Melanin & Books | Shifting the Culture

Melanin book club

“I wish to live because life has within it that which is good, that which is beautiful, and that which is love. Therefore, since I have known all of these things, I have found them to be reason enough and–I wish to live. Moreover, because this is so, I wish others to live for generations and generations and generations and generations.”

Lorraine Hansberry, To Be Young, Gifted and Black

Melanin Book Club

We will be reading and discussing the works of African American writers in our online book club. Share your favorite books as we explore and spread the knowledge of African art, culture, and history through literature.

reading beginning January 2015



 Womanhood & Feminism


War on the Wombs of Black Women


“As a Black woman —it is expected of me to be sexually exploitative and deviant,

to be loud and reckless. ” 


As I examine the intersection between race and gender, I find that the struggles of African American women are becoming more paramount.  With the war currently in place against all people of color–Black women are targets and the ones most at risk.  We must go to war to protect our wombs.

 Sister Circle

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View pictures of my 9-month Loc Journey


To build community amongst black women, I AM MELANIN will be presenting the Sister Circle. Here, we will be discussing everything that effects the lives of black women and how to heal from all of that to operate within our true selves. Sex and health, natural hair, yoni and womb work, relationships, love and creation.

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Black Life & Culture

Honoring and Celebrating Kwanzaa, Everyday.

There are many problems that we can solve in our communities if we collectively organize and set clear goals.  The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa are helpful and practical steps that we can take to harmonize and restore ourselves, our families, and our communities.

What are you focusing on changing in the Black community?

What is your purpose?

Umoja (Unity)

Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)

Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)

Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)

Nia (Purpose)

Kuumba (Creativity)

Imani (Faith)

Kwanzaa focuses on honoring the best of our traditions, draws upon the best in ourselves, and helps us strive for a higher level of human life by affirming our self-worth and our confidence in our ability to succeed and triumph over struggle.


related articles:

I AM MELANIN | Imani in 2015

I AM MELANIN | Upcoming projects for 2015

I AM MELANIN | Happy Kwanzaa


Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



Art & Activism

IMG_5929  written by Indigo

War | Black Love is a Revolutionary Act

Evolution of the Black Man in Amerika

Dear Love


Who Is Like God?



Other Poets:

Somebody Blew Up America by Amiri Baraka


Malcolm X

“The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman, the most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.”

James Baldwin

“To be Black and conscious in America is to be in a constant state of rage.” 

Dr. Frances Cress Welsing

“Seek ye first the kingdom of self-respect and you will be in the kingdom of God.”


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