For the young ones

I wanted to do something fun for my first post for Black History Month. I know that normally it’s all about honoring the past, but you know. Let’s have a little fun, before we get too serious. One thing about the modern times, there are more and more options for young people to buy toys. And for collectibles for us older “kids” too!

I manage to snag myself one of these, and I love it. It’s on my bookshelf now, I thought that was appropriate placing. It’s Maya Angelou Barbie Inspiring Women Doll.

Colored Francie made her debut in 1967, and she is sometimes described as the first African American Barbie doll.

Of course with Black Panther played by the beautiful Chadwick Boseman, there are a lot more options for “boys” as well. Although personally, I have no problem with what “gender” toys, and who plays with what “gender” toys. If I was younger, I would have LOVED a Black Panther toy. Black Panther and Chadwick Boseman are equally as beautiful.

And don’t think for a second that African American people get out of those “real life looking” creepy baby dolls.

*shivers*

I know that plastic isn’t the “in” thing…But at least they look cute, and not “alive” like Chucky.

So of course you have Barbie, Mattel, Bratz…I can’t think of other doll companies, lol.

Don’t forget about Etsy! They have such a range!

I know 2000, was a few years ago…But you know, she’s beautiful!

Black History Month (US and Canada)

I feel terrible! I’ve been so wrapped up in myself lately, that Black History Month has just flown straight over my head. In the US and Canada, this happens in February, and in the UK and Ireland, it takes place in October. I would love to have on Australia, I just don’t think Australia is ready for that though =/

So for the rest of the month, I am going to make mentions throughout. This post is mainly about how you can support Black History Month, and I will probably repeat it in October. However, for this month, I am going to focus on America’s Black History.

We’re all here to read, learn and create. So I am hoping that you will help me learn throughout this month as well. If you feel I am over stepping my place, please let me know. Just as I am not trans, am I also not a person of colour, so please, let me know if and where I might be going wrong. I want to do this as respectfully as I can.

1. Support Black-Owned Businesses:

2. Learn About Noteworthy Black Figures and Their Contributions:

3. Donate to Charities That Support Anti-Racism Equity and Equality:

4. Purchase, Read, and Share Books by Black Authors:

5. Support and Learn About Black Women:

6. Listen to or Read “The 1619 Project” by the New York Times:

7. Participate in Online Events:

8. Attend Virtual Black History Month Celebrations:

At the moment, the US, is still very much in the COVID pandemic. So the more you/we can do at home, the better.

The creation of the month-long celebration stems back to 1915, when noted historian and scholar Carter G. Woodson created a themed week to honor Black history. In 1976, February was officially recognised as Black History Month, which over time graduated from being nationally celebrated to globally like it is in current day. 

I wanted to start this off with something fun! What could be more fun, than dolls! This for the young ones, or the collectors or the “child at heart”. For boys and girls! But that will be my next post =D

What a beautiful woman, there’s so much beauty in those eyes ❤

The start of Black History Month begins (in America, Canada and the UK)

It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated in February in the United States and Canada, while in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom it is observed in October. The group chose the second week in February in 1926 to celebrate “N**ro History Week.” The week was symbolic in that it was the same week of the birthdays of former President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave and prominent abolitionist movement activist.

So what can one do, to help and support during this Black History Month.

Well, learning about some Black History is always a good start, and nothing white washed either.

According to a book published by the UNIA, ‘Red is the colour of the blood which men must shed for their redemption and liberty; black is the colour of the noble and distinguished race to which we belong; green is the colour of the luxuriant vegetation of our Motherland.

The Oprah Magazine, have some really good suggestions and places, people you can look at:

Books written by black authors,

Black Americans you and I may not know about,

The Oprah Magazine even has a directory of Black-Owned US Bookstores, please click on my link above to find out more!

Woo, and according to the magazine as well. Mattel have made a doll honoring Dr. Maya Angelou! I’m into good Barbie “Dolls”.

As a white woman, I do feel a little uncomfortable telling people “Where to go” so to speak, haha. This is why this post is short. I would love if it’s alright if I can tell people “where to go”, and give out a bit of information over the next month. I’m not sure if it’s appropriate. What I will finish off with though, is the theme for this years Black History Month.

The Black History Month 2021 theme, “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity” explores the African diaspora, and the spread of Black families across the United States.

Which is quiet lovely. When I think about it, I think I actually watch more shows that are about Black Families, than white ones, lol. White Family tv shows, seems to have the same “recipe”. I’m hoping when they say “Family” as well, I do hope they mean to represent families, that are not always blood too.

Black History Month

History Black Month, also known a African American History Month, starts today in America…(Always the month of Feburary). It is also observed by Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands.

Quote from the History Channel Website

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

I just hope that with everything going on these days. We can take a calm and look back and a loving look forward. I refuse to listen to anything Trump has to say. I just wont believe him and to me anything he has to say, will either be flammatory or just plain insincere.