Black Barbie: A Documentary (2023)

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Director:  Lagueria Davis

Writer(s):  Lagueria Davis

Starring: Monica L. Bailey, Kitty Black Perkins, Raj Brown, Darlene Bunjako, Dustyn Bunjako, DooWop Byrd, Julissa Calderon, Ruby Cassimere, Yeshiva Davis, Diana Doowop, Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins, Byronique Goodes, Billie J. Green, Rebecca Gross, Kharlyn Hartsfield, Yolanda Hester, Brylee Hsu, Antonya Jackson, Kayden Jackson, NaChelle Jackson, Isis McKenzie Johnson, Nick Jones Jr., Brittany Jones, Elizabeth June, Shellie Lewis, Stacey McBride-Irby, Beulah Mae Mitchell, Amitis Motevalli, Hayley Marie Norman, Ellison Perry, Azarias Pierre-Louis, Pabboo Redfeather, London Marie Redick-Walker, Amirah Saafir, Barbara Sanon, Tahir Shabazz, Patricia Shivers, Gabourey Sidibe, Antwann Michael Simpkins, London Starnes, Stephen Mandela Sumner, Madison Tend, Janai Turner, Patricia A. Turner, Marilyn Valenzuela, Aydrea Walden, Dylan Walker, Virginia Watson, Cali Williams, Mason Williams, Myla Williams

Synopsis: This film looks at the intergenerational impact upon Mattel’s 1980 release of Black Barbie. Discussing how the absence of black images in the “social mirror” left Black girls with little other than White subjects for self-reflection and self-projection.

Through intimate access to a charismatic Mattel insider, Beulah Mae Mitchell, Black Barbie, delves into the cross section of merchandise and representation as black women strive to elevate their own voices and stories, refusing to be invisible.

Release Date: 2023 (USA) | Length: 100 min | Genre: History | MPAA Rating: Unknown | Note(s): Original Announcement. Premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 11, 2023. Waiting for the Netflix streaming release date. I will have to see the documentary to better identify people. Have to find out if DooWop Byrd and Diana Doowop are different people.