Spotlight on I Like The Me I See! (Culture Queen), Plus Guest Post & Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to spotlight I Like The Me I See.
Read on for more about Culture Queen, an guest post, plus an giveaway!
Meet Culture Queen!
Jessica “Culture Queen” Hebron is an award-winning author, entertainer and educator who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Since 2010, Jessica has owned and operated her own company Culture Kingdom Kids, LLC, where she has performed and produced innovative children’s performances, festivals, workshops, and professional development programs for diverse audiences from primary school to Yale University, The Kennedy Center, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, and museums including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture, the National Children’s Museum, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History and Culture, the Black History Museum of Virginia, the Prince George’s African American Museum, and Busboys and Poets’ Restaurants. Culture Queen has been honored to be a featured speaker at TEDxRVA; and a featured screenwriter on TED-ED ’s animated short film on Malian King Mansa Musa which to date has received over 4 million views. She released her first children’s music album ‘I Like the Me I See!’ in 2016; and her first picture book with the same title in 2019.
Culture Queen has been featured in media outlets including the nationally syndicated show “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, Fox 5, NBC, ABC’s “Good Morning Washington”, Youtube, 93.9 WKYS, The Washington Post, Billboard Magazine, Baltimore’s Child, Richmond Family Magazine and Red Tricycle. She was voted “40 Under Forty” by the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund, “Alumnus of the Year" Award by the Prince George's County Public Schools' Board of Education; and is the proud recipient of the Africa Access Award for Excellence In Children’s Programming, the Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Community Leadership Award, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. “Women’s History In the Making” Award. In 2019, Culture Queen became the Children’s Cultural Literacy Ambassador-In-Residence for Busboys and Poets.
Meet I Like The Me I See!
In rhyming text, Culture Queen and her royal children celebrate body positivity through their cultural identity.
~ Guest Post ~
5 Ways To Like The Me I See!
By Culture Queen
© 2019 Culture Kingdom Kids, LLC. All rights reserved.
As a child, my parents always emphasized the importance of loving myself, having a positive mindset, and being proud of my African-American heritage. They were very mindful and intentional about the music, books, toys, games, art and cultural experiences that they exposed my sister and I to. Our daily life was filled with fun and impromptu history lessons and family adventures to libraries, museums, theatres, and cultural festivals. All of these enriching experiences truly empowered me and had a direct impact on how I perceived myself. I felt like an African-American queen! My first children’s book I Like The Me I See! and children’s album by the same title was created to help nurture your royal children’s self-esteem, and to ignite cultural curiosity and pride, just like my experiences with my parents did for me. My parents taught me to like the me I see! Here are 5 ways you can do the same with your royal children:
- Recite positive affirmations in the mirror together with your child like “I Like the me I see! I am who I’m supposed to be!” and “I’m a tower or royal power!” On the way to and from school, listen to my album I Like The Me I See! which features 14 affirmation-rich songs for kids including “ I’m A Tower of Royal Power!”, “I’m A Culture Kingdom Kid!” and of course the title track “I Like The Me I See!”. Be sure to sing along with them. By doing this you will model for your child the type of body positive behaviors you want them to exhibit.
- Fill your home with age-appropriate toys, art, books, children’s music and television programming, etc. that positively reflect the rich heritage and diverse contributions of African-Americans. Buy books about African-Americans written by African-American authors like I Like The Me I See! Read together as often as possible as a family. Double check to make sure all books, toys, videos and other media do not contain outdated or inaccurate information; or that perpetuate negative images and stereotypes.
- Celebrate Black History beyond the month of February by attending events that recognize holidays of historical significance to Black history and culture including the birthdays of noteworthy figures including Kwanzaa (December), Martin Luther King Day (January), Jazz and Poetry Appreciation Month (April), Memorial Day (May), Juneteenth (June), and Black Music Month (June). Always be conscientious to be enthusiastic, curious, and willing to learn about African- American History.
- Research and your family’s history with your child and create a family tree to honor your family’s ancestors. Explore the topics that most interest your child and introduce them to historical and contemporary African-American leaders who have made contributions in those areas. Do not forget to include lesser known hometown heroes who might live right in your community.
- Attend cultural programs for children and families hosted by museums, libraries, and other organizations. Even better: Host your own cultural events at home like black history-themed children’s birthday parties and holiday celebrations like Kwanzaa and Juneteenth! You’re always invited to attend my Culture Kingdom Kids events and performances that I produce throughout the year! To see my calendar of empowering events, visit: www.culturekingdomkids.com.
I Like The Me I See!
Author: Culture Queen
Publisher: Culture Kingdom Kids, LLC
Release Date: October 15th, 2019
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I adore the cover and the synopsis sounds perfect for our readers. Best wishes on the new book and thanks for sharing.