Skin color is due primarily to the presence of a pigment called Melanin, both light and dark complexioned people have melanin. However, two forms are produced–pheomelanin which is red to yellow in color, and eumelanin which is dark brown to black. This means every black skinned has the eumelanin pigment.
Morgan once said “Raw beauty cannot be tainted; altered temporarily, it is never eradicated. My dark skin holds melanin that glows without lighting, which is in direct correlation with the woman I am, and am becoming. No matter how dark my story may be, it holds an innate beauty that cannot be explained or dulled”
The journey to self-love and appreciation began with the nature of reluctance towards accepting something less than greatness. It takes a strong sense of understanding self, before you can truly look in the mirror and be proud and happy of the woman that stared back at you. it should be a journey that will shape you into the woman that you really want to be.
One of the poems that I really cherish alot, a poem that was written with pure love, sincerity and dignity…
“This Skin I’m In”
by Jennifer Asiedu
My black is flawless
I’ve never been this proud before
My skin never felt so good
Was I not used to it?
I can’t remember when I loved this shade so much
My color is dark and lovely.
It sings with a rhythmic melody of beauty.
My black is loud
It yelled at this pale-faced lady the other day
She tried to demean my black
And just as quickly as she did
My black screamed back.
My skin roared with elegance
Reminding you it is not afraid anymore
My black is loved
I rubbed it down tenderly today
Making sure to touch every inch.
Ever so gently it glistened and radiated
My black shimmers and still catches attention.
It’s been kissed and hugged
Yet still selfishly wants more
My black is hopeful
I’ve had a freedom that was honestly free
I’ve lived in a time when my black was OK
My black lives today safely from oppression
Though still hated on
My black believes in a better tomorrow
Still lives in dreams of liberation and equality
My black has a great future
My black is an artist
Thoughtfully chosen to be just this
Not chocolate, not sweet or bitter
My black creatively exists where no other black lives
My deep and rich black is still unmatched
Nothing as dark
It masterfully advances my own natural look
My black is resilient
Offended and hurt in the past
The complexities of this complexion cannot be understood
I took my black out for a day
And was terribly made fun of growing up
People hold no discretion or reserve others
against my black
As though a fugitive my black has been ostracized,
attacked and found guilty
Yet still fought back
Rising against the contempt of others”
If you don’t love your skin, that means you dont even love who you are, and that’s the first step to destruction in life…
I am not dark skinned, but I do cherish them too but that that doesn’t mean I dont love my own skin #winks, of course I do!
It is some how painful that most times black girls do not embrace and love there skin color, it is really very very appalling.
Stop comparing skin tones. Who cares if your skin is lighter or darker than the person standing next to you? Change can only happen once you can truthfully look in the mirror and love that Deep Chocolate, Cinnamon, Mocha, or Caramel complexion.
Beauty shouldn’t be defined by whether you wear the Deepest Deep Foundation or the Translucent one. It’s all about confidence in your own skin and in your beauty. It’s corny, but it’s true.
“I am dripping melanin and honey. I am black without apology.” ― Upile Chisala
#be black and