reposting under my new screen name here is my latest essay entitled 'melanin', it is published here: http://www.openerofways.com/essays/section/melanin melanin! what a glorious revelation it was for me to realize that: the key to life, the secrets of the universe, and the essence of divinity lives within the physical bodies of the afrikan people! let us take a journey into the depths of our bodies, minds, souls and the universe. lets explore what is perhaps the most powerful, extraordinary and mysterious substance known to man... the substance that defines who we are as a people... melanin! what is melanin? melanin is a pigment that ranges in color from yellow to black that is found in every major organ of the body. it is the pigment that gives people of afrikan descent and otherwise 'melanated' people our color. a primary function of melanin is to shield the body tissues from harmful radiation emitted by the sun. the purest form of melanin is black and it absorbs nearly all energy while reflecting very little. melanin captures and stores various forms of energy such as light and sound. melanin "may be viewed as a battery that is partially charged, and can always accept an electrical charge" (w. mccormick, fundamentals of college physics, 276). melanin is primarily produced by special synthesizing cells called melanocytes in the skin and organs. it is also produced in the brain and nervous system without the aid of melanocytes. individuals whose bodies can produce sufficient quantities of melanin will have dark skin, black hair and brown eyes. those with bodies that are not able to produce significant amounts of melanin will have pale skin, blond hair and blue eyes. melanin and life. "melanin is the chemical key to life itself" (suzar). it is found abundantly at conception and during embryonic development. it covers and protects both the sperm and egg. within the embryo; brain cells, nerve cells and melanocytes all originate from the same source: the neural crest. the absence of melanin in embryonic development can cause birth defects and miscarriage. most of the brain is heavily melanated and melanin is concentrated in the area of the brain responsible for sensory, motor, emotional, and motivational activities. all individuals regardless of race have this black brain-melanin. "we now know, based on recent scientific studies of dna, that modern humanity originated in africa, that african people are the world's original people, and that all modern humans can ultimately trace their ancestral roots back to africa. were it not for the primordial migrations of early african people, humanity would have remained physically africoid, and the rest of the world outside of the african continent absent of human life." (-runoko rashidi, 'african presence in early asia', 10). so all other races (brown, yellow and white) are derivatives of the afrikan race. we cannot produce a 'pure' african out of the derivative races, but from the afrikan, we can produce all other races! it is because of our common afrikan ancestry that we observe these internal similarities... the melanation of interior organs and the brain. the caucasian/white and lesser melanated races are actually afrikans who (rather recently) lost their exterior pigmentation due to environmental factors and geographic isolations. melanin and health: melanin slows the aging process within the body. “melanin causes skin to stay young and wrinkle free by protecting it from the damaging effects of sunlight. the darker your skin, the less it ages… this is why blacks have smooth skin even at old age”(suzar). not only does melanin protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays, but it actually converts light energy into a nutrient which nourishes the various cells throughout our bodies. as melanin comes into contact with sunlight, music, radio waves, cosmic rays etc. it absorbs that energy, stores it, and passes it to other cells of the body so that they can charge and regenerate themselves. so melanated people can charge up, or acquire energy without eating or drinking, but simply by being out in the sun, or in the presence of the right type of music and other forms of energy! individuals with no or little melanin will have greater exposure to cancers and genetic disorders than individuals with substantial amounts of melanin. so while it is important for caucasians who have very little melanin, to use topical chemicals such as sunscreen to protect themselves from the sun, and to stay out of the sun for prolonged periods of time; the opposite is true for melanin dominant individuals. in fact, we are children of the sun! for the melanin dominant, it is very important to regularly get direct sunlight (at least 30 minutes 3 times a week). "light is a form of nutrition, especially for the melanin dominant race" (jewel pookrum, 'vitamins and minerals', 29). by acquiring this 'free energy' from the environment, melanated individuals will give a boost to their mental and emotional state, as well as strengthen the immune system. it is also recomended that melanin dominant