WATERMELANIN is an audio, visual and philosophical concept created by the collaborators of II AWEARNESS; POET AF BLACK & MELANIN KRIS. Combining elements of Film, Music, Fashion & Photography WATERMELANIN tells the origin of their social condition as African Ascendants through the lens of mythology and spirituality. Derived from a full length play written by POET AF BLACK, this music video is the first of it’s kind to serve as a theological reference for who all desire to embrace the sacredness of the complexity within the African diaspora.


The term “barbarian” refers to a person who is perceived to be uncivilized. The word is often used either in a general reference to member of a nation or ethnos, typically a tribal society as seen by an urban civilization either viewed as inferior, or admired as a noble savage. In idiomatic or figurative usage, a “barbarian” may also be an individual reference to a brutal, cruel, warlike, insensitive person.[1]

The term originates from the Greek word βάρβαρος (barbaros). Hence the Greek idiom “πᾶς μὴ Ἕλλην βάρβαρος” (pas mē Hellēn barbaros) which literally means “whoever is not Greek is a barbarian”. In ancient times, Greeks used it mostly for people of different cultures, but there are examples where one Greek city or state would use the word to attack another (e.g. haughty Athenians calling the Boeotians barbarian);[2] in the early modern period and sometimes later, Greeks used it for the Turks, in a clearly pejorative way.[3][4] Comparable notions are found in non-European civilizations, notably China and Japan. In the Roman Empire, Romans used the word “barbarian” for many people, such as the Berbers, Germanics, Celts, Carthaginians, Iberians, Thracians and Persians.