The Love Black Doll Initiative
Each girl, women and community of all colors and cultures are encouraged to make a commitment to "The Love Black Doll Initiative " The LBD Initiative is a Social Self-esteem Empowerment Initiative where our primary goal is to expose the girls to positive images that look like them in the community that they live in. Yelling! "It is ok to Be-You!". Our images will show, volunteering in the community, becoming successful in school, college, and future careers, loving family & friends, and becoming Be-You-tiful Dolls of Color. Our initiative uses Live & Toy Dolls to heal the community. "The Love Black Doll Initiative" makes public appearances while wearing our Love Black Doll Tee shirts in order to show the world that racism, sexism, classism, colorism and other forms of stigma will not be tolerated in our society because the LBD Initiative helps build great communities. We hosts community "Give Back Events" such as bags for the homeless, Community Clean-Up Days, Positive Image Campaigns, Documentary Film Screenings, Doll Clubs, Essay Contests, Tea Parties, Talent Shows and more. Every girl should have, care for, and love toy and live black dolls. Yes Black is Be-You-tiful, but Love is Powerful YOU!
The Love Black Doll Initiative|Media Photo Shoot February 14, 2015 Vine Street Community Center
- Mar. 29, 2015
Living Dolls of Color "Not Your Average Barbie"
Our Goal is to have our photo images exposed to the community through our web-site, newspaper articles, social media, libraries, community centers, and community events. So women and girls will be exposed to images that look like them, and not be influenced by altered media images and see their be-you-Ty through real living dolls and love themselves. We are be-you-tiful girls & women of color, all ages, sizes, and shades and are not how we are depicted in the media!
According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 42 percent of first- to third-grade girls want to lose weight, and 81 percent of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat.
According to a study in Pediatrics, about two-thirds of girls in the 5th to 12th grades said that magazine images influence their vision of an ideal body, and about half of the girls said the images made them want to lose weight.
By adolescence, studies show that young people are receiving an estimated 5,260 “attractiveness messages” per year from network television commercials alone.
According to Teen magazine, 35 percent of girls ages 6 to 12 have been on at least one diet, and 50 to 70 percent of normal-weight girls think they are overweight.
Over time, models have gone from thin to emaciated, which has been mirrored by a growing problem of eating disorders and body image dissatisfaction. In 1975 most models weighed 8 percent less than the average woman; today they weigh 23 percent less. Compared to the Playboy centerfolds and Miss America winners from the 1950s, at least one-quarter of present-day icons meet the weight criteria for anorexia. Meanwhile, the average woman’s weight has increased. (The World of Psychology by Carolyn Coker Ross MD.)
Today, the media is a far more powerful influence than ever before, sometimes taking precedence over friends, family or other real women. Whereas women used to look at role models who were average-sized, women are now comparing themselves with images (some of which are merely computerized conglomerations of body parts) that are unrealistically thin. In the old days, a young girl grew up wanting to look like her mother or best friend. Now she wants to look like Angelina Jolie.
The more an individual is exposed to the media, the more he or she believes it is reflective of the real world. What most people still don’t realize is that the majority of the pictures they see in magazines are altered in some way and that looking like their role models is physically impossible. It is a setup for self-hatred.(Brown University Health Promotions)
Pop quiz: When you think of media representations of black women what comes to mind? Recognize any of these labels?
Angry black woman. Baby momma. Black Barbie. Gold-digger. Unhealthy fat black woman.
They are stereotypes that a research firm partnered with Essence Magazine uncovered in a survey of 901 black women. Thirty of the women surveyed kept visual diaries for 1 1/2 weeks, logging the media images they saw. Stereotypes were pervasive.
“Black women haven’t really defined themselves,” author Sophia Nelson, said in 2012 when The Washington Post released its own survey of black women, which found that black women felt stereotyped by the media.
The academic journal Communication Research published a study by two Indiana University professors called “Racial and gender differences in the relationship between children’s television use and self esteem: a longitudinal panel study.”
This unique piece of research studied 396 black and white preteens in communities in the Midwest United States over a yearlong period. Researchers focused on how much the kids watched TV, and how that impacted their self esteem. What they found –although kind of common sense–is making headlines: Television exposure predicted a decrease in self-esteem for white and black girls and black boys, and an increase in self-esteem among white boys.
(The study was conducted in school districts in Illinois that had predominantly black and white students. AngryAsianMan hopes for a future study on television and the self esteem of Asian American children. The researchers also controlled for age, body image, and baseline self esteem to determine if television was making an impact.)
When CNN contacted Michael Brody, the chair of the media committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, regarding this study, he said that children are affected when they don’t see themselves represented on TV, and it affects them when the young people who look like them are seen doing something wrong.
Traveling Doll Showcase
We will be showcasing our dolls in libraries and other educational institutions so girls and women can reflect on their Be-You-ty and have a constant reminder that somebody thought enough about them that they made a doll in their image! There will be essays displayed about the history of Black dollmakers and Black doll manufactures. The dolls will be created into real life experience that will give girls of all ages tools for positive thinking.
Thought & Image|Through the Life of a Doll
Screening of Dark Girls March 14, 2015 Vine Street Community Center
Dark Girls is a 2012 documentary film by American filmmakers Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry. It documents colorism based on skin tone among African Americans, a subject still considered taboo by many black Americans. The film contains interviews with notable African Americans including Viola Davis. It also reports on a new version of the 1940s black doll experiment by Kenneth and Mamie Clark, which proved that black children had internalized racism by having children select a white or a black doll (they typically chose white) based on questions asked. In the updated version, black children favored light-skinned dolls over dark-skinned dolls.