I have often voiced a desire to "put Black dolls on the map," i.e. make a resounding noise for manufacturers and artists to realize the need for their lines to be inclusive... to understand that Black dolls are relevant... they are needed.
It seems the world has been notified. In the past few months I have been interviewed on four separate occasions regarding Black-doll collecting by domestic as well as global reporters. Links to the first three interviews, which have previously been shared under separate posts, are repeated below:
- "Black is Beautiful: Why Black Dolls Matter" (Collectors Weekly) by Lisa Hix, February 21, 2013
- "Talking Dolls Challenge Racial Stereotypes" by Teo Kermeliotis and Ann Colwell, for CNN
- March 12, 2013
- "You've Come a Long Way Baby: Fashion Black Dolls in Demand Like Never Before" by Shaheera Asante – Founder and Editor, BfabAfrica.com March 28, 2013
The fourth, and most recent interview was also published on March 28, 2013.
Ms. Ann Brown asked me to give advice on collecting Black dolls for The Network Journal (TNJ.com) article, "Beyond Barbie: Tips on Black Doll Collecting".
Black dolls are trending in print. I hope this results in an increase in their three-dimensional presence and appreciation across all genres.
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