Shondaland's 'Black Barbie' trailer unveils inspiring story behind the iconic dolls

    The Hawk
    June5/ 2024
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    Featuring insights from Kitty Black Perkins and executive producer Shonda Rhimes, the documentary highlights the journey of Black Barbie, its impact on civil rights, and the pivotal role of Black women at Mattel.

    Black Barbie

    Washington: Shondaland's upcoming documentary, 'Black Barbie,' is set to unveil the inspiring and influential story behind the creation of the iconic dolls.
    The highly anticipated trailer for the documentary has been released, offering a glimpse into the remarkable journey of the Black Barbie and the women who brought them to life at Mattel.


    The trailer, which has sparked immense anticipation, features interviews with the women who played a pivotal role in the creation of the influential dolls.
    Executive producer Shonda Rhimes sets the tone by expressing, "If you go through life, and you've never seen anything made in your own image, there is damage done. I thought Black Barbie felt magical."

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, 'Black Barbie' is a celebration of the Black women at Mattel who had a profound impact on the evolution of the Barbie brand as it stands today.
    The documentary promises to tell the captivating story of how the first Black Barbie came to be in 1980, emphasizing the significance of representation and the crucial role dolls play in the formation of identity and imagination.
    Kitty Black Perkins, the visionary designer behind Black Barbie, shares her insight into the creation of the doll, stating, "I designed Black Barbie to reflect the total look of a Black woman."
    According to The Hollywood Reporter, the documentary is directed by Lagueria Davis, who draws inspiration from the story of her great aunt Beulah Mae Mitchell, a trailblazer at Mattel who fearlessly advocated for a doll that resembled her.
    The 'Black Barbie' documentary is not only set to delve into the history of Black dolls but also their impact on civil rights and Black entrepreneurship.
    Furthermore, it aims to shed light on the significant role of imaginative play in shaping children's identity, as highlighted in its synopsis. Above all, 'Black Barbie' will celebrate the women who finally felt seen by the dolls being made in their image.
    This groundbreaking documentary is scheduled to hit Netflix on June 10, a day of immense historical significance for the Black community, marking the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States.