B is for Black Girl is a book celebrating all things Black Girl. The brand was created by twins, Chelsae and Channing Moreland, to empower and inspire Black girls to embrace their uniqueness, while authoring and asserting a positive representation of Black girl culture for all audiences.
“We are, twins, mothers, teachers and now authors,” the Moreland twins stated. “We grew up with the privilege of seeing positive representation of Black Women in print and in reality. We over-stand the value of seeing people that “look like you” represented in a positive light. We recognize the lack of positive Black female representation, and the importance of creating your own narratives. As mothers, educators, authors and activists our mission is to help young Black girls feel good about who and what they are.”
B is for Black boy was written to celebrate the awe-inspiring nature of the Black male; To speak life into our Black boys and to empower them to manifest their highest potential. While authoring and asserting a positive representation of Black boys for all audiences.
I recently interviewed the girls where they chatted deeper into what their brand is about.
Can you tell myself and readers about yourselves?
I’m a 7th grade English teacher, a mother, a creator.
Growing up and still to this day who are your inspirations? How did they impact your life?
My inspirations growing up were different music artist, such as: Sam Cooke, Bob Marley and Erykah Badu. They showed me how to use their platform to address Civil Rights problems and fearlessness to live in who they are and their gifts never dulling themselves for the public; always being unapologetically true.
When did you know that you wanted to be an early childhood educator?
I was a little interested in high school but really fell in love with it in college through my work study job at a daycare, which my niece was attending, and started substituting until my boyfriend and I decided I should take it further and became a teacher because I didn’t know what else to do.
How did you and your twin sister come up with the idea to co-author a children’s book?
The book was my sister’s brainchild while she was pregnant with her third child. After her first daughter, she was receiving different books for little girls, but didn’t see any books that was of representation of little black girls that she liked as a main character.
Where did the thought process come from when writing B is for Black Girls?
The thought process came from our cultural ideas, characteristics and experiences that we as black women go through and own it as a positive image and collective.
You two came up with a very creative and inspirational song the Alphabet song where every letter is a positive reassurance, what were your initial thoughts while making the song?
The initial thought we were playing around with songs and I’ve rewritten a lot of nursery rhymes in my life, but we were initially trying to do Fubu song, for us by us as, we sat down to put it together it just for better with the Alphabet & Twinkle Twinkle Little Star melody.
A second book in the series, B is for Black Boy came out, what are some similarities it has to the B is for Black Girls?
The similarities are the basic concepts but we struggled some to write the second book because we didn’t have the experience and the culture is different for black boys in the world. The most difficult thing was staying away from stereotypes and focus on their intellect and creativity because they’re more than just athletes.
Can we expect to see another book in the series a third installment?
We have two manuscripts in the works and always we will pair the girls with the boys and even put together some boy and girl topics.
What great advice and words of wisdom can you share with aspiring authors and readers?
I would say it’s a lot of work but if you have a unique idea that you want to put on paper write it down, go with what you have in you and feel people need to know don’t let the process scare you never be afraid to self publish!
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