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The "Doll Test" that started the Black Doll Affair...


On a 2005 Oprah Winfrey Show about "Skewed Self-Image", Mama Doll watched one African American guest after the next, discuss their struggle of growing up black in America. 17 years old at the time, Kiri Davis (pictured center above) spoke about her 7 minute documentary "A Girl Like Me" (below). In the documentary, Kiri focuses her camera on her teen friends speaking of their internal and external struggles as black girls. But, it was when Mama Doll witnessed Kiri's "Doll Test" that her life journey took a turn. Witnessing black children of the new millennium, identifying themselves as the "Bad, ugly black doll", was altering and made Mama Doll ask herself and others, 'What can we do to remind black girls of their "beauty?" The rest is Black Doll Affair history.