Kenyan actor and author Lupita Nyong’o wins a Daytime Emmy Award for an episode in “Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices,” in which she reads from her children’s book Sulwe. She wins the award for Outstanding Limited Performance In a Children’s Program. Sulwe, a Brittle Paper notable book of 2020, tells the story of a young girl grappling with colorism.
The Netflix program Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices, produced by Actress and Comedienne Tiffany Hadish, is a “collection of twelve five minute episodes featuring prominent Black celebrities and artists reading children’s books by Black authors to spark meaningful conversations about empathy, equality, justice, self-love, and anti-racism.” Among the featured artists, in addition to Nyong’o, are Misty Copeland, Jacqueline Woodson, Common and Marsai Martin. Nyong’o stars in the fourth episode of the program.
Sulwe is a book that inspires self love and asks what it truly means to be beautiful. Since its publication last year, the book has received considerable acclaim, including an NACCP Award and a forthcoming Netflix adaptation. The Nigerian rights to the book was secured by Narrative Landscape Press, while Bunk Books secured the Kenyan rights.
Congratulations to Lupita Nyong’o!