Race & Identity
Lupita Nyong’o Announces Children’s Book That Aims To Empower All Black Children
"Sulwe" will be on bookshelves January 2019.
Actress Lupita Nyong'o has announced Wednesday, Jan. 17 that she wants to give children with darker skin an empowering children's book that will teach them lifelong values.
On Instagram and in a recent New York Times interview, the Black Panther star revealed that her children's book "Sulwe" will focus on a young girl that struggles with her skin color.
Sulwe, or “star” in Luo, is a 5-year-old Kenyan girl who tries to overcome her insecurities about having darker skin compared to that of the rest of her family members. With guidance from her mother, Sulwe takes a fantastical journey through the night’s sky that helps her embrace the beauty of her skin.
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The book is right up her alley. After gaining notoriety as a performer, Nyong'o has been vocal about body positivity and pushing back on derogatory statements and actions regarding her blackness.
I am pleased to reveal that I have written a children's book! It's called "Sulwe"! Sulwe is a dark skinned girl who goes on a starry-eyed adventure, and awakens with a reimagined sense of beauty. She encounters lessons that we learn as children and spend our lives unlearning. This is a story for little ones, but no matter the age I hope it serves as an inspiration for everyone to walk with joy in their own skin. Coming January 2019!!
The book pulls from Nyong'o's own life experiences. When she was younger she revealed to the Times that she was often compared to her fairer-skinned sister.
At the moment, there is very little information about the book.
"Sulwe" will be published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers and has a release date of January 2019.