popular
Photo via Lupita Nyong'o's Twitter page.

'Sulwe' Is Lupita Nyong'o's Debut Picture Book Inspiring Children to Love the Skin They're In

We stan a confidence-building author!

Lupita Nyong'o will be publishing Sulwe—her first picture book for children later this year.


Sulwe is what her publisher Simon & Schuster calls a moving book tackling colorism, self-esteem and learning that true, unique beauty comes from within.

Here's the plot below:

Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.

"I wrote Sulwe to encourage children (and everyone really!) to love the skin they are in and see the beauty that radiates from within," Nyong'o explains on Instagram.

We love and are totally here for this children's book debut contributing to the increased representation of black women in publishing creating more and more work that young black girls can reference to shine a light on the gems that they are.

Sulwe was illustrated by Vashti Harrison, an artist and filmmaker who hails from Virginia. The book will be available Oct. 1 and is available for pre-order here.

Music

Here Are The Most Streamed African Songs, Albums and Artists on Apple Music

Nasty C is the most streamed South African artist on Apple Music.

Nasty C has been the most streamed South African artist on Apple Music in the last four years. His sophomore album Strings and Bling is also the most streamed South African and African album on the streaming platform in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is according to a newly released set of list of the most streamed artists, songs, playlists and albums on the platform.

The list of top South African artists on Apple Music also includes the likes of Joyous Celebration, AKA, Sjava, Cassper Nyovest and a few more.

Strings and Bling is followed by Mlindo The Vocalist's Emakhaya, AKA's Touch My Blood and Sjava's Umqhele.

Keep reading... Show less
Art

Listen to Saul Williams' New Album 'Encrypted & Vulnerable'

The score for his directorial musical debut, Neptune Frost, which is based on Williams' tale about hackers living in a Burundian village made up of recycled computer parts.

Saul Williams is back with his new album, Encrypted & Vulnerable.

The 13-track album, which is part of his MartyrLoserKing project, is described by Williams as his first "spoken word" album. It was entirely self-produced, mixed by by Gonjasufi and features the likes of Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio), My Brightest Diamond, Christian Scott (Atoms For Peace) and more.

Encrypted & Vulnerable is also the score for Saul Wililams' directorial musical debut, Neptune Frost, which is based on Williams' tale about hackers living in a Burundian village made up of recycled computer parts.

"Encrypted & Vulnerable is simultaneously a personal and intimately optimistic takedown on struggle, defiance, awareness, aloneness, and a takedown of heteronormative capitalistic patriarchal authoritarian politics in topics ranging from love, technology, religion, war, to migration," Williams mentions.

Keep reading... Show less
popular
Still from YouTube

Simi and Adekunle Gold are the Absolute Cutest In Their New Music Video 'By You'

The couple are giving us all the feels in their latest music video.

Simi and Adekunle Gold continue their streak of duets with their latest "By You," from the former's latest album Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. 1.

On the new track, the couple once again deliver loving lyrics and sweet melodies, sharing an accompanying video highlighting their bond. The video behind with what looks like personal footage from the company, later following them around as they adventure across Los Angeles, playfully driving around and even making a stop at the LA staple, Randy's Donuts.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.