Welcome to Shades of Melanin Incorporated...
A site where you can find your niche in almost anything. We cater to women of color, and through that connect this demographic through offering educational and entertainment services using art, poetry, and literature while still discussing issues pivotal to self growth, self love, and self enhancement. Contact us to find out how you can book us for your next event. We offer lecture, speech, and spoken-word services for educational, entertainment,and Self-empowerment events.
With this site we wish to connect women from all walks of life whether it’s the professional, the student, or the in between. We realized that even though we come from different paths in life, different sizes, shapes, and shades, we still have a lot in common.
This site offers a compilation of art: spoken, visual, and written. It also addresses an array of issues affecting or is of interest to this specific demographic and much more. Browse through the site, and see what interests you! Also feel free to submit work to be published on the site on our “Write For Us” page.
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“Black Girl Magic” is a phrase coined in 2013 by blogger CaShawn Thompson, in “celebration of the beauty, intelligence and power of Black women everywhere.” It has since become a rallying cry for black women of different backgrounds to celebrate their accomplishments and moments together in sisterhood. But unlike the phrase and recent movement behind it, “Black Girl Magic” in the literal sense has rarely been showcased at the forefront of film and television...
"Tasha knew Lawrence just got out of a relationship. But, oftentimes when you’re getting dicked down by the guy you’ve been pining after for the last couple months you just can’t think straight. You start translating good dick for the start of a good relationship. That’s not how that works..."
When I reached out this morning to Dr. Lataisia C. Jones I had to ask her one question....
I realized that for these South African female rappers their challenge is breaking the boundaries that chastise female sexuality in South Africa. In contrast, female rappers in the states are expected to be hyper-sexualized and provocative which...
Stay cognizant of the influences that can play a part in how you see yourself within your journey (whether that is media, friends, or the opinions of a stranger) and take it with a grain of salt when exercising your own self-determination.
"If we are being honest, then we would admit that toxic masculinity has gotten us nowhere and the fact that black women too often find themselves assigned to the role of a victim/survivor inside our twisted narratives, should be more than enough evidence to convince us that the way in which we go about defining and acting out our gender roles is very problematic for Black men/boys and deadly for the women and girls who we claim to love..."
"...In fact, from the inception of slavery, Black women have suffered in silence. Yet and still, they stand in the forefront of every civil rights movement. While there are countless Oscar Grants, Eric Garners, Mike Browns, and Trayvon Martins, there are still more Tanisha Andersons, Miriam Careys, and Rekia Boyds. Why, then, do we not say their names when we speak about police brutality? Has the Black community simply ignored the plight of Black women? Or was Sandra Bland a “special case?”..."
“I feel like I’m falling off of a cliff right. I feel like I fell of a cliff and the further I fall the darker shit gets. The more quiet shit gets. But it’s like the darkness and the silence isn’t what’s bothering me. It’s not hitting the bottom. Not hitting a bottom is what’s fucking with me. Because at least if I hit a bottom then I can stand up and go ‘okay well that’s how far I have to climb to get back up to the top of the cliff.’ But when you just fall and you just fall and you just fall it’s like when does it end?”
"I’m doing reality TV, I have three degrees but, this is what makes sense to me at this moment. Will I catch flack for it? Absolutely. Will the flack be less than the benefit? Absolutely. Is it worth it to me? Absolutely. I think we get to wrapped up as black women in what society expects us to represent or be the spokesperson for the entire race for the entire sex. There are enough of us."