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Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o has authored a new children's book loosely based on her own battle with colorism and dark skin.

The 12 Years a Slave actress grew up thinking light-skin was better, and now her book, Sulwe, helps dark skinned children to embrace the skin they are in. The 36-year-old Mexico-born beauty still struggles with her dark skin as an adult.

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"When I was younger, I had trouble accepting my skin," she tells Good Morning America. "I grew up in Kenya around very many dark people, but I grew up with a lot of light skin on TV and in the books I read and it made me feel uncomfortable with my skin color.

"I had a younger sister that was born a lot lighter than me and she got cooed... and told how pretty she was, and I realized that it was in the omission of those words when it came to me that made me feel unworthy and so it took a while for me to find my stride and learn to love the skin I'm in.

"So I wrote this book to help little kids get there a little faster."

She adds, "Some of my favorite books when I was growing up were Cinderella and Thumbelina and Beauty & the Beast... and these were all women with light skin and blonde hair and so I thought that in order to make it into the pages of book, you have to be light.

"In fact, one of the first times I drew my family, I drew them with light skin... I wrote this to give dark-skinned kids a chance to live in a world of imagination and magic."

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The Black Panther star previously said she didn't know she was Black until she arrived in America.

She believes race is a "social construct" because, growing up in Kenya, she never thought of herself as "Black".

"As much as I was experiencing colorism in Kenya, I wasn't aware that I belonged to a race called Black," she told BBC Newsnight.

She said she only realized she was Black when she moved to America, "because suddenly the term Black was being ascribed to me and it meant certain things that I was not accustomed to."

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To hear the Democrats tell it, former President Barack Obama and Joe Biden are two brothers from a different mother. But according to an upcoming book, there was no love lost between Obama and his vice president.

The 'bromance' between Barack Obama and Joe Biden was more of a figment of Biden's imagination, according to the book: Barack and Joe: The Making of an Extraordinary Partnership.

The book, written by Steven Levingston, is set to be published by Hachette Books on October 8.

The book explores the secret animosity Obama held for Biden, whom he refused to endorse in 2016 or 2020.

"Barack had placed his bet on Hillary, the one he believed would confirm his revolutionary stamp on American's political culture - the first black president passing the baton to the first woman president," Levingston writes.

To save face, Biden claims he never asked Obama to endorse him, but he was offended when Obama met with other potential presidential candidates.

During a rambling speech by Biden in the early 2000s, Obama rolled his eyes and passed a note to his adviser Robert Gibbs, saying: "Shoot. Me. Now."

According to Levingston, Obama harbored a thinly veiled hatred for bumbling Joe Biden. He thought Biden was error prone and had a fast and loose tongue.

Obama reportedly with Biden to ask him not to run for president. Obama's choice for the nomination is California Senator Kamala Harris.

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Mary Wilson, founding member of the legendary Supremes, is proud to announce her new coffee table book, Supreme Glamour, which celebrates the fashion, glitz and glamour of the cultural icons. The book, written by Mary Wilson, is chocked full of hundreds of archival photographs, personal anecdotes, and insightful narrative text by Wilson and close personal friend Mark Bego.

Wilson has previously released two best-selling autobiographies, Dreamgirl: My Life As a Supreme and Supreme Faith: Someday We'll Be Together.

Supreme Glamour showcases thirty-two of the group's most eye-catching gowns, meticulously reassembled and photographed on the Grammy Museum stage.

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Some of the gowns were designed by close friend, Sir Keith Holman, who adds his thoughts and recollections about designing gowns for the iconic group.

The book contains never-before-seen color photographs from Holman's personal collection, as well as 300+ color illustrations. Detailed captions accompany each photograph, providing information about the design, fabric, and embellishments of each ensemble, as well as the occasion on which each was first worn.

This book is a must-have for anyone interested in the fashion history of the Supremes!

Mary Wilson tells the complete story of The Supremes, both on- and off- stage, from their humble beginnings in Detroit in 1959 as The Primettes to their 1964 breakthrough hit, "Where Did Our Love Go," and from the departure of Diana Ross to The Supremes' disco hits of the 1970s.

Supreme Glamour builds a complete picture of the charm, sophistication, and magic of The Supremes.

Supreme Glamour is available for pre-order here. The coffee table book is set for release everywhere on September 17, 2019.

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