In The Doll World’s Annual World of Black Dolls Celebration
DOLL COMMUNITY SUPPORT EXTENDS GLOBAL BLACK DOLLS FESTIVAL FROM FEBRUARY THROUGH FALL 2021!
In The Doll World (ITDW), the highly-acclaimed podcast/YouTube channel, is hosting the Annual World of Black Doll Celebration (AWOBDC). The celebration’s goal is to increase the awareness of Black doll available world-wide. The celebration includes interviews with Black doll creators, advocates, and collectors from around the world; an introduction to a new virtual Black doll museum; and international doll giveaways. ITDW is hosted by two Black women, Georgette Taylor of Georgia and Tammy Fisher of New Mexico.
Initially, ITDW was going to celebrate Black History Month by sharing interviews with Black doll creators. Then, Fisher found herself in several conversations where people misunderstood the diversity of today’s Black dolls. These conversations led to the women expanding the scope of their celebration to include an event where they invited doll creators and lovers from around the world to share videos, stories, and dolls. Because of the excitement and support for the event, AWOBDC has grown into a larger event that will run through the Fall.
“Honestly, I’m baffled by the stereotypes associated with Black dolls, like: no one wants them, there aren’t enough of them, and those that exist look like white dolls that have been painted brown!” said Fisher. “These stereotypes do not reflect the majority of current Black dolls.”
Both Fisher and Taylor said if the only dolls you see are on the shelves in local stores, you are seeing a “tiny fraction” of available dolls.
“Manufacturing a doll can be as expensive as purchasing a house,” said Taylor, who made history as the co-creator of the first plus-sized fashion dolls, Big Beautiful Dolls. “Then, you have to pay thousands more to have your dolls sold in stores. So, most dolls—regardless of color—never make it to local stores.”
Fisher and Taylor also said they are excited to introduce audiences to Debbie Behan Garrett’s DeeBeeGee’s Virtual Black Doll Museum(TM). “Debbie is one of the world’s leading Black doll experts,” said Fisher. “She has chosen a great time to open a museum. Most physical museums are closed, so virtual museums are essential.”
In addition, Fisher and Taylor are honored to host doll giveaways from doll creators from the US, Canada, Cameroon, Britain, Nigeria, and Australia.
For more information about ITDW and AWOBDC, visit https://www. inthedollworld.com or https://linktr.ee/inthedollworld
WHAT IS IN THE DOLL WORLD: In The Doll World (ITDW) is the first podcast/YouTube channel to share intimate interviews with doll professionals. One of ITDW’s goals is to increase diversity in the doll world. The hosts have interviewed people with connections to 20+ countries, and the show has been downloaded in 50 countries. ITDW was named “Top Doll Podcast on the Web” by Feedspot; endorsed by Pat Henry’s legendary magazine, Fashion Doll Quarterly; recommended by Goodpods; and, shared via the Black Doll Collecting Blog and Emily Cotton Top Blog. Taylor was recently interviewed by Black News Channel. ITDW celebrates its first anniversary April 2021.
To Participate in the celebration:
- To listen to In The Doll World podcasts, visit https://www. inthedollworld.com/podcasts
- To watch In The Doll World videos, visit https://www.youtube.com/c/InTheDollWorld/playlists
- To subscribe to join in the doll giveaway, subscribe at https://www.inthedollworld.com/subscribe