people do not take vitamin-d supplements, because their skin has the amazing ability to produce vitamin-d directly from the sunlight! taking supplements such as cod-liver oil is required for melanin recessive people, but can cause a vitamin-d overdose in melanated individuals. individuals with black or brown eyes have eyes that are coated with melanin. this is a natural sunglass that protects the eye. those with blue, green or hazel eyes have little protection from the sun and may experience discomfort, irritation, burning and tissue damage if the eye is not protected by an external sunglass when exposed to bright light. melanin has an affinity for bonding with fatty compounds. because of this, melanated individuals should avoid eating plenty of saturated fats, vegetable oils and animal fats. as people of afrikan descent we should carefully monitor our diets given that our chemical makeup (melanation) determines that we will gain considerably more weight than our caucasian counterparts, when partaking in the same type of fatty diet. it is well know that the melanin molecule plays a role in tissue repair and in fighting and preventing infections. melanin is a protectant, and energy producer and an information transmitter/receiver with enumerable health functions. melanin and race: malanin is produced by the melanocyte cells. these cells vary in activity amongst the races; ranging from caucasians who are melanin recessive and produce very little melanin via the melanocyte and afrikans (those of afrikan descent) who are generally melanin dominant whith melanocytes that produce the darker and purer form of melanin. melanin and melanocytes are most prominent in the brain, the epidermis (outer skin layer), and the eyes (choroid, ciliary body and iris). white people do contain melanin at the epidermis level, but to a much lesser degree, and it is generally clustered and not uniformly spread out as compared to the melanin dominant races. in fact, freckles are a good example; they are clusters of melanin in the epidermis. "a japanese scientist has shown that inside the melanocytes (skin pigment cells) are tiny packets called melanosomes that contain melanin. the four stages in the maturing of these packets is what accounts for racial differences: stage 1: the melanosome is empty and doesn't have the machinery to make melanin. stage 2: the melanosome has the machinery to make melanin, but is empty of melanin. stage 3: the machinery is there and the melanosome is half filled with melanin. stage 4: the machinery is there and the melanosome is completely filled with melanin. whites have mainly stages 1 and 2, whereas all people of color have melanin - with blacks having more of stage 4 than 3, while latinos and asians have more of stage 3 than 4. all people of color have "circulating melanin," which is melanin circulating in the blood due to spillage or excess from the melanosomes." (suzar, 'blacked out through whitewash', 55) so the recessive traits of melanin recessiveness can be seen as a genetic disorder of the melanosome. the varied prescence of melanin between individuals and ethnic groups is of utmost importance in that it determines what conditions constitute a suitable lifestyle for an individual. for example, for optimal physical, spiritual and mental health, melanin dominant people should live in tropical or equitorial regions where they can get adequate amounts of sunlight. the opposite is true for melanin recessive individuals who would risk genetic defects and cancer when in the presence of abundant direct sunlight. also, diet and medical considerations should be catered to levels of melanation (as they differ drastically). please see 'vitamins and minerals from a to z' by jewel pookrum for more information on this topic. "...your mental processes (brain power) are controlled by the same chemical that gives black humans their superior physical (athletics, rhythmic dancing) abilities. this chemical...is melanin!" -carol barnes the abundance of melanin allows for messages to be passed from the brain to different parts of the body much more rapidly in blacks then has been observed in other races. the remarkable capabilities of melanin is probably the single most defining and influencial difference amongst the races. there is an insect called the water strider. the water strider is able to walk on water by utilizing the surface tension (upward force) in bodies of water. because of our chemical makeup, humans have little use for surface tension, but we are dominated by gravity, which in turn plays little role in the water striders life. so we live in completely different realities! the same is true, when comparing the functional realities accross human races. citing the diagram above, if you are of afrikan descent, there are huge portions of the electro-magnetic spectrum that are perfectly within your reality, yet completely imperceptible to other races. the afrikan reality is beyond the scope of the reality experienced by other races! this is important to underdstand when interacting with people of different racial