Official website: blackdollaffair.com
In the 1600s, brought to America and stripped of their African heritage,
Black Americans began their struggle with hue.
Still, blacks and whites, remain torn on the issue of skin color.
In the 1950s, during the historical court case, Brown vs. Board of Education,
the Supreme Court witnessed Dr. Kenneth Clark conducting a doll test
with black children. In his doll tests, Kenneth asked the children to chose
between a black doll and a white doll. The majority of the children preferred
the white doll. Proving psychological damage, due to slavery,
racism and separatism, U.S. schools were ordered desegregated.
In 2007, The Black Doll Affair Movement to remind black women and
children of the beauty in hue, began turning its wheels when Dana Hill,
saw Kiri Davis on the Oprah Show. Discussing her documentary [above],
"A Girl Like Me," Kiri's award winning 7 minute video re-conducted
the doll test, proving that since Kenneth's test, black children / people,
still struggle with hue they are and prefer lighter, whiter, skin tones.
Year after year, with the doll test model as its basis, media outlets continue
to test for changes on how we feel about hue. From ABC's 2009 doll test to
CNN's 2010 doll test analysis, we're learning what we already knew,
there's not much love for the black hue. Until now.
Welcome to The Black Doll Affair!
"...An Idea, A Film, A Movement... From one teen made film: Seven million views, a thousand blogs and a national debate on race and identity. PRETTY POWERFUL. I remember the day Kiri brought in the raw footage and screened it. It was one of the most powerful and heartbreaking things I had ever seen. But the finished film, A Girl Like Me, went viral, reaching millions online and millions more when Kiri appeared on World News Tonight, CNN and Oprah. It even spawned a movement and nonprofit – The Black Doll Affair – dedicated to empowering black girls and women everywhere. In 2006, a teenage girl came to Reel Works with an idea of exploring how the impact of slavery and racism can be seen within black culture today. Her name was Kiri Davis and her mentor was acclaimed documentary filmmaker Shola Lynch. Together, they recreated the famous “doll test” from Brown v. Board of Education in the 1950’s by asking 21 Harlem preschoolers to choose between two dolls – one black, one white. Her discovery? 50 years after desegregation, a majority of black children still preferred the white doll over the black doll." Reel Works Teen Filmmaking.