Riot Headline 10 Exciting Books to Read this Summer

Netflix Releases Trailer for BOOKMARKS: CELEBRATING BLACK VOICES Series Produced by Marley Dias

This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Erika Hardison

Staff Writer

Erika Hardison is a writer, social media junkie, podcaster, publisher and aspiring novelist from Chicago currently residing in New Jersey. When she's not bridging the gap between Black feminism and superheroes on, she's spending sleepless nights as a new mom with her talkative toddler playing and giggling under the covers.

Netflix has released a trailer to their upcoming live-action preschool series Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices which aims to educate and entertain children on the Black experience.

Netflix has partnered with Jesse Collins Entertainment, First Book, and several Black entertainers for an upcoming live-action series where race and identity take center stage. The show will be hosted by 15-year-old #1000BlackGirlBooks founder, author, and social activist Marley Dias, who also serves as executive producer. It is set to premiere on September 1, 2020.

The series will be made available on Netflix and Netflix Jr. and will have 12 episodes, each featuring prominent Black voices in entertainment today reading a book written by a Black author. Lupita Nyong’o, Tiffany Haddish, Jill Scott, Marsai Martin, Common, and Misty Copeland are among the celebrity voices that will be reading and talking about Black experiences.

In the official press release from Netflix, the streaming service stated that they have noticed more people turning to books to help them navigate difficult conversations about race, social justice, and respect. They also stated they will launch a platform that will offer book recommendations and resource guides to help continue the conversation separate from the show.

Netflix will also be donating books to educators who teach and serve children in need across the country as well as select international locations.

Below is the official list of entertainers and the books they will be reading:

  • Tiffany Haddish reads I Love My Hair by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and E.B. Lewis
  • Grace Byers reads I Am Enough by Grace Byers and Keturah A. Bobo
  • Lupita Nyong’o reads Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o and Vashti Harrison
  • Misty Copeland reads Firebird by Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers
  • Kendrick Sampson reads Anti-Racist Baby by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Ashley Lukashevsky
  • Marley Dias reads We March by Shane W. Evans