Fairytales


A few years ago my daughter asked me why the characters in most of the fairytales we loved were white. It was a pivotal moment in her childhood. She was forced to ask herself why she wasn't reflected in those stories, which lead her to see other places in the world her narrative was not celebrated as well.

 We discussed the obvious lack of inclusion of black children in our day-to-day experiences. Popular media rarely reflects children -- or a childhood experience -- that mirrors her own, and she was becoming painfully aware of it.  Fairytales have longevity partly because they are replete with themes of strength, character, beauty and force. I wanted to show her that she could harness those qualities and demonstrate that resistance can be creative and beautiful. We made our own versions of several stories. I chose to keep the props very simple so that she could really place herself into the different characters. Then I had them printed in a book.



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