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Taste of Soul Spotlight: ‘I Love Me: Building Self-Esteem in Children’
By Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer)
Published May 28, 2015

Latrice Slaughter displays her book “I Love Me: Building Self-Esteem in Children”

Photo By Brian W. Carter

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Author Latrice Slaughter sets the building blocks for self-love in her book

Los Angeles native, Latrice Slaughter decided that it was time to give Black girls a positive self-image. In her book, “I Love Me: Building Self-Esteem in Children”, Slaughter has created a simple read for girls of all ages to get in touch with what makes them special.

Slaughter is a graduate of Serra High School and is preacher’s daughter. As a writer, she believes that this is her “season” to begin using her talent for a purpose. Slaughter spoke about the inspiration in starting her first children’s book.

“Girls are doing the most just trying to keep up I guess,” said Slaughter. “It’s become too much for me.

“When I was a little girl, I was very insecure—I was teased a lot because of my hair, glasses, I was really thin and I took on a lot of negative energy from people.

“It made me feel bad about myself.”

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She added that as an adult, she realized that many women today have insecurities and as result find it difficult to build relationships with each other. Slaughter feels that the best way to address this issue is to start with the youth.

“If we start teaching children at a young age to love themselves and to appreciate themselves for who they are, not all the extra stuff, not all the glamourous weaves—beauty starts from the inside out, it starts from your soul.”

“I Love Me: Building Self-Esteem in Children” reads like a book of affirmations for young Black girls. The illustrations are simple and present a little girl by the name of Bree. As story proceeds from the start of her day until bedtime, Bree shares what she loves about herself.

“Bree’s five-years old and she is very confidant,” said Slaughter. ” She’ll tell you real quick ‘I love me. I love me because of my nose, color, hair’—her whole attitude is ‘You don’t have to like it. I like it’.

“It’s a little rhyme to it, some rhythm to it but is has a taste of [African American] culture. I wanted to put my little ‘Dr. Seuss’ edge on it.”

Slaughter will be a participating vendor at the Taste of Soul 10th Anniversary on Saturday, October 17.This is her first time participating in Taste of Soul and she is looking forward to sharing her book with the community.

“It’s about building self-love,” said Slaughter, “learning to love yourself and not getting so caught up in the hype of everything that is going on like with reality shows.”

Slaughter is also currently working on a self-esteem book for boys.

For more information, you can send inquiries to [email protected] or call (323) 477-3530.

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