December 29, 2022

By Margrira

Contributing Writer


In choosing the perfect children's book to start off 2023, may I suggest the new book, “You So Black” by author Theresa tha S.O.N.G.B.I.R.D. and illustrator London Ladd.

This expansive picture book is a powerful new adaptation of Theresa’s viral spoken word poem, filled with gorgeous lyricism and imagery. No one will want to miss this tender celebration of joy, resilience, and Blackness. It will be available on 1/10/23! 

Here is what author/poet Theresa tha S.O.N.G.B.I.R.D. had to share about why she wrote “You So Black” published by Simon & Schuster Children Publishing.

If you don’t know the author/performer, please take this opportunity to watch her, on stage at the Bounce 2019 Trumpet Awards. Visit

L.A. Watts Times: What motivated you to turn your poetry into a book?


Theresa: I was moved to write this book because in our society blackness has been weaponized. And it has been weaponized against the very people who carry it. My goal in this book was to reclaim blackness as a gift, a birthright, an innate superpower. 

LAWT: How important is it, in your mind, for people of color to step to the plate and create books, like this?

Theresa:  It’s so important that people of color create books like these because they create lasting impactful memories on young minds. Some of the first books that I ever read had characters who looked like me and my family. Those books gave me a sense of belonging and a sense of courage in my creativity.

LAWT: Did you enjoy the collaborative nature of working with the illustrator?

Theresa:  It has been an absolute pleasure working with London Ladd. There was no need for guidance or micro-management. He literally took my words and allowed the inspiration to manifest itself with his beautiful artwork. Our relationship is one of serendipity. 

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