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Rap Snacks Sued By Mattel For Violating Its Trademark Rights With Nicki Minaj's 'Barbie-Que' Chips

Nicki Minaj has become known for having a ride-or-die fanbase, “the Barbies” — also known as “the Barbz.” To honor her loyal supporters, Rap Snacks partnered with the Harajuku Barbie in June for her own edition of Rap Snacks, The Barbie-Que Honey Truffle Potato Chips, as previously reported by AfroTech. “Nicki Minaj is unquestionably one of the most disruptive forces in the history of rap. You’re talking about a woman who rewrote the rules of hip hop culture and happens to be a phenomenal entrepreneur, as well,” Rap Snacks CEO James Lindsay said in a release at the time of the launch, according to PEOPLE. “It just makes sense that as a brand disrupting the snack industry, we align to push the bar even further. This is the beginning of a legendary partnership.” But it appears that what started as “legendary” has turned into a legal battle.

Ngozi Nwanji

Aug 15, 2022

Barbie Goes High Fashion For A Balmain Collaboration Except There's No Doll Involved

When the world of toys and fashion collide, one might find Barbie sporting Balmain! The New York Times reports that French high fashion house Balmain and the world’s favorite plastic doll Barbie will team up for its very own non-fungible token (NFT) collection. This marks new territory in the digital space, designed with toys in mind, but there isn’t a doll involved.

Shanique Yates

Jan 7, 2022

Naomi Osaka's New Barbie Doll Sells Out Within Hours Of Its Online Release

Naomi Osaka is a force to be reckoned with! Not only is she that girl on the tennis courts, but the young mogul in the making has become an entrepreneur, social activist, an advocate for mental health, and more — using her platform to be the change that the world so desperately needs these days. It’s only right that her latest endeavor includes her very own Barbie doll as a part of Mattel’s Barbie Role Model series. This is a collection of dolls that honors global role models from diverse backgrounds and fields who are breaking boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls, according to the company’s website . In fact, this isn’t the first time that Osaka has partnered with Barbie. She served as one of the brand’s shero dolls back in 2019. Once again, Osaka’s doll can hardly be kept on shelves. CNN reports that just hours after its release, the Barbie doll which sports a Nike tennis dress and white visor — an outfit that Osaka wore during the 2020 Australian Open — has sold...

Shanique Yates

Jul 13, 2021

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

Mattel Honors the Late Dr. Maya Angelou in New Special Collector's Edition Doll

You can now have a piece of Dr. Maya Angelou within your home in a new collector’s edition doll. According to Blavity, Mattel is honoring the literary icon with her very own Barbie doll as a part of its “Inspiring Women Series” which also features civil rights icon Rosa Parks and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Barbie (@barbie) Sporting a patterned dress coupled with one of her signature headwraps, the doll depicts the late Dr. Angelou who passed away in 2014. The doll even includes her holding a mini replica of her autobiography, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.” “[The] Maya Angelou Barbie doll is being presented to honor the history and the impact of Dr. Maya Angelou’s activism, work, and achievements,” said the toy manufacturer, according to Blavity. “With displayable packaging, this celebration of Dr. Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life and work makes a great gift for Barbie collectors.” Dr. Angelou made history as the first...

Shanique Yates

Jan 19, 2021