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More on So In Style Barbie: Latoya Peterson writes at Jezebel:

Mattel and Stacey Irby-McBride debuted the So In Style line of black dolls to record levels of praise – and criticism. “Three dolls can’t represent the whole African-American community,” McBride says, not realizing her statement is the root of the issue.

The Wall Street Journal article documents the various critiques the dolls have attracted since they hit toy story shelves. Everything from the hair texture of the dolls to their features to their packaging has come under harsh scrutiny.

While the piece is pretty standard fare, one sentence in particular stands out as if it were surrounded by neon lights:

The criticism over Mattel’s new black fashion dolls underscores how difficult it is for large commercial companies to please a widely diverse black community with a single image or two depicting young African-Americans

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Latino students value college, but will they attend? According to Hispanic Trending:

Latino students value a college education more than the average teen or twenty something. But less than half plan to go to college themselves, according to a Pew Hispanic Center study released in October. Read more…

New gay-friendly kids book on interracial adoption by two daddies: BamaPolyBiGuy1 writes:

Today, a remarkable new children’s book has been published in English and Dutch:  Arwen and her Daddies (Arwen en Haar Papa’s) by Dutch author and adoptive father Jarko De Witte van Leeuwen.

It is the story of the interracial adoption of Arwen, an African American girl born in New York City, by her Dutch gay daddies. It is the first in a series of gay-friendly and diversity oriented children’s books that De Witte van Leeuwen plan to publish in the next couple of years. Read more…

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About Tami

Tami Winfrey Harris writes about race, feminism, politics and pop culture at the blog What Tami Said. Her work has also appeared online at The Guardian’s Comment is Free, Ms. Magazine blog, Newsweek, Change.org, Huffington Post and Racialicious. She is a graduate of the Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism. She is mom to two awesome stepkids and spends her spare time researching her family history and cultivating a righteous 'fro.
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