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Positive Affirmation: Books, Movies and Shows That All Girls of Color Need

By Yolanda Spivey

Since the beginning of cinematic times here in the United States, young girls of color never saw reflections of themselves represented in mainstream movies and books.  Most times, if their reflections were represented, it was often shown in a negative light.  It’s only recently that society as a whole sees the importance of adding positive representations of all girls of color in the media.

Studies have shown that when young girls of color see themselves represented in all aspects of the arts, it changes the way they see the world.  Not only do they have a sense of belonging, but they are inspired and uplifted by the images they see on film or read about in books.

Although there is much work that needs to be done, there are some movies and books where young girls of color are represented in a positive light. came up with a list of 20 books, movies and television shows every girl of color need in their lives.  They are:

Movies & Television Shows

  1. The Princess and The Frog
  2. Polly featuring Keisha Knight Pulliam
  3. Happily Ever After Collection: Fairy Tales For Every Child
  4. Doc McStuffins
  5. Super Why
  6. Cinderella featuring Brandi Norwood


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  1. Summer Jackson Grown by Theresa E. Harris
  2. Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn
  3. Little Diva by LaChanze
  4. Jump at the Sun fairytale classics- Their book series feature African American leading ladies.
  5. Please Baby Please and Please Puppy Please by Spike and Tanya Lee
  6. Princes Truly and the Hungry Bunny Problem by Kelly Greenwalt
  7. Dancing In the Wings by Debbie Allen
  8. Sugar Plum Ballerinas series by Whoopi Goldberg
  9. Ruby and the Booker Boys series by Derrick Barnes
  10. Keena For books by Melissa Thomson
  11. Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon
  12. President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston
  13. Liberty Porter, First Daughter series by Julia DeVillers
  14. Amy Hodgespodge series by Kim Wayans

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One thought on “Positive Affirmation: Books, Movies and Shows That All Girls of Color Need

  1. Brandy Jones

    Great Information to have as parents and advocates of literacy-much thanks Yolanda please share more blogs on literacy advancement of our children!!!


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