Black Barbie: A Documentary

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2024

1 HOUR 40 MINS

Documentary

The story of the first Black Barbie begins when the filmmaker’s 83-year-old aunt asks, “Why not make a Barbie that looks like me?”

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Matt Roush

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When a Black employee at Mattel asked the company’s co-founder Ruth Handler, “Why don’t we make a Barbie that looks like me?,” the stage was set for a breakthrough in representation resulting in the first Barbie of color in 1980. Black Barbie broadens out from the stories of three Black women within Mattel to reveal the history of Black dolls and the significance of children seeing themselves in the toys and dolls of their playtime.

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