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Lupita Nyong’o Discloses How Colorism Reflected On Her Feelings As A 5-Year-Old Kenyan Girl

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Lupita Nyong’o‘s new book, Sulwe, will be released two weeks from now and the actress informed her fans about this by sharing a photo of her 5-year-old self and spoke about how it reflected on her feelings when she read books but couldn’t see black characters that looked like her.

She said Sulwe is to serve as a mirror for dark-skinned girls to see characters that look like them and to tackle colorism.

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She wrote:

This is 5-year-old me. I reflected on this little girl’s feelings and fantasies when I decided to write my children’s book, #Sulwe. With this book, I wanted to hold up a mirror for her. Here’s why:

As a little girl reading, I had all of these windows into the lives of people who looked nothing like me, chances to look into their worlds, but I didn’t have any mirrors. While windows help us develop empathy and an understanding of the wider world, mirrors help us develop our sense of self, and our understanding of our own world. They ground us in our body and our experiences.

#Sulwe holds up a mirror for dark-skinned children especially, to see themselves reflected immediately, and it is a window for all the others to cherish peering into.

Colorism, society’s preference for lighter skin, is alive and well. It’s not just a prejudice reserved for places with a largely white population. Throughout the world, even in Kenya, even today, there is a popular sentiment that lighter is brighter.

I imagined what it would have been like for this little girl to turn the pages of her picture books and see more dark skin in a beautiful light. This book is my dream come true for kids like her today. #Sulwearrives October 15. ? Link in bio to pre-order.

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Sister Debby Debunks Rumors That Her Cooking Skills Resulted In Her Break-Up With Medikal

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When Sister Deborah and Medikal broke up in 2018 a lot of ‘reasons why’ were circulated. Their age difference among other things was rumoured to have been the cause of the breakup.

Others also chose a more outdated reason why… the woman’s cooking skills or lack of it. Once again, her supposed relevance in the relationship was reduced to how well she managed the kitchen.

Not the industry connections and the entry to high profile places that Medikal’s relationship with Sister Deborah might have made possible – nope it was about her ability to cut a few onions and fry an egg that people used to justify the reason why Medikal reportedly cheated on her with Fella Makafui.

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Bullied Quaden Bayles’ Family Reject The $700k Raised From A Fundraiser Set Up By US Comedian For A Trip To Disneyland

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Bullied Quaden Bayles’ family have rejected the $700,000 raised from a fundraiser set up by a US comedian, and want the money to be donated to charity instead.

Last week, an online fundraiser, ‘Let’s send a wonderful kid to Disneyland’, was set up by US comedian Brad Williams, who also has dwarfism after the boy’s mother shared an emotional video of him crying and saying he wanted to die after he was bullied at school.

The nine-year-old from Austrialia, who became a global sensation after the video went viral received an outpouring of support with more than 20,000 donors from across the world donating $723,000 to give Quaden’s family the special treat.

But it has now been revealed that Bayles’ family have turned down the trip, saying that the money should be donated to charity to help combat bullying and suicide.

‘What kid wouldn’t want to go to Disneyland, especially if you have lived Quaden’s life,’ his aunt Mundanara told NITV News.

‘But my sister said “you know what, let’s get back to the real issue”. This little fella has been bullied. How many suicides, black or white, in our society have happened due to bullying.

‘We want the money to go to community organisations that really need it. They know what the money should be spent on.

‘So as much as we want to go to Disneyland, I think our community would far off benefit from that.’

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I’ve Worked With Ghanaians But None Helped Me, Mr Eazi Came From Nowhere And Me A Star : Guiltybeatz

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Award-winning Ghanaian music producer appreciated what Nigerian musician, Mr Eazi has done for him when speaking in an exclusive interview with Zion Felix on the ‘Uncut Show’.

Guiltybeatz said he has worked with Sarkodie, R2bees, StayJay, Dr Cryme and others but working with Mr Eazi opened a huge opportunity for him. According to him, he became a super star through Mr Eazi. Gulitybeatz, known in private life as Ronald Bamfo disclosed how Mr Eazi got featured on the ‘Akwaaba’ song and also opted to finance the project.

Through his work with Mr Eazi, he recounted being on tours with the Nigerian musician which opened the door of opportunities for him in diverse ways.

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