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Weaves for Babies March 21, 2009

Filed under: children,extensions,Uncategorized — R.D. @ 10:07 pm
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Baby Bangs

I don’t know if anyone has heard of Baby Bangs but they are a hair band of hair strands, which “have been arranged in the cutest most adorable elfish coiffure!” What do you think about Baby Bangs?

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Writing new hair stories for our children February 19, 2009

Filed under: Barbie,Black dolls,children,natural — R.D. @ 10:39 pm
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During the 40’s psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark created the doll test to test the effects of segregation on black children. The findings provided overwhelming evidence of the damaging consequences of segregation for young African-Americans; many children demonstrated signs of internalized inferiority. In the experiment, the Clarks presented black children with dolls that were identical in every aspect except for color. All of the children correctly identified the race of the dolls. However, when asked to select the doll that they preferred, most of the children selected the white doll and ascribed positive attributes to it. When the Clarks asked the children to draw themselves, many of the children chose white and yellow crayons and refused to use brown or black crayons. In addition to feelings of inferiority, the children exhibited signs of self-hatred. Today, African-American children continue to  exhibit the very findings reported by the Clarks. In 2006, 17-year-old Kiri Davis’ eight minute documentary “A Girl Like Me” revealed that little has changed:

A  female voice asks the child a question: “Can you show me the doll that looks bad?”

The child, a preschool-aged Black girl, quickly picks up and shows the Black doll over a White one that is identical in every respect except complexion.

“And why does that look bad?”

“Because she’s Black,” the little girl answers emphatically.

“And why is this the nice doll?” the voice continues.

“Because she’s White.”

“And can you give me the doll that looks like you?”curlyqmilkshake

The little girl hesitates for a split second before handing over the Black doll that she has just designated as the uglier one.

Today many African-American parents say that the color of a doll should not be a deciding factor when making pilovemyhaironesieurchases. However, their children often own a disproportional number of white dolls. Aren’t we making a decision not to buy a black doll if we are choosing a white one? Unfortunately, the legacy of segregation and slavery does not only manifest itself in children; it begins with and is apparent in the behavior of their parents. Today there are many options for parents who are concerned about the images available to their children and ways to counteract the concepts of beauty that are being transmitted to their children. Tbenjaminbannekerhe site Dollslikeme provides parents with so many different kinds of clothes, dolls, toys, books and hair products that are affirming for young children of color. It was very hard for me to keep myself from buying some of the dolls that I saw (Harriet Tubman, Benjamin Banneker). However, what is most appealing about the site is its committment to promoting diversity in a multicultural society. Hispanic, asian, white and black dolls are present on the site. This is more reflective of the society that we live in and provides children with beautiful imitations of themselves, people in their neighborhood and people in school. The dolls possess a range of hair textures (straight to tightly curled)!!! This made me smile because all children can benefit from having dolls that reflect society (I do not believe that children should only have dolls of one color because play is practice for life). Although the Clarks’ experiment only revealed the negative side effects of segregation for the African-American community, we all exhibit the symptoms of those who have lived in a society built upon the backs of others and should always be looking to heal ourselves and eachother.

 

What I am loving: Sasha and Malia’s natural hair January 30, 2009

 

Mattel To Launch New Line Of African-American Barbie Dolls January 26, 2009

Filed under: Barbie,Black dolls,Malia,Sasha — R.D. @ 6:30 pm
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January 23, 2009 · CNN MONEY

Mattel Inc. (MAT) will launch its first complete line of African-American Barbie dolls, a company representative said Thursday.

The line, which features three adult dolls, was previewed in a video at the Mattel and Fisher-Price Sneak-Peak Tour in New York one day after America’s first African-American president, Barack Obama, took office.

The “So in Style” dolls, expected to be released in fall 2009, come with little sisters as part of a mentorship theme.

The company has shown the dolls to prominent women in the African-American community to ensure their authenticity and in an effort to possibly recruit a spokesperson for the new line, the Mattel representative said. The company wouldn’t release the names of the women it consulted.

While Obama’s election shows a diminishing racial divide in America, the company representative said, the doll line was conceived prior to Obama’s announcement that he intended to run for office.

The line was inspired by Mattel toy designer Stacey McBride. The price of the new line will be in the same range as other Barbie lines.

The line differs from the company’s prior releases of African-American toys, in part, because of its facial features. As an example, the toys have fuller lips and different cheek bone placement and nose structure.

The company has shown the line to several retailers and said many have responded well, the company said.

In 1968, Mattel introduced an African-American doll named Christie, according to the company’s Web site.

-By Aja Carmichael, Dow Jones Newswires; 201-938-5218; aja.carmichael@ dowjones.com

 

Angela Jolie is Raising A Beautiful Daughter

Filed under: children,natural hair care — R.D. @ 4:12 am
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When it comes to Zahara Jolie-Pitt, many self-appointed cultural critics feel that they have a lot to say about the beautiful four year old daughter of actress Angelina Jolie. Among many blacks there is much conversation about Zahara’s hair and the fact that her mother is not, “doing anything about it.” However a recent comment in the Herald Sun suggests that Jolie is doing a lot more to affirm Zahara’s sense of self than many black mothers are doing for their own.

What do you think?

” …When it comes to the subject of adoption, like when my daughter, who’s African, wants her hair to look straight like mummy’s . . . and I look for a Barbie that’s African, and the African Barbie has straight hair! And you know, why has Disney never made a film with an African-American princess?”
-Angelina Jolie

Herald Sun; November 14, 2008

 

Lola, you have great hair!

[Chris Rock, Lola(C) and Zahra(R)]

Lola is the muse behind Rock’s film Good Hair
 

Chris Rock has good hair January 23, 2009

Filed under: celebrity,children,natural,natural hair care — R.D. @ 6:32 pm
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As a young comedian on tour in Atlanta in the 1990’s, Chris Rock had the wonderful fortune of touring the burgeoning black mecca at the same time as the Bronner brother’s hair show. While witnessing the myriad tributes to the unique characteristics of black hair as well as the business that has always been black hair, Rock thought that the hair show would be a great centerpiece for a documentary on blacks in America and their unique relationship to their hair. Unfortunately, Rock was ahead of his time: “ I thought, wow, this would make a great movie, but that was like 15 years ago.” Currently faced with the task of raising his young daughters in America, Rock realizes that this is the perfect time for his documentary “Good Hair”. At this year’s Sundance film festival in Park City, Utah, Rock’s film made its debut among 15 other films in the popular documentary competition.
Rock takes viewers on a journey from the neighborhood salon to the streets of India where human hair is manufactured for direct export to the scalps of black consumers. While the film does seem to cater to a specific segment of the population, “Good Hair” has enjoyed praise from everyone at the festival this year. Couched in Rock’s trademark humor, the film raises many important questions about the legacy of ‘mainstream’ (read white) and accepted beauty ideals and their impact on black women as many of them pursue a life-long and painful quest to emulate a hair type that is not their own. Rock’s film features many interviews from male and female African-American stars who candidly discuss their relationship with their hair and the loaded phrase ‘good hair’. As the executive producer of the film, Nelson George, points out, “It’s this whole thing about approval. That approval is not simply, `I want white people to love me.’ It’s like, `I need a job. I want to move forward, and if I have a hairstyle that is somewhat intimidating, that’s going to stop me from moving forward”. Having just returned from D.C. I share the sentiment of Nia Long, who hopes that the images of the first family will help blacks to be more accepting of themselves and their beauty. “Just seeing that family photo and seeing the daughters with their hair in cornrows sometimes, it resonates for me in such a huge way,” Long said. “I just feel finally we have an image that’s the most powerful image in our country that actually is a part of who I am.”
“Good Hair” will air on HBO, but Rock and his collaborators are considering a theatrical release first.