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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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Be A Solutions Person #ForwardFridays

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Hello All! Happy Friday! I was talking to my Grandmother’s cousin the other day. Should we say, great cousin? Anyway, Africans don’t use all these extra words. So I was talking to my cousin the other day, and we were talking about the changes that can be made in African American communities. Now, she has a PhD in education and taught for many years, she was born in Virginia with my grandmother and made her career in California, so she’s not new to this, she’s true to this. Anyway, she said she loved how I did not have a spirit of intimidation, and that she can share with me solutions, because she knows I’ll take action. Why am I telling you this, because as humans, we all have the ability to talk, but those around you recognize who’s about action. I notice some people don’t bring frivolous arguments my way, because they know that I am about that life. I have and am dedicating my time and resources to create initiatives for my people with integrity. I can’t take every opportunity, I can’t be about everything, because I want something that cannot be taken away or controlled by people who do not have the best interests of Black people.

So, be a solutions person, if you are a complainer, then there is a solution inside of you. Some people don’t want to deal with the reality that a lot of this takes work. What is the point of building followers if they are following you for clout? I have always said that I want a group of followers who will walk along side me, not just following for popularity, because I need people to get the message and act. Action is the word that is important to everything in DiasporAfri, and not just action against white supremacy, but action FOR Black people. Don’t just cheer me on, join me. I personally don’t need cheering on, I need action. I am not saying this to be harsh, but people’s lives are on the line. Black communities around the world are crying out the same cry. Our global cry is being sensationalized for good TV, we are not even seen as people with emotions. We don’t even see ourselves as humans with emotions as we have become used to oppressive narratives. Complaining about whiteness and white supremacy all day does nothing, give life to our narratives, write a book for us, create an initiative for us; stop writing books on whiteness and what they do, we don’t need another book telling us what white racists do. I agree, call out situations when they happen, I do it all the time, I don’t run to twitter each time, I call it out when it’s happening. I remember I was in a group chat last year and the only non-black person in the chat said 3 negative things about Black people, and at the time I was off the chat for 2 weeks. I came back and read it, and I called her out immediately, she got defensive, and because nobody called her out, she thought she could talk to me crazy. Then the Black people in the chat wanted to ask me why I called her out; I asked them, why didn’t you call her out? Then those same people were loud as heck on twitter about racism. I created the group chat, and I left it, and left those people alone. If we are not going to call out racist acts as they happen, then why run to twitter to call out white racists? That is why I say, be a solutions person, what we need are initiatives geared towards us. We are our focus, yes, we recognize the problems, then we move to solutions.

I am grateful that a woman with such wisdom and life experience recognized me as a solutions person, and one she could confide ideas in. She is not the first elder to do so, and in fact, an elder I went to grad school with told me that I am an action person, and I need to surround myself with action people. It is not always about the masses, sometimes big things can happen with small groups. I call on the action people reading this to get active! Yesterday I posted a blog post of all the initiatives DiasporAfri has going on, one of the first immediate things I would like to do is create a space for Black youth to be empowered through workshops that I have done in the past, support where you can, let’s get moving!

EDIT: being well formed on white supremacy and how live outside of it is good to know, I am specifically talking about people who try to prove that white supremacy still exists and talks about it all day while doing nothing for us. I believe that people who are complainers actually have a solution. We need to get the solutions out if we are going to truly live outside of white supremacy and build our people up! Don’t do one without the other is what I am saying.

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Diasporans Making A Difference – #TeamworkThursdays

Hello All! I’m glad to have you. As you can see, DiasporAfri, LLC is growing. I really want DiasporAfri to feel like a family, a journey, and that is why I like to give life to Black people’s actual voices and stories. So give me feedback, what would you like to see? What is important to you? As DiasporAfri grows, I’d like to tell you what is next, and what I am currently working on to catch you all up.

  • Dear Black People™ Webinar Series will be back at the end of March! I am taking the time to refine it using the feedback from the first round, and giving life to specific narratives. This series is liberating minds. I will use part of the proceeds to provide free workshops for youth on a mass scale, that has always been the plan, but now it is revealed!
  • Melanated Gem™ Handmade Accessories to uplift and empower the Global Black Diaspora are now on sale! These waist beads, headbands, and bracelets are special y’all! I made them with the colorful character of the Global Black Diaspora in mind, they are themed, they are powerful, they are bright, and you’ll have a reminder everyday of who you are!
  • Garden of Love: A Book of Poems is being updated to reflect the poems I have written this year that you all love, thanks for the feedback! The updated book will be available next Wednesday, right on time for Wordy Wednesdays! Please support, this book features poems that I have written from 2009 until now, yes 2009! when I was just in undergrad, you can definitely see the evolution of my mind through the poems.
  • The DiasporAfri, LLC App is in pitch mode, and development mode, so I am using feedback to create a product that will really speak to my audience the way you all need to be spoken to, it’ll be great this time around!
  • The Day I learned to Cook Oatmeal: A Journey of Faith, Love, and Redemption is being updated as well to reflect part 4, it has been off of the bookstore for a few months now, but I have ten copies at home, it sold pretty well the first time around, but with the change of events in the world, I am updating it to add some more advice for the times! That will be available in April.
  • Check out the brand new events calendar page to see when the next event or workshop is, and when I’ll be featured as a guest speaker. I have an event coming up on Sunday 11/14/2021 as I’ll be presenting for the Africanidad community, the same one featured in this blog post.
  • As always, you can subscribe to this blog to read uplifting and forward moving content everyday, and I’ll be working on new music soon as well, but as you can see, I’m very busy!
  • Last but not least, I am doing my 2nd round of reaching out to members of Congress and the Senate, for a full list of initiatives on behalf of the Black Community. This is to create one authentic sound and due our duty of accountability as citizens! This time, I am also reaching out to partner with liberated organizations as well. Check out a meeting from the first round of meetings!

The purpose of DiasporAfri, LLC is to educate, uplift, and entertain the Global Black Diaspora for the purpose of unity! No division over here, if we notice an issue, we address it with forward moving solutions. We reject white supremacy and we free our minds to be fully confident and dependent on ourselves, as every united people should be. We have no time to waste, Black people’s safety and well being is on the line, and people are falling victim to 400 year old tactics. At DiasporAfri divide and conquer is demolished, and we support our sistren and brethren across the diaspora unapologetically. Consider donating as well, as I use the opportunity to reach as many people as I can, a donation form can be found below, especially for the development of the DiasporAfri app! With the many initiatives you see above, I kindly ask for your support and wish to partner with other liberated organizations doing the same!

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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