Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Maylin's Return

Maylin by Paola Reina of Spain

Maylin was first introduced in my after-Christmas post about redressed and new dolls. In that post, there was only one picture of Maylin. I included the fact that she was a gift from a doll friend and a promise that I would take more pictures of her. Maylin returns today with those pictures.

Maylin has brown eyes with rooted upper eyelashes.

She wears a pretty (mostly) pink knit dress that has a beaded flower stitched to the bodice.

The beaded flower is better illustrated in this picture along with the drawstring pink ribbon at the waist.

Maylin's straight black rooted hair extends below the hem of her dress.

This profile photo illustrates the bow of the drawstring waist ribbon.


Here is an additional full-length photo of this 13-inch all-vinyl doll.

With her pretty pink dress, Maylin wears white socks and pink Mary-Jane-style shoes.

Photos with Cousins

Maylin has several cousins that were photographed with her. 

Zuri and Ndanaka by Sibahle, which are also Paola Reina dolls, appear to be taller than Maylin, but it's all in the hair. They are all 13 inches tall. (Zuri represents someone with albinism while Ndanaka represents someone with vitiligo.)

A closeup with her Sibahle cousins

Chadwick (named by me) is her blue-eyed, brown-skinned cousin. They are about the same height.

Chadwick is also a Paola Reina doll.

Her younger cousins, Sarabi and Omar from Vestida de Azul's Carlota Collection were happy to take pictures with Maylin.


Closeup of the young cousins and Maylin; the younguns are 11 inches tall.

Maylin took two final photos with all her cousins.

The cousins from L-R are Ndanaka, Chadwick, Serabi, Maylin, Omar, and Zuri.

Their clothing and complexions create a burst of color!

Thank you again, BA, for the Maylin Christmas gift. Her cousins thank you, too!


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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Genius Aretha's Doll Updated

This is a screen snapshot of a Black ragdoll created by Mark Ruffin for the National Geographic series, Genius: Aretha


Genius: Aretha is a multi-part National Geographic series about the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The story commences when Aretha (Little Re, played by Shaian Jordan) was 12. In several scenes of episode 1, "Respect" (which first aired on March 21, 2021), Little Re is seen with her black rag doll, which was created by Mark Ruffin, founder of Black Dolls Matter. 

The flashback scenes of her childhood were filmed in black and white. I took screenshots of Little Re and her doll in paused scenes; the clarity of my photos is a bit compromised. 

In this photo and the next, Little Re clutches her doll for comfort after an unfortunate racist roadside dilemma.

Dolls can provide comfort.

In this scene, and in the photos that follow, Little Re has joined one of her famous father's house parties where several celebrities were in attendance. She is seated alongside Reverand C. L. Franklin's girlfriend and across from Ted White, whom she would later marry.

Close-up of Little Re and her doll from the scene described above.

This is from the same scene above.


A not so clear close-up of the ragdoll


Little Re receives sage advice about singing and men from Dinah Washington (played by Stacey Seargeant) who was also at the house party. Dinah Washington was the "then" girlfriend of Ted White, the man Little Re later married.

This final B&W photo is a close-up of the previous scene with Dinah Washington and Little Re.

Little Re (Shaian Jordan) meets Dinah Washington in the following YouTube video clip courtesy of National Geographic. (The video is the scene in the film from which the above still photos were captured with my camera.)



Mark Ruffin (the doll's creator) shared a color photo of the doll on his Instagram page below.

 
Genius: Aretha first aired on the National Geographic Channel, on Hulu, and on the Roku National Geographic app. Check your local listings for on-demand airings. If the National Geographic Channel is part of your TV plan, all episodes can also be viewed online here. Read more about Genius: Aretha here.

Visit Mark Ruffin's Black Dolls Matter website here.

Happy heavenly birthday to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Louis Franklin, born March 25, 1942.

I have added the doll's appearance to my blog post, More Black Dolls on Film Updated

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Monday, March 22, 2021

Check out this Shani and Friends Video Installation


Doll-friend Julius M. shared a link to a Shani and Friends video that includes information about the Shani line and other Black Barbies and friends of Barbie. I  embedded the video in DeeBeeGee's Virtual Black Doll Museum as part of a three-day installation about the Marvelous World of Shani and Friends. Check it out here.

Thank you again, Julius, I thoroughly enjoyed the video.

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Friday, March 12, 2021

Another Black Doll Beauty by Sarah Niemela

A lovely polymer clay doll by Sarah Niemela


I am a member of the private Facebook group, Sarah Niemela's Black Doll Beauties. Last week, Sarah posted photos of the doll shown above. The black-doll enthusiast in me had to have her. I thought she would display well with Aisha whose clothing scheme is the same. 

Sarah's description of the doll in the Facebook post reads:
She is 8” tall... she is fully sculpted with Cernit...a strong beautiful polymer clay. She stands on a round base and is affixed to the base. She has a sculpted bodice and a silk chiffon skirt. Her hair is fleece..a natural fiber from sheep. I molded her face and hands from one of my sculpted molds.

Additionally, she has light brown eyes. The bodice of the dress is sculpted and painted clay. Ribbons with beads accent the shoulders of the dress. The headband, waist of the dress, and the base are trimmed with decorative ribbon.

A thank you card from Sarah

A lovely handwritten "thank you" card accompanied this beautiful doll. (A "thank you" card was included in Aisha's package, and I've modified that post to include an image of the card). 

