- Title: Love Yourself
- Author: Khari Toure
- Genre: Bullies, Self-Esteem, Self-Respect, School
- Length: 68 pages
- Illustrator: Catalina Bolio
- Publisher: Khari Toure
- Publication Date: April 28, 2017
Love Yourself is a children’s book that empowers children who have been bullied. The book focuses on teaching children how to be confident in the face of criticism. This book teaches children the true meaning of self-love and acceptance through positive words and affirmations to help children embrace and appreciate who they are.
About the Author
It’s been said that the most brilliant writers have experienced the most tragedy, and from the pain of their past experiences they are transformed into poets who paint pictures with words. Khari is a living testimony to this truth! Born and raised in Oakland, California, he first began writing poetry as a young child while living in foster homes. Poetry was his therapy, an outlet that allowed him to purge his mind of the pain he endured as a youth.
His transition from literary poet to spoken word artist occurred during the summer of 2006, when he began performing at open mics and winning several poetry slams hosted by Hot Water Cornbread. His keen intellect, passionate flow and delivery, powerful voice and brazen lyrics quickly distinguished him from many other performance poets and spoken word artists. He exploded onto the Spoken word poetry scene during the summer of 2006 after performing at Mouth Off (a spoken word poetry venue held at Oakland’s Air Lounge every Wednesday). He also began participating in the local poetry slam scene in 2006. Now, three years later, he’s published a best selling poetry book, releasing over 20,000 spoken word mixtapes and performed at some of the top spoken word venues in the country, including Spoken Soul Sessions in New Orleans during the Essence Music Festival, Nuyorican Poets Café in New York, Soul Cypher in Oakland and Cafe Nuba in Denver. Within a three year period, he’s performed at over 100 different venues and is currently in high demand to perform and feature at major spoken word events.
Khari’s spoken word songs have achieved worldwide recognition. Best known for his socially conscious pieces, love and erotic and poems, and songs praising the beauty of plus sized women, Khari cannot be put in a box. He has a fan base that numbers in the thousands and few poets have been blessed with his success. In 2010, Khari released his album “VICTORY.” Fusing Spoken Word, Neo-Soul, Jazz, Gospel and Hip Hop, Victory broke new grounds for spoken word! In 2014, Khari released his sophomore spoken word album, “Through Thick and Thin.” He also released a book, “Curvy and Confident,” a self-empowerment guide for women. Curvy and Confident is the first book ever written by a man to help women overcome low self-confidence, negative body image, and insecurities.