This annual interactive multi-media art showcase presented by local African and Caribbean youth of The Come Up, uses art of all forms to highlight the experiences and realities of African and Caribbean youth in the city of Edmonton. focusing on positive representation, creative unity and self expression, melanin narratives showcases the talents of The Come Up youth by providing an atmosphere conducive for growth and acceptance.

In 2016, between 300-400 for Melanin Narratives I;

African and Caribbean youth came together to commemorate Black History Month. We held a community-based art-inspired showcase through recognizing that pictures hold a thousand words. Our exhibit displayed photography and artwork by Black artists alongside excerpts of everyday African and Caribbean peoples in Edmonton.

In 2017, Melanin Narratives II featured;

  • Education is Justice - a community based documentary focused on experiences, realities and achievements relating to education and its connection to the justice system.
  • An art showcase featuring art works from a diverse group of African and Caribbean young artists
  • the launch of the Africa Centre scholarship
  • Commencement of the community mentorship program

Melanin Narratives III

Melanin Narratives III came to Edmonton with a BANG.

Picture this; 500 black youth dressed up in cultural attire coming together to celebrate a movie that celebrates our culture and heritage- BLACK PANTHER. The Come Up was able to book two theaters for black youth and with help from sponsors like Black Lives Matter Edmonton, we were able to send 100 black youth to the movie for FREE.

After the movie, we moved to The Rec Room for the panel, art show, and after party. It was a gorgeous display of culture, talent and genuine happiness for the glorious representation of African cultures in Media. The panel enforced the need and importance of proper representation and the power that this can have both for the actors and the industry but for the general audience. We were joined by MLA David Shepherd, Elder Bert Auger Blessings, John Gaye- The board chair of The Africa Centre.

A special thank you to all the Coordinators, Volunteers and Performers who made this event a success. You are awesome! 

Melanin Narratives was one of the best events I’ve ever attended in Edmonton. I had a great time and met so many amazing people from the community. Excellent job y’all!
— Andrew Parker [melanin narrqatives II]
A big shout out to YEG- The Come Up for shining a limelight in all areas of black culture in Edmonton and for educating the youth! Can’t wait to see what y’all have in store next
— camille xo from Styleyourlifexo [melanin narratives I]