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Netflix Documentary About The First Black Barbie Doll Set To Be Released on Juneteenth

If you don’t have Juneteenth plans, now you do!

On Wednesday, June 19, 2024, Black Barbie: A Documentary will be out on Netflix. Written and directed by Lagueria Davis and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes — who, yes, is a fabulous Carolina Herrera-donned Barbie herself — the forthcoming documentary details the journey of how the first Black Barbie came to be.

The film provides first-person looks and insider stories from the perspectives of three Black women who worked at Mattel in 1980. Through their testimonials as well as informative scholars speaking to academic studies on self-image, the documentary examines the importance of representation and how these dolls have become crucial to the construction of identity and imagination.

Rhimes has not been shy in the past about supporting Barbie’s mission to foster confidence and resilience in young girls when it comes to pursuing their dreams. “You cannot be what you cannot see,” she said about the Barbie Dream Gap Project. “I hope that my participation will open eyes, and doors, and help inspire young women to make space for themselves in the world.

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