Black Boy: The Beginning of a story.
Black Boy started off as a fun story I made up for my nephew Tiny.
Tiny is a restless little boy who will stay up all night if you let him. Late nights when he would refuse to go to sleep, hours after his brother fell asleep, Tiny would guilt me into reading him a book before he went to sleep.
A task I was happy to oblige.
After a few nights like this, I noticed Tiny wasn’t truly interested in the book I was reading for him. I assumed it was because he didn’t truly want to read the books, he just wanted to stay up as long as he could.
Oh, was I wrong.
It wasn’t that Tiny was trying to trick me, it was the books. Tiny wasn’t interested in the books. At the time I wasn’t completely sure what the reason for his distaste was.
It wasn’t until I went in search for books by black authors and for black kids, that I realized they were far and few in between. The few books I did find, Tiny devoured. He couldn’t get enough of them. He loved that the characters looked like him. He loved that they were “made like him” (His words.)
He truly loved the books that featured Black Boy. So, I went in search of more books like that, only to find none really existed.
One night after reading all the book I could find featuring Black Boys, Tiny asked for one more story.
That one more story was the beginning of Black Boy.
Everything has a beginning…. I can’t wait to see the what the end brings!
Working on my first Kids book: Black boy Black Boy what do you see?
This will be for all my nephews and all the little black boy is my life! ❤️❤️❤️ Look for it on bookshelves soon!
Writer: Crown Shepherd
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Rough mockups of the upcoming Black Boy Children’s Book.
Behind the scene of the Black Boy Video Shoot!
The inspiration behind Black Boy!
Written and Rap by at 10 year old #BlackBoy
He said “Ain’t he super!”
He said “Heavy Weight!”
Black Boy Puzzle for the Kickstarter!
He said what he said!
Behind the scenes of the Black Boy shoot!
Photographer: John Schaidler
His happiness matters!
The inspiration behind Black Boy! My nephews!
I love what I do!