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Shonda Rhimes to Executive Produce Documentary on the Original Black Barbie and Its Cultural Impact


Netflix is set to release a documentary on the original Black Barbie, with acclaimed writer/producer Shonda Rhimes onboard as an executive producer. The film, titled “Black Barbie”, is part of Shonda Rhimes’ overall deal with Netflix and was written and directed by filmmaker Lagueria Davis. The documentary explores the significance of representation and the role of dolls in shaping identity and imagination. It was met with widespread acclaim when it premiered at SXSW earlier this year.

Lagueria Davis expressed her excitement about collaborating with Shondaland and Netflix, highlighting the personal journey of telling Black Barbie’s story. She paid tribute to her aunt Beulah Mae Mitchell, Kitty Black Perkins, and Stacey McBride Irby for their roles in championing the creation of the Black Barbie.

The original Black Barbie’s history is a lesser-known story of dedication and perseverance. Beulah Mae Mitchell, Kitty Black Perkins, and Stacey McBride Irby played pivotal roles in advocating for the creation of a Black version of the iconic doll while working at Mattel. Mattel introduced the Black Barbie in 1980, 31 years after the debut of the first Barbie. The documentary sheds light on their contributions, which were instrumental in the toy’s development.

This documentary follows the release of the billion-dollar “Barbie” blockbuster movie, starring Margot Robbie, which hit theaters earlier this year. While Shonda Rhimes has not commented publicly on the project, her social media profile picture features a Barbie version of herself in celebration of the upcoming film.

As of now, there is no official release date for the documentary.

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