Academy award winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o has finally released her debut Children’s Book ‘Sulwe,’ an Ode to Dark-Skinned Kids.
“Sulwe,” according to the actress was inspired by her childhood experiences with colorism.
Sulwe is all about self-love, the protagonsit is inspired by the actress herself
The book was illustrated by Vashti Harrison, who colors its pages with whimsical drawings of young Sulwe. Here’s an official description of the book:
Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.
The actress has been promoting the new book with several interviews and appearances. Last week, she appeared on BBC Newsnight where she spoke openly about her experience growing up in a world that places more value on lighter skin and Eurocentric features. “Colorism is the daughter of racism,” said Nyong’o.