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The 43rd Annual Black Doll Show in LA | PHOTOS

A large crowd was in attendance for the Opening Reception and Concert

Black Doll Show Entrance: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Black Doll Show Entrance: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

(Los Angeles, CA) – A large crowd of artists, collectors, art patrons, and community members were in attendance at The William Grant Still Arts Center, on Saturday, December 2, 2023, from 3-6pm for the 43rd annual Black Doll Show in Los Angeles.

43rd Annual Black Doll Show Signage: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
43rd Annual Black Doll Show Signage: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
43rd Annual Black Doll Show Artwork: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
43rd Annual Black Doll Show Artwork: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
43rd Annual Black Doll Show Artwork: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
43rd Annual Black Doll Show Artwork: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Attendees were in attendance for the highly anticipated event of the year. The Black Doll Show began with an opening reception and concert on Saturday, December 2, with the theme “Conjure:  Reclaiming African American Traditions Through Hoodoo and other Spiritual Dolls!

Dolls in Africa are powerful tools that offer an opportunity for ritual healing through the veneration of ancestors’ protection, good fortune, education, and overall well-being. The structure of Africanism in these practices (Ifa, Vodun, Hoodoo, Lucumi, etc) provides a necessary contiguity and foundation for practitioners.

Monica Bailey curated this immersive exhibition. In a statement, “Conjure will use dolls and other spiritual objects to immerse viewers in African cosmology through an African-American lens. The exhibit, co-curated with Jahsun Ifakolade Edmonds, encourages viewers to ask the question “How can these tools help us flourish our connection with our origin stories and honor these histories going forward?”

Monica Bailey: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Monica Bailey: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Monica Bailey and Jahsun Ifakolade: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Monica Bailey and Jahsun Ifakolade: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Jahsun Ifakolade performed Libation accompanied by Marcus L. Miller on percussions.

Jahsun Ifakolade Edmonds: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Jahsun Ifakolade Edmonds: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

The program continued with jubilant and lively performances. Tamica Washington Miller (dancer/vocals) gave the crowd a brief overview of Ring Shouts/Shouters. Tamica along with Nailah Porter, Kitten Kuroi and Marcus L. Miller using a walking stick as a percussion instrument) performed “Sign of the Judgement” and “Jubilee” which is a Freedom song. The latter song had a lot of crowd participation, call and response vocals and joyous dancing and celebrations.

Tamica Washington Miller, Marcus L. Miller, Nailah Porter and Kitten Kuroi: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Tamica Washington Miller, Marcus L. Miller, Nailah Porter and Kitten Kuroi: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Marcus L. Miller, Nailah Porter, Tamica Washington Miller and Kitten Kuroi: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Marcus L. Miller, Nailah Porter, Tamica Washington Miller and Kitten Kuroi: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

The Hoodoo Spellbinders: Marcus L. Miller-bandleader/drums, Bobby Pierce-keyboards, Anikulapo- bass, Mark Tyson- guitar and David Leach- percussions, backed Kitten Kuroi as we proceeded to have church at The William Grant Still Arts Center. Kitten Kuroi sang two versions of “There is a Light.” The Hoodoo Spellbinders took the crowd on a musical journey to the Motherland for a rousing, high octane selection of Afro Beat a la Fela Kuti to close out the opening reception and concert.

The Hoodoo Spellbinders: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
The Hoodoo Spellbinders: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

The Black Doll Show is a wonderful exhibit to check out, which will run from December 2, 2023, through February 10, 2024. Why not treat yourself, family, and out-of-town guests (in for the Holidays) to the Black Doll Show. You will be glad for the experience.

Special Note: The William Grant Still Arts Center will host a variety of popular, engaging, and educational workshops led by seasoned artists and practitioners.

December 16- Alter Workshop with Dr. Cynthia Davis and Beverly Health

January 13, 2024-First Doll Making Workshop (Spirit Doll Workshop) with Nawili Grey and Fana Babadayo

January 20, Dr. Cynthia Davis Dolls of Hope

January 27, Candle Making Workshop with The AfroMystic

February 3-Final Doll Workshop with Aiysha Sinclair

The 43rd Annual Black Doll Show will feature several Panel Discussions and Master Workshops

January 6- Master Class with Griffin Lotson (Gullah Geechee Historian and Manager of the Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters) and other esteemed guests.

February 2- Film Screening “Your Children Will Come Back to You” Sharon Alile Larkins, Filmmaker (LA Rebellion)

February 10-Closing Event-TBA

Featured artists and collectors for the 43rd Annual Black Doll Show: Adrienne De Vine, Adrienne Franklin, Aiysha Sinclair, Angela Briggs, Anitra Bradley, Berry Stinson, Billie Greene, Candace Thomas, Carine Fabius, Doug Pearsall, Dr. Beverly Fogart, Dr. Cynthia Davis, Fana Babadayo, Fallon Wilson, Floyd Bell, Griffin Lotson, Heather Hilliard Bonds, Imani Afi, Iyami Aje, Jade Daniels, Jerri Hubbard, Jom Rivers, LaRonda Carson, Lola, Lavish, Lois Von B, Mac Billups, Marsha May  Bennett, Nawili Grey, Nicole Buchanan, NK Abstract, Norman Reneau, Ronieka Pinkey, Sanyu Estelle, Shamanicka Boykins, Sharon Alile Larkin, Sika, The AfroMystic and Myshell Tabu.

The Black doll show was inspired by a doll test conducted by Mami and Kenneth Clark. The test concluded that due to social stigmas, many black children preferred white dolls over black dolls. Inspired by the doll test, artist/curator Cecil Fergerson started the Black Doll Show in the ‘80s. Wanting to change the negative self-image, Fergerson brought together handmade dolls by artists around the country into one exhibit. Through its many transformations, the Black Doll Show was been a celebration.

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William Grant Still Arts Center Entrance: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
William Grant Still Arts Center Entrance: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Ami Motevalli, Director, William Grant Still Arts Center: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Ami Motevalli, Director, William Grant Still Arts Center: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Ricky Richardson is a Southern California-based writer, music reviewer, and photographer. Contact him via: [email protected]

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