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Registered "Be a Doll, give a doll" slogan:
On a 2007 Oprah Winfrey Show about "Skewed Self Image" Dana Hill {Mama Doll}, watched one African American guest after the next discuss their struggles of growing up black in America. Also featured was a 17 year old black girl by the name of Kiri Davis. Kiri spoke to Oprah about her 7-minute documentary "A Girl Like Me." In the doc, Kiri shows her friends speaking of their internal and external struggles as black girls. But, it was when Dana witnessed Kiri's "Doll Test" that her life took a massive turn. Witnessing black children of the new millennium identifying themselves as the "Bad, ugly black doll," was altering and made Dana ask, 'What can I do to remind black girls of their "beauty?" On December 17, 2007 in Atlanta, Ga., Dana threw what was supposed to be a one-time Christmas party called "The Black Doll Affair." At this party, black women arrived as living Dolls (Be a Doll) in hopes of getting little black girls to want to BE the Black Doll. Once at the party, the living Dolls would come to life and speak to little girls about why life as a Black Doll is wonderful and worthy of choice. Before leaving, the living Dolls would leave the little girls with the gift of a toy black doll (Give a Doll). The toy black doll was to act as a tool for play in positive imagery and a reminder to the little girl that she IS the black doll and that is not only good, but also beautiful!



Slogan "Pretty..Philanthropic:" The ellipsis (...) between the words Pretty and Philanthropic were strategically placed. The strategy? Remind Dolls of their bhuety by using the the term "pretty." Then, to remind them that pretty is fleeting and means very little when its gone, use the term philanthropic to let the Dolls see their intrinsic beauty - service to others. The heart in the logo? Well, that's to symbol the root of The Black Doll Affair!
As The Black Doll Affair movement settled into the community, Dana witnessed a black mother cringe and denounce her little girl's choice in taking a darker skinned doll home from The Black Doll Affair Christmas party. That unforgettable moment caused Dana to factor black women into her movement to change the way black girls are perceived and, more importantly perceive themselves. What was apparent to Dana in that moment, was the couple hours the Black Dolls were spending with these little girls was incomparable to the lifetime their moms would spend with them. And, Dana understood that those little girls with low self-esteem grew up to become big girls with low-self-esteem. So, The Black Doll Affair's mission was official: To change the way black girls are perceived, and more importantly, perceived themselves. As for the work to be done to achieve its mission, the Black Dolls would continue to gift their likeness and toy black dolls to little girls. For women, the Black Dolls would host Conversations of Legacy and behave in dolling ways in their communities. These services would reflect beautifully upon black imagery and help make black girls and women WANT to be the Black Doll - even PROUD to be the Black Doll!




Headquartered in Atlanta, today with a Presidential Service Award, The Black Doll Affair is a full-service volunteer social club and self-esteem movement for black women AND girls! All over the country, with Atlanta acting as the big sister hub for the social club's weekly volunteer and social-fun activities, during Christmas, from sea to shining sea, Black Dolls go into their communities and host their annual (and now famous) Black Doll Deliveries! Just like their Mama did in 2007!