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Rays Talk Show Episode 217: Ray Collazo is joined by author and activist Sulma Arzu-Brown to discuss her recently published children’s book “Bad Hair Does Not Exist/Pelo Malo No Existe.” Sulma and Ray talk about what inspired her to create a book that affirms the beauty of our children, regardless of skin tone and hair texture.
Sulma shares her journey from concerned mother to author and best practices on developing creative marketing strategies for independent publishers. Sulma, Ray and guest Raquel Mangual ‘go there’ with real talk on how race impacts Latino identity, self-esteem and relationships.
Highlights of Episode 217 with Sulma Arzu-Brown:
–The orgins of Sulma’s unique Garifuna community.
–What her mother was told at work that led her to immigrate to the United States.
–What comment from a caregiver gave Sulma the inspiration to write “Bad Hair Does Not Exist”
–How Sulma identified need for children’s books honoring identity of Afro-Latino children.
–Why Sulma felt this book was written in her heart when her daughter Bella Victoria was born.
–Why the term “Bad Hair/Pelo Malo” needs to be eradicated from our language.
–The reaction of Latino families to “Bad Hair Does Not Exist/Pelo Malo No Existe.”
–Tips on how to write, publish and market a children’s book.
–How honest conversation can help people identify commonly used language that is self-demeaning.
–How Beyonce and Jay Z’s experience as parents have impacted the discussion about black identity.
–How you can create offline education events to market your children’s book.
–What is next book project we should forward to from Sulma.
Notable Quotes from Episode 217:
“We All Have a Book In Our Hearts To Share with the World”—Sulma Arzu-Brown
“If you don’t care about everything that makes us who we are, you don’t care about yourself.”—Ray Collazo