T.J. Hope - Author & Poet 

                         "It's not the cards life deals that makes you, it's the way you play them!"  

Highly Melanated

by T..J. Hope

I'm highly melanated, not highly medicated
The exotic herbs in my smoke, keeps me slightly meditated

They say beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder
Yet, society keeps trying to fool us over and over
Flashing images of what is defined as beauty
Got us wearing corsets, what's next?
Already enhancing the booty
When we love our own beauty? Not influenced by the world
Stop telling that mahogany Goddess she's pretty for a dark skinned girl
Even our melanin sisters nicknamed Red or Yellow Bone
Seen 'em facing mad hate strictly based on skin tone

Stop it, we are one

I'm highly melanated, not highly medicated
The exotic herbs in my smoke, keeps me slightly meditated

Queens, we color the spectrum like a melanated rainbow
Yet they try to make us think we are the less desirable
Brainwashing us, telling us we need a bigger that or smaller this
Get out my damn head these my motherfuckin' tits
I'm bitten by melanin, kissed by the sun
He spun, my chocolate, your mahogany, bronze
or maybe cashew
Whatever your hue it looks fly on you
Mocha, chestnut, tan, indian red
Fuck what they said, don''t you dare hang your head

I'm highly melanated, not highly medicated
The exotic herbs in my smoke, keeps me slightly meditated

Y'all feel me yet? Y'all starting to see pass the propaganda and the lies
'Cause I'll be damned if they gon have me thinking something wrong
With these chocolate thunder thighs
But, the biggest lies, is ultimately where true beauty lies
It's nestled in the character, way down deep inside
That inner you, burning bursting to be free
Yes, she's different from everyone else but that's how you were designed to be
Hey, this is only my opinion on how I see shit
And when they ask me why, I think this way
I simply tell them this!

I'm highly melanated, not highly medicated
The exotic herbs in my smoke, keeps me slightly meditated