Yesha Callahan

Actress Garcelle Beauvais’ New Children’s Book Teaches Kids All About Diversity

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Haitian-born actress, Garcelle Beauvais, is coming out with her first children’s book next week called I Am Mixed. The book tells the story of twins,  Jay and Nia, as they explore the thoughts and emotions of being of bi-racial.  The kids’ book is the first in line of a larger series called I Am. The next books will be  I Am Living In Two Homes about children of divorced parents and I Am Adopted.

“I didn’t want them to be asked why is your mommy brown and daddy white and not have them understand it themselves,” she said in an interview with Lifetime’s celebrity parents blog. “I wanted them to know that they’re the best parts of us put together. What I wanted most of all is for them to be proud of who they are and celebrate themselves.”

Beauvais also spoke about her own experiences growing up around kids that were different from her.

“When I went to school, I was the only black child, and the kids would touch my skin and feel my hair because they hadn’t seen someone like me,” she told parenting site Elizabeth St.“I never thought of myself as different until then.”

In a so-called “post-racial” society, Beauvais’ goal is to instill in her kids compassion for all types of people. “I want my children to have compassion for all human beings regardless of race, age, or any other differences. Having respect is a big part of what I want to instill in them. And most importantly, I want them to be proud of what makes them who they are!”

I Am Mixed can be purchased on Amazon.

 

 

  1. August 6, 2013 - Reply

    Here’s an idea: I Am Living in Black/Brown Skin

  2. August 6, 2013 - Reply

    She needs to write a book about not being a baby factory and ATM for fugly white dudes who use you for sex and bail on their kids.

    • August 6, 2013 - Reply

      @Unblievable

      Used her for sex? She was married to the father of her twins and has been involved with black men before that hence her first son who is black. Why so much negativity for a women you don’t know? You must be hurting.

      • August 6, 2013 - Reply

        @africa via london

        You either didn’t follow follow the fiasco surrounding her sexually depraved bum of a “husband,” or you’re hurting for a lot of brain cells.

    • August 7, 2013 - Reply

      @Unblievable

      yeah, you’re bitter. ^^^^^

      get over it already…

    • August 7, 2013 - Reply

      @Unblievable

      You mean sexually depraved like Eric Benet and and David Justice who married Halle Berry? Or like Tiger Woods? Or like R Kelly who had sex with underaged children? Get off this topic, you are tired.

  3. August 6, 2013 - Reply

    I beleive she already sent out a mass email and put her ex on blast, read it then if it still not enough for ya, then demand a book on the same topic (honestly there is just so much to write about a bad husband/marriage, not chapter and chapters) last

  4. August 6, 2013 - Reply

    I highly doubt that they do.

    • August 7, 2013 - Reply

      @Lisss

      Oh get off that!

      Just because a black woman married and had kids by a white man doesn’t mean that their children won’t know about their heritage.

      If anything, black mothers of mixed kids will make sure they know where they came from.

      some people….smh.

  5. August 7, 2013 - Reply

    Good luck with the book, Garcelle. I think it is an awesome idea as so many mixed kids are being born. It’s great to grow up knowing about and appreciating all of their ethnicity instead of being forced to chose one.

  6. August 7, 2013 - Reply

    Jax & Jaid Nilon, not Jay and Nia

    • August 7, 2013 - Reply

      @cees

      Jay and Nia are the characters from the book.

  7. August 7, 2013 - Reply

    Kreyol is not an international language. They need to speak an international language besides English. Yeah, I said it. Jamaicans speak Patoi but they also speak English. That is how it should be.

  8. August 7, 2013 - Reply

    Gorgeous woman. Gorgeous kids. Great idea for a book.

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