Welcome to another Feature Friday. I’m really excited about today for a few different reasons. The first being that the person behind Melaninsroyalty is a strong and intelligent 15-year-old woman. I am so encouraged knowing someone at 15 sees injustices and wants to change them! The second reason I’m excited about today’s feature is that I feel that we need more women and men who are promoting people of color. She wants to uplift other women who don’t fit the mold of what is considered “beautiful.” The third reason is that she is real, raw, and honest. She does not sugar coat the struggles she has faced, her community is facing, or the struggles we are facing worldwide. And the fourth reason is that she does not let negativity discourage her from what she’s doing.
We need more women like her in the world!
If you want to check out her Instagram you can head over to MelaninsRoyalty. Which I highly suggest you do! give her a follow, support her, and let her know what you think!
- Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
My name is Queen, I am 15 years old, living in North Carolina.
- Can you tell me about melaninsroyalty?
Melaninsroyalty originally started out as melaninsqueens and it was just a small spam account where I talked about the injustices in the world, along with uplifting the black community. I started in July 2017 and I am very happy with what I have exposed and taught my followers about the government and their rights.
- What prompted you to start MelaninsRoyalty?
I started MelaninsRoyalty just to get the word out about my ideas. I tend to have a lot of ideas about how and what to protest but I am never able to group enough people to do it. Als, I noticed that societly never praised any girl who looked like me (dark skin, big lips, and 4c hair). At the moment what is a trend is lighter toned black girls, with loose curly hair. I wanted to make girls like me, feel beautiful, as I did not feel for a while.
- What do you feel is your biggest focus with MelaninsRoyalty?
I never want to lie to my followers about what is happening in the world. My account is known for keeping it real. I tell the good, the bad, and the ugly.
- What does it mean to you to be an activist?
Being an activist means wanting change. I believe an activist has to have a goal: to change. That change can be in his or her community or it can be worldwide. But an activist has to want to make a difference before anything else.
- What personal experiences drew you to being an activist?
I think my biggest personal experience was when I was called a “nigger” by an older white woman in Walmart. The woman did not stop at just calling me a name, she picked on how I looked and how I look as if I could be a thief. That changed my entire perspective of the world and I was just 13. Also, I began seeing more and more black men being murdered and it just caused me to be enraged. I wanted more for my community. I no longer want us to become a stereotype or a statistic, I want more for us. I want respect.
- Have you ever experienced any threats because of what you’re doing?
I receive threats every day.
- Can you tell me about them and how you deal with them?
I get direct messages from girls saying they want to fight me or jump me to grown men telling me they would rape me. I simply deal with them by blocking them and reporting them. Sometimes I will reply with just a few simple words, “Thank you for commenting (or direct messaging) me. Have a blessed day.” I learned from having so many of these threats that when they believe you’re unbothered, they will stop. I do not feed into their negativity because that will just cause for me to become negative and cold-hearted, just like them. That is not me and I don’t want to become such a toxic person.
- Do these threats ever make you reconsider what you’re doing?
Of course, the threats make me reconsider. I question what I am doing every day. Should I stop? Should I give my account away? But I don’t give up because obviously if these people are hurt by what I have to say, that means I am speaking the truth and my voice matters.
- What do you feel is your biggest focus?
My biggest focus is empowering black people while telling the truth, That had been my biggest focus since I started my account.
- If there was one activist resource that you wish everyone would read or view what would it be?
Blacklivesmatter.com has to be the greatest outreach to the black community. It has many ways you can get educated and get involved, which I love.
- Is there anyone or any group of people who inspires you or prods you to action?
I would have to say my BLM community on Instagram inspires me 24/7 to keep pushing through everything. Those are my greatest supporters and they are the people who always have my back.
- If you could change one thing about this world what would it be?
If I could change one thing, I would change racism. I wouldn’t want for there to be any racism in the world. I would want people to look at racism like how they look at rape. I want racism to be shunned. If there was no racism, we would have equality. The world would evolve because racism hinders the humankind because we are not open to every one’s ideas. That would have to be the best thing to change at a time like this.
I hope after reading her responses you are feeling as inspired as I am!