Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Detroit Doll Show Joy!

Hosting the Detroit Doll Show allows me the freedom to be a kid again without judgement and I LOVE IT! Many adult doll collectors feel the same who bring their Reborn Dolls to the Detroit Doll Show. Self expression is what we advocate because it's good for your health.
I missed out on some fun moments during my childhood due to being diagnosed with lupus as a girl, but I am grateful that I have the opportunity to play and entertain with no worry of the Side EYE 😒 of critism at the Detroit Doll Show. Adults can celebrate the kid within and children can be children.😄
Side note the feature of the Detroit Doll Show on Black Enterprise Magazine website was shared 104k time that was published on November 4, 2019. We are so GRATEFUL for this unexpected media blessings.
This year's Detroit Doll Show was a great turn out. Check out comments from vendors and participants.

If you are a Doll Artist and want to participate with our upcoming 2020 Detroit Doll Show send your bio and photos of your dolls to

Thank you!
Sandra Epps, Founder and Host

Saturday, October 5, 2019

2019 Detroit Doll Show

 We have a power packed program scheduled for the 2019 Detroit Doll Show set to take place on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers Rd. Detroit MI 48235

Program: Doll look alike contest, spoken word artist, head wrap workshop, arts and crafts, Building Better Men presentation by Odis Bellinger just for males, Mini Playhouse workshop by Power Org Math, Urban Princess and Paper Doll workshops by Doll Artist LaJeana Kennedy, DJ (MUSIC), Girl Power Corner, Desserts from Local Bakeries, Shop with Vendors around the Globe, Black Memorabilia, Doll Makers, Authors, Photo Booth by B Elegant and Strike a Pose, Giant Games and more...


Diahann Carroll as Julia Baker

Diahann Carroll died at the age of 84 on October 4, 2019 in her Los Angeles home after a long bout with cancer.  Ms. Carroll an actress and singer who was featured in a ground breaking sitcom as Julia starting in 1968. Julia who TV series depicting the first "non-stereotypical" African American female character.  She was a widowed registered nurse with a son.  The sitcom ran from 1969 to 1971. Diahann Carroll won a Golden Globe for her role as Julia.

Julia Barbie Doll was one of the first celebrity Barbie Dolls that was introduced in 1969. It was based on Ms. Carroll's character Julia Baker.

The Julia Doll had a Barbie Body and the Christie Dolls head. The talking Christie Doll was introduced in 1968. She was the first African American Barbie size doll.

There were two Julia Dolls created and one doll talked. The brown/black hair Julia Doll hair turned reddish over the years due to oxidation.
Mattel issued a reproduction in 2009 as part of Barbie's 50th Anniversary.

#DiahannCarroll #BlackDollHistory #JuliaBaker

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