Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Day 21- Black History Month

February 20, 2017

Black History Month

After a few years Stacey McBride-Irby left Mattel to start One World Dolls. In 2013, she created the Prettiest Girls  dolls. It was originally 4 dolls in the group that represented different multicultural background.

The dolls had personal stories and hobbies and goals and inspirations. 

Dahlia from New Delhi, India; Valencia from Mexico, City Mexico; Kumasi from Accra, Ghana, Lena from Charlotte, North Carolina. 

"Kimani is beautiful on the inside and out. The best friend anyone could ever have. You can trust Kimani with your ultimate secret. When it comes to needing the perfect outfit, to the right jewelry or for any fashion tip, Kimani is the go-to-girl. Nothing can shake Kimani from experiencing joy. She is a spit-fire, energetic free-spirit & marches to the beat of her own drum. Artistic and creative in nature, Kimani loves the arts and dreams of red carpet moments. Watch for her name in lights!".

"Lena is fun, fresh, confident, exciting and has made being smart cool! Her friends call her "The Wiz Kid" because whatever she puts her mind to, she will come out on top! A straight A student, spelling bee champ, and top fundraiser on the cheerleading squad, Lena always finds time to help her friends with their homework & class projects. Setting goals is key, next move: Class President. An up and coming entrepreneur, you better believe the next big invention will be Lena's.

"You can always count on Dahlia for a good, belly aching laugh!  With an energy that is electric, Dahlia is a natural born comedian, and loves being the center-of-attention.  With her brilliant mind and quick-wit, she is loved by all, especially by her cute puppy, Chance, that she rescued. Through her humorous and caring spirit, she is good at encouraging her friends to volunteer their time, skills & allowance money to give back to their communities.  Although she is gentle and caring in nature, she is a beast when it comes to saving the planet! Are you recycling?

"Bold & daring, loving life is Valencia's claim to fame! As a part of her passion for life, Valencia is all about working out and eating right! The athletic one is always focused on being her best self. Whenever you are around Valencia, be ready to move! She's a party all by herself! To be around her is so much fun because she is always moving and grooving to the hottest song, as a way to stay fit. She loves watching cooking shows to test her healthy "meals skills" on her friends. With her fun way of cooking healthy foods along with her exciting exercise tips, you can almost smell her own show coming to a network near you!".

Info from Amazon

                                                    Kimani, Dahlia, Valencia, Lena

Monday, February 20, 2017

Day 20- Black History

February 20, 2017

Black History Month

In. 2009, African American designer Stacey McBride-Irby created  the So In Style dolls for Mattel. These dolls were unique in that it was a line of African American dolls that had there own storyline separate from the Barbie.  The dolls came in various skin tones and hairstyles to represent  African Americans.  The leader of the group was Grace she was friends with Barbie but was moving from California to Chicago.  She met some new friends, Kara, Trichelle, and Chandra. Grace had a boyfriend Daren.  
After a few years Stacey McBride-Irby left Mattel to start her own doll company. See tomorrow's post.

Day 19-- Black Histor Month

February 19, 2017

Black History Month

Shindana created several stars in the toy line.  The other one that they created was Florence from the Jeffersons.  This was a 1970's show that was about a dry cleaner that became wealthy and moved on up the East Side in Manhattan.  Florence played by Marla Gibbs was the maid.  In the 1980's, she appeared on her own television show, 227.  It was about people who lived in the same building and their lives.  She was married with a husband and daughter.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Day 18- Black History Month

February 18, 2017

Black History Month

The Shindana had created two sports stars during the time.  They were OJ Simpson and  Dr. J.  I was finally able to purchase the Dr. J action figure 2 years ago at a reasonable price.  The downside was that the box was not in great shape and he did not stay in the box.

Julius Erving nicknamed, Dr. J played basketball from  1971 to 1987.   He retired from the Philadelphia 76ers.  He is my favorite basketball player.  I wish that they would do a series of old timers in 12".  I can hope.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Day 17- Black History

February 17, 2017

Black History Month

*Shindana was created in 1968 and was one of the first manufacturer of Black Dolls.  The company closed in 1983.  The company was created "in the aftermath of the Watts Riots in Los Angeles.  It was founded as a  division of Operation Bootstrap, Inc. the nonprofit blak community self-help organization in south central Los Angeles. The founders were Lou Sith and Robert Hall."  The name is Swahili and means competitor. "The idea for manufacturing black dolls and games is rooted in Operation Bootstrap's motto, 'Learn, Baby, Learn!'"*

The fashion doll that they created was Wanda.  She came in two sizes 9" and 11.5 inches.

The smaller version was called Wanda The Career Girl.

The 11.5 inches came as Disco Wanda.  She represented the dance craze during that time and was ready to party at the best clubs in town.

Wanda is in the picture with J.J Evans from Good Times played by Jimmy Walker in the 70"s.

*  Black Dolls by Myla Perkins.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Day 16- Black History

February 16, 2017

Black History Month

Cammie Goes to College was created College Bound Concepts.

It was endorsed by the United Negro College Fund.

The boxed stated: "A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste"

"What will your little girl be when she grows up?  Anything She wants to be!

Cammie Goes to College will be a daily reminder of what is possible when she learns that the work of turning dreams into goals can be fun!  Give your little girl a Cammie doll today.

Cammie is a beautifully crafted Afeican American doll.  She comes complete with two outfits and a guide for parents offereing step- by-step recommendations for raising little girls into independent, productive women.  Cammie is the perfect role model.

She is wearing a crochet outfit and not her original outfit.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Day 15- Black History

February 15, 2017

Black History Month

Continuation of  Candi Girls Dolls.

The faces of Candi Girls changed when Helena Hamilton  partnered with Mikelman to change the design of the face.  At the time, Mikelman was a known collector and makeover artist of Barbie and fashion dolls.  The makeup of the doll's face changed to be more glamourous and fashionable. 

This is the original Candi Girl

This is the original Candi Girl and  the Mikelman Candi Girl

After Mikelman left  Hamilton Designs, he created his own fashion dolls.  The female, Charice look close to Candi Girl and Dominic looked like Jordan from Integrity Toys.