I remember getting a black doll for Christmas when I was in second or third grade and literally throwing it against the wall and crying because I didn't want a black doll. Believe it or not, y'all by second grade, I, HomeGirl, had totally bought the message that I got from the images I had been exposed to: cartoon princesses, Shirley Temple, baby-dolls on the store shelves, Barbie--all white. Those where the things I had learned to nurture and adore. Those things where beautiful and special. Not me. What was I supposed to do with a doll that looked like me? I wasn't special, right? That was the message, intentional or not. And thousands of us heard it loud and clear. Fortunately, I was young enough and had parents who where present and informed enough to undo some of the damage and put me on a path toward self love. How much self love? Enough for me to be THRILLED about the new line of black Barbies!
BLACK BARBIE, WHAT?!
Can I just say it's about time?! If not now, then when? We've got Barack and Michelle in The House, we got Gen. Bolden doing his thing over at NASA, we got Venus and Serena 'nem handling things. For the first time, a generation of young people are growing up seeing reflections of themselves as presidents and astronauts as well as top athletes and entrepreneurs. For the first time little black girls will grow up with a Disney Princess that looks like them (shout out Tiana!), and now, thanks to the new, PERMANENT, not special edition, line of So In Style Barbies by Mattel, they will get to grow up with Barbies that look like them or somebody they know. The line is comprised of dolls of varying skin tones, hair textures and facial features, that reflect, more than ever before, beautiful black women. Y'all, this is huge. Click HERE to see pics of and to meet Trichelle, Kara, and Grace.
Here is a video of designer, Stacey McBride (who is black) talking about creating this new line of dolls:
Thanks to Disney and Mattel and even to Michelle Obama and the girls, there are some pretty awesome images of feminine black power and beauty that black girls and boys (it's important for them too) haven't seen mainstream before. This is huge, y'all.