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It all began within the brilliant imagination of award winning novelist Sharon G. Flake (www.sharongflake.com) and her first book The Skin I’m In. This is as story about Maleeka Madison, a dark skinned girl burdened with low self-esteem, social acceptance, classism and peer intimidation. These themes are masterfully woven together to tell a story of how a girl comes to find her place and power in the world while learning to love herself. Out of the treasury of her life’s quest for confidence and love for her daughter Sharon Flake birthed this story. With the hope that her daughter would embrace her dark skinned beauty just as Maleeka did in the story.
Inspired by Sharon and her transformational book, SoulTouch Production’s Lovin’ the Skin I’m In (Lovin’) movement explores societal standards of beauty and media influences on self-esteem and identity. Apart of the Lovin’ mission is to help each girl draw affirmation of her unique beauty from within not from the images in the media which may but often times does not affirm her beauty. It seems that now, more than ever, the media and entertainment industries are negatively impacting the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual essence of young people. There is a daily barrage of media images that have been digitally manipulated; shows where celebrities and reality television stars get plastic surgery to alter their faces and bodies and music videos that often portray young girls as inappropriately adult.
This space of healing and affirmation teaches the girls to tap into their power to change the world around them by changing themselves and being a catalyst for change in others.
Teaching girls to be media literate through conscientious dissemination of media and its implications are only one aspect of the Lovin’ mission. Empowering girls to produce media of their own that reflects their new found state of awareness is another layer of Lovin’s total objective. The hope is that through regular dialogue and self-esteem building activities the girls will grow in confidence in their own thoughts, opinions and perspectives. In the days, weeks and months that the girls spend together engaging in the Lovin’ curriculum a Lovin’ bond and sisterhood is formed. The Lovin’ space becomes a cherished hiatus to share their struggles as well as their triumphs. It is a space where they learn the gift of giving and receiving affirmation, support and love with their Lovin’ sisters.
Through careful exploration, tricks of the media and entertainment industry are exposed and girls are encouraged to critically think about what they see before accepting it as fact or endorsing it as something worthy to want to become.
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