Gift shop selling golliwog doll backs artist as racism debate reignites

The two golliwog dolls up for sale at the Kaiapoi Collective in North Canterbury.


The two golliwog dolls up for sale at the Kaiapoi Collective in North Canterbury.

When Jacqui Buchanan was given two handmade dolls to sell in her North Canterbury shop, she did not anticipate a backlash.

Buchanan is the face behind The Kaiapoi Collective – a gift shop giving retail space to more than 60 local groups and individuals to sell their creations.

On Friday she advertised the dolls on her Facebook page.

“Beautiful, handmade dolls only two in stock,” the post read, above a photo of two golliwogs.

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Golliwogs are made from black fabric and have black eyes bordered with white, red lips, white teeth, frizzy hair and minstrel

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Sesame Street to air special on racism ’and model how children can stand up to it’

Sesame Workshop will address racism and model how children can stand up to it in “The Power of We: A Sesame Street Special” that will debut on Oct. 15.

Sesame Workshop said the special is “designed as a co-viewing experience for children and families.”

The show will stream on HBO Max and PBS KIDS starting Thursday, Oct. 15, and debut on PBS stations the same day. The special will re-air throughout October and November on PBS stations and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel.

“’Sesame Street’ has the ability to entertain children while explaining complex issues like no other program and equips families and caregivers with the support they need to have empathetic conversations,” said Kay Wilson Stallings, executive vice president of Creative and Production at Sesame Workshop.

“We believe that this moment calls for a direct discussion about racism to help children grasp the issues and teach them that they

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Systemic Racism, London Style

A  young black man in a suit says an emotional farewell to his family and drives solemnly to a forbidding, completely unfamiliar institution. Is he going to prison? No, he’s joining the police force.

Through the eyes of the young trainee, Leroy Logan (sensitively played by John Boyega), Oscar-winning writer-director Steve McQueen takes a despairing look at tensions between bad cops and the community they supposedly protect in Red, White and Blue, one of McQueen’s Small Axe series of five films about the Caribbean immigrant enclave in London in which he grew up. Made for the BBC and airing in the U.S. this fall on Amazon Prime Video, Red, White and Blue is premiering here at the New York Film Festival.

This film overlaps thematically with the previous Small Axe offering, Mangrove, about an outraged restaurant owner who led a protest against police harassment that boiled over into

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On Racism and British Fashion

Why did you go into fashion?

My father was a carpenter, and my mother owned a dressmaking business. At 10 years old, I could cut patterns, sew and even buy chiffon and haberdashery, and I would make burqas and dresses for my sisters’ dolls.

My family was very artisanal, but that came out of necessity. Creativity is very much a middle-class luxury. That’s something I came to realize when I left home and encountered a whole new set of codes when I went to study, first at London’s School of African and Oriental Studies, then Central Saint Martins and Cambridge University, and later when I entered the world of fashion.

What was it like being a young, brown British fashion designer in the Noughties?

Personally, I was going through a period of real rebellion, from going to university and clubbing to drugs and coming out. Professionally, at some level, it

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New Podcast THE ROOT Explores Racism In Fashion And How Black & Brown Indigenous People Of Color Can Receive Real Agency In The Industry And Beyond

To understand the supply chain dynamics, agriculture and the history of the fashion industry is to understand a number of larger systems of inequality in America. Dominique Drakeford, founder of Melanin & Sustainable Style, and Kestrel Jenkins, host of the podcast, Conscious Chatter, are exploring issues revolving around fashion and race with their new 5-part podcast series, THE ROOT

As Fashion Week month comes to a close, the podcast’s final episode “Where Do We Go From Here” dropped today, featuring all 17 guest from its previous four episodes. The roster includes scholars, academic activists, designers, and marketers. 

Redefining Sustainability 

“The goal of THE ROOT is to discuss how we re-engineer and create activations around sustainable fashion,” says Drakeford. “What we’re doing with the series is redefining sustainability to embody

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Does Affirmative Action Perpetuate Racism?

Every time we inform children they’re stunning or handsome, we also needs to tell them something else. Beauty can be culturally motivated so in sure eastern cultures ladies with beautiful toes are considered enticing whereas within the Victorian era in England, women with class and grace have been those with easy neck and tiny waist and trendy western women are judged on the premise of their breasts, bottom and lips.

See this moon-like round shape of this woman, neatly designed(by God)nose, full cheeks of this candy younger lady makes us to really feel, that beauty is admittedly immortal. The true beauty of bangles is due to their naturally customizable design; no two ladies can have the exact same look.

It’s no marvel so many individuals feel so sick-equipped to handle these pressures pushed upon men and women. However after all the previous saying is basically true that the inner feeling … Read More

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