Sunday, December 23, 2012

Ginger Snaps 'Lil Man" Hip Baby Rag

Lil Man Designer Onesie by GingerSnaps
Lil' Man Cotton Onesie
Ginger Snaps Lil Man Baby Designer Onesie is a deliciously soft garment made of the finest cotton fabric. Ginger Snaps' baby bodysuits include unique images that celebrate brown skin hues with a soulful vibe. This adorable onesie features a lap shoulder neckline and a 3-snap closure conveniently positioned for ease of changing!  

These hip rags are preshrunk to stand up beautifully to constant wash and wear and the hemmed double stitched sleeves and diapering area help to keep the Lil' Man onesie smooth forever. Any baby will feel at home in this cute and cozy heavyweight 100% cotton onesie. Available at 4Kids Like now

Monday, December 17, 2012

'Why Do You Have Black Dolls?' Explores Beauty And Cultural Identity

"Why Do You Have Black Dolls?" is the title and question being tackled in a new short documentary film by director Samantha Knowles.

The film's title and premise stems from an experience Knowles had as a child when an inquisitive 8-year-old playmate asked the very same question.

“Her question stuck with me for a long time. I can’t remember how I responded in that moment, but I saw this film as an opportunity to explore that question," Knowles told Dartmouth Now.

The synopsis states that the film, which recently debuted at 15th annual Reel Sisters Film Festival, "explores the history, the beauty, and the pride that is the black doll. Through its characters, a little-known community of black doll enthusiasts, it reveals that the black doll is more than a plaything; it is a cultural artifact that represents the history of the people it depicts."

Monday, December 03, 2012

Skin tone, adoption and black children: Is colorism an issue?

African-American children make up 30 percent of the 500,000 children currently in the American foster care system, despite being only 14 percent of the U.S. population. On top of being over-represented, these youths are less frequently selected for adoption compared to other kids.

Could the skin tone of black children play a role in whether they are chosen — especially if the family considering them is black? Mardie Caldwell, founder and CEO of the Lifetime Adoption agency, says this is true — and that this bias is exclusive to African-Americans.

“We’ve found that many African-American families have definite preferences for the type of children they want, whether it’s newborns [or older children], and also in terms of their physical appearance,” Caldwell told theGrio. Continue reading at:

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Dolls Like Me Sold

Nevada Investment Firm Purchases Dolls Like Me for Undisclosed Amount

Dolls Like Me has a new owner and a new name. The sale of the bankrupt company’s warehouse and online store were sold recently to the investment firm of 4 Kids Like Me, LLC. for an undisclosed amount.
The new holding company plans to keep the Website open and retain several of the employees, representative Wanda Pendelton, of UB Today,  said last week, but she didn’t provide specifics on how many or which employees will keep their jobs.
The new site debuted with a new URL,, on November 1. Dolls Like Me grew from a home-based business to 20 employees and two warehouses before the collapse -- becoming the largest Black-owned toy company online. An audit confirmed that the company got into trouble when the bank closed the company's credit lines.
A warehouse employee said, "Dolls Like Me has been in trouble since the economy fell apart, but that the previous owner was determined to keep everyone employed -- which was probably her downfall." Founder Denise Robinson, did not return phone calls to confirm.
The deal to sell Dolls Like Me was revealed last week . The deal is intended to keep the Website and warehouse operations open. Robinson has been retained as the marketing consultant and buyer.
About 4 Kids Like Me is a privately held company based Las Vegas, NV. The company is committed to providing parents with an online destination for quality, culturally relevant multicultural toys, books and baby gifts. Established in 2005, the company offers more than 2,000 products from more than 250 manufacturers, including a wide choice of Asian, Biracial, Black, Latino, and Native American dolls, multicultural toys, baby gifts, party goods, and bi-lingual and self-esteem books for children. For additional information, contact 4 Kids Like Me at

Friday, January 27, 2012

Actor Taye Diggs Jumps Into Writing Children's Books with a Big Splash

"The boy is teased for looking different than the other kids. His skin is darker, his hair curlier. He tells his mother he wishes he could be more like everyone else. And she helps him to see how beautiful he really, truly is. For years before they both achieved acclaim in their respective professions, good friends Taye Diggs and Shane W. Evans wanted to collaborate on Chocolate Me!!, a book based on experiences of feeling different and trying to fit in as kids. Now, both men are fathers and see more than ever the need for a picture book that encourages all people, especially kids, to love themselves." -

In this modern day culture, there are many pressures affecting children. Children are subjected to peer pressure that has a dramatic impact on their self-esteem. Parents of children of color often do not know the proper way to increase their child’s self-esteem and confidence. Parents in mixed race families have even more difficulty. Taye Diggs, famous father and author, has helped by offering positive messages of self-esteem for children of color in his new book , Chocolate Me! In Chocolate Me!, Mr. Diggs' heartwarming tale addresses the problems of self-esteem and confidence. His lifelong inspiration to answer and provide a new understanding to families with children of mixed heritage is commendable.

“Chocolate Me!,” by Mr. Diggs is a conglomerated project finding its origins in Mr. Diggs own lifestyle and upbringing -- he suffered from self-esteem issues as a child. Chocolate Me addresses the issues a child faces when he/she is different from everyone else and that difference provides opportunities for all parents to begin talking with their children about being different and/or not accepted for being different.

A child may ask, "Is there another Chocolate Me!?" or "Why doesn't anyone else look like me?" These questions are often asked in innocence, but these questions need answers to maintain a child’s self-esteem. Taye Diggs' Chocolate Me! is the perfect vehicle to help parents begin discussing self-esteem and confidence while promoting self-love and acceptance.

Chocolate Me! is now available at By offering a variety of books (like Chocolate Me!), dolls and toys that represent children of all colors and nationalities, Dolls Like Me provides the parents with the play tools necessary to help encourage children to embrace and accept their uniqueness and beauty.

Dolls Like Me President Denise Gary-Robinson contends, "Books and toys children can relate to have a silent (but positive) impact on self-esteem and self-acceptance." Further, she believes that a child who learns his or her value and through positive messages, in books, as well as through their environment and surroundings is a child that grows up to be a mentally healthy and happy child with self-confidence and a clear understanding of his or her value in our society. Chocolate Me is just such a book.


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