Growing up, many of us had our fair share of dolls. From Cabbage Patch Kids to Barbie Dolls, we happily spent hours playing house, pretending to diaper babies, or styling their hair.

While many of us had white dolls (they were widely available after all), some of us opted to have black dolls. Perhaps we wanted to play with a toy that looked like us, or maybe our parents were tired of seeing us ogle over a doll with white skin. Either way, for many of us, choosing black dolls was personal and political.

A new film by Samantha Knowles delves deeper into the world of black dolls. The film, aptly titled “Why Do You Have Black Dolls?” takes a look at avid collectors and what prompts them to buy black dolls.

According to the official synopsis, the film was, “inspired by a question asked of an 8-year old girl. It explores the history, the beauty, and the pride that is the black doll. Through its characters, a little-known community of black doll enthusiasts, it reveals that the black doll is more than a plaything; it is a cultural artifact that represents the history of the people it depicts.”

Do you collect black dolls? Why? 

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