Thursday, October 21, 2021

Lupita Nyong’o Narrates Audiobook of Her Story for Kids About Colorism

*Lupita Nyong’o has narrated an audiobook of her award-winning 2019 story “Sulwe.”

The story centers on a darkskin 5-year-old girl who wants to be beautiful like her mother and sister. The book, illustrated by Vashti Harrison, was inspired by Nyong’o’s experiences with colorism.

“Listening to a book read aloud is such a personal, intimate way to experience the characters and story,” said Nyong’o in a statement. The “Sulwe” audiobook will be released by Listening Library on Feb. 23, per PEOPLE. “I wanted to narrate the audiobook for Sulwe myself in order to bring to life the characters as I had imagined them in my head when writing the book.”

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“The character of Mama, for one, is inspired by my own mother, and it was rewarding to emulate the warmth, calm and compassion that she continues to comfort and guide me with to this day,” she continued. “I had so much fun performing the voices for Sulwe, her family, Night, and Day and I can’t wait for readers to hear them.”

The Academy Award-winning actress previously said “Sulwe” is designed to hold a “mirror for dark-skinned children especially, to see themselves reflected, immediately.”

She added, “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”, Nyong’o wrote in a post on social media in 2019.


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Since the book’s release, “Sulwe” has earned the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Literary Work.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.




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