Thursday, October 31, 2013

Lurie Favors & Ama Karikari-Yawson on Raising Confident Kinky Curly Coily Haired Black Kids November 2, Brooklyn NY


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Raising confident kids is hard under most circumstances. As Black parents, educators or anyone working with Black children, the challenges associated with instilling confidence and a sense of pride into our children can be even more complicated. Especially when it comes to their hair and skin color.

Children's author Ama Karikari-Yawson and Afro State of Mind author Lurie Favors will address this very issue at an event called "Raising Confident Kinky, Coily and Curly-Haired Kids" Saturday November 2, at the Macon Public Library in Brooklyn, NY.

Ms. Yawson, the mother of two young boys, recently wrote Sunne's Gift, a children's book that deals with hair type and bullying.

She wrote the book after an incident in which the barber cutting her son's hair told her:

"How can I tell you this? You have a real nigger here. He's from the tribe. He is a native boy. This is not pretty hair."

Lurie Daniel Favors' book Afro State of Mind: Memories of a Nappy Headed Black Girl is both a memoir and coming of age story about a Black girl struggling to find her place in a world where her hair and skin color simply do not fit the norm. After coming to grips with the reality that she doesn't have "good" hair, she begins the process of challenging long accepted norms and standards of beauty. In the process, she learns to love the hair she has and by extension learns to love herself and her community. 

This kid friendly event will include a children's dance performance, read alouds from Sunne's Gift and from Afro State of Mind: Memories of a Nappy Headed Black Girl, and a presentation on tools that we as parents can use to instill that necessary sense of pride in our children.

Join us on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm sharp at the Macon Public Library (361 Lewis Ave Brooklyn, NY 11233 on Lewis between Macon St. and Halsey St). Space is limited so be sure to get there early!

If you'd like more information please email us atinfo@afrostateofmind.com.


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