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Mattel Just Released Their Most Diverse Lineup Including Afro Barbie And Man-Bun Ken

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With 40 new dolls, 7 body types, 11 skin tones and 28 hairstyles, it seems Mattