Thursday, December 22, 2011

How to have a black barbie party !

My little girl was just about to turned 8 years old,so I ask my little girl what kind of theme  she wants for her birthday.she said mommy I want a black barbie party not a white barbie but a black barbie party! So I said okay !so to the  store I went in search of party  invitations,party supplies and dolls ,well little did I know that there are no black barbie invitations  or party supplies .and it is hard as hell to find any black barbie dolls ,I went to walmart, big lots, target and toys r us, Out of all of this top name stores I found 4 african american barbie dolls  2 regular sized dolls ,and the bobble head dolls,,,, atfer my  all day of searching   for african american barbie I went to the family dollar in the hood ,and found  the big barbie head  that I needed..Now I'm moving on to the invitations in party supplies ,as far as I can see you there isn't one african american party supply for barbies out their ,,,, So I took to the internet and found all of these beautiful african american barbie invitations ,and thank you cards, that you can print yourself ,,I also found these labels that you can put your child's name in and make labels for the cups and things .So with a little bit patience and time throwing your child the perfect african american barbie party is possible  !!!


Just  an f.y.i I am NOT the woman who started the petition Mattel..
But I do have a lot to say about it ,and I will  be doing  that on another blog about about it ,I do want to think all of you  for stopping by and supporting .

25 comments:

4a4Life! said...

I am in the same boat! Thanks for the great ideas!!! Can you share the links to where you found the supplies?

ebony g said...

http://barbiecoloring.blogspot.com/2010/04/free-barbie-printable-invitations.html

Unknown said...

She is a beautiful doll, it is odd that we don't see more of her :(

acloththeworld said...

I am both amazed at the work and dedication you have to give your daughter such a party and highly upset that you *had* to go through so much effort to do so! People come in all shapes and shades and Mattel needs to wake up.

sosolobi said...

mmm... Had written a comment, it just disappeared when Google prompted me to log in.
Trying to get my mind around why we should have Barbies... whatever colour.
These anorexia looking dolls don't look human at all.
Moreover most black/coloured/Asian/Latino dolls still have Caucasian features. We, non-whites are being indoctrinated by media to look like White people. The famous black lady singers also look like pseudo-whites. When watching US programmes I see more and more Latino women with blonde hair. Mindboggling.

I'm a black woman from Europe and I'd like to see more black woman look natural.
Why should we straight our hair? There's a lost pride in being black and accepting who we are.
Most dolls (except baby dolls) are way too skinny and don't ressemble how people look in reality.
Look around and see the diversity in our world. Tall, short, big, skinny.
I think it's wrong to teach our daughters that Barbies are normal and see them as the ideal way we should look.
Nice article: "Life-size Barbie's shocking dimensions (PHOTO): Would she be anorexic?" http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20055694-10391704.html
I wonder how my comment will be received. Probably not positive.

The Incomplete said...

Well, sosolobi, I came upon this link from a petition email asking for signatures to send to Mattel with regard to offering black Barbie party supplies. I'm a white man in the U.S., so I have not experienced this sort of subtle racism first hand, but I agree with you completely. Even when these dolls are offered in different skin tones, they are still sending messages that are both misogynistic and racist. They tell girls to focus on fashion and their appearance, and they put the characteristics generally associated with white woman on a pedestal, relegating other ethnicities to mocha skin tone and darker hair, but otherwise looking like all the white dolls.

The culture has made this possible, of course, since they are going to make what sells. If authentic-looking black dolls were selling like hotcakes, no one would have to ask Mattel to make authentic-looking black Barbies. They'd make them. The root of the problem is in the age-old imperialistic mindset that's part of the culture in the West. Fighting for women's rights and for equality for people of all ethnicities is ultimately going to change much more than a petition to Mattel. That said, I appreciate the creativity and love that went into making the black Barbie party shown here.

Anonymous said...

KGB has left a new comment on your post "How to have a black barbie party !":

Hi Ebony,
I just wanted to see if you got my message about using a link to your blog in our petition. Please let me know if you object and I can remove it (but it really is a great illustration of what we have to do as moms just to have a black barbie-themed party). We are about to add a promo video that may drive a lot of traffic to the petition site (and people may come to your blog) so I just want to make sure this is something you approve. Please let me know. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thank just wrong they need 2 start having more virtues of toys and now adays the toys suck my son brakes the stuff and that's just not right that they can't take the time and money and make for the black communitys the hoods better then the big stores

Anonymous said...

The whole Barbie thing is so sadly skewed in the direction of our buy-more culture. I found another option recently that I like much better: Laurent Doll. The dolls are smaller and more natural looking and they are much more diverse in race.

http://www.laurentdoll.com/?gclid=CKuls6nvvbYCFQr0nAodSFkAsA

Anonymous said...

Hey. I sympathize and understand your frustration over unequal treatment based on race. But what makes me even more desperate is that little girls in 2013 still want Barbie dolls and still want to dress in pink. Why circulate girls' dreams so much about appearance? My 12 year old daughter would say that a Barbie theme is a sexist theme. So she would probably advocate for a total ban of Barbie products instead of creating even more Barbie products. And I tend to agree with her.

Anonymous said...

Lighten up people! It's a kids birthday party. This is what the little girl wanted and mom did a great job based on what little she had to work with. Would anyone be having a problem with boys party that featured trucks? I agree that Barbie is not a great standard for women's beauty but geez, does everything have to be a political statement?

Anonymous said...

Seriously you sent me this petition to sign when children all over the world are hungry and shoeless? Please think beyond yourself and your personal issues. It infuriates me when black people complain about how white people run THEIR businesses that THEY created for THEMSELVES. Instead of fighting with them to change the way they create revenue for themselves, why don't you spend your energy on creating your own doll company that features black dolls? Or if that's too much for you to do, go out and support the black doll-makers that are already out there. Why would you want your 8-year-old daughter emulating Barbie anyway? Why can't she have a party featuring her OWN image? Seriously? Get a life!

Anonymous said...

Seriously you sent me such a trivial petition to sign when children all over the world are hungry and shoeless? Mattel does what's good for Mattel, not for you and your child! I'm a REAL black person, and it just infuriates me when other blacks complain about how white people run THEIR business that they created for THEMSELVES! If you're so intent on your child having a black doll that looks like herself, why don't you expend your energy to start your own doll company, or at least patronize the black doll companies that are already out there. Furthermore, why would you want your 8-year old black child emulating Barbie, who she has very little in common with? Seriously mom, get a life and move beyond your own personal, selfish issues!

Anonymous said...

Ridiculously stupid petition!

Anonymous said...

There is nothing wrong with little girls wanting Barbies or dressing in pink. It's a popular toy and some girls actually like pink for other reasons rather than just being a girl. I support this petition wholeheartedly. Yes they have ethnic Barbie dolls but if you want anything else, it's all white Barbie everything. Being non white, you always have to go the extra mile. When people think of the ”norm” it's always Anglo Saxon. It's sad. It won't change because a white family would not buy Barbie theme if the non white Barbie was the main character. This is white America, they cater to them. But I will sign, maybe things will change.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I can't believe people would say it's a stupid petition. It goes beyond the party. It is that Mattel is glorifying the Caucasian image. If a child like Barbie then why not have a party themed with her favorite toy, in an image that resembles her. It isn't stupid. It also takes only a few moments. It is important that our children have images in the toy world that remind them of themselves. I cannot believe that there were not any products available and you had to print your own. Apparently the world isn't as advanced as we thought. Blessings.

ElizaBeth said...

Hey commenters... this woman didn't start the petition! She just wrote about her own experience throwing a black barbie birthday, and Karen - who DID start the petition - linked here. So, lay off Ebony here and let Change.org know you think it's a trivial petition.

JAM On It! said...

I think making your own party supplies is a great business opportunity, by the way!

Anonymous said...

Mattel's website has African American dolls.

http://shop.mattel.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=3812291&f=PAD%2FSubcategory%2FAfrican-American+Dolls

Just an FYI. It's better to request and collaborate than to start a fight.

I am a black woman and I approve this message.

Anonymous said...

I also want to say that Ebony did a great job creating the theme. I only commented here because I don't want to sign the petition. Karen didn't do her research. Did she even know that Mattel made over 2 dozen types of African American dolls that are in stock? Does she know that you can force a business to sell stuff they don't want? Only thing Mattel did was maybe not shipping the product to be available in stores. If it's not selling why would they?

It's so much to say about this petition being ineffective and poorly thought out to include using this blog in e petition. Karen couldn't get her point across without using someone else's opinions. She should have supported her petition with facts and done a little research. She could have simply ordered the dolls to her doorstep.

andrea said...

She wasn't talking about the dolls but the party supplies. Maybe someone else needs to do their research (and read a bit more thoroughly)

EBONYLOVE 10 said...

Thank you

Karyn said...

The only reason I am leaving a comment is to express support for both the blogger and the woman who linked to this blog post on her petition. I'm not a big fan of Barbie and pink-princess things myself, but I am a fan of letting children enjoy these things if they want them.

It's also amazing to me that in 2013 the blue-eyed blond-haired look still prevails in the party goods! I am "white," but don't look anything like Barbie, and my family and community is a fine mixture of all hues and hairstyles and body types. Is this is big an issue as some of the more severe social injustices? Maybe not, but all of these issues, big and small, are rooted in the same prejudicial ideas about what is the "norm" in society. Addressing seemingly small issues like the images on products marketed to our children is part of the bigger picture, in my view.

R.J. said...

RJ...

We failed to do one of the most important things ever. We have never addressed the detrimental issue of "Race and Racism" and the damaging affects that it has on all of us.

I implore the parents of every black and brown child in this Country and around the World to open their eyes and more importantly open your child's eyes to the evil of racism.

I implore the decent white parents to stand up for what is just and fair even in the face of adversity.

The only way that you will get the attention of the CEO of Mattel is if "WE BOYCOTT". We can chose to stand for something positive or we can continue to fall for all of the garbage that they continue to throw at us. WE SUPPORT YOU.

God Help Us.

Anonymous said...

This mother should be spending her time trying to improve her child's taste in toys. Barbie is a symbol of the consumption of crappy plastic things that are supposed to make us popular or happy or whatever. A petition on this matter is a waste of internet space and degrades the serious matters which are usually the subject of these petitions.