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Netflix and teen author create ‘Bookmarks’ series to celebrate Black voices

Marley Dias (Image source: Instagram – @ iammarleydias)

Netflix is celebrating the Black experience and sparking important conversations about race, representation and self-love with its new children’s show, “Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices.”

Marley Dias, a 15-year-old activist, author and founder of the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign, serves as host and executive producer of the 12-episode series.

“Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices” was created to amplify the power of Black children’s books because they shape the way children view themselves.

Netflix released a sneak peek of the new series, which is set to air on its Netflix Jr. YouTube channel starting Sept. 1, 2020. It features an all-star cast of celebrities, who will read aloud popular children’s books about Black life written by Black authors.

The trailer features actress Grace Byers, who wrote I Am Enough, and Lupita Nyong’o, who authored Sulwe, both of whom read from their children’s books. Tiffany Haddish, Common, Marsai Martin and others read books, such as I Love My Hair by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley, Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester and ABC’s For Girls Like Me by Melanie Goolsby.

In addition, Netflix will be launching NetflixBookmarks.com with more book recommendations, as well as videos and resource guides.

View the full trailer for “Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices” below.