I first met James at a picnic in the earlier part of the summer. We began to chat about who we are and what we are doing in our lives. James told me that he was in school and what he was doing career wise. Then, he told me his story…whoa! He has over come so much and he definitely needs to give his testimony whenever he is ready. After hearing about James’s journey thus far, I told him then that when I got Melanin King Monday up and running, he would be a feature because I NEEDED him to show other Kings that they can make it out despite their circumstances and obstacles. I am humbled and grateful that I know some of his journey and I am looking forward to him being apart of the next phase for Melanin King Monday so that he can share with you what he has shared with me. For now, here’s a glimpse into our Melanin King feature in his own words: James Garner.
The posts this month will be about acceptance, understanding and healing. Suicide is increasing in numbers in our community and I would be going against what this movement stands for if I did not address it and attempt in some way to help prevent it.
Men of color often carry so many scars. Not the kind that we can see, but the barely there; you won’t notice unless you’re looking kind. There’s the responsibility of being a “man” and having to live up to expectations that they are often not prepared for. Then, they are expected to know how to function in relationships, often having no real example of how a healthy relationship works. Childhood traumas, not being allowed to discuss or express their feelings and a lack of guidance coupled with generational curses can cause self sabotage, low self esteem and hinder healthy relationships. The beautiful thing is, MOST of the men in this type of environment grow up to be great men.
Are you a reliable and dedicated friend or family member with a good heart and some days you wish you weren’t? I mean, does everyone around you seem to depend on your “yes” because they KNOW that you’re going to say it? And I’m not talking about the people who ask you for help and actually follow through with their promise to pay you back or they are someone that can reciprocate when you need something, even if it’s just advisement. I mean the folk who just ask for the sake of asking because they are so confident in your “yes”. Well, it’s time to change that and to start saying NO!
Since we are all celebrating the release and success of The Lion King remake, I thought it only right for today’s Melanin King Monday feature to honor the original singing voice of young Simba, Jason Weaver! If you did not know, he was the great voice behind the timeless songs that everyone from that decade knows and immediately smiles about when they come on. Since the 90’s Jason has been gracing us with his gifts and has proven he is here to remain as KING!
Have you ever heard a Word from God so good that is resonates deep within your spirit and it almost actually hurt because it was so truthful to your life? No, just me. Cool. Well, that kind of exact Word is what you will get with our Melanin King Monday feature today, Rev. Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant.
Our Melanin King Monday feature today is Christian Keyes. Mr. Keyes is quite possibly one of the most talented actors to date and if he hadn’t already has made an impression in our hearts and made his mark on the industry.
This poetic prophet uses his rhymes to express the need not only for societal and socioeconomic changes, but also how we as a community need to stand up and uplift ourselves. Common has never been shy about using his music to also proclaim his faith and he has held firm in his beliefs.
There are many “influencers” out there that claim to be for the culture and post positive messages and try to be inspirational, but the truth is…they aren’t real and they are only clout chasing. However, this King right here! This King walks the walk and his InspiRAEtional posts are true testimonies to the man he represents on social media and in real life. Let me introduce to you, Rae Holliday!