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Black Barbie (Hardcover)
Age Range: 7 – 12 years
Black Barbie, by London-based animator and illustrator Comfort Arthur, is the picture book adaptation of her award winning animated short film by the same name.
Voiced by British-Ghanaian actress, television presenter and producer Ama K. Abebrese, the story grew out of the filmmaker’s own experience with the use of relaxers and skin bleaching products while growing up in the U.K.
After debuting in 2016, Black Barbie became an international sensation, screened at various film festivals in over 50 countries and winning numerous awards, including Best Animated Film at the Ghana Movie Awards and Best Spoke Word Film at the Realtime Film Festival in Lagos, Nigeria.
With powerful moments of sadness, humor and introspection, Black Barbie explores the artist’s personal journey toward self-acceptance, empowerment and loving the skin she’s in.
While intended to be a great catalyst for discussion for children of all background, in the words of Dr. Tyner, “This powerful book reminds every young Black woman that you are more than enough. You are the standard of beauty, with your glowing melanin skin, the intricacy of your precious locks, and the vibrancy of Black Girl Magic that fills every room that you enter.”
British-born Ghanaian Comfort Arthur is an award winning animator and artist. She is the founder of The Comfy Studio, a multimedia design and production house in Accra. She studied graphic design at the St. Martins Central School of Arts and later earned her Masters Degree in animation at the Royal College of Art in London. Her 2016 short animated film “Imagine” won Best Animation at the Golden Movie Awards, which celebrates outstanding achievement in African television and film. In 2018, Arthur was First Runner-Up for the Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Ghanaian Art for her installation entitled “Naughty Nii.”