Lupita Nyong’o Wrote a Children’s Book About a Little Girl Coming to Terms With Her Skin Color
Mexican-born actress Lupita Nyong’o took to her social media accounts on Monday to reveal some exciting news: she has written a children’s book due out in October.
The book is entitled “Sulwe” and revolves around a dark-skinned girl learning to accept her skin color.
According to Nyong’o, she wrote “Sulwe” to “encourage children (and everyone really!) to love the skin they are in and see the beauty that radiates from within”. The illustrations in the children’s book were provided by Vashti Harrison, a Brooklyn-based author, illustrator and filmmaker.
According to the synopsis on Simon & Schuster’s website, the story of “Sulwe” will revolve around a little girl named Sulwe who has “skin the color of midnight” who longs to be “beautiful and bright” like the rest of her family. One night, a “magical journey in the night sky” changes the way she views herself.
This isn’t the first time Lupita Nyong’o has made it her mission to shine a spotlight on the negative impact of colorism on the black community.
The “Us” actress has been candid before about the struggle she’s gone through to accept her skin color as well as her mission to eradicate colorism within Hollywood and the black community at large.
Naturally, Latinas on Twitter are all for N’yongo’s new project.
Because although the Latinx community is tackling colorism now more than it ever did before, there’s still a lot of work to be done.
Some Latinas just couldn’t hold back their feelings of appreciation towards Nyong’o
I LOVE YOU MORE EVERYDAY 😩❤️❤️❤️❤️— Kate ✨ (@OyagiKate) April 1, 2019
Nyong’o is truly doing the work the Latinx community needs to bring light to these issues.
Nyongo’s further contribution to the Afro-Latinx culture is making her a cult-like figure in some circles
Nyong’o truly is #blackgirlmagic goals.
Of course, there were those people who pre-ordered before they finished reading the post.
Take my money ! pic.twitter.com/KBgFf2vwgf
— carolineonline (@carolineonline1) April 2, 2019
Children can never have too many resources to help them make sense of difficult topics like race and colorism.
Some Latinos took to Twitter to get frank about the realities of colorism within the Latino community.
As always, talking about issues like this are the first step on the path towards improvement.
We, for one, can’t wait to get our hands on Lupita Nyongo’s new book.
Sulwe is out October 1, 2019 and is available for pre-order now.