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We Didn’t Ask for This… #ForwardFridays

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Melanated Gem, I need to tell you something. Africans did not sell each other into “slavery”. I know you’re thinking,
“yes they did!”, but let me explain. As African people, we had a system based on common respect for our neighbors and UBUNTU. We traded, we did business, and yes, we went to war at times. As a result of these wars, and as punishment for crimes, captives would be “enslaved” for 7 years, with dignity; and after that 7 years be released to their families, in dignity. I originally put slavery in quotations because we have to remember the English language doesn’t always capture original meanings. We think of slavery and think of mistreatment, beating, stolen goods and resources. African “slavery” at the time we were enslaved did not reflect all of what we know today. Remember, colonizers interpretations of African systems have always been lies, and changed to fit the narrative of the colonizer. What happened when europeans tricked and stole from Africans (what some call colonialism), is they learned the systems already in place and used that to eventually deceive Africans. For example, the Portuguese and Spanish tried to conquer “Nigerians” with violence, “Nigerians” fought back. The British learned from the Spanish and Portuguese and understood that if they approached with violence, they would be met with violence. The British decided to have a “friendly” approach, and learned the ways of life of the people and resources they “needed”. By the time trust was built, the British made their moves on “Nigerian” leaders, to convince them into selling people as goods. What “Nigerian” leaders didn’t know is that it would result in this… hundreds of years later. Do you honestly think that Africans sent other Africans to America to face this? I beg to differ if you do. I don’t believe at all that if they knew what we’d still be facing in 2021, that selling us to thieves would have happened.

The amount of time we’ve spent apart from each other has us fighting each other in the name of colonizers. We still, to this day, allow white inferiority (what some call supremacy), to trick us into “selling’ each other, for a check. The amount of Africana leaders who have been infiltrated (Ex. Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Kwame Nkrumah, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), and I believe all of the great Africana leaders, shows just how much white inferiority will go to divide us. We have developed an “anything for a check” mentality, and that is the same trick that has always been used people. I don’t understand why people don’t get this. They will always find the Black person that is acceptable to them, to infiltrate a black person who is trying to liberate us. Every attempt we’ve had to free ourselves from this system has been met with violence, but they always try their “friendly” approach first. They also send someone who looks like us to be our “spokesperson”, and that person is really just an agent of white inferiority.

Why am I saying all this? Because we have to notice patterns to overcome them. History is important to now, because we learn from the past. Just because a corporation posted a Black Lives Matter statement, and started handing out all these loans and grants to black people, means nothing, nothing. That is not an attempt to rectify wrongs, it is an attempt to hush Black people, control Black people, deceive Black people, and make Black people maintain a loyalty to them. THAT is why many Black people who have been hired and promoted after the recent Black Lives Matter movement are still complaining that they are underpaid and mistreated. I am not easily deceived, although it’s tempting to apply for grants, and I sure have (from Black owned businesses), we have to remain dedicated to ridding ourselves of anything that doesn’t fully address 401 years.

I have said too much, but I originally wanted to dismantle this idea that African leaders really wanted us to suffer this way 401 years later. I agree that maybe we shouldn’t have been sold to strangers, but I will also say that they were deceived, so they couldn’t have known. I’m sure the ancestors and their intuition warned them, but they didn’t listen. African ancestors always gear us in the right direction, and our intuition is never wrong. We have an opportunity to undo what they did, and quit being deceived by colonizers 401 year tactics. I honestly for the first time in my life was naïve, I thought that 2020 opened up the eyes of Africana people globally, I thought we would finally get it, I thought there would be no more need for my brand and my message. I was wrong, we have a lot of work to do to move forward and not be deceived again and again and again. We didn’t ask for this, and we can’t willfully continue it. I love you my people.

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400, 400, 400 #MusicMondays

Hello All! So glad to have you, thank you for your patience today as I have rearranged m website. I upgraded to be able to sell my new merchandise, and had to get it back in order! But it’s here, so check it out & please support Melanated Gem!!! Custom made headbands, waist beads, and bracelets with positive messages geared towards uplifting the Global Black Diaspora! I can’t wait to empower you! Well, today is music Monday so let’s commence class, students.

