If you don’t usually watch the Rad American Women videos, you should take the time to watch this one. We had the honor of welcoming two of the Radical Monarchs, a club for young women of color, to the City Lights Bookstore. Wise beyond their years, De’Yani and Lupita advise us on self-love, self-confidence, and to always remember that Black is beautiful.
This is the next installment in the video series from City Lights where we ask women we admire to read their favorite entry of our New York Times-bestselling children’s book, Rad American Women A-Z, and answer some questions about what it means to be a rad woman today. The book is authored by Kate Schatz, illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl and published by City Lights/Sister Spit.
Coatlupe “Lupita” Martinez is an 11-year-old 6th-grader growing up in East Oakland who loves purple and is obsessed with Michael Jackson. She enjoys writing poetry, eating arroz con leche and smothering her pet pug “Mimi.” Lupita is one of the original inspirations behind the Radical Monarchs.
De’Yani Dillar is a 6th-grade student born and raised in San Francisco. De’Yani enjoys reading, drawing, and playing dolls with her cousins. De’Yani is the proud caregiver of two 4-year-old cats, Shaggy and Pouncer. De’Yani is one of the original inspirations behind the Radical Monarchs.