Shani and Friends Soul Train Dolls

Name: Soul Train Shani, Asha, Jamal, and Nichelle Made by and When: Mattel, 1993 Material: Vinyl Height: 11-1/2 inches (Shani, Asha, and Nichelle) and 12 inches (Jamal) Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Shani and Nichelle have rooted long black hair; Asha has auburn rooted hair. Jamal has sculpted black hair/painted brown eyes/smiling mouths with painted appearance of teeth. Clothes:Continue reading “Shani and Friends Soul Train Dolls”

Ava DuVernay Barbie

Name: Ava DuVernay Barbie Made by and When: Mattel, 2015 Material: Articulated vinyl Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Multiple rooted twists/painted brown eyes/closed mouth Clothes: Black turtleneck, blue jeans, red and white sneakers, copper charm bracelet and faux wood bangle Other: Designed by Linda Kyaw, uses the Mbili head sculpt fashioned after writer, film director/producer AvaContinue reading “Ava DuVernay Barbie”

Misty Copeland Barbie

Name: Misty Copeland Barbie Made by and When: Mattel, 2015 (released in 2016) Material: Articulated vinyl Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Brown rooted hair styled up in a bun/brown painted eyes/closed mouth with painted red lips Clothes: Red bodysuit with sunburst orange tulle cutouts; layers of red and orange tulle create a red tail, tulle headContinue reading “Misty Copeland Barbie”