Questioning the Lack of Diversity in Historical Fiction

Ce'Marie World:

#WeNeedDiverseBooks of ALL genres for ALL ages

Originally posted on The Book Wars:

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Miriam Makeba (4 March 1932 – 10 November 2008)

Two weeks ago, I talked in a complicated sort of way about why it is so important to be aware that the language history is written in is not necessarily the language it occurs in and as such, discrepancies exist and the lens through which we view history is, perhaps unavoidably, flawed.

This week I want to question a marked lack of diversity in historical fiction written for children. Let me define what I mean and set up some limits etc. so that what I say has some relevancy and makes sense. In fact, let me restate my question.

Why does children’s literature not have a more noticeable number of titles that deal with non-European, non-white history written not by white people but by the very people whose history is being narrated/fictionalized etc.? To simplify further, why don’t we have more…

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Shaking Up Social Media and How Women Are Portrayed

Ce'Marie World:

Inspiration of The WEEK. Being proactive in changing the stereotypes… #GirlPower #WomanPower #Feminist #LikeAGirl

“…once you find your true path in life and do what it takes to follow it, you’ll be the better version of yourself that everyone hopes to be.

Be inspired by the strong trailblazers who have left a wake that shakes things up.

Be challenged by women making art, building skills, making things, and getting business done.

We can all learn from each other’s stories and advice.”

How about I, you ask?
You’re damn right!

Originally posted on craftedincarhartt:

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Let’s take a minute to think about women in media and how we’re portrayed. It’s a common enough topic these days. Many of us are aware that our society is continually bombarded with gorgeous glamazon women, thin and flawless, with glowing skin and shiny hair, perfectly positioned, sitting, standing still, just waiting to be admired.
We all know the wonders of Photoshop, the great works of make-up artists, and the phenomena of calorie counting. Even once the smoke and mirrors are revealed, it can still be hard to shake the conditioned image of what women are expected to be in this day and age. Of course what we need is an adjustment of those expectations. We say we’ll think differently and react on a more educated level when we see these constant reminders of what our culture demands of us. But it can be tough to stand strong against the nonstop…

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A Night of 4D-Watching, Art-Critiquing, Roscoes-Eating, Fun.

Yesterday I saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 4D. It. Was. A-Mazing. From the smell of the forest to the light sprinkling of water that fell on my head at every raining scene, I was thoroughly intrigued.

Although i loved the movie, I would rate it a 4.5/5, just because I felt there could be more movement of the chairs at other parts of the movie. But overall, I enjoyed myself.

Next, we attended an event called ‘LA Renaissance’. It was pretty dope. There was art, fashionable people and talent everywhere. I even got a free 6″x8″ graffiti canvas painting from my friend who seems to always talk himself into something…

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But the point is not to simply share some of what I did yesterday, but more-so to share how enthusiastic I became during and after the event. I wrote on their glass wall about Ce’Marie – and that made me feel incredible (see photo below). This is one of the first places I advertised Ce’Marie…granted it wasn’t a children’s book type of party… It’s the thought that counts and especially the courage taken that mattered.
* “toddler” steps *

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I’m ready to take Ce’Marie to the next level – I’m ready to take her into production. I still have a lot of work ahead of me but I definitely look forward to the day that I excitedly post the great news of the e-book (and later paperback) launch.

Stay tuned, my book lovers ;)

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Why Readers, Scientifically, Are the Best People to Fall For

“Because reading is something that molds you and add to your character ,” parents, here is another reason to not only encourage and breed young readers but also a reason why you should get lost in a book.

Click here for the full article, “Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With”, from Elite Daily’s Lauren Martin.

Here are a few excerpts from the article:

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Let us know what you think by sharing your thoughts below.

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Take Off Your Makeup

A beautiful message within a song and video… Check out Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat’s new song “Try”. I’m inspired and moved by it. The song encourages us girls and women to take off our makeup, let down our hair, love what/who we see in the mirror…

Colbie became inspired to do the song and video after growing tired of getting photoshop’d and ‘perfected’ by her team made up of makeup artists, photographers, stylists, etc, so Colbie did something about it.

“We are not alone in our insecurities.” – Colbie Caillat

Leave a comment below… what do you think? Are you OK with going to the grocery store makeup-less? Please share your thoughts

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Ploose

Mi Día

Yesterday was a gorgeous day!

Creative and I had a day out together. And although we didn’t get much physical work done, we took a much needed break to regroup and prepare for the upcoming week.

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Church was great – the message touched home and opened my eyes to some things bigger and better.

In-n-Out had speedy service, despite its out-the-door line of customers – the food was delicious and on point.

The beach was relaxing & much needed – my skin definitely was kissed and loved on by the sun.

Germany won the World Cup…not that I was rooting for them, I’m just saying, the World Cup has come to an end.

Now I’m just looking for a good dinner to snuggle up with, looking forward to a nice, calming bath and looking out for the upcoming week and all it has to offer. Bring it on July 2014, bring it all the way on!

Countdown to #TheCreationOfCeMarie.

Hashtag – Excited!

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The Pavement Bookworm

Hello CeCe Book LoVeRs.

After scrolling through my homepage on WordPress, I came across 101 Books post on Philani Dladla, a homeless 24-year-old in Johannesburg, South Africa.

For the love of reading, you must listen to this young man give synopses for his books, belonging to a wide range of genres. I believe in his desire and attempt to share books and literacy knowledge with our youth and random spectators. I believe he would make a great reading ambassador for young people.

His story is inspiring, especially considering he fell victim to drugs and managed to recover from his addiction by reading self-help books. As he sits on street corners, he does not sit there with a sign nor does he sit there with an open hand waiting for change. He sits on the corners with a stack of books. He offers book review services to the passers-by. After hearing his reviews, if they become intrigued enough to want to read the book, the passers-by then pay Philani for his book.

He is passionate about reading. And at first glance he does not appear homeless, or at least I didn’t automatically think he was. By the video alone, without reading the article associated with it, I thought he was a young man desiring to share with the camera what reading can do for us and our young.

Enjoy and please share :)

Visit 101 Books here for their article on Philani.

P.S. >> If you’d like to donate to Philani and help sponsor more books for him, contact South African director, Tebogo Malope, who conducted the interview with Philani.

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