Oh Barbie By: Darel Joseph



This is how they trick you. See, words and imagery can not match up when programming minds because it’s an illusion, not real. How many folk actually try to figure out what is what? How many folk only go with the flow not caring what is assumed via Popular Cult and what real are not one in the same, the actual factual historical definitions and meanings? 
“Propaganda programming your mind”- Brothas Keepa
I don’t find it a merit of honor to be allowed to have/make black versions of white dolls. Make your own damn dolls that actually look like you. 
(Q)I ask again, what is a Barbie doll?
(R) A Black Barbie (a black white teen)…
The Barbie doll was invented in 1959 by Ruth Handler (co-founder of Mattel), whose own daughter was called Barbara. Barbie was introduced to the world at the American Toy Fair in New York City. Barbie’s job was teenage fashion doll. The Ken doll was named after Ruth’s son and was introduced two years after Barbie in 1961. 
The full name of the first doll was Barbie Millicent Roberts, from Willows, Wisconsin. Barbie’s job was that of teenage fashion model. However, the doll has been made in versions connected to over 125 different careers.
She came as either a brunette or blond, and in 1961 red hair was added. In 1980, the first African American Barbie and Hispanic Barbie were introduced, however, Barbie did have a black friend named Christie who was introduced in 1969.
1969 Christie Doll
The 1969 Christie Doll was Barbie Doll’s Bestfriend.
By Mary Bellis
The 1969 Christie Doll was the first African American doll introduced into Mattel’s Barbie Doll family.
Written by: Infinity

Art & Spoken Word – By.Infinity

Born, Darel Joseph, in the inner city of New Orleans, Louisiana, I currently exists as Infinity. I’ve been writing poetry for the past twenty two years. Although I have been off the underground scene for years, I am currently making performance art. I am an artist (in every sense of the word), for I work in multiple mediums. I am currently pursuing a MFA from the University of New Orleans as a painter and street photographer. I am in essence a collage artist meaning I make collages. I’ve made paper, paint, photo, and video collages; recently I have begun to make assemblage art which is a physical collage of material. I recently have been working with video and sculpture in attempts to merge my spoken word into fine arts performances. Finally, I am in the process making my first album. Years ago I declined the offer to make cd’s under two local record labels, because I was not given the option of control of my art. I did not want to be a puppet in the great scheme of modern pop culture which has destroyed hip hop art. I have been working underground making great attempts of not recording with the numerous rappers and producers who have requested I lay my essence on their tracks. My art is social-politically driven from the stance of growing up in a community that was designed to prevent the social and economic growth of the individual. I have been politically involved in my community by educating those who are oppressed by the same circumstances that I continuously attempt to overcome. Sometimes if time prevails, I work with younger people by tutoring them in math, English, and exposing them to art and poetry writing. I am currently writing several essays on the topic racism, sexism, and classism demonstrated with sometimes personal experiences and examples of how we are forced in a cycle of hopelessness. I am now attempting to emerge from the underground to expose such realities.