VIA| Being a parent is a challenging task, not only keeping kids on the right track in life, but keeping them safe, from not only bad people seeking to cause harm, but bullies in school as well.
Spoken word artist Khari Touré from Oakland California had come home to a distressing report that his daughter’s were being bullied at school, and knew what had to be done.
“A parent’s first reaction, of course, is anger, but instead, I said, ‘You’re beautiful Nia,’ ” Touré told People magazine. “I said, ‘We’re going to make a song. Daddy’s going to take you to the studio, and I’m going to make you your own video.”
Touré said his two older daughters — he is father to Ashé, 15, Nia, 6, and Maya, 2 — were being continuously bullied for everything about them, from their hair texture, to their weight, so Touré took to the studio, and decided to make a piece to encourage his daughters to have pride in themselves, with hopes to not only change his daughter’s situation, but to inspire kids all over the world to stand up for who they are, and what they believe in.
The chorus features lines and positives phrases including words such as, “I’m beautiful, I’m worthy, these mean words can’t hurt me”
“I want all children to keep this — throughout when they’re young — so they can grow up really internalizing the words and believing in their own beauty and brilliance,” said Touré to “Today Parents.” “It’s so hard trying to instill confidence in children when they’ve been bullied by other children, but I’m going to do it.”
Check out the heartwarming production by Touré below: