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Cleo Wade Collaborates with Barbie for One-of-a-Kind Doll Collection in Honor of Black Women

Stephen Thompson
Feb 23, 2021
07:30 P.M.
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American author Cleo Wade has joined forces with the Barbie doll franchise to honor African-American women with a spectacular doll dedicated to the Black History Month celebration.
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Celebrity poet Cleo Wade has her honor centered on African-American women as part of her tribute to Black History month, while she collaborated with famous lifestyle franchise, Barbie.

Wade's collection, known as the Cleo Wade X Barbie collection, was created to honor Black women for years of power, brilliance, and determination amid adversaries.

Cleo Wade opens up about her experience with writer’s block with Hoda Kotb on October 28, 2020 | Photo: YouTube/todayshow

Cleo Wade opens up about her experience with writer’s block with Hoda Kotb on October 28, 2020 | Photo: YouTube/todayshow

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The collection carries a set of dolls representing African-American women from the 1950s through the present time. The first category includes dolls dressed in vintage outfits and vintage fashion accessories.

These sets of dolls come with a miniature placard that reads the words, "We Fight With Love, We Win With Love." The next group represents the present times, showing dolls with their faces covered with facemasks.

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This part of the collection was dressed in sport jeans and protective hairstyles. The placard in their hands alludes to a fight against racial injustice. It reads, "We cannot overcome what we ignore" and "Enough is Enough."

The last set of the one-of-a-kind dolls, which would not be on sale, represents hope, and it features two young ladies with big smiles carrying signs that read the words, "We are the builders who are… Building a [world] that has never been built before."

However, by 1976, the name evolved, and since then, every American president has acknowledged it.

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Speaking with People, Wade opened up about her hopes and belief in the younger generation who are beginning to inspire greatness and paving ways for those coming after them.

She particularly commended Amanda Gorman for being a fellow creative whose talents at such a young age were geared towards the topic she writes about, letting fellow youngsters realize that their voices were valid.

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Gorman is the first recipient of the country's National Youth Poet Laureate, and she bagged the milestone in 2017. She was chosen by the first lady, Jill Biden, to perform at the presidential inaugural ceremony.

Black History Month, also known as African-American Month, was set aside in 1915 to research and celebrate the achievement of African-American pioneers and other Africans.

The occasion was formerly celebrated in a week, then referred to as Negro History Week. However, by 1976, the name evolved, and since then, every American president has acknowledged it.

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