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Florida Doll Affair: Macy's & The Black Dolls Celebrate Black History Month!


This is a Black Doll & Baby Doll Affair not a Community Doll Affair.

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Happy Black History Month, Dollings!

"The Black Dolls", are invited to be a part of Macy's - Aventura's annual Black History Month Celebration.This year's reception celebrates the genius and legacy of the man and the body of work left to us by world renown photographer, musician, writer and film directorGordon Parks.

Macy's - Aventura is celebrating the legend with a month long display of his works
in their HOME store level 3. Join in Conversation with actor Lamman Rucker; MiamiNow TV Executive Producer/Host, Michelle Madison; Historian and Founder of the Black Archives, Dorothy Jenkins-Fields, for a spirited discussion on Gordon Park's influence on film and the future of African American cinema.The conversation will be followed by a Fashion Show and a reception.

As we continue our very own African American history and tradition to "Be a Doll, give a doll," The Black Doll Affair will raffle off toy black dolls!

A brief bio of Gordon Parks, courtesy of Macy's:

A humanitarian with a deep commitment to social justice, he left behind a body of work that documents many of the most important aspects of American culture from the early 1940s up until his death in 2006, with a focus on race relations, poverty, Civil Rights and urban life. In addition, Parks was also a celebrated composer, author and filmmaker who interacted with many of the most prominent people of his era—from politicians and artists to celebrities and athletes. Born into poverty and segregation in Kansas in 1912, Parks was drawn to photography as a young man when he saw images of migrant workers published in a magazine. After buying a camera at a pawnshop, he taught himself how to use it and, despite his lack of professional training, found employment with the Farm Security Administration (F.S.A.) chronicling the nation's social conditions. Parks quickly developed a style that would make him one of the most celebrated photographers of his age, allowing him to break the color line in professional photography while creating remarkably expressive images that consistently explored the social and economic impact of racism.

Colored Entrance, Mobile, Alabama, 1956

Photo credit: The Gordon Parks Foundation

Dr. Kenneth B. Clark conducting the Doll Test, Harlem, New York, 1947

Photo credit: The Gordon Parks Foundation

Charwoman Ella Watson in photographer Gordon Parks' interpretation of Grant Wood's "American Gothic," Washington, D.C., 1942

Photo credit: The Digital Journalist

Ella Watson's grandchildren, Washington, D.C., 1942

Photo credit: The Digital Journalist

The Fontenelle Family - Bessie with her children Kenneth, Richard, Norman Jr., and Ellen. New York, 1967Photo credit: The Digital Journalist
Gordon and Toni Parks - Courtesy New York Times

Atlanta Black Dolls at Macy's Greenbriar Mall

In other words, what to wear & what to bring.

"Be a Doll": by wearing any one of your Black Doll Public Appearance T-shirts. Combine with pants, jeans, leggings, skirts or shorts of any color, b'huetiful face, gorgeous hair, loving energy attitude!

"Give a doll": When hue arrive, during Black Doll "Be a Doll, give a Doll" Roll Call, your Ambassadoll will ask, "Paper or Plastic?" When she does, please give her your pretty...philanthropic donation of a toy black doll - any kind of brand new doll is acceptable - Or, make a $5 Paper Doll Donation on the spot. Paper Dolls go towards keeping our movement fueled. Or for your convenience, before you arrive, you can make a Paper Doll Donation online in The Black Doll Affair Store here (

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