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Black Is Beautiful: Why Black Dolls Matter

By Gerard @presurfer
Black Is Beautiful: Why Black Dolls Matterimage credit: chrisjohnbeckett cc
When Samantha Knowles was 8 years old, one of her friends innocently asked 'Why do you have black dolls?' And she didn't know quite what to say. She had never considered why her Barbies, her American Girl dolls, and her Cabbage Patch Kids were black like her.
Now, at 22, the Brooklyn filmmaker has made a documentary to answer that question. As it turns out, many black doll collectors didn't have black dolls as a child, because they weren't that common. Collectors Weekly did a deep dive into doll history to find out why.
(thanks Lisa)

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