On pages 360-361 of Black Dolls A Comprehensive Guide to Celebrating, Collecting, and Experiencing the Passion (2008), for Illustration 785 (shown below on left), I wrote:
|Reborn doll named Barack by unnamed artist|
Barack is a biracial doll that uses the Berenguer “Asian Ning” doll head. His new brown cloth body has a silicone pellet filling and, when held, his weighted head gives the feel of a newborn infant’s floppy head movement. Eyelashes, glass eyes; and hand-rooted, dark brown hair give him a realistic appearance. The doll was reborn in February 2005 by a reborn artist using on-hand reborning supplies, shortly after Barack Obama made history in 2004 by becoming the third African American since Reconstruction to be elected to the U.S. Senate. Because of the doll’s biracial ethnicity, the author named it for the history-making senator, who at the time of this writing is a 2008 Democratic presidential hopeful. Coincidentally, the doll, Barack, bears a likeness to author’s grandson, Caleb, as an infant. With one Caleb doll already in her collection, the name Barack seemed most appropriate for this baby.
|DBG's grandson, Caleb, in 2001|
The book, however, does not divulge the entire story of how I came to acquire reborn Barack. The true story is that I had commissioned a particular reborn artist to reborn two other dolls for me, infant girls. After the dolls arrived, I noticed what appeared to be animal bite marks on one of the doll's ears. Having paid the artist a substantial amount for both dolls, I informed her that I had discovered the damaged ear and wondered why she had not been upfront about it. The second doll had some minor discolorations in the vinyl.
|Reborn doll, Barack|
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