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:

https://youtu.be/lL_y58C_xqE 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
to find out more visit www.detroitdollshow2017.eventbrite.com 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sandy's Land Doll Show vendors continue to Grow

Dolls in the photo by: Dolls by MonTQ, Jacqueline Cole and Catherines Girls

Purchase Tickets visit www.detroitdollshow2017.eventbrite.com

WE HAVE A TOTAL OF 25 VENDORS already booked and locked in for Sandy's Land, 6th Annual Detroit Doll Show. THREE DAYS of Dollightful Fun at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 5801 Southfield FWY, Detroit MI 48228

GET YOUR EARLY BIRD TICKETS at www.detroitdollshow2017.eventbrite.com

Friday, November 10, 2017 6pm - 11:30pm the Kick Off with the Masquerade Party - Award Presentation, Mingle with the Doll Artist, Delicious Food, Entertainment and Dancing.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 12 noon - 6:30 p.m. Exhibit Day! Come Shop Til You Drop with Doll Artist/Makers and Authors; Doll Look Alike Contest, Arts & Crafts, Raffle, Panel Discussion, Interactive Activity and Workshops.

Sunday, November 12, 2017 11 am til 3pm Workshop & Fun

Our Mission is to Celebrate Culture, History, Beauty and Self Love with Dolls of Color!!!!

We have doll artist from Chicago, New York, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, New Jersey, Baltimore, Ohio, Michigan, South Carolina and Ontario Canada to participate with our Show.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Early Doll Participants for 6th Annual Sandy's Land Doll Show

Thank You to all of our Detroit Doll Show Early Bird Vendors:

Deana Williams
Theresa Melton & Kimberly Edwards
LaJeana Kennedy
Ingrid Andrews
Erica Millbrooks
Tanya Montegut
David Watkins
Jacqueline Cole
Vanessa Stephenson
Dronella Moore
Tammy Blunt
Natasha Gates
Diana Stanley
Asia Illustration
Terry Crawford
Aniqua Wilkerson
Sonja McCreary
Christopher Jones
Jennifer Washington
Shervonne Taylor
Shirley Nigro
Regina Dale
Sharon Alexander
Chevetta Henry
LaVonda Howard
Michele Sapp

Friday, November 10, 2017 - Masquerade Party - 6pm - 11:30 pm Mingle with the Doll Artist, Doll Legacy Award Presentation, Mini Exhibit, Music, Dancing, Entertainment and Delicious Food. Tickets are $25 for General Admission.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 - Doll Exhibit - 12noon - 6:30 pm Arts & Crafts, Workshops, Doll Look Alike Contest, Shop Til You Drop, Raffle, Auction and Surprise Entertainment. $5 Early Bird, $10 at the Door.

Sunday, November 12, 2017 Afternoon of FUN

DoubleTree by Hilton, 5801 Southfield FWY, Detroit MI 48228


Monday, March 13, 2017

Largest Doll Show in the Midwest

The Detroit Doll Show has been coined as "The Largest Show of its Kind in the Midwest!" We have Doll Artist, (Doll Markers), Maufactures and Stylist from New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Ohio, Minnesota, South Carolina, Michigan, Tennessee, and Ontario Canada to participate.

Our mission is to celebrate history, culture, beauty and boost self love with Dolls of Color. The program includes doll look alike contest, workshops, speakers, interactive activity, arts & crafts, raffle, auction, presentation of the Doll Legacy Award to individuals who have created services or product that empower women and children.

Join us at our new venue for three days of Dollightful Fun at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 5801 Southfield FWY, Detroit MI 48228

Friday, November 10, 2017 - Masquerade Party - 6pm to11:30 pm Mini Exhibit, Mingle with the Doll Artist, Presentation of the Doll Legacy Award, Delicious Food, Music, Dance and Entertainment.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 Doll Exhibit -  12 noon to 6:30 pm - Doll Look Alike Contest, Arts & Crafts, Doll Workshops, Auction, Shop Til You Drop, Entertainment and Special Guest.

Sunday, November 12, 2017 an Afternoon of Dollightful Fun


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Reborn Dolls and Doll Therapy

Reborn Dolls have gained much popularity. These dolls look and sometimes feel like real babies and or toddlers. Often times people purchase these dolls to cope with the loss of a loved one, to deal with being an empty nesters,  help to ease the pain of losing a child or provide comfort to a woman who can't birth a child. The reasons may vary but these dolls serve a purpose.

Statistics show that Doll Therapy or "Cuddle Therapy assist patients with Alzheimers. Interacting with dolls help to ease anxiety and bring joy to those who suffer from dementia.

Whatever the reason, it is a fact Dolls can help the Young and the Season individual become Happy and that's important for all human kind.

Photo of the Woman and Child was taken by Mama Jendayi Iyi and the other by Nicole Gee from the 2015 Detroit Doll Show.

