Who is Carmelanin?

The Name Behind the Screen

 My name is Carmel, not “Carmelanin”, as you would probably think based on this here blog. Allow me to explain. In this age of “selfies”, and with me being terrible at it, I captured this extremely vibrant selfie of myself one day. Then came the moment that most of us experience, when we wish to post our fabulous selfie but we must first come up with our clever caption.  Thinking about what my caption would be, I stared at the picture for a moment, and then, just like that, it came to me.

Nothing more nothing less.

Why this name you might ask? Carmel is who I am by name, but the melanin in my skin is a part of my biological makeup, and what impacts how the world views me. My melanin has shaped my thinking and given me perspective on my place in society. Carmel and Melanin combined creates a black woman with the urge to inspire through sharing and connecting with other melanated beings.

“Every life has a purpose. Share your story and you may help someone find their own.”-D.L.

My Journey to You

I am not a writer. At least that is what I’ve told myself time and time again, despite the fact that I journal daily and am now committing myself to a blog. Self-doubt is real especially when you are stepping outside of your comfort zone and trying new things.  Over the years, I like many others, have used social media as a platform. I’ve shared my opinions on the many issues affecting the black community, my travel excursions, my natural hair journey, and life overall. On many occasions, I’ve been told that I should start a blog, but I’ve never considered people wanting to hear what I would have to say. So, those conversations were easily dismissed and put to the back of my mind. After years of connecting with so many people by merely sharing my journey over time, I realized that maybe this was my path and that it was time to let my voice be heard in my own space. My journey to you has been a long road, but I am finally here and I am happy that you’ve decided to take this ride with me.

“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you are not.”

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