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Yolanda Hester

Yolanda Hester

Yolanda Hester is an oral historian whose work examines the interplay between art, culture, economics and community relations as it unfolds in African American communities. She’s working on an upcoming book about "The Black Doll Show."

Yolanda Hester
The Baby Nancy doll produced by Shindana Toys. This doll is now in Billie Green's collection. | Still from "Lost LA" Shindana Toys
Lost LA

The Black Dolls That Changed the Toy Industry Forever

During the late 19th and early 20th century, many mass-produced black dolls were stereotypical, caricature-like and expressed racist undertones. Shindana Toys helped change the paradigm, irrevocably changing the toy industry today.
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