As part of the black economic empowerment movement, it’s important for people of color to support black-owned businesses. It’s equally as important for us to do research to discover where these businesses are.
In addition, it’s important for us to raise children who are aware of their identity and feel connected to their African roots. To create environments and communities that are ran and supported by the black community. If you support the black economic empowerment movement, then it wouldn’t make sense for your daughter to play with dolls that do not reflect her culture, her identity, her BEAUTY.
I am so tired of seeing young black/Hispanic beautiful children playing with blonde hair, blue eyed dolls. With that, I’ve included a list of black dolls created by black entrepreneurs that deserve your support.
Check it out:
The Angelica Doll
Angelica Sweeting decided to create the doll, following a car seat ride with her 3 year-old daughter who mentioned that she wanted to long hair and fairer skin, like Barbie and Elsa from Frozen. Sweeting launched a kickstarter campaign to help distribute the dolls, in which she raised more than $85,000. The dolls are available to order here, and have a scheduled December 2015 release date.
Natural Girls United
Created by blogger Karen Byrd, Natural Girls United customizes the hair of black dolls to reflect the many different textures and styles of black hair. The dolls aim to bring a positive view of what black beauty is, and are available for purchase here.
Queens of Africa Dolls
A Nigerian man who could not find a black doll to buy for his niece decided to create this popular line, in an effort to provide young black girls with dolls they could relate to. The line has been selling impressive units in Nigeria, and is available for purchase here.
Support these businesses this Christmas instead of purchasing a Barbie doll! Circulate your money within your community. Continue to move forward the black economic empowerment movement. We cannot preach unity with other communities, until we have our economic stability to bring to the table. Period.