6-year-old Vanae James-Bey has created a book celebrating black indigenous cultures across the globe
- Even a 6-year-old understands that representation matters. Vanae James-Bey and her mother, Veronica Bey, teamed up to create a coloring book celebrating the black indigenous cultures around the world.
- The coloring book, The Indigenous Adventures of Princess Vanae, has already been given high praise since going on sale on March 31.
- The book lets readers in on a journey learning about the history and culture of the native-born black people in Africa and the Americas, the Root reported.
- “We’ve received tons of positive feedback, with orders from Australia to Amsterdam,” Bey told the Atlanta Black Star. “Parents asking for one for boys are as negative as the feedback gets.”
- The book was a family project. Johnathan Ellerbee, Vanae’s uncle, provided the illustrations for the book in April 2016.
- Vanae, who is homeschooled, researched all kinds of indigenous cultures with her mother. Ellerbee then drew illustrations of the 6-year-old wearing their traditional dress and jewelry. Read more (4/27/17)