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Lupita Nyong'o Has Written a Children's Book and We're So Here For It

'Sulwe' is the story of a young girl with dark skin who learns to "reimagine her sense of beauty."

What can't Lupita Nyong'o do?

Aside from all of her many other accomplishments, like starring in hit movie after hit movie and winning an Oscar after her first film, the Kenyan star has yet another to add to her list: children's book author.

Nyong'o took to Twitter earlier to announce that she has written her very first chidren's book, Sulwe, a story of self-acceptance, which borrows from the actor's own childhood experiences.The word "sulwe" means star in Nyong'o's mother tongue, Luo.

Here's a synopsis of the book via the New York Times:

In the book, Sulwe has the darkest skin color in her family, a fact that makes her uncomfortable and determined to find a way to lighten her skin. As the story unfolds Sulwe embarks on a whimsical adventure in the night sky that, coupled with advice from her mother, helps her see beauty differently.

Nyong'o decided to write the book after recalling the positive influence that reading stories with her mother had on her self-image growing up. The story touches on her own battles with skin complexion and self-acceptance, which she opened up about so eloquently in a 2014 Black Women In Hollywood speech.

The book is specifically written for children between the ages of 5 and 7, the age when "you learn all the things that you spend the rest of your life trying to unlearn," says Nyong'o.

Sulwe will arrive in January 2019.

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Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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