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World’s First-Ever African American Interactive STEM Doll Hopes To Inspire The Future Generation Of Black Computer Scientists

The world’s first-ever African American interactive STEM doll is here to enlighten the youth. As AfroTech previously told you, Bukola Somide is the creator of Somi, an interactive doll designed to break down education barriers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for minority children. The software engineer and inventor boasts nearly two decades of experience of working within the information technology sector. According to a press release, Bukola Somide recalls being the only Black woman or Black person serving on the Software Development team in various occasions. Aiming to create a more diverse future, the Somi doll was birthed to demystify STEM and create representation for underserved children. “Representation matters in tech because it gives hope to under-served children who may otherwise think their dreams are impossible due to lack of accessible role models. A child seeing a doll who looks like them, engaged in Computer Science, helps to shatter a mental...

Samantha Dorisca

Feb 8, 2022

Meet The Professor Who Turned Her Passion For Representation Into A Six-Figure Doll Business

Dr. Lisa Williams used her passion for race and gender identity representation and turned it into a six-figure doll business. The Fresh Dolls line was created to provide children of all ethnicities and gender identities with a form of visual and uplifting representation of themselves. According to ESSENCE, the doll line is on a mission to use toys to help increase self-confidence among children of color all over the globe.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Fresh Dolls – Diverse Dolls (@thefreshdolls)   After watching a study on CNN about the racial attitudes that young Black girls had toward white dolls, Dr. Williams was appalled by the findings that, although decades had passed, Black children still associated lighter skin tones with “good” and dark skin tones with “bad.” This shocking revelation drove her to launch The Fresh Doll Collection which includes multiple doll lines created to spark conversations in the home about race and provide children of all...

Shanique Yates

Jun 10, 2021