A 6-year-old girl and her mother have created a coloring book that educates young children about black indigenous cultures around the world while exploring the histories of native-born black people in Africa and America.
Vanae James-Bey and her mother, Veronica Bey, are originally from Florida but now live in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. They told Atlanta Black Star that The Indigenous Adventures of Princess Vanae went on sale March 31 and has already been met with overwhelming praise from those who have purchased the book.
The book was created with the help of Vanae’s uncle Johnathan Ellerbee, who drew pictures of Vanae at her request in April 2016. As part of her home-schooled education curriculum, they researched different cultures together that interested her, and Ellerbee drew her wearing indigenous jewelry and clothing.