Cuomo Alexander, President Trump, Qadeer Nelson discussed on The Children's Hour

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Couple of books by Cuomo Alexander, including his newest one. The undefeated honored to be given the opportunity to talk to him today about his stories, so Cuomo Alexander can you tell me a little bit about your new book the undefeated. Why inspired you to write this tribute? And why did you do in verse? It's a pleasure to be here. I wrote this book because I wanted to write a story about the journey of African Americans in this country. I want to write a story about the history of America want to write a love letter to America. And I wanted to do it for my daughter, who's now ten but in two thousand eight inch she was born our president was Barack Obama, and I thought, wow, my daughter's being born into a world with an African American president, and I want her to know how we got to this point. And so I decided to write this poem about it, which was. Almost like a prayer, and it was for her to be able to have as proof of how we got to the stork moment. So I wrote it as a poem. It was called an American poem and over the years, it kind of evolved into the book that we now have, which is called the undefeated. And now we have this, this really just beautiful book called the defeated, that's so cool. And for those of you who don't know the undefeated is not just poetry. But it's also a stray shins by Qadeer Nelson and these illustration, I thought the illustrations in the book were beautiful, and they complimented the poetry, so well, do you have a favorite illustration and why? Thank you for, you know, really appreciating the artwork Qadir's amazing. He's one of our most celebrated artists in this country. Do I have a favorite piece of art in the book? No, I love each and every one of them, I think there's one particular page, that is pretty magical and pretty brilliant in terms of the decision that he made in. That's the third spread in the book, which I won't spoil for your listeners. But when they get to that page trust me, they're going to be like, oh, my. The historical figures depicted in the book. Who do you relate to most? It's a good question. I would probably turn that around to you. Like, who do you relate to the most because they're extraordinary people in this book, like Langston Hughes and Michael Jordan, and Billie holiday, and Madame CJ Walker and their ordinary people who are nameless, but, you know, they remind me of my great, great grandparents, they remind me of my grandparents, I think, what's really cool about this book, is that there's like tragedy, but there's triumph there's pain, but there's progress, and hopefully, we all can be inspired by this journey. The story as my Angeles says, though, we may face defeat we, we must never be defeated. And that's something Julia, I think we can also learn from how did you choose who to include in your book was there anyone that you watch? To write about but didn't. That's a great question. I didn't necessarily choose names or choose figures, the artists could hear decided who he was going to paint. I had nothing to do with that. So when I saw the book I was like, wow, that's cool. Like some names, I wouldn't have. That's a surly chosen and some I probably would have, but he made all those decisions. So as a child, did you think you were going to be an author when new rule up? No. I thought I was going to be a tennis star. That was my goal or a pediatrician and what inspires your stories people like you children. I wanna help kids, imagine a better world. I want to write stories that are going to open up the eyes and bring a light and China Light for, for young people to be able to say you know what I wanna make this world, a better place. And I think I can do it. I want to write books that engage in inspire empower. That's my goal. So that's what inspires me. Thank you for taking the time to talk with me. I really appreciate this opportunity. Thank you, queue, that was Kwami Alexander being interviewed by our own Julia Wolfe right here on the children's hour..

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