Next January, Lupita Nyong’o will publish her first children’s book according to the New York Times. Sulwe, which means “star” in Luo, tells the story of a young Kenyan girl who “has the darkest skin color in her family, a fact that makes her uncomfortable and determined to find a way to lighten her skin.”
The Oscar winner said that her decision to share this story about self-love and colorism was obvious because she’s been vocal about self-image and its effects on the Black community. She added that reading with her mother as child was “critical.”
After a speech that addressed her own issues with self-love, she felt it was important to share her message with an age group that wouldn’t otherwise see it online.
“I felt really grateful that it had this impact,” Nyong’o told the Times. “And at that time it occurred to me that there was an audience that this was resonating with, but the age group that really needed to hear this wouldn’t necessarily hear the speech.”
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