Lupita Nyong’o Wrote a Book For Girls of Color to “See More Dark Skin in a Beautiful Light” | POPSUGAR

Chanel-Vargas, POPSUGAR Image Source: Amazon. Featured Image Lupita Nyong’o is now a published author, and her children’s picture book Sulwe — which means star in her native language Luo — sends a powerful and much-needed message to girls of color.

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The Changing Image of the Black in Children’s Literature | The Horn Book, Inc.

Augusta Baker, The Horn Book, Inc. The longtime couple have finally become engaged, celebrating with family and friends. (Image via NBC Chicago). Featured Image n the 1920’s and 1930’s, children’s books seemed to foster prejudice by planting false images in the minds of children. Most authors were white, with little knowledge about black life, and…

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Biography of Gwendolyn Brooks, the People’s Poet | ThoughtCo

Jeffrey Somers, ThoughtCo Gwendolynn Brooks. Bettmann / Getty Images. Featured Image n many ways, Gwendolyn Brooks embodies the black American experience of the 20th century. Born into a family that moved to Chicago as part of the Great Migration of blacks to the north of the country, she made her way through school during the…

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Ta-Nehisi Coates On Magic, Memory And The Underground Railroad | NPR

Terry Gross, NPR Ta-Nehisi Coates’ 2014 Atlantic Magazine cover story, “The Case for Reparations,” led to a national conversation about how to reckon with injustices resulting from years of slavery. He won a National Book Award in 2015 for Between the World and Me. Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times. Featured Image rowing up in Maryland,…

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BANNED: The Bluest Eye| PBS

FROM THE COLLECTION: THE LIBRARY, PBS The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison’s first novel, was published in 1970. Set in Lorain, Ohio — where Morrison herself was born — the book tells the story of Pecola Breedlove, an eleven-year-old African American girl who is convinced that she is ugly, and yearns to have lighter skin and…

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Beloved St. Louis stage veteran Linda Kennedy passes at 68 | The St. Louis American

Kenya Vaughn, The St. Louis American A snapshot of mid-century South Philly. Featured Image Alton Randall Kennedy, a staple of the St. Louis theater scene for more than four decades, passed away this morning (Friday, August 16) after a battle with cancer. Her son Terell Randall Sr. confirmed her passing via Facebook. She was 68.…

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