Sunday, May 19, 2019

Detroit Doll Show Founder gets Wonder Woman Award

Raquel the Founder of The Mad Hatter's Tea Party said "be your own Hero."

Words from Sandra Epps the Founder of the Detroit Doll Show:

What life has taught me...So as you grow through life and things get tough as they will because they are Teachable Opportunities that may sting pretty bad, you are going to need to make new adjustments and the only true source that's gonna save you is YOU! BE YOUR OWN super HERO!

You never know who is watching you as you move through life working to be the best you through turbulent times. And your work is just to be a blessing to someone else because you understand what it feels like to be down and out from a tramatic experience. This makes the award even sweeter.

When I read the words on the award this moved me the most: "Admires and idealized for courage, outstanding achievements and noble qualities with skills representing the power to create, nurture, accomplish and even exceed goals in a dignified manner conquering challenges along the way."

Thank You Raquel Hardy for the recognition and the support along my journey of empowering women and girls.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Detroit Doll Show Founder Speaks at Workshop for Girls

April 27, 2019 Sandra Epps, the Founder and the Host of the Detroit Doll Show was invited to speak to teenage girls with the Healthy Hair Matters Foundation. Ms. Epps spoke about her work as an author, artist and Founder of the largest doll show of it's kind.

Words from the Founder  "These brilliant teenage girls had great questions. My talk included my personal career journey and the importance of the Detroit Doll Show and having Dolls that represent US.
Of course I brought props: Brains and Beauty Malia, Super Beauty, Dolls By MonTQ Sassy and Classy (That's what I named my doll😄), my two children's books ("Imani Has the Most Exciting Dream" and "Girl Power Discover the Princess Within") that I wrote; the Queen Pillow Sample from Sandy's Land Pillow Paint Parties and the Detroit Doll shirt.

Before exiting someone asked did I have my face paint. YES! Of course I had my supplies because I had just left work before speaking to them. These young ladies received some wearable art from me as well.
This experience blessed me on so many levels. And yes there's plans for me to return😊 #RepresentationMatters #BlackDollsMatter #HealthyHairMattersour motto is #LoveTheSkinYouIn #Empowerment

Thank You to Tracy Arrington the Founder and Stephanie Jones Board Member"💕

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Black News feature 7th Annual Detroit Doll Show

The Largest Black Doll Show of its Kind will be held on November 10, 2018

---This year’s Show will include one of Marvel Studios Black Panther Cast Members and provide a full day of Fun and Empowerment for the Entire Family!
Detroit, MI -- Sandy’s Land LLC is an entertainment service where the mission is to “Party with a Purpose” and it will be celebrating its 7th Detroit Doll Show with a unique program geared toward the entire family on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree By Hilton, 5801 Southfield FWY, Detroit MI 48228 (near Ford Road).

The Detroit Doll Show is a Black Doll Show that will include doll artists from around the globe, figurines, action figures, a game room, face painting, doll look-alike contest, hands-on workshops, arts & crafts, door prizes; a panel discussion, “Re-Define your BEaUty!” featuring local celebrities: Ettaflyy Espy, Co-Founder of Naturally Flyy Detroit and Co-Owner of Sweet Potato Sensations; Carole Gist, the First Black Miss USA; AJ Williams, Editor of the City.Life.Style at the Michigan Chronicle; Yvelette Stines, Author and Journalist; and Canadian Artist Cee Robinson, Actress, Activist and Doll Artist.

Featured guest is Janeshia Adams-Ginyard, Marvel Studios Black Panther Dora Milaje and Danai Gurira Stunt Double. Ms. Adams-Ginyard is an Actress and a Professional Stunt Woman whose television and film credits include: Godzilla Sequel, AVENGERS: Infinity War, Black Panther, When We Rise, FLIGHT 42, Mrs. Washington, Hawaii Five-o, True Blood, NCIS:LA, American Horror Story I &II, Teen Wolf and 9-1-1 just to name a few.

The Detroit Doll Show is coined as “the largest of its kind in the Midwest,” because it caters to African American children, women and collectors with an emphasis on honoring black heritage. The Detroit Doll Show mission is to celebrate history, culture, beauty and self love with dolls of color. It has been featured in the Michigan Citizen, The Detroit News, BLAC Magazine, The HUB Detroit, Metro Parent, American Black Journal/PBS, Rhythm and Praise with Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard on Mix 92.3 FM WMXD, “Small Talk with Mark Lee on WXYT 1270, Black Doll Collecting and Dolls Magazine.

The event draws in over 1300 attendees and the goal for 2018 is 5000. Dell Sanders stated from 2017, “Another successful show! I’m so glad I was able to attend this year and to gift tickets to some first timers. I overheard several attendees say how well the show compliments and represents us and they were so right and there was a sea of happy smiling little faces to prove it.”

