We had the good fortune of connecting with Sátin Marché and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sátin, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am from Ocala, Florida. I’d say that Florida is a different kind of south. It has its own cultural feel. Most people only highlight the not so fortunate events of Florida, but you have to be born and raised in Florida to truly overstand who we are and why we are. As much of it as I can remember, growing up in Florida was fun. My hometown, at the time, was smaller than the typical Florida tourist spot, yet there was always something to do. Whether I was with my mother or spending the weekend at my father’s house, I was always at the movies, the lock-in at our local fun center, skating, teen clubs, amusement parks, attending sporting or recreational events and spending time with either my mother’s or father’s side of the family. There came a time where my mother was experiencing many transitions within her life and I had to stay with my father for seventh and eighth grade. I, too, experienced a lot around this time. Amongst all things, I was experiencing puberty, missing my mother and my younger siblings. I didn’t feel comfortable in my skin, and of course, what would life be without middle school drama? I did not have many friends, but the few friends that I did have throughout middle school were present with me, even in the midst of what grew to be anger. I was angry that my mother was not around during this time, yet I did not know how to verbalize that because I was a shy individual. Instead, I lashed out at people who picked on me for things out of my control. I have always been bowlegged and petite with natural curly hair. Not only that, I stayed to myself, I was book smart and I loved fashion. I was still finding my sense of style around this time and the more that people bothered me out of pure jealousy, the angrier and out of place I felt. By my eighth grade year, I had begun defending myself more than just verbally. I had become a fighter. A lot of my eighth grade year was spent in the principal’s office or suspended. I was told that I had one more altercation and I would be sent to an alternative school. At that point, I made the decision for myself to move with my mother to Alabama.

Howbeit, I am from Florida, I truly feel as though Alabama raised me. I spent 10 years of my life in Alabama (from the ages of 15 to 25). These were the most pivotal and transformative years of my life. Upon moving to Alabama with my mother, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I didn’t care, as long as I was with my mother. We experienced more lows than highs. My mother, myself and seven other siblings were living in public housing projects. We had never experienced that reality while living in Florida, so it took time for me to adjust after I learned what was happening around me. There were times when we did not have a car, so we walked or relied on others to take us to the places. We did not have a washer and dryer at some point, so we washed our clothes in the bathtub or sink and hung them. Many people tried to bully us because we were “the new people from Florida”, but I immediately shut it down when it came to my younger siblings. I was still so angry, and probably angrier because my reality seemed worse than what it was while living in Florida. I spent a lot of time quiet until I attracted friends. Though I had two best friends at the time, they still were unaware about what was going on in my personal life. Even if they felt it, they never asked. They just allowed me to be myself. Realizing that financial stability on my mother’s behalf was a bit rocky and I did not want to continue asking my father, I began modeling in tenth grade and I landed my first job in eleventh grade working as a tour guide at a local cave. After graduating highschool, I attended community college for a year and then I transferred to a university. Following the four years that I attended at that university, I transferred to another university before quitting school and moving back home to Florida after 10 years. Throughout my entire college experience, I was a freelance model, YouTuber, I had a side hustle, and I worked two, sometimes three jobs, all while being a full time student. I spent all of those years of my life in survival mode and operating more from my masculine energy. I feared struggling for the rest of my life, thus failing myself. Though the entire experience was rough, I’d say it was all purposeful and I would not have it any other way. I would not be who I am today had I not experienced all that Alabama had to offer. I believe that all is divine. There is so much more that I could say about my college experience alone, but I will leave that for my book. All in all, my upbringing in Alabama forced me to rise to the occasion of my highest self and tap more into who I was destined to be. Many people don’t innerstand my why. I never “fit in”, and I especially appear to be an enigma to most. There are many experiences and layers that have been shed to be who and where I am today.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What I want the world to know about me and my story is – though Sacred Melanin has experienced just as many transformations as I have over the duration of three years, it was not until after my journey to Kemet (Egypt) in August 2021 that all began to come full circle. Realizing that I have a genuine love for fashion, travel, wellness, interiors, architecture, and organizing spaces, I began honing in on blending my passion with my purpose. I remember walking into one of the shops in Kemet and feeling like I was sent on a quest to find something. It was almost an unfulfilling or empty feeling. After walking around and not finding “that something”, I took a seat and decided to drink hibiscus tea.

As we were preparing to leave the store, I felt the urge to look around and while doing so, I found exactly what I was looking for. Though it was not anything tangible, it was the missing piece to the puzzle. I had been pondering on a name for my new business venture for a while and as I stood in that space, Sacred Melanin Ancient Interiors instantly resurfaced in my mind’s eye. I felt it strong. I am most excited about creating from an innovative space, not only serving my spirit, but serving my KemUNITY. I am looking forward to bridging the health and wellness gap between our immediate environments as well as our spirit, mind and bodies through Wahj Per Ankh™ or (Green House of Life™).

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend was visiting the area and I wanted to show them the best time ever, I would take them to the Lawton Museum of the Great Plains. This museum has much Indigenous history that is a reflection of this area. The energy is most definitely felt. I would also take them to the Wichita WildLife Refuge, as it has mountains, nature trails and beautiful views. I would also take them to the local farmer’s market, view the city murals, Elmer Thomas Park, and a new finding; Buffalo Grove Coffee Co. I am not a coffee drinker per se, however they have smoothies and one of a kind avocado toast. It is such a vibe for good talks and laughs! Lastly, we would go to Curious Goods Metaphysical shop.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I first want to give thanks to God, Source, Ntr, Spirit, The All, my most righteous, divine and Benevolent Ancestars, my tribe in the physical and spiritual. It is because of the divine spirit that works with and through them that I am; divinely guided on a path that was destined specifically for me.

I give thanks to my sistar tribe for always being present for me.

Lastly, I give thanks to my divine mate for journeying with me in all the ways that spirit sees fit for us and our future seeds.

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Richie Mills http://www.richhonesty.com https://www.instagram.com/richhonesty/

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