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Monday, November 19, 2018

Support Black-Owned Toy Companies

Black-owned toys and dolls

Nationwide — Encourage your child’s imagination while boosting self-esteem, rousing self-awareness, and celebrating African heritage and culture with toys from these top Black-owned toy companies. From EthiDolls to Paddlefoot Dolls & Crafts, Queens of Africa Dolls, and Toys Like Me, these toy makers are revolutionizing the toy industry by filling the gap for African American children. Support these Black-owned doll companies and unique accessory-makers in 2018 and the years beyond!

* Double Dutch Dolls
Based out of Marietta, Georgia, this company manufactures African-American, Hispanic, Biracial, and Multiracial dolls, books, and accessories for girls 8 years of age and older.

* EthiDolls
Created by two entrepreneurial Ethiopian women, this Black-owned doll company crafts authentic, collectible dolls and accessories that celebrate African heritage, culture, and history.

* Trinity Designs
This Texas-based dollmaker crafts 16-inch collectible dolls, as well as dolls that embody the African-American sorority sister. These dolls are designed to celebrate Black beauty and inspire youth to love the skin they’re in.

* Paddlefoot Dolls & Crafts
Handcrafted by an artisan dollmaker, these cultural dolls are available in a variety of designs, styles, and skin tones. Also available are brooches, key chains and purse charms, plastic bag holders, and more.

* Uzuri Kid Kidz
This company produces each doll, party accessory, and toy with the firm belief that every child is beautiful, no matter their color or race. Uzuri Kid Kidz has been making dolls that celebrate African-American culture for more than 20 years.

* Queens of Africa Dolls
Crafted by a Nigeria-based company, these stunning dolls and accessories are designed to promote African heritage and culture. These dolls feature natural and braided hair and are dressed in cultural clothing.

* Tonner-One World Dolls
Tonner-One World Dolls were originally designed to fill the gap for underrepresented cultures in the doll industry. These dolls were created in 2010 by founders Trent T. Daniel and Stacey McBride-Irby, who formerly designed Barbie® dolls for Mattel.

* Toys Like Me
Discover handcrafted African American backpack pillows, mermaid princess dolls, and emoji pillows at Toys Like Me. Designed by an African American dad, these toys more accurately reflect what children with brown skin look like to build character, self-esteem, and self-awareness.