What a time to be alive! Lupita Nyong'o is penning a children's book to shed light on colorism while empowering young black and brown girls to love their melanin complexion.
The Academy Award-winning actress will debut the young reader's book,“Sulwe” for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers next January. The title "Sulwe" which means 'star' in the 34-year-old star's native language. According to Black Panther actress said, the tale will spotlight a dark-skinned girl who goes on a starry-eyed adventure, and awakens with a reimagined sense of beauty.
"Sulwe" will be a picture book featuring a 5-year-old girl growing up in Kenya. Like the young girl in the story, Nyong'o has openly admitted that she's struggled with her complexion during her childhood.
The Kenyan-Mexican actress mission is to rewire the way children view their skin shades in a world which sometimes idolizes light skin as being more beautiful.
It's no secret that the subject of colorism effects Latino cultures and communities. This is an important message to send to our future generation of young brown and black girls, and we can't wait to read Lupita's book!