SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 15, 2019
“Culture Queen is Jessica Hebron, whose multi-layered approach to cultural empowerment sparkles in her ‘Culture Kingdom’ programs. The world of Culture Queen is open to all, with special resonance for African American families”—Kathy O’Connell, MetroKids magazine
“I Like the Me I See is a rhythmic declaration of self-actualization. It’s a celebration of every single thing that we find beautiful about ourselves, from the coils of magnificence on our heads to the unique prints on the soles of our feet. An ode to everything that makes us REGAL.”
—Derrick Barnes, award-winning author of Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
WALDORF, MD (Aug. 2019) — Award-winning performer and teaching artist Culture Queen brings her empowering, one-of-a-kind brand of affirmative entertainment to her first picture book, I Like the Me I See!, set for release on October 15, 2019.
Inspired by the uplifting lyrics of Culture Queen’s popular song “I Like the Me I See!” from her album by the same title, the rhythmical text in I Like the Me I See! accompanies vibrant images of Culture Queen and her “royal children” celebrating all the qualities that make them who they are. With a focus on body positivity and self-affirmation, they proudly proclaim their African American cultural identity through phrases packed with meaning: “I like my skin, I feel comfortable within.” “Though we’re different from one another, I won’t compare myself to others.” “I like the me I see, so I’ll stick to being me.”
Solomia Kovalchuk’s rich, colorful illustrations were inspired by photos of ten years’ worth of real-life interactions between Culture Queen and her “Culture Kingdom Kids” at the classes she has taught and shows she has performed. The background of each page is filled with Adinkra symbols from Ghana, West Africa, a beautiful synthesis of artistic expression and a complete sense of being.
“In anticipation of the 10th year of my company, Culture Kingdom Kids, I wanted this book to be a celebration of all the amazing children I’ve had the honor to teach and entertain,” says Culture Queen. “I started looking through my Facebook photo albums for pictures that best reflected the ‘I Like the Me I See!’ song lyrics, and that is where I found the perfect ideas for the book’s illustrations. These pictures work because they are authentic and genuine illustrations of actual experiences I’ve had with the children.”
I Like the Me I See! will be available at Amazon.com, Culture Queen’s website, and at Culture Queen’s performances and appearances.
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