Their motto is "Love the Skin You're In" and "Image is Everything" because it’s healthy for a child’s self esteem to play with a doll that reflect their image and empowering for collectors. Be prepared to shop with unique vendors before the Christmas holiday and participate with some Dollightful “Black Empowerment” at Sandy’s Land 7th Annual Detroit Doll Show on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree By Hilton, 5801 Southfield FWY, Detroit MI 48228. 

Early Bird, Single and Group Tickets are sold online at Tickets will be sold at the door for $10.

Sandra Epps

Monday, June 25, 2018

The Largest Doll Show in the Midwest

Mark your calendar for an AWE-mazing Detroit Doll Show!

2018 Detroit Doll Show will include hand-made dolls, action figures and figurines; panel discussion Redefine Your BEaUty, Doll Look Alike Contest, Vendors from around the Globe, Face Painting, Arts & Craft, Game Room, Doll Workshops, Coloring and a Phenomenal Featured Guest - Janeshia Adams-Ginyard, a cast member from the Black Panther movie. She is a Stunt Woman, Actress and Dora Milaje...

We will see you there!

Sandy's Land 7th Annual DETROIT DOLL SHOW will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 11am - 6:30 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 5801 Southfield Expressway, Detroit, MI 48228

Here are a Few Participating
Doll Artist

Thursday, March 1, 2018

2018 Detroit Doll Show

Dolls Styled by Robin Hickman

Sandy's Land Presents 2018 Detroit Doll Show
The Detroit Doll Show, Figurines & Action Figures at the DoubleTree By Hilton, 5801 Southfield, Detroit MI 48228. Near Ford Rd.
Vendors, hands-on activities, speaker, workshops, doll look alike contest, and a Panel discussion, "Re-define Your BEaUty" to include speakers that will cover their journey on how they define their authentic uniqueness in a world filled with unrealistic standards.
Group Rate tickets for 8 to 20 participants. Early Bird Registration until June 2018.
Program Details to come

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

2017 Detroit Doll Show Interviews...

Sandy's Land LLC is grateful for the support received in regards to the 6th Annual Detroit Doll Show. We were featured on American Black Journal; Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard's Gospel Program on Mix 92.3 FM, WXYZ Facebook Live, Dr. Sabrina Jackson, 910 Am Radio Program; Small Talk with Mark S. Lee on CBS Radio 1270 Am and WHPR. In addition to the feature in Metro Parent Magazine. We want to Send Out a Thank You for all of the Support

Visit the links to check out a couple of interviews: Mix 92.3 FM


Friday, October 20, 2017

Dolls Played a Pivotal Part In American History

Did you know that Dolls played a pivotal part in the US Supreme Court decision to legally end segregation in Public Schools in the Brown V. Board of Education case? 

It was in the 1950’s school segregation was mandated by law in 17 states. At the time Thurgood Marshall was Chief Counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). It was a 55 year old separate but equal doctrine decreed. The NAACP had to work to convince the US Supreme Court that segregation in and of itself was unconstitutional to make their case, that’s when Attorney Marshall and his team of lawyers needed to provide proof to demonstrate that equal educational opportunities for Blacks (African Americans) was impossible to achieve in a segregated system.

Attorney Marshall sought out to find the outstanding couple who both held doctorates in Psychology Mr. Kenneth and Mrs. Mamie Clark to repeat their experiment they had done with the School Children from Clarendon County, South Carolina in New York City in the 1930’s. The Clarks were conducting a study on the effect of segregation of Black Children in their preparation for the Briggs V. Elliott Case. This was the first of five cases argued that would come before the Supreme Court.

The Oliver Brown V. Board of Education was a developed Systematic Attack by the NAACP and its Legal Defense and Educational Fund which culminated in five separate cases from a campaign started at the graduate and professional education levels from African Americans of Topeka Kansas.

“In the Experiment, the Clarks handed black children four dolls. The dolls were identical except that two had a dark-colored skin and two had light-colored skin. The Clarks asked the children questions such as which dolls were “nice” and which were “bad” and which doll is most like you.

The results of the test showed that the majority of black children preferred the white dolls to the black dolls, the children saying the black dolls were “bad” and that the white dolls looked most like them. To the Clarks, these test provided solid proof that enforced segregation stamped on African American Children with a badge of inferiority that would last the rest of their lives. The argument swayed the US Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, in writing the Court’s Opinion, noted that the legal separation of black children gave them ‘ A feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely to ever be undone…’

The Supreme Court announced its unanimous decision on May 17, 1954. It held that School Segregation Violated the Equal Protection and Due Process of the Fourteenth Amendment. The following year the Court ordered desegregation “with all deliberate speed.”

Gordon Parks 1912 – 2006

Was a prominent U.S. Documentary, Photo Journalist , who was a humanitarian with a deep commitment to social justice. His focus was race relations, poverty, civil rights and urban life.