backgrounds. not that any human or being is superior to another, but it is important to understand and acknowledge our differences. i do not believe that i am superior to a butterfly or a tree, but i do acknowledge our differences when interacting with them. you are the universe! melanin is tightly integrated into the nervous system. its remarkable capability of being able to accept and process energy and information in the form of light, sound, cosmic rays etc make being black or melanin dominant akin to having a brain on the outside of your body! having two brains enables a kind of hyper perception. this is an extraordinary gift when considering how it enables us to interact with each other and the universe. thoughts, feelings and emotions are all emitted as forms of energy that are receivable and processable by melanin and the melanin dominant. ancient afrikans would hold conversations, send images and communicate via the drum from distances of 100’s of miles away! they utilized their melanin’s ability to accept and process information in the form of energy waves. televisions and radios are basically externalizations of melanin. they receive and process information via radio and tv waves into images and sounds for us. the dogon tribe of mali are a deeply melanated dark skinned people. for thousands of years they have known and recorded intricate details of this galaxy and others including: the rings of saturn, the moons of jupiter, the spiral structure of the milky way, where our star system lies and the white dwarf companion star to serius. these entities are not visible with the naked eye, yet the dogons learned of them without the use of technological instruments. they painted these 'invisible' astrological patterns on their huts and clothing. this has been a baffling mystery to the europeans who only learned this knowlege recently and with the aid of high power telescopes! this is an example of how we as black people can utilyze our melanin to percieve information and realities that is imperceptible to melanin recessive individuals. "melanin is the physical manifestation of the entire electro magnetic spectrum, so that means that where ever you are, any light that is like you, your melanin is going to be able to pick that up and relay it to your brain because every granule of melanin is directly sitting on a nerve ending, because it is a neuron, it is a form of brain tissue. so if you happen to be jet black, and you are walking around outside, and there is a particular star that is up in the sky, the amount of light that is being pulsated from this particular star will actually hit your melanin granules, your nerves will then relay that to the brain, and it will make an image!" -jewel pookrum refering again to the electromagnetic chart above, it is clear that the dogons are able to percieve wavelengths of information (distant stars etc) that are outside of the european's realm of comprehension. the dogons used their bodies as 'x-ray film' to record energetic images of the universe! the universe is composed of energy! information is transmitted in the form of light/energy whether it be tv, radio, infra-red waves or the visible light spectrum. the black race is the only race, due to melanin, that is able to percieve the entire electro-magnetic spectrum. this gives us an intimate relationship to the universe as we are inescapably one with her! we all have innate perhaps dormant abilities to get in tuned with extraordinary psychic, telepathic and spiritual energies by way of our melanation and energetic/informational connectedness to the cosmos. so being black is a cosmic reality! it means that melanin dominant people will always, naturally and seamlessly be in tune with one another, the cosmos and mother nature. but please, do not take my word for it! this power has existed within you long before i mentioned it. we can reconnect with our psychic abilities through meditation and silence. have you ever had an experience where you called a friend, and the first thing s/he said upon lifting your call was "heyyy i was just thinking about you!". yep. i know you have, expecially if you are of afrikan descent. funny thing is, they were probably telling the truth, and their thoughts trigger your thoughts (or the reverse), and that's why you called. so by all means, please try this experiment: enter a quiet room, light a candle, sit quietly and close your eyes; now clear your mind of everything except for fond memories of a close friend, family member or loved one. sit there visualizing and reliving the happy moments. feel the emotion that you felt at the time. be there... do this for at least ten minutes... now, when your cell phone starts ringing your favorite tune, promise me that the first words out of your mouth are "heyyy i was just thinkin' about you!" "you are not an african because you are born in africa. you are an african because africa is born in you!" -runoko rashidi ~manu~ sources: jewel pookrum, 'vitamins and minerals from a to z' suzar, 'blacked out through whitewash' c. barnes, 'the chemical key to great blackness'