Lahore (3rd Oct, 2019): African-American actress, Lupita Nyong’O is ready to publish her book written for girls of color.
According to reports, Nyong’O who has to her credit films such as Twelve Years a Slave and Black Panther, has always been a vocal advocate for female empowerment, especially, when it comes to girls of color. According to reports, Lupita Nyong’O has carved a niche for herself in the world of published authors with her latest project, Sulwe, which aims to be a children’s picture book.
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Jumping for joy because my book #Sulwe will be on shelves in exactly two months! The power of children's books is how their value appreciates with time – we love them now and understand them later. I want #Sulwe to be a seed for children to grow and draw from in later years. No matter your age, it's never too late to love the skin you’re in and to see the beauty that radiates from within! Over the next few months, I will share stories of stars of all ages who shine like Sulwe with the hashtag #BrightnessIsJustWhoYouAre. Please join me and show me what light YOU shine!🌟Pre-order at the link in bio.
The book titled Sulwe, literally translates to mean star in Nyong’O’s native language of Luo and comes across with a much needed message of empowerment and self-acceptance for girls of color. Set to be released on the 15th of October, Sulwe focuses the story of a young girl named Sulwe who experiences a unique journey towards discovering her unique beauty. The summery of the of the book describes Sulwe’s skin as the “color of midnight” going on to discuss that she is different from everyone including her own family and while she wants to shine bright like her mother and sister, Sulwe embarks on “a magical journey in the night sky” that helps to open her eyes and simultaneously “changes everything”.
Lupita Nyong’O shared her own journey of self-reflection in a heartfelt message on Instagram stating that her experiences as a young girl of color. Captioning the picture as “5-year-old-me”, Nyong’O goes on to discuss that she reflected on herself as a young girl while focusing on her children’s book, Sulwe.
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This is 5-year-old me. I reflected on this little girl's feelings and fantasies when I decided to write my children's book, #Sulwe. With this book, I wanted to hold up a mirror for her. Here's why: As a little girl reading, I had all of these windows into the lives of people who looked nothing like me, chances to look into their worlds, but I didn't have any mirrors. While windows help us develop empathy and an understanding of the wider world, mirrors help us develop our sense of self, and our understanding of our own world. They ground us in our body and our experiences. #Sulwe holds up a mirror for dark-skinned children especially, to see themselves reflected immediately, and it is a window for all the others to cherish peering into. Colorism, society's preference for lighter skin, is alive and well. It's not just a prejudice reserved for places with a largely white population. Throughout the world, even in Kenya, even today, there is a popular sentiment that lighter is brighter. I imagined what it would have been like for this little girl to turn the pages of her picture books and see more dark skin in a beautiful light. This book is my dream come true for kids like her today. #Sulwe arrives October 15. ✨ Link in bio to pre-order. #NationalBookMonth #BrightnessIsJustWhoYouAre
Nyong’O continued in her post by stating she she wanted to hold up a mirror for the young girl due to her own experience as a girl of color. She stated that she had the chance to look into the “windows” and consequently, into the lives of people who looked nothing like her. The actress continued to discuss that while growing up different gave her the chance “to look into their worlds” it didn’t allow her the opportunity to “have any mirrors” so she could self-love and self-reflect.
In her post Nyong’O continued to pen down her thoughts as follows, “While windows help us develop empathy and an understanding of the wider world, mirrors help us develop our sense of self, and our understanding of our own world.” She added that, “They ground us in our body and our experiences”.
Moreover, the actress added that from a young age girls are taught to give preference to light skin over dark skin and that books such as the highly anticipated, Sulwe, help to reaffirm the idea that we must encourage self-love across the globe. Lupita Nyong’O stated that “Colorism, society’s preference for lighter skin, is alive and well.” She continued to critique that this prejudice for lighter skin is not limited and even in parts of Africa, especially, Kenya, “there is a popular sentiment that lighter is brighter”.
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My first #Sulwe signing! This story is near and dear to my heart and it was wonderful to begin to share it today. The best children's books plant a seed for children to grow and draw from throughout their lives. If Sulwe does that for even one young reader, I would be delighted.✨ #BookExpoAmerica
While, discussing the soon-to-be-released picture book, Nyong’O commented that the book for her is a dream come true, as “Sulwe holds up a mirror for dark-skinned children, especially, to see themselves reflected immediately, and it is a window for all the others to cherish peering into.”
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