Join us for the 6th Annual Detroit Doll Show November 10th, 11th and 12th of 2017. www.detroitdollshow2017.eventbrite.com

Dolls from Theresa Melton's Collection

Sunday, February 12, 2017

6th Annual Detroit Doll Show

Sandy's Land Presents 
6th Annual Detroit Doll
November 10th, 11th & 12th of 2017

DoubleTree by Hilton, 5801 Southfield FWY, Detroit, MI 48228

Friday, November 10, 2017 - Masquerade Party - 6pm to 11:30pm. Come mingle with the Doll Artist, see a mini exhibit, Doll Legacy Award Presentation, Delicious Food and Dancing. $25 for General Admission, $40 VIP

Saturday, November 11, 2017 - Doll Exhibit and Workshops 12 noon to 6:30 pm. Early Bird Admission is $5 and $10 online and at the door. Surprise guest, arts & crafts, doll look alike contest, doll exhibit, auction and raffle.

Sunday, November 12, 2017 an Afternoon of FUN. Details to come.

Purchase tickets at www.detroitdollshow2017.eventbrite.com. We have doll artist from Pennsylvania, Chicago, New York, Tennessee, South Carolina, Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey and Canada Ontario who participate with the Detroit Doll Show which is the largest of its kind in the Midwest. We celebrate history, culture, and self love with dolls of color. "Image is Everything" and it is important that African American, Hispanic, Indian, and Arabic Children see a positive reflection of themselves in the products that they use and it starts with their dolls.

Photo of Donna Saunders Doll

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Detroit Doll Show is Growing

Sandy’s Land established the Detroit Doll Show to encourage girls of many hues to “Love the Skin They’re In” and this of course includes their hair. This one time event has morphed into an annual celebration of culture, history, doll artistry and empowerment with the use of dolls of color.
Coined as the “largest doll show in the Midwest of its kind” we take pride in providing a day filled with interactive activities and hosting some of the most outstanding doll artist world wide. We’ve had doll artist from Chicago, Ohio, New York, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Baltimore, New York, and Ontario Canada to participate as vendors at the Detroit Doll Show.
As the Detroit Doll Show has grown with attendees and vendor participation we have made the decision to move to a new venue that provides FREE parking and it allows all vendors to exhibit conveniently in the Ballroom.
Join us for the 6th Annual Detroit Doll Show at the DoubleTree, 5801 Southfield FWY, Detroit, MI 48228 from November 10th, 11th and 12th of 2017.
November 10, 2017 from 6pm to 11:30 p.m. the Masquerade Party. Program: small doll exhibit, hors d’oeuvre, award presentation, music and mingle with the doll artist. $25 November 11, 2017 from 12 Noon to 6:30 p.m. Doll Exhibit, Arts & Craft, Doll Look Alike Contest, Raffle, Special Guest, and Auction. Early Bird Tickets are $5 available until April. November 11, 2017 from 8pm until Midnight Pamper & Paint Party, detail to come. November 12, 2017 D and After Noon of FUN Details to come.
If you are a doll artist and would like to participate send a brief bio and photos of your dolls to sandysland@gmail.com
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the 6th Annual Detroit Doll Show www.detroitdollshow2017.eventbrite.com
Image of Doll is from Theresa Melton Reborn Doll Artist & Collector

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Black Dolls are Growing in Popularity

In 2003 Dr. Lisa Williams wanted to help heal negative self-image so she established the World of Entertainment, publishing and inspiration (World of EPI). Positively Perfect Dolls that are Multicultural Toy's for Beautiful Multicultural Children.
 In 2010 Pretty Brown Girl was Founded by Sheri Crawley and her husband Corey based on the change they saw in their oldest daughter Laila after they moved back to Detroit, MI. Laila wanted to have blonde hair like her classmates as opposed to her own beautifully textured hair...Laila is the signature Pretty Brown Girl Doll. And Pretty Brown Girl is one of the largest empowerment movement of its kind.

 "My Muse is a socially-minded children's company that designs, manufacture and distributes customizable 18 inch multicultural dolls."
 Cee Robinson aka Queen Dollylama is a Doll Artist and Activist who launched Herstory articulated 18 inch Doll line by way of her 2016 Indiegogo Fundraising Campaign.
Naturally Perfect hit the scene in February 2016 at the New York Toy Fair and recently the company was featured on SharkTank where they received funding to assist them with their company. "One specific aim to change the standard of beauty for young girls, one doll at a time and encourage self-acceptance, diversity and exposure."

Ozi Okaro is a fashion designer children's author and illustrator. Growing up she had no dolls that looked like her, however. After having children of her own she was inspired by her daughters who have different skin tones to create Ikuzi Dolls. She wanted her daughters to have beautiful black dolls that resembled them.

The Detroit Doll Show wanted to provide a brief overview and images of the above dolls because a few constituents inquired about various dolls in regards to our Annual Show. Positively Perfect Dolls was one of our sponsors, who we are most grateful for their support. In 2016 Pretty Brown Girl Founder received the Doll Legacy Award from the Detroit Doll Show. And Queen Dollylama Brownstone Kids are a favorite by followers on our Facebook page. All Dolls have been featured on our Facebook page: Detroit Doll Show

All of these companies are on instagram. Stay Tuned for Sandy's Land 6th Annual Detroit Doll Show. For questions contact us at sandysland@gmail.com