The Black Doll Industry
Black women all over the net are gushing over photo posts of fabulous Black dolls created by even more fabulous Black owners. Look at the Doc McMuffins doll, a toy based on an African-American cartoon. According to The New York Times, Doc McMuffins is the “the best-selling toy line based on an African-American character” with $500 million in sales last year. There’s clearly a niche here and black toy-makers are already scrambling to shove Disney Junior — the brains behind the Doc McMuffins doll — out of the way. Take Karyn Byrd, creator of Natural Hair United, for example. Her line sells stylish, kinky-haired Black dolls from $47.99 to $169.99. Can you say, cha-ching? Toymaker Taofick Okoya and his “Queens of Africa” doll line has even outsold Barbie in Nigeria. I say it’s time we capitalize off the Black doll industry.