If you haven’t yet heard of Disney’s new movie, Queen of Katwe, you are missing out and need to checkmate yourself before you wreckmate yourself. It stars this little – okay HUGE – actress, Lupita Nyong’o whom you may remember from my trip to LA in the spring during The Jungle Book red carpet event; David Oyelowo, and Madina Nalwanga. The cast of this movie is absolutely breathtaking and I will be taking all three of my children to see the movie this weekend.
The Queen of Katwe is a movie based upon a true story about a young girl in Katwe, Uganda who becomes a chess prodigy. Unlike the following clip might lead you to believe, she does not have beginner’s luck. No, this is a girl who believes big things can happen from a small place, and they do.
I’ve written in the past about making dreams reality, or how dreams you didn’t even know you had become reality. This movie is about just that, and even the new clips inspire me to continue following my dreams, even when things seem really difficult at times, like the difficulty I’ve personally been going through the last 6ish weeks. They’re just hurdles, not the end, but sometimes it’s hard to remember that, or see the light.
When I find myself struggling with something, in this case for me, believing in myself, I try to do kind things for others because it lifts me up. I can go from feeling really low to feeling happy in a matter of minutes. I enjoy doing kind things for others and when there is an absence of that in my life, I notice a change in my mood.
In the spirit of doing kind things for others, and in honor of The Queen of Katwe, HSN has partnered with Soular Backpacks. For every Soular Backpack sold, they will send a solar-powered backpack to a child in Africa to help them study at night. Currently, children are using kerosene lamps, which can cause health complications. Soular Backpacks use natural energy from the sun during a child’s walk home from school so they may continue their educations at night from home.
You guys, do it. Both things – see Queen of Katwe in theaters this Friday, September 30th – and please buy a Soular Backpack for yourself or a student you know in order to donate one to a child in need in Africa. Do something great for yourself and in turn do something kind for a child in need.