The beautiful and talented Haitian-born actress Garcelle Beauvais has just penned her first book! The children’s book is entitled “I Am Mixed” which is about raising her 3 children (her eldest is 18 years old and she has twin boys are bi-racial). The story mirrors her own experiences as a child. Garcelle migrated to Massachusetts from Haiti and experienced being looked at as different. “When I went to school, I was the only black child, and the kids would touch my skin and feel my hair because they hadn’t seen someone like me,” she said in a recent interview. She had no idea she was different until that point.
Beauvais is drawing on that experience and that of raising three children n the first of a series of children’s books entitled “I Am Mixed.”
“[The book] is an invaluable teaching tool that all children from all races can learn from,” actress Halle Berry wrote in the foreword.
Like Beauvais’ twins, “I Am Mixed” tells the story of siblings Jay and Nia as they explore the thoughts and emotions of being of mixed ethnicities. It’s a topic the Haitian actress had to tackle with her own children very early in their lives so they could be prepared for what she wasn’t prepared for.
“I Am Mixed” is the first in line of a larger series called I Am, which will tackle the issues of divorced parents and adoption in the coming months. “I Am Mixed” is available on Amazon.com and other book outlets.