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.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The 6th Annual Detroit Doll Show Speaker is Stacey McBride Irby

We are OVER the TOP Excited to announce that the Phenomenal Ms. Stacey McBride-Irby will be joining us for Sandy's Land Doll Show on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at our NEW LOCATION: DoubleTree by Hilton, 5801 Southfield FWY. Detroit MI 48228.

Stacey worked for Mattel Inc. for over 14 years where she designed for the Disney Princess, Career Barbie and she created the 
"So In Style" first African American line of Barbie’s released in 2009. This collection consists of dolls in a variety of skin tones with fuller lips and nose, distinctive cheekbones and different hair colors and textures. Ms. McBride-Irby doll designs ignited a positive change with dolls of color in the U.S.

Stacey also designed the first African American Greek Sorority doll, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Barbie celebrating their Centennial year.

This dynamic woman has been featured in Ebony, Essence, Heart & Soul, LA's Beauty Beat, Upscale and on the front cover of the Wall Street Journal personal Newspaper and she been featured on a host of Television Shows and News Program throughout the World.

Join us for this EPIC Event Sandy's Land 6th Annual Detroit Doll Show! We will see you there!!! The dates are November 10th and 11th of 2017.

This is a Career "Rock Star" Barbie
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Barbie Doll

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Curves Matter with Our Dolls

Curves Matter with our Dolls 

As time move forward it's good to see that the "standard of beauty" slowly but surely is making a change for the TRUTH. Not every Girl or Woman is skinny. We come in different sizes, shapes, and height.

Georgette Taylor a doll designer was the Co-Founder and VP of Big Beautiful Dolls, Inc where the first full figured 12 inch Fashion Dolls was created in 2000. The Dolls included Dasia (Africa American), Dawn (Caucasion) and Dena (Latina).

Ms. Taylor then founded "I am Beautiful" Doll Company which consist of limited edition dolls that are curvy (full figured) and hand painted. "Nikia" the first doll produced by the "I am Beautiful" Doll Company was revealed at Sandy's Land 2015 Detroit Doll Show. The doll is hand painted by Georgette Pressler of Devious Body Art. "Nikia" comes signed with a Certificate of Authenticity and a special edition trading card.

Booty Babe Art was started by Spencer Davis where in 1998 he started to add clay to a relatively skinny 12" fashion doll. His dolls are a bit controversial because some people thinks he over sexualize his doll forms, however. Spencer is said to be expressing his passion for toy collecting and sharing his wonder for the variety of female beauty.

In 2013 Mattel Barbie sales dropped 13% then sales dropped 16% in 2014 prompting the company to start thinking about re-branding. Mattel Chief Brand Officer Juliana Churgg stated "We needed to reconnect with Moms and reaffirm the positive values of the brand in a really fresh and engaging way." It was November 2016 that Mattel announce the launch of their plus size Barbie. In January 2017 the Curvy, Petite and Tall made their way into our world.

We know that the long standing criticism over its unrealistic body proportion of dolls produced by Mattel helped to trigger the development of their Barbie Fashionistas Dolls: Curvy, Petite, and Tall. These Barbie Dolls come in 7 skin tones, 2 eye colours and 24 hairstyles. What a smart way for Mattel Inc. to resurge their sells of Barbie. The photo below gives a true to form of realistic sizes.

We are different and that's what makes us unique. Yes we come with thighs that rub together when we walk, a belly pooch and stretch marks, however. We MUST Celebrate our Curves and our Dolls Should Reflect US! 

Doll by MonTQ

Don't forget to join us for Sandy's Land 6th Annual Detroit Doll Show
Friday, November 10, 2017 - Sunday, November 12, 2017
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