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Shades of YOU, Artwork and Racial Equity Project

Introducing Shades of YOU, Artwork, and Racial Equity Project! This program has been in development for a while and I am pleased to announce that we are in the final stages of its progression. It began with Shades of YOU, 100 Shades of Black children’s book which is a color therapy book for black and brown children created to change the narrative of negative connotations associated with the color black.

The Shades of YOU artwork and equity project is an innovative way to help young children understand and celebrate their racial identity. Designed to be used with the Shades of YOU book, this project encourages children to explore the many shades of black while promoting diversity and inclusion.

The project also aims to improve racial socialization by including the community in active participation in teaching children empowering affirmations and supporting them physically, emotionally, and psychologically through direct engagement involving writing prompts, art, poetry, creative discussion, games, and group activities.  

Using art and discussion as a tool, this project helps dismantle colorism and promote the message that every shade is beautiful. It’s an excellent early education tool that can be implemented in schools and homes, promoting a culture of pride in individuality.

The Shades of YOU book and the complete racial equity project are valuable resources for educators, parents, and caregivers. They promote diversity and self-awareness in children from diverse backgrounds. By embracing and celebrating our differences, we can build a more inclusive and accepting society where every shade of black is beautiful.

This project is a love offering dedicated to my late twin sister! I Love Hur’, Vanilla Sunshine Black” is of my twin sister Jere and her granddaughter Railynn.

Shades of You

Shades of You, 100 Shades of Black

If you read my earlier post, you would know that In honor of my twin sister, I vowed to do something special each year for our birthday. So, this year, Shades of You, 100 Shades of Black, a children’s color therapy book, was released on our birthday! YAY!!!! and Shades of You, 100 Shades of Black (Art project), will be debuting in virtual art galleries and local galleries. It’s a celebration Y’all!!!

From “Celestial Super Black” to “Iridescent Snow Black”, Shades of You, 100 Shades of Black, is a spectrum of uplifting black-hued celebrations. This book is a color palette of natural skin tones with names to be proud of, like “Heaven’s Gates Black”, “Chocolate Cosmos Black” and “Melanin Popping Black”. Mantra Lotus creates full-color pages of the diversity and beauty of black colored skin. Shades of You, 100 Shades of Black, teaches children to have a strong identity and empowers them to Glow Up in all of their unique Blackness!

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