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My Afro: Twin Best Friends

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You know, she’s not seen a book ever with a character with brown skin and dreadlocks, and the pleasure and pride on her face when she was saying it made me think, this is what I wanted to achieve through my books,” she added. By purchasing the item from Charlies Chapters Ltd you agree that you are happy to receive a revised edition. Tiana has recently been on International News with interviews on ITV, Channel 5 and BBC Radio London.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Read more about the condition New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages. Although I felt a little bit dejected, I believed in the messages in my books and but then I heard about Danni and Conscious Dreams Publishing through the launch of another published author, and I found somebody who also believed in my stories, and that was the beginning of a long, successful partnership, which is destined to continue with the publication of three more Nzingha books. Speaking during Black History Month, which runs in October in the UK, Tiana told the PA news agency: “I wanted to show that people who have my type of hair have challenges and sometimes find it hard to love their hair texture plus all the struggle of making it look beautiful. Daniella Blechner, 42, from West Norwood, south London, the founder of Conscious Dreams Publishing, said she initially helped aspiring authors as a “labour of love” by “connecting them to editors, typesetters and illustrators and mentoring them through the process of publishing”, all while working full-time as a teacher.Now, if day by day, week after week and year after year what you’re doing is picking up books and seeing characters that don’t look like you, that will consciously or unconsciously affect your sense of wellbeing, your sense of identity and sense of what you believe you can aspire to achieve. I enjoyed flipping though the book and my two beautiful daughters virtually saw themselves in the pages of this book.

It wasn’t something I consciously planned to do, but it was through realising that so many people were not being heard, having their voices diluted or having their stories told in a way that wasn’t authentic, that I decided to create a platform for these unheard stories and voices.They love to dress and style their hair the same, but Tia's afro hair can be unruly and sometimes hurts to style and manage. I’ve had a lot of comments on social media and also little girls all around the world have been showing pictures of my book saying that they love it and feel empowered to wear their afro hair to school, so that makes me really happy,” she added. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. Even now, after the spike of black authors in 2020 post-George Floyd and the campaigns to publish more black authors, that figure now has dropped by 23%, and back in 2018, only 1% of main characters in children’s fiction were from Bipoc (black, indigenous and people of colour) backgrounds, which is now only 7%.

You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. And so it’s really important that we have positive representation in books … so when you, as a young black girl, pick up a book and you see that mirror reflected back to you as a young, black, positive character, it’s affirming of you and your identity. It's about empowering young Afro hair babies to see the magic in their beautiful Fro's but not ignoring that their friends of other races are equally as beautiful and amazing. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. At the age of five, I started having writing classes with my mum who edited and guided me through writing short stories.Will her mum be able to give Tia the same hairstyle as her twin best friend Aaoki for 'picture day'?

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