I love the doll images on the front and inside of the card!

In this doll's card, after thanking me for the purchase, Sarah wrote that she can't wait to see what I name her.

After recently watching Coming 2 America (I loved the costumes in that movie), I remember intently listening to Prince Akeem speak his daughters' names during the opening scene: Meeka, Oma, and Tinashe. Meeka, the oldest was gorgeous. Oma (Eddie Murphy's daughter in real life is gorgeous, too); she was the middle daughter. Tinashe (pronounced tee-naa-shai, or change the "i" in shai to a "y" to visualize the pronunciation better, tee-naa-shay) was the youngest princess. Since this doll represents a little girl who looks like a princess to me, I have named her Princess Tinashe! In the Shona language spoken in Zimbabwe, Tinashe means "God is with us." The name is perfect for my doll.

In the movie, Princess Tinashe was played by young actress Akiley Love. I almost named the doll Akiley, but I decided Tinashe and its meaning are more suitable. 

Enjoy the following pictures I took of my little princess alone and with her sister, Aisha. (By the way, Aisha is a Swahili name that means "living prosperously.") 

Gorgeous!

I love the natural fibers of her hair.

In the back of the dress, a pearl and rhinestone button accents the ribbon at the waist. Sarah's signature strip is attached to the waist.

Tinashe's shoes are painted. The permanently attached base has decorative ribbon trim. The bottom of the base is lined with teal felt.

Tinashe poses with her sister, Aisha, in these two final photographs.

Aren't they lovely?

They are a precious pair (or trio if you count Aisha's dolly).

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Happy Birthday Barbie! (Updated)

Childhood dolls (all except the one on the far left, which was given to me by my niece)

Dear Barbie,

You and your friends gave me several hours of enjoyable play during my childhood. By the time I was 13, I shunned you. Boys were more interesting and, after all, in my 13-year-old mind, I was too old to play with dolls.

Even as an adult collector, I paid you no mind. My desire was to incorporate Black dolls made during my childhood into my novice adult collection of a mixture of porcelain cookie cutters (beginner's dolls) and higher-end but mass-produced artist vinyl dolls. Eventually, I shunned the cookie cutters and the mass-produced artist vinyl dolls and began to chase after vintage Black Barbies and friends. Alas, you had your hooks in me again. 

I still continued to fight the Barbie collector label by telling others emphatically that "I am not a Barbie collector." I still say this from time to time, but you and Mattel know that when they release you in a melanated doll that becomes a must-have in my eyes, I don't fight the feeling and bring you home.

Happy birthday, girl. You and your friends still look good. You remain the most popular fashion doll among collectors and children to date. No other fashion doll company has met or surpassed your success and doll-icon status.

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According to Barbiemedia.com and other online sources, "Barbie's official birthday is March 9, 1959, the day she was unveiled to the toy industry during New York Toy Fair. Barbie first appeared in her iconic black-and-white striped swimsuit. Barbie was joined by Ken in 1961."

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Below are photos of current gatherings of Barbie's Black friends (girls and guys) along with a few of my favorite Black friend-of-Barbie photos from the past. I have also added a Barbie birthday celebration video. The final photo is a link to a preorder that might interest other Barbie enthusiasts.

Girl Gathering
This is a variety of Barbies on display in the doll room that illustrates the diversity in complexion, hair texture, height, and body size in today's Barbies.

This is a closer view of the same dolls shown in the previous photo.

A Small Gathering of Guys
Mattel is beginning to diversify the African American male doll offerings. This is a small example of Ken and other Barbie male friends that are on display in the doll room.  (A couple of these are customized.) Attention Mattel, collectors are still waiting for a Silkstone African American Ken and more articulated dolls would be appreciated.

This is a closeup of the guys.

Some of My Favorite Barbie and Friends Photos From the Past


Three Top Model Nikki dolls

Redressed dolls: Princess of South Africa; Barbie Basics Model 4, Collection 1 (wigged), and Model of the Moment Nichelle

A closeup of the dolls in the photograph immediately above this one

Redressed Travel Nikki, Fashionista #80, and rebodied Fashionista #93.

So in Style Marisa and Grace and Princess of South Africa (all are redressed, Marisa wears a wig, and Grace has received a boil perm).



Poplife Christie and Halle Berry "Die Another Day" in Poplife Barbie's fashion

A closeup of the Christie and Halle
So in Style Kara and Chandra, Barbie Basics Model 4, and Glam 'n Groom Christie wear hats.

2014 So in Style Fan Club Exclusive Chandra

So in Style Darren is wigged and dressed in Ken's 1970s Playing It Cool Fashion

In this final favorite Barbie and friends photo, Darren wears another wig and models Ken's Fashion Avenue #13567 brown and tan suit.



Barbie's Birthday Celebration Video


New Barbie Extra to Preorder

Rush over to Amazon where, as of this writing, a new Barbie Extra doll is currently available to preorder with planned shipping of May 1, 2021. A preliminary picture was posted illustrating a medium complexioned Black Barbie that uses an articulated Curvy Barbie body. Wearing round silver shades, her black hair is styled in two long thick side ponytails that are colorfully banded. A lavender polka dot blouse is worn with dark-colored short pants. The preliminary photo has since been removed. To preorder, click/or tap here.

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