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Four Reasons Why Melanin Illustrated Is The Blackest And Best Thing That Ever Happened This Week

@Jacqhay via Instagram
@Jacqhay via Instagram

1. Because I keep trying to find ways to articulate the myriad shades of beautiful and banging-ass brown found in this photo shoot — done in Costa Rica by 28 members of the Florida A&M chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, where they celebrated the 10 year anniversary of them crossing in 2007 — and I keep coming back to food. Candy bars, oatmeal, and chocolate cake, specifically. And since I love food, and since God is love, this very obviously must mean that Black women are God.

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2. Because you know, since these were Deltas, that at least five of them wanted to take some pictures on an elephant. Like, there were probably email, Gchat, text, and Slack threads debating whether to use one, and at least one Yelp search for "elephant rental stores."

No one fought about an elephant. But someone's definitely not talking to someone this week about an elephant.

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3. Because only a group of Black women can manage to outshine an entire freakin coast. That coast has been there for millions of years — and the sun for billions — but then they showed up and made it the Kyrie to their Lebron. That coast definitely requested a trade this week, so it can get its own team and shine again on its own.

4. Because of all of the exes of the women in this shoot, seeing the photos, and then sitting on a futon somewhere this week thinking "Damn. Jigga said 'Never go Eric Benet.' I went Eric Benet. I wish he would he said 'Never go Eric Benet' before I went Eric Benet."

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)

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