I wrote the song 400 based on the history of the Global Black Diaspora in this world and provided advice for the future. It is a song where each 16 bars has double or triple meanings, and I want to talk about that. The song tells a story of our history and our current situation at the same time. If you look at the sharp contrasts of our history as original Hebrews, it is the same exact story of what is happening now. We are the only living people with a 400 year story, and a story that mimics the 400 year story of the past. With that, we can learn so much on how to move forward from how the Hebrews of the past moved forward, if we just listen! Anyway, check out the song! I wrote it for us! I wrote and produced the beat as well. Enjoy!

https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/idKVxASeaP9Tgg5j8

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We Are Making Black History #SoulfulSundays

Hello All! It’s the last day of Black History Month but we all know DiasporAfri celebrates the Global Black Diaspora all year long. I want to let you, Melanated Gem, know that we are making Black History, and we’ve always made it. We’ve been put in a unique position where just coming out of our house, being ourselves, wearing our hair the way it was created, and being unapologetically us is an accomplishment. Not that I like us to see it that way, but the reality for many Black people is that we are waking up everyday and learning to love ourselves. When I say waking up, I mean waking up to the oppressive ways and brainwashing that taught us to hate ourselves.

Because of you, Melanated Gem, your children and grandchildren will love themselves too, that is why you’re making history. We literally had the whole world screaming Black Lives Matter less than a year ago, and we still manage to overcome in an area where we don’t even feel safe, an area that’s laws are built against our very existence. Consider yourself a history maker, trail blazer, creative thinker, and movement maker. You are it, Melanated Gem, you are rare, and you are the one to make change in your generation. Each day you wake up and decide to be your unapologetic Black self, you make history. Others are looking at you, kids are looking at you, older people are looking at you: anyone can pull from your strength. Then your strength begets strength and we build up that unity we’re looking for in the Global Black Diaspora. Well at least that’s how my life works.

Be proud of yourself, Melanated Gem, whether you impacted your neighbor or impacted the world, your impact is felt and is worth you continuing to wake up everyday. Continue to be unapologetically Black on March 1st, and forever. Black History Month just highlights a very few greats, in comparison to what we do everyday. We are the culture, we set the trends, we create the standards, even if we don’t get the credit, we are Black history.

Well, Melanated Gem, I have something just for you, authentic and handmade by me, Ndidi Love; waist beads, headbands, and bracelets with powerful messages to speak to who you are. You guessed it, it’s called Melanated Gem! Check out this blog post I wrote on the history of African Waist Beads, then check out a few pictures from the collection below and I’ll notify you in a few days when they begin to go on sale!

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Siddi People of Pakistan: #Throwback Black History Month Post

Hello All! I can see that you really like these throwback Black History Month posts. I have been posting most of them to my twitter page (are you following me yet?), and sharing one a day with you all to respect your inbox. Since there is only 3 more days in Black History Month, in which I’ll only be posting 2 of those days, I decided to give you a little treat. Yesterday I posted on twitter about Afro-Palestinians that live in Palestine. Today I want to feature a throwback post about the Siddi people who live in Pakistan and have lived there for the past 600 years! They are descendants of the Bantu people of Africa, unfortunately they arrived in Pakistan through slavery. Enjoy the post, and check out more information on the SIddi of Pakistan, here, The Siddi Project, which highlights South Asia’s African Diaspora.

CULTURE TUESDAYS

Check out this article on the Siddi people; the Black population in Pakistan who have lived there for the past 600 years!

“Even though it is well-documented that Africans gave birth to the world, it is generally little known that the Siddi or Sheedi people, who are descendants of the Bantu people of Southeastern Africa, have lived in rural India and parts of Pakistan for the last 600 years.

The Siddi arrived to the aforementioned regions under orders from Arab and Portuguese merchants to work as slave laborers. And today, the Siddi community is numbered around 20,000 to 55,000 persons across the region with the majority of them being Sufi Muslims. There are also practicing Hindus and Roman Catholics as well among the number.”

Read the rest of the article here: http://tinyurl.com/hfwxn5r

Enjoy Loves! ❤️