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- How Exceptional Black Women Lead — A Conversation With Dr. Avis Jones DeWeever
Dr. DeWeever’s latest book helps black women realize their full potential- June 12, 2018
- Nick Cave’s Soundsuits Confront Racism With Radical Artistry [Video]
An exhibition entitled “Here Hear” was previously on display at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Detroit, close to Cave’s alma mater.- October 17, 2016
- Body PositiveSpeaker Malia Anderson Talks Passion, Perseverance and Paying It Forward
“What if I just woke up every morning and said ‘This is my body and I love it.’ and then I went out the door and presented myself in the best possible way?”- October 9, 2016
“Queens of Africa” – a line of dolls developed by Nigerian entrepreneur Taofick Okoya in 2007 – are prepared to give the classic American Barbie doll a run for her money. Featuring a plethora of hair textures and skin tones, these gorgeous dolls are all wearing vibrantly patterned African prints.
In 2014, these dolls easily outsold the Mattel dolls being sold in the Nigerian market. Based on their incredible popularity in Nigeria, Okoya is now embarking on a “Coming to America” tour that will make stops in Atlanta, New York, and Chicago between May and July.
Creating dolls that embrace greater diversity has been an imperative concern, a concern met by dolls like the Angelica doll, the Positively Perfect doll, and a more diversified line of Barbie dolls produced by Mattel. Children’s dolls should embrace greater diversity in order for young people to see and appreciate their differences as a part of society.
Self-acceptance was a large motivation for Okoya; he began producing his dolls after his young daughter expressed to him that she wished she were white. The “Queens of Africa” dolls embrace and celebrate African Beauty, a moral imperative exemplified by the motto for the doll line: “Empowering the African girl child.”
Okoya has big dreams to see this empowerment come to fruition. In addition to the line of dolls, he plans to develop an educational book series that will also teach young children about self-confidence as well as cultural pride. For now, the dolls will remain available on Amazon, as they await their well-deserved shelf-space in American stores.