Black Positive People : Be A Black Doll!

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  1. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    Friday, December 19, 2008
    The Black Doll Affair: "We're Pretty....Philanthropic"

    Christmas is approaching and many young girls will receive dolls as gifts this holiday season. For African American girls, its important that the dolls they receive look like them.

    The Oprah Show even dedicated an episode about this very topic a year ago. She featured then 18-year old Kiri Davis, a young filmmaker who replicated the famous 'doll test' from the 1940s by psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark, which concluded black children preferred white dolls over black dolls when asked which doll was good, which was bad, and which looked most like them. Fifty years later, Kiri found the same results.

    Kiri shared to Oprah, "I think those attitudes that existed 50 years ago are still here." She concluded that overturning these ideals of beauty is everyone's responsibility.

    Dana Hill, a PR, marketing and event consultant based in Atlanta, was watching that episode and it hit her like a ton of bricks. Two months later, Dana decided to host a Christmas party to give beautiful black dolls to beautiful black girls by beautiful black women. She used her public relations background to get the Atlanta community to donate black dolls, also enlisting the support of the local newspaper, radio stations and models from a modeling agency to hand out the dolls.

    The event was a success, and it was the first time many of the girls ever received a black doll. Although Dana had planned this as a one time event, many asked, what about next year? The Black Doll Affair was born.

    The Black Doll Affair is a philanthropic, social network of black women who donate black dolls to black girls at Christmas. The philanthropic women of the Black Doll Affair are referred to as The Black Dolls, volunteers of all ages and sizes. Some are fashion models while others are community role models, hence their slogan, We're pretty...philanthropic. By donating these beautiful black dolls, they hope to increase the self-esteem of black girls and remind them of their beauty.

    I first learned about Dana and The Black Doll Affair after reading an article about them in the Sun Sentinel newspaper recently. I became so intrigued that I contacted Dana to learn more and to share how you can get involved!

    How to Join: There are currently two chapters: Atlanta and Florida, with a forthcoming chapter in Los Angeles. By donating $10 (just $10!) you'll become a member, with your donation used to purchase a doll. You'll then receive a Black Doll wristband. That's it! If there isn't a chapter in your city or state, they still welcome you to join. Members come from all over, including New York, Connecticut, and even overseas. The Black Dolls use the social networking site Meetup.com to interact with each other, post year round event information, photos and more.

    Membership is open to everyone! For men, there's The Black Doll Brothers and The Porcelain Pals in Florida for Latino women and other races....


    http://www.blackgivesback.com/2008/12/black-doll-affair-were.html
     
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    http://www.blackdollaffair.com/default.asp


    In the 1950s, during the historical court case, Brown vs. Board of Education,
    the Supreme Court witnessed Dr. Kenneth Clark conducting a doll test
    with black children. In his doll tests, Kenneth asked the children to chose
    between a black doll and a white doll. The majority of the children preferred
    the white doll. Proving psychological damage, due to slavery,
    racism and separatism, U.S. schools were ordered desegregated.

    In 2007, The Black Doll Affair Movement to remind black women and
    children of the beauty in hue, began turning its wheels when Dana Hill,
    saw Kiri Davis on the Oprah Show. Discussing her documentary,
    "A Girl Like Me," Kiri's award winning 7 minute video re-conducted t
    he doll test, proving that since Kenneth's test, black children / people still
    struggle with hue they are and prefer lighter, whiter hues.

    Year after year, with the doll test model as its basis, media outlets continue
    to test for changes on how we feel about hue. From ABC's 2009 doll test to
    CNN's 2010 doll test analysis, we're learning what we already knew,
    there's not much love for the black hue. Until now.


    All sizes, shades and ages of 18 and older, from mothers to models,
    The Black Dolls are b'huetiful philanthropic role models and gorgeous
    fashion models that band together to use their internal and external
    b'huety as a means to tackle the issues of internalized racism and low
    self-esteem. For young girls and adult women that look like them,
    The Black Dolls are on a mission to remind, that "Black IS B'huetiful!"

    For toddlers, The Black Dolls deliver their message of b'huety
    with the gift of a toy black doll
    . For teens, the Black Dolls
    hold self-esteem tween summits
    . For adult women,
    The Black Dolls host Conversations of Legacy.
     
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    I commend their efforts; but from what I've seen so far, their dolls also have the "long, silky-straight" hair.

    So, a little progress is better than none; but our little girls still need to see themselves in their natural beauty and appreciated for it.
     
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