In February 2016, Marley Dias, who was 11 at the time, launched the #1000BlackGirlBooks project, collecting books featuring black girls as the main character.
Now, after collecting over 8,000 such books, Dias has decided to author a #BlackGirlBook of her own.
On Thursday, Scholastic announced that 12-year-old Dias had signed a deal with the publisher for a book due in Spring 2018.
According to a press release, the book is a “keep-it-real guide” to helping kids and preteens make their dreams come true.
“Through her smarts and ingenuity, she’s delivered a jolt of inspiration that’s sent an unstoppable shock-wave to kids everywhere who’ve stood up with Marley to shout ‘Yes!’ to the power of positive action,” Scholastic’s vice president and executive editor Andrea Pinkney said.
“In this book, Marley will share her dynamic wisdom with readers everywhere.” Read more
“Hi, this is my story. Not a happy one but hope you’ll.
Once upon a time thete was a girl. A beautiful, absent-minded, always happy girl who was my best friend.
I met her at kindergarten and we immediately became friends. We had minor arguments sometimes but I felt fantastic with her even in those moments. She lived in my town so we could meet whenever we wanted to which meant almost all the time. She knew everything about me and understood me and so did I. Those years were the happiest of my life and I didn’t even know.
One day she felt so sick her parents had to take her to the hospital. Something very bad was going on, I knew it when they told me to visit her immediately. We were both 16.
I spent all my time with her in the hospital. She looked tired and ill and I was sure she felt horrible but she never told. Finally, they let her go home and I was happy as hell.
One year later her condition worsened from one day to another. She got into the hospital again and stayed there longer than ever before. She was ill - my best friend had a very serious, very rare illness and I couldn’t visit her.
The last thing she told me was “I’m eating”. She went to finish her dinner but never could. She got stroke. They couldn’t save her.
Her mom called mine who told me the bad news. I was just sitting there and couldn’t even move. Couldn’t look at mom and couldn’t breathe normally. I felt my heart breaking and heard a loud voice in my head telling me “ This is not happening. It can’t be. It’s not true. She’s lying.”
Suddenly mom hugged me and I felt nothing. It was my hollow body she was hugging, my mind was far away in the hospital with the girl who was cheerful all the time and loved me for who I was.
And since then I still don’t feel anything. It happened almost 3 years ago and I couldn’t make any friends, I can’t tell my thoughts to anyone just her grave, not sure if ahe hears me or not. And I’m still thinking about why it all happened. And I have no idea why.”
I don’t know why people thought Justine Skye was such an inspiration to black girls. All she was was just pretty. She supports racist WW. Some black girls are so desperate for a black girl representative to ease their self-esteem issues, they hang on to any pretty face. And when that black girl turns out to be problematic and not doing shit for dark skinned girls especially, people are disappointed. This happened with Azealia Banks and now recently Winnie Harlow. Not every black girl that’s social media popular is good for black girls when they rather support racist white women than us. Stop projecting your self-image unto conventionally pretty black girls. You need to look at yourself. Saves disappointment and hurt. Especially when these girls would rather tear down black girls and make them feel below them while caping for white girls trying to look like them. And then shunning fans for opinions and criticisms. But if they want to act like a typical malicious white girl instead of the black girl they are, then so be it.