Articles and Interviews

Journaling, letter writing for myself and others, and the pure love of the English language have all been tools of communication for me. My passion for black dolls and the lack of written information about them influenced written documentation and publications on this subject. In addition to the three books I have authored about black dolls, my other published works include:

  • 1998-1999, creator of "Spotlight on Black Doll Collectors" column of DOLL-E-GRAM (VELB Associates, Laverne E. Hall, publisher; a former bimonthly publication). 
  • "Shattering the Black-Doll Myth," Doll Castle News September/October 2006 (Barry D. Mueller, publisher). After having been approached by a collector seeking written information on black dolls, the insightful editor of this publication, Dorita Mortensen, commissioned me to write an article on black dolls. Several other articles for this publication followed.
  •  Connecting People with Art Contemporary African-American Art, by Evelyn Redcross and Mercer Redcross, III, October Gallery, 2006, "Patron Profile," pages 130-131. I was introduced to Mr. Redcross at the 2005 International Black Doll Convention in Philadelphia, PA by Barbara Whiteman, curator of the Philadelphia Doll Museum and sponsor of the black doll convention. Redcross asked and I agreed to include my collector's profile in his publication. 
  • "Black Members of the Ideal Crissy Grow Hair Family," Doll Castle News, November/December 2006. 
  • "Having Fun Collecting Black Ginny," Doll Castle News January/February 2007. 
  • "Black Barbie," Doll Castle News, March/April 2007. 
  • "Black Madame Alexander Dolls," Doll Castle News, September/October 2007. 
  • "Meeting the Man Behind the Dolls," The Official Journal of the United Federation of Doll Clubs DOLL NEWS, Winter 2008. This article is a result of my meeting Floyd Bell, renowned doll artist, at the 2006 UFDC Convention in Dallas, Texas. I felt compelled to document our destined meeting to share with the doll collecting community at large. 
  • "Jackie Ormes' Patty Jo," Doll Castle News, March/April 2008. 
  • "Not Just Rag Dolls," Doll Castle News, November/December 2008. 
  • "Vintage Doll Reproductions," Contemporary Doll Collector, January 2009 (Scott Publications).   
  • "Brooke Nicole’s Ethnic Transformations," Dolls magazine, February 2009 (Jones Publications). 
  • "The Many Faces in My 'Mirror'," Dolls magazine, February 2009 (Jones Publications).  
  • Dolls in Black: Chronicles and Perspectives - At-will blog for DOLLS Magazine commenced in July 2009, concluded May 2010.  
  • "Ideal's Black Crissy Family," Doll Showcase Magazine, Issue 22, December 2009 (a British publication). 
  • "Fabulous Entertainers," Dolls magazine, February 2010, pages 38-39 (Jones Publications), co-authored with master doll artist, Floyd Bell. 
  • "Sasha Morgenthaler's Dolls for Everyone," Doll Castle News, January-February 2010, pages 28-30. 
  • "Black Paper Dolls Illustrative Perceptions Then and Now Part 1," Doll Castle News, March-April 2010, pages 29-32, and 41. 
  • "Black Paper Dolls Illustrative Perceptions Then and Now Part 2," Doll Castle News, May-June 2010, pages 26-30. 
  • "Sew Inspired," (Floyd Bell's hand-carved creations and custom-made fashions) DollReader, April 2011, pages 32-35.   
  • Interviewed by A Philly Collector of Playscale Dolls and Action Figures, November 13, 2011.
  • "Why We Collect Stuff - The Dolls I Never Had as a Child" a December 29, 2011, NY Times Room for Debate article, updated December 30, 2011. 
  • Quoted in "Solano woman pushes to get ethnic doll in stores," by Amy McGinnis-Honey, published on February 14, 2012, in the Daily Republic, Fairfield, California
  • "Van's Treasures," 2012 Autumn Americana issue of Fashion Doll Quarterly.
  • "An Interview with Deja Dohl," Spring 2013 Technology issue of Fashion Doll Quarterly.
  • Quoted in "Black is Beautiful:  Why Black Dolls Matter" by Lisa Hix, Collectors Weekly, February 21, 2013.
  • Quoted in "Talking Dolls Challenge Racial Stereotypes" By Teo Kermeliotis and Ann Colwell, for CNN, March 12, 2012.
  • Quoted in  "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
  • Interviewed for by Ann Brown for The Network Journal, article "Beyond Barbie:  Tips on Black Doll Collecting", March 28, 2013.
  • Interviewed by Sherry Howard of Myauctionfinds.com, "When Black Dolls Talk, Debbie Garrett Listens," August 21, 2013. 
  • Interviewed for and quote in, "I Want One Just Like Me!" Black Doll Expo by Aisha Phoenix.  http://mediadiversityuk.com/2013/10/25/i-want-one-just-like-me-black-dolls-expo/ 
  • Vintage-to-modern dolls from my collection featured in a slide show of the Detroit News online article "Detroit Doll Show puts spotlight on African American collectors" by Donna Terek, December 8, 2013.

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