Curl Centric Colouring Book : New Release

Hi All,

I recently came into contact with Akira Byrd, the owner of Curl Centric. She told me about a colouring book she had created for little girls, with curly /kinky hair types. I was really pleased to hear this as no matter what we tell our children they come to their own decisions and ideas and they just generally view the world in a completely different way to an adult. 

I love that the new book is for kids with curly hair and that the drawings have such differing textures and styles. Just like the little girls that will be colouring them.

Over to the guys at CurlCentric: has created a new colouring book to give children a positive portrayal of curly haired people, so they don't feel isolated by one of their defining features.

Curl Centric Publishes Curly Kids Coloring Book To Help Children See Positive Portrayals Of Curly Hair. Curly hair is often considered a nuisance for those who have it, but its true potential is far more varied than straight hair can be. Unfortunately for curly haired children, their minority status can see them subject to bullying and derision. As such, it is important that this is counterbalanced with positive messages. As the media cannot be relied upon to show curly hair in a positive light, people have been left looking for alternatives, and Curl Centric has provided one. They have just published a new Natural Hair Coloring Book for children with curly hair.

The  Curly Kids Coloring Book is a new product, and was created because Curl Centric understands the importance of representation. It is important for little girls with textured hair to see images that look like them. The book features more than thirty different images, including action shots, mermaids, princesses and ballerinas.

The girls in the colouring books have also arranged their hair in a variety of styles that range from cornrow braids, puffs, two strand twists, bantu knots, wash and gos, locs and many more, to show girls with curly hair the amazing potential their hair has to be defined and redefined.

A spokesperson for Curl Centric explained, "Those with naturally curly hair in the media tend to straighten it, leaving little girls without role models. The colouring book is designed to fill that void and offset the lack of representation. This is just the beginning however, and showing girls it's possibly to have a curly haired princess or action hero will open them up to a world of possibilities for their own hair, many of which can be found on our website. The book is available now, and we advise all parents of curly haired children to order a copy."

For more information about Curl Centric and this innovative new book, 
Buy the Curly Kids Coloring Book HERE!

Akira Byrd

Curl Centric 
Phone: 205-565-8653 

 Curly Kids Coloring Book

Curly Kids Coloring Book

Why I love Science Fiction?

Why I love Science Fiction & Fantasy and  
its importance for Equal Representation in the Media?

I make no secret of the fact that I am a total geek and love all things sci-fi and fantasy. Recently I found myself re-watching what has to be one of the best science fiction programmes that has graced our screens in a long time. The show was cancelled and the science fiction fan community was up in arms. Years on and even a main stream programmes like Waterloo Road is still making jokes about the shows untimely and unnecessary cancellation. The show was definitely a favourite in my house and I can honestly say although I love all the characters, my favourite has to be Zoe Washbourne, played by Gina Torres.

Female actresses from Firefly/ Serenity (source)

Gina Torres as Zoe Washbourne (source)

So what does all this have to do with equal representation in the media.  Well as I said my actual favourite thing about the show is the 2nd in command Zoe Washbourne, played by Gina Torres. She plays the first officer and loyal wartime friend of Captain Mal Reynolds played by Nathan Fillion aboard his ship - Serenity.Not just a stunning woman but an amazing actress. Zoe Washbourne is beautiful, strong and confident and wasn't just there as eye candy or the even stereotypical mama figure. Even though she was bad a** she never came across(to me anyway) as the angry black woman, and I loved that. She was someone on screen I could actual connect with, and that the time for such a popular show was rare indeed.

So why do I love this genre so much?

Well in terms of seeing people like myself on the screen, I think Sci-Fi has nailed it. At times I find Fantasy can be a little white washed and even when a white character is replaced by an actor of colour in a live action fantasy movie, this character is usually male. Science Fiction, however,  often shows us what the future could be if we are at our best or at our worst. If you truly think X-Men is just about super heroes then you have missed a trick. Sometimes sci fi can highlight injustices in our own society and what could happen if we don't  (for example) embrace our differences or change our attitudes to women and people of colour, then we will be doomed to repeat mistakes of the past.

Joss Whedon talking about Firefly on Wikipedia:

"The show [firefly] explores the lives of a group of people who fought on the losing side of a civil war and others who now make a living on the fringe of society, as part of the pioneer culture that exists on the fringes of their star system. In this future, the only two surviving superpowers, the United States and China, fused to form the central federal government, called the Alliance, resulting in the fusion of the two cultures. According to Whedon's vision, "nothing will change in the future: technology will advance, but we will still have the same political, moral, and ethical problems as today"."

Star Trek's Uhura (source)

Science Fiction is a place where I know I will see more women of colour. As a child I grew up idolising Nichelle Nichols as Nyota Uhura. Star Trek was ground breaking in having a Japanese and Russian crew member on board a star ship along with a black female communications officer. Something that was just not seen on television in the 1960's when it debuted.

So I was incredibly happy to see Halle Berry in a new sci-fi TV series 'Extant' and she was Fab! Just Fab!!!

Halle Berry Gorgeous in Extant (source)

As for the gorgeous Tip in the new Dream Works Sci-Fi 'Home', I don't think I have ever seen my daughter happier!

As for fantasy, I am seeing more women of colour each day! 

Nicole Berhare as Abbie Mills in Sleepy Hollow(source)

Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney in Gotham (source)

Tara P Henderson(Person of Interest) (OK I just love Tara P but this is sort of geeky sci fi/fantasy)(source)

In most of these fantasy series these women are often side characters to the main white male role, but you know what...still represented and maybe we will see more shows like Extant where it was all about Halle!! 

What do you think? Are we seeing a new place for women of colour in sci fi/fantasy?
or is this only place that mainstream media think that we can fit (like aliens or zombies)?

Comments below!!

I told you to watch out for more geeky posts! Enjoy the pics!
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