For my first post, it seems almost obligatory to do a proper introduction of Melanin Jurisdiction. For a few years now, I have had my heart set on one day launching Melanin Jurisdiction, but law school has a funny way of putting everything else on the back burner… better late than never right?
My twenties have proven to be the best of times and the worst of times—something I’m sure everyone can relate to. It’s an era of extraordinary adventures, accomplishments, setbacks, lessons in love and true growth. In my twenties, I graduated from college, moved from Texas to California on my own, and now I am in my last year of law school.
Melanin Jurisdiction is best described as the inner workings of a young, law student/soon to be attorney that is dripping in melanin; it’s a canvas of my inspirations, expressions, loves, challenges and moments of enlightenment as I navigate through my twenties.
Now what is melanin? The dictionary describes it to be a dark brown to black pigment occurring in the skin, (it’s what gives a person of color their brown complexion) but melanin to me means so much more than that. For me, melanin is the everyday reminder that the strength of my ancestors also emanates in me. It’s black love, black businesses and black girl magic. Melanin is the first thing you see when you look at me; it can determine the type of job I get, the salary I make, the relationships I build or even how I am perceived by my peers.
My melanin creates my expressions, inspirations, loves, challenges and moments of enlightenment. It is my hope that something that I share can spark a thought or conversation, initiate healing, or foster awareness for everyone who is a citizen of this Melanin Jurisdiction.