Netflix Announces Family Book Series Hosted by Marley Dias; Cast Includes Lupita Nyong'o, Marsai Martin, Tiffany Haddish and Common

Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices (2020)
Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices (2020)
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Turn the page and get into this news! Netflix has announced it will debut Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices, a new young children and family series hosted by author and activist Marley Dias!

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The 2019 Young Futurist honoree and founder of 1000 Black Girl Books will also executive produce the 12-episode series, which will feature “prominent Black celebrities and artists reading children’s books from Black authors that highlight the Black experience.” Jesse Collins Entertainment (Rhythm + Flow) will produce.

“I am so excited to be the host of Bookmarks! The work I do with #1000BlackGirlBooks exists in the literary space, and I am so happy to promote diversity and tell stories of girls like me through a new medium,” Dias told Variety in a statement.

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Here are the deets, via Netflix’s scoop to The Root:

Cast featured: Marley Dias (Host and Executive Producer), Karamo Brown, Grace Byers, Common, Misty Copeland, Tiffany Haddish, Marsai Martin, Caleb McLaughlin, Lupita Nyong’o, Kendrick Sampson, Jill Scott and Jacqueline Woodson

Books featured: ABC’s For Girls Like Me, Anti-Racist Baby, Brown Boy Joy, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, Firebird, I Am Enough, I Am Perfectly Designed, I Love My Hair, Let’s Talk About Race, Pretty Brown Face, Sulwe, The Day You Begin, We March

That’s quite an exciting cast and a great variety of books to start! Episodes will be short and sweet at around 5 minutes each.

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Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices debuts on Netflix on Sept. 1. Save the date! In fact, bookmark it.


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