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Melanin Myth #1: Melanin is being harvested by melanin thieves.

This is the first part of a ten part series debunking myths being spread about melanin. We have a three part series which goes into detail about the myths, hoaxes and scams related to melanin being spread. This is obviously a heavy handed attempt to invoke a sense of fear and revulsion in people of melanin towards their high skin melanin levels. Those who succumb to the hoaxes can be said to live in hyperreality, a simulation of a reality which has never and can never exist. Those of us able to distinguish between fact and fiction related to melanin have, as Marcus Garvey still tells us, “won before we have started.”

The Melanin thieves/Melanin harvesting meme is a myth because:

  • Melanin can be extracted from human hair.
  • Human beings are NOT earth’s only source of melanin. Melanin is in animal fur, bird feathers, microorganisms, fish scales and the ink of cephalopods.
  • No one who promotes this myth ever mentions the name of the company which sells melanin. If they did, libel and slander lawsuits would fly hard and fast.
  • It is easier to extract melanin from the ink of sepia officinalis, the common cuttlefish than it is to extract melanin from human skin.
  • “Sepia melanin” and human melanin are nearly the same. They are categorically “dopa melanin.” Dopa melanin is the product of the oxygenation of the amino acid tyrosine in the presence of the enzyme tyrosinase through a process known as melanogenesis.
  • Melanin synthesis or melanogenesis occurs in a cell known as a melanocyte. Melanocytes are in numerous organisms.
  • The ink sac of sepia officinalis contains 1 gram of melanin. This is equivalent to the amount of melanin in human skin.
  • Melanin can be extracted from human skin, however it is a complex, time consuming and energy intensive process. Sepia melanin however is in an ink sac almost like it was made to be harvested.
Meme showing the dollar value of melanin in 2021 as being $459 a gram. That means melanin is worth over $395 a gram more than gold.

By Nnamdi Azikiwe

The Mhotep Corporation uses its Keyamsha The Awakening brand to heighten perceptions and expand awareness. By producing content that engages, entertains and educates we create value for value relationships with our audience for mutual benefit. Mhotep is derived from the name of the architect and builder of the first pyramid in Kemet, so-called ancient Egypt. I formed the Mhotep Corporation in 2003 to produce and distribute 3D animation videos based on traditional African stories. Since then it has evolved to being a media production company including books. In a previous life I worked as a systems analyst developing solutions for government and multinational organizations. Born and educated in Washington, D.C. I have traveled to several places including Haiti, the Bahamas, Mexico, Canada, Nigeria (several times), Ethiopia (several times), Benin, Togo, and South Africa. I am married with three children.

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