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Black Magic: The Truth behind Melanated People's Relationship to the Sun

Black Magic: The Truth behind Melanated People's Relationship to the Sun

"Some say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice. I say the darker the flesh then the deeper the roots" - Tupac Shakur: Keep Ya Head Up

Black people have been given all sorts of monikers throughout the many millenniums of our existence. For example, "Ethiops", meaning "burnt faces", Krishna, meaning black (not just the name of a God), dark-skinned, Moors or Moorish, meaning black, Indian/Indigo meaning black. We've even been referred to as "children of the sun". Throughout history, black people, no matter where we have been located, have always venerated, adored and relished in the sun. None more so prevelant than our ancestors of ancient Egypt. According to those Egyptian Africans, black people are indeed sons and daughters of the sun. The most recent term coined for us is "melanated". Pertaining to a distinct chemical called "melanin" that gives us our pigmentation. So the question goes without saying, what is melanin?

Photo cred: Aaron Ace Boogie Smith

Photo cred: Aaron Ace Boogie Smith

We can not continue the discussion of what melanin is without briefly talking about the pineal gland. The Pineal gland is an organ that is found at the center of the brain. This gland has been referred to as the Inner eye, 3rd eye, or 1st eye and is approximately the size of a single kernel of corn on average and is controlled by the Sun. The Pineal gland is responsible for producing and secreting two melanin derivative hormones: Serotonin & Melatonin. Serotonin is secreted during the daylight hours. Melatonin is secreted in night time hours. These hormones work inversely. 

According to Dr. Jewel Pookrum, melanin is "biological living light".

In some circles it is referred to as "the God particle". In humans, Melanin is a chemical that is produced in a specialized group of cells known as melanocytes. It has several life sustaining benefits. It counteracts stress, minimizes jet lag, regulates biological rhythms, boosts memory, plays a major role in the synthesis of DMT which intensifies REM or dream sleep, organizes our system biologically, mentally and spiritually, slows aging, strengthens the immune system, puts us in a pleasant mood, and resets out biological clock, which helps us adapt to new environments and time zones. Every living organism on this planet has melanin. But not all humans share the same type of melanin. 

There are three basic types of melanin: eumelanin, pheomelanin, and neuromelanin. Neuromelanin is the melanin found within the brain and nervous system comprised of either pheomelanin or eumelanin. The most common is eumelanin, of which there are two types—brown and black. 


The common narrative is that melanin gives us the ability to block harmful UV rays from the sun. A natural sunscreen. A more accurate description is that melanin absorbs radiation from the sun. Eumelanin is much better at this than its counterpart, pheomelanin. The difference between pheomelanin and eumelanin can be distinguished scientifically by the amount of sulfur present in the melanin. Eumelanin is found to have 0-1% sulfuric presence, and pheomelanin is found to have 9-12% sulfuric concentration.

Pheomelanin is responsible for the yellowish/pinkish/red pigmentation found most commonly in people of European descent. What we call "white folks". They're loaded with it. It plays a major role in albinism. It doesn't do so well when it comes to absorbing UV radiation. The prefix "pheo" meaning "slight or deficient". Pheomelanin is the chemical responsible for blonde & red hair and blue & green eyes and lighter colored skin tones. It is also present around lips, nipples, and "girlie parts". Pheomelanin is recessive, and therefore instead of absorbing energy it reflects it. This is particularly evident with light energy, because when light energy is reflected it shows up white. This is the reason white people can't stand in the sun for extended periods of time without getting sunburn. Which leads them to a higher chance of getting melanoma (skin cancer). 

Melanin in it’s purest form is what we refer to as "jet black". It is called "eu-melanin". The prefix "eu" meaning "good". Eumelanin is found in ancient Egyptians (Khamitic people), Ethiopians, Nigerians, so called African Americans, and Australian aborigines. It is the deepest black because of it’s ability to absorb and store both light energy and sound energy. The reason melanin in it’s purest form shows up black is because the chemical structure will not allow any type of energy to escape. The more energy that is absorbed the darker the melanin, and therefore the darker the pigmentation. Therefore, the darker the skin tone, the more light energy you have. So Tupac was right... 






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