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5 Books that Build Confidence in African American Children

leeandlow:

The need for more diverse books and better representation is urgent. It’s not just about numbers, it’s about making this country into a safer space. Poor representation doesn’t just damage self-esteem/confidence of children of color. It actually makes them more vulnerable to violence.

Here are 5 books that build confidence in African American children.

5 Books that Build Confidence in African American Children1. Black All Around by Patricia Hubbell, illustrated by Don Tate

This gentle picture book, perfect as a read-aloud, is a meditation on the prominence and beauty of the color black.

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2. As Fast As Words Could Fly by Pamela M. Tuck, illustrated by Eric Velasquez

Young Mason Steele, an African American boy in 1960s Greenville, North Carolina, relies on his inner confidence and his typing skills to face challenges and break racial barriers after he begins attending a “whites-only” high school.

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3. Chess Rumble by G. Neri, illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson

A story in free verse about a troubled boy who learns to use his mind instead of his fists through the guidance of an unconventional mentor and the game of chess.

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4. The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children By David Adedjouma, Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

African American children celebrate the beauty of their lives and culture through poetry.

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5. The Jones Family Express by Javaka Steptoe

Javaka Steptoe combines humor and warmth in the story of Steven, an African American boy, who wants to find a special gift for his aunt when she comes to visit. A warm celebration of love in a strong African American family.

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the-goddamazon:

bitteroreo:

2damnfeisty:

musiqchild007:

2damnfeisty:

angrywocunited:

So apparently the Kardashian clan were texting during the VMA Ferguson/Michael Brown tribute. It appeared that Kim, Kylie, and Kendall Kardashian talked amongst themselves, texted, and looked generally bored while presenter Common asked the audience to take a moment of silence for Mike Brown. 

You would think that a woman that is married to Kanye West, a black man who is immensely vocal about racism and police brutality, would at least respect the life of a black boy who was murdered by the police.

Where’s Kanye?

 

ARE WE SURPRISED THO?????????

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You a damn fool if you think Kanye ain’t nothing but a famous dick for that family to attach themselves to.

Oh are we finally gonna acknowledge how much the Kardashians are fetishizers of Black Men and Black Culture. And recognize that just cause you like fucking black dick doesn’t mean you see the person attached to said dick as a person with humanity.

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jawnsbejawnin:

I see you white tumblr……  if you bitched over Quvenzhané Wallis, but aren’t upset about 
Gerard Butler as Set, a god of desert, storms and foreigners in ancient Egyptian religion.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Horus, a god of the sky and son of Osiris.
Geoffrey Rush as Ra, a god of the sun and father of Set and Osiris
you’re a privileged douchebag. 

- @visionpoet

jawnsbejawnin:

I see you white tumblr……  if you bitched over Quvenzhané Wallis, but aren’t upset about 

you’re a privileged douchebag. 

- @visionpoet

elementarystan:

Lucy Liu & Idris Elba at HBO’s Emmys After Party (Aug 25)

Watson and Luther <3

elementarystan:

Lucy Liu & Idris Elba at HBO’s Emmys After Party (Aug 25)


Watson and Luther <3

Cinderella will be black on Broadway and white people can't deal

thechanelmuse:

So, I was in the middle of searching for how long Keke Palmer will be on Broadway as Cinderella. Gotta get my ticket. I scrolled down and saw this first comment: 

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The reach with this one disneyfied ass tale. They, however, have no problem whitewashing different races and ethnicities and see our disdain as sensitive and “reverse racist.” Case in point: Exodus - God and Kings, the new British-American biblical movie set in Egypt, that has caused uproar and boycotts: 

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Apparently these are acceptable…

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Lemme not go over the post limit. This is just a handful that scratch the surface. 

blastortoise:

okay but when you have holocaust survivors and people who were activists during the civil rights movement supporting mike brown and then KKK members and neo nazi’s supporting the officer you should be able to figure out which side is the right one.

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deux-zero-deux:

it actually is illegal. officers are required to wear their name tags for accountability purposes.
if a cashier can be penalized for being on the clock without a name tag, so can an officer. the biggest fucked up part about it is that you can’t even report it to their superiors because their superiors probably told them to remove their tags.

deux-zero-deux:

it actually is illegal. officers are required to wear their name tags for accountability purposes.

if a cashier can be penalized for being on the clock without a name tag, so can an officer. the biggest fucked up part about it is that you can’t even report it to their superiors because their superiors probably told them to remove their tags.

(Source: thesoftghetto, via diaryofablackgyal)