If we review a book that is yet to be published – in 2019, there must be a very good reason why. Award winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o is passionately penning away a children’s book, Sulwe, about a Kenyan girl’s difficulty in accepting her dark skin. Sulwe, 5 years, is the darkest person in her family and wants to lighten her skin complexion. She comes full circle and accepts herself after an adventure and advice from her mother on the beauty of diversity. The rarity of such profound content set out in a simplistic, child like narrative is what we define as a best seller. Such discourse is hard to come by but the demand has grown exponentially. The media is inundated with mainstream perceptions of beauty and colorism** is drowned by the dominant voice of racism. As we await the publication of Sulwe we can continue to find home made solutions to this topical area of beauty, race and self-worth.
MOCCA Mums, are we reserving Sulwe a slot in our bookshelves?
**Alice Walker defined colorism as “prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their color.”