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New ‘Melanites’ Doll Line Offers Different Images Of Black Boyhood

As we’ve seen through the influx of data and media coverage on Black boys, they often lose their innocence at the hands of someone else, someone who has stereotyped and criminalized their Blackness continuing the mindset that because they are Black, they don’t deserve innocence. And, while this won’t be changed overnight, Jennifer Pierre is taking the issue of Black boyhood into her own hands and is releasing a new line of dolls for boys of color called “Melanites.”


“Not White People”

This past winter, as a student teacher in a kindergarten class on the South Side of Chicago, I got the pleasure of hearing one of my students articulate the centuries old matter of black humanity within the context of whiteness and white supremacy. It happened during the beginning of the school year, and I sat cozily to the side as my lead teacher, a Black woman, began going over rules with the students. I was elated, as the whole process felt very democratic, at least as democratic as a classroom should feel. She had asked the class, “What rules do you think we need to make our classroom run well?” Ultimately, she was making the choice to co-construct the rules with her students, which is textbook best practice, but of course, when you ask students to talk, they will speak. And you better be prepared for what you’re about to hear.

13-year-old boys suspended from school for playing with toy gun in front of home


Like any average 13-year-olds, Khalid Caraballo, Aidan Clark and two other boys like to play with toy guns. Now their actions have led to an extended suspension from school.

A neighbor, whose son was also playing with the three teens, didn’t like the way Khalid was pointing the gun at his peers.

She called 911, and police came to the scene. While the three boys, minus the 911 caller’s son were not charged by police, they have been suspended from school until June.

Study: Black boys more accepted into white cliques than black girls


A study on the experiences of black students in suburban schools has found that black boys have an easier time fitting in than black girls.

Black boys can use racial performance to seem tough, cool and athletic. Black girls are often viewed as ghetto and aggressive.

Researchers at the University of Buffalo studied the social impact of a desegregation program. Minority students were bussed to a predominantly white high school in a Boston suburb.