A show about diverse storytelling, written by a diverse group of authors, showcasing actual books, that’s available to stream on Netflix? Somebody please pinch me. Hard. No my fellow bookworms we haven’t stumbled across a bookish paradise, but this a pretty close substitute! On September 1st, Netflix’s highly anticipated Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices premieres; this show celebrates children’s books written by black authors, about the black experience.
Now if you’re asking ‘Stacey, why can’t I just lookup popular books written by black authors?‘. Well two things: a) that’s boring, very boring. And b) Will Tiffany Haddish read your search results? My apology did I forget to mention that within every episode a celebrity reads a book in full, such as Lupita Nyong’o, black-ish’s Marsai Martin Common, and Tiffany Haddish? This isn’t your average story-time!
So it only makes sense to meet the brain behind this project! When Marley Dias was 10, she was saddened by the lack of representation of characters who looked like her in books, as well as lack of diversity within authors themselves, at her hometown library. Fueled by frustration, Dias launched the #1000BlackGirlBooks drive in November of 2015, with a goal of collecting 1,000 books with a black female protagonist by February 2016. She exceeded her goal by about 10,000 more books, but that was just the beginning.
Besides being on Forbes’ 30 Under 30, meeting Michelle Obama (you know, the small stuff) and her accomplishments are only growing. Netflix tapped her for this amazing opportunity, to be a host of a show that highlights literature, it’s importance, and the necessity of diversity.
Follow Marley on social media for some inspiration, tune in on September 1st to witness a trailblazer show and get your Amazon cart ready! Happy reading and happy watching!
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