Thanksgiving is the green light for the Christmas/holiday shopping season to begin. As most people make their list and check it twice in hopes of finding that great holiday gift for the female in their life I would like to offer some friendly advice on a perfect gift that celebrates that HUE female in your life. One that truly gets to the heart of being a black girl/ woman. Let me introduce you to Natural Hair United. It is doll collection like none other.
Photo Credit/Screenshot: Natural Hair United website.
I came across Natural Girls United last year and I have been hitting to everyone that I know that if they wanted to get me a gift that I will love and display with pride all year long then they need to look no further than these amazing creations. I am a firm supporter of young girls (and boys) have toys that represent them. I am blessed that my Mom & Dad made it a point to provide me with dolls that looked like me. At it is for this reason I am madly in love with the dolls that Natural Girls United create. It is more than just a doll in my eyes. It is a way for young girls to see and understand that beauty comes in all shades, sizes and hair textures. These dolls make me want to cry and smile all at the same time because they offer a true celebration of black beauty.
I started Melanin Media Mondays because I wanted to showcase all the positive things that black girls and women are doing that often don’t make it to the “mainstream” media. The great thing about the internet and social media is that we no longer have to wait for “mainstream” to tell us what is beautiful, talented, or truly newsworthy.
Today’s feature is a young woman that just makes my heart heart happy beyond words. Her name is Marley Dias and I think that she is amazing.
Marley Dias-founder #1000BlackGirlsBook
She has to be one of the coolest young ladies going. She is just the type of black princess that the world needs to see. If you haven’t heard of Marley let me give you a quick peek at this amazing wonder. For starters she the mind behind the #1000BlackGirlsBook campaign. A wonderful campaign that donates books to libraries and schools that showcase black girls as the main character. The little princess also has her own magazine called Marley Mag in partnership with Elle magazine. She is what I personally think of when I hear Black Girl Magic.
Way to go Marley! You have inspired this big girl 🙂
The other day in my feed I came across the short film Yellow Fever by Ng’endo Mukii. This is a must see. I don’t think that I have seen the story of our black skin told in such a thought provoking yet honestly humble way. I must say that I am grateful beyond words as a deep dark mocha that Mukii has made this film.
People have tried on more than a few occasions try to drop hints like “ You are very pretty for a darker Black woman” or the one that sets me on fire “ You speak very well and seem smart…” I’m not going to go into my normal reaction for reasons that you can probably imagine.
The pain that I feel for young girls started to hit me about five minutes in…(I will not give it away, but pay close attention to what the little girl says). What I have come to learn is that people will have their opinions on beauty (they always will), but as a Black woman I don’t have to believe them! I choose to celebrate the beauty of my skin, but more importantly I MUST make sure that I do everything that I can to make sure that little girls know it too!
Be sure to visit Ng’endo Mukii website, watch the short film, and share this story will all your friends on social media.