Marley Dias Brings Bookmarks To Netflix
Seeking to inspire the younger generation of African Americans, fifteen-year-old activist, Marley Dias, is collaborating with Netflix to produce and host ‘Bookmarks’. The live-action show will feature different celebrities reading a variety of children’s books written by Black authors. According to Marley, the show aims to encourage conversations surrounding self-love, empathy, and equality.
Although Dias is known for being an activist, this is the first time she will be hosting a television show. The fifteen-year-old gained popularity at age ten after she introduced the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign. The campaign was inspired by Marley’s need to see more children’s books with Black lead characters and her goal was to provide schools, libraries, and other community organizations with books starring black female characters. The campaign turned out to be very successful with Dias collecting over 12,000 which was more than the anticipated 1000.
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Introducing Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices📚 So excited to announce that I am the Host AND Executive Producer of this new series❤️ Each episode features a children’s book about Black experiences written by a Black author and read aloud by a Black celebrity. Story time is here September 1. #BookmarksNetflix #1000BlackGirlBooks
#1000BlackGirlBooks drew attention to the lack of diversity in children’s stories and prompted libraries and publishers to provide solutions to the problem. The success of the movement also caught the attention of other black activists like Oprah and Michelle Obama, and placed Dias on Forbes list. Shortly after, she released Marley Mag and published a book titled ‘Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You’.
During an interview with THR, Dias said, “Netflix reached out and really pitched the project to me. I was immediately excited because I know that it’s obviously an opportunity to host, but especially to host something that I cared so passionately about.”
She also explained that her love for the specific books chosen for the show gave her both a professional and personal connection to it.
Speaking on her role as an executive producer, Dias thanked Black-ish actress, Marsai Martin, for making it possible for youngsters to also take on important roles in the movie industry. “She definitely paved the way for me to be excited about having a role on the front and back end of projects,” Marley said.
The show’s executive producers include Dionne Harmon, Jesse Collins, Lyn Sisson-Talbert, David E. Talbert, and Fracaswell Hyman who will also serve as director and showrunner.
Some of the stars reading books written by Black authors on the show include Tiffany Haddish, Lupita Nyong’o, Caleb McLaughlin, Common, Grace Byers, Karamo Brown, and Misty Copeland.
Dias hopes that Bookmarks will encourage people to buy and read “more diverse books”.
Bookmarks is streaming now on Netflix. View the trailer below.