Black and Proud is a video series on The Root that focuses on the pride that our favorite black celebrities, tastemakers and thought leaders feel about being black. Many of them talk about our resilience and strength throughout history, some talk about our undeniable talents, while others mention our dance skills, dopeness and more.

Whatever the reasoning, it’s clear that being black is an incredible experience, despite society’s negative narratives around blackness.

One of the stars of Detroit, John Boyega, opened up about his heritage and the royalty he feels from knowing he comes from Africa. Check out the video above to see why Boyega is happy about how much his melanin pops.