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Latarsha Woods is a first-time author, wife, and mother of three young daughters. Her new book My Melanin is Poppin’ on My Beautiful Brown Skin started out as a poem about self-acceptance and self-love that was developed into a children's book. The poem was written by Woods to answer her daughters when they questioned her about their different complexions.
Because the poem was a great encouragement for her own children, Woods wanted to share it with other children and their parents. Her book is a good resource for parents to encourage their own young children.
The Author's Goal
Because there have been many protests against racial injustice, the mother's goal was to uplift and encourage her children. It was after her oldest daughter began to ask questions about racism, and her second oldest asked why their complexions are different shades of brown skin even though they are sisters. Those questions opened the door for many other conversations about race and culture.
The illustrations in the book show that all three of Woods' daughters have different complexions. The daughters have biblical names: Destiny Grace, 12, Trinity Faith, 7, and Serenity Joy, 4. The characters in the book are based on the children's middle names: Grace, Faith, and Joy. The book celebrates the children's different features from the texture of their hair to the different shades of their brown complexion.
Woods says she has already seen a positive impact the book has made on her girls. She hopes it will empower other young black and brown boys and girls around the world.
About the Book
Latarsha Woods' first book, My Melanin Is Poppin' On My Beautiful Brown Skin, is unique because it was initially written as a poem.
It is a Christian-based inspirational book designed to encourage little girls and boys to love their beautiful complexion.
- 27 pages
- Independently published April 24, 2021
- Price: Paperback, $14.99
Woods has had book signings in the Richmond, Virginia area since her book was recently published. People are giving positive reviews on Amazon. Here are just a few of them.
- "The book was beautifully put together. It is a must have for little girls."
- "Woods' book is a must resource for parents around the world as they educate their children about colorism."
- "I purchased the book and have enjoyed it. I read it and I'm sure I will read it many more times. I'll be sharing it with kids I know. It's great to see images of ourselves on pages that come to life! God's Blessings."
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Illustrations of Daughters on Back of Book
About the Author
New author Latarsha Woods has always had a passion to write songs and poems. She began writing at a very young age. She actually wrote her first book when she was in the fifth grade. However, she was told her book wasn’t good enough to win the book writer's competition.
Latarsha never gave up on her writing. Now, her book is being read, and it is available from one of the top booksellers in the country. My Melanin is Poppin on My Beautiful Brown Skin became a #1 new release on Amazon in three different categories the day after it was released.
The 41-year-old Petersburg, Virginia native attended Virginia State University, an HBCU in Petersburg, Virginia. She was part of the VSU Gospel Chorale and a majorette (Troy Elegance) and a dancer (Essence of Troy) in the Trojan Explosion Marching Band.
She is married to Travis "TeeJay" Woods, her husband of 17 years who is a graduate of Virginia State University and Liberty State University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Over the years, Latarsha has worked with students ranging from three-year-olds to middle school-age children. She home schools her own children during the day and is a dance and modeling instructor in the afternoon in the Richmond Public Schools. She and her husband inspire youth through their non-profit Youth Impact Annual Youth Conferences.
During the last year of the pandemic, protests, and racial injustices, Latarsha became an entrepreneur of her online boutique “L.Woods Boutique.” She is a recording artist, a minister at her local church, and a stay-at-home mom for her three beautiful daughters.
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