, I have learned a lot from him, and I model some of my thoughts after him. He was the person I latched on to in graduate school when I was studying for my Master of Arts in Africana Studies, and I took a class on Pan-Africanism. Well, Marcus Garvey is the father of Pan-Africanism. Besides that, I have been studying my authentic audience, it was my goal to build an authentic audience using my authentic voice, and I found that the majority of my social media followers and supporters follow Pan-Africanism, and the majority of my supporters that actively support DiasporAfri are also Black Males, at least 90%! I also have lovely, strong, ladies that support DiasporAfri, LLC, and honestly, I love you all. I decided to dedicate this collection to my dedicated supporters, I thank all of you for your support over the years. This set represents freedom and unity, this set represents the Global Black Diaspora, and those dedicated to liberating us. We are Afrikans not because we were born in Africa, but Africa was born in us. Pan-Africans identify as African because we do not take on the title that was given to us brutally, we reclaim our original title. In the words of Marcus Garvey, “Africa for the Africans!”

  1. The Afrikan Man™️ Bracelet is for the melanated kings that continuously have shown love, supported, purchased, shared, and encouraged DiasporAfri, LLC. The word “King” is featured with Bronze Metal letters. The ends are tied twice and sewn several times for extra security.
  2. The Melanated Gem RBG Freedom Set™️ is for the ladies, it features the same items as the Melanated Bundle™️, with the Pan-African RBG colors. A handmade headband that is sewn and glued for extra security, and features the word “Afrikan” in gold acrylic letters. The bracelet features the RBG colors, and a pop of gold glass beads to make you sparkled like a gem, featuring the word “Gem” with Bronze Metal Letters (if you want the word “Afrikan”, the letters will be gold acrylic). The waist beads feature RBG colored stones and the words “Afrikan Gem” with Bronze Metal Letters. This is offered in a set only.
  3. The RBG Queen & King: Freedom set™️ is for the lovely Melanated couples! DiasporAfri is all about Black love and building strong Black families. This set comes with similar style bracelets; one catering to men, the other catering to ladies, with the words “Queen” and “King” respectively, with Bronze Metal letters.

Thank you all for your support! Be sure to check out the entire Melanated Gem™️collection by clicking here, see you soon!

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Be Authentic: #SoulfulSundays

Melanated Gem, do you know that you were created for a purpose? Everyone says that, but let’s get a bit deeper. Do you know that the very curl of my hair, width of my nose, volume in my voice, quirk in my personality was created to reach the very people I was supposed to reach. I see so many Melanated Gems complain about features that were downplayed by the very people who created false beauty standards, but literally, you are beautiful. Beauty is best worn in confidence. You literally look at yourself, and tell yourself that you are the best version of yourself because it is uniquely you. Not because it’s in comparison to anyone else, but because it has a very reason why it is that way. I love myself so much that I can’t wait to have a daughter to look and act just like me, however, she’ll have her own purpose too. I see a lot of internalized oppression that reveals itself in colorism, mistreating darker women because the Black woman’s body is the most policed and disrespected, etc., that’s the reality. People associate dark with manly and aggressive, so they are comfortable mocking and tearing down darker women. The same with Black men, they are seen as strong and tough, so people feel it’s ok to treat them all the same, according to society, they are not allowed to have emotions. We as Black people are seen as beings without feelings, and after 401 years sure we’ve become desensitized, right? Not at all, we are still gifted, crafty, intellectuals who shape the world, and we need no validation. I’m here to tell you to take your power back and literally find the strength to see yourself for all the good you are. You validate yourself. Even if someone comes back around and says the opposite, they are telling you more about themselves than you. Be yourself, why? Because the people you are supposed to reach are depending on you. You are depending on you. Imagine living a whole life and never appreciating who you are because of a mere human who got here the same way you did. A human who is going to their own home, their own purpose, their own self hate – that has nothing to do with you. Once you embrace the very part of you that is harmless and authentically you, then you will discover that it is all part of the purpose of uniquely being you. The laugh, the walk, the harmless thoughts, are your gift to the world. There are loud leaders, and there are silent leaders, Obama led with calm, Malcolm led with boisterousness, but they reached who they were supposed to reach, and so will you! Check out this video I did a couple of years ago on this very subject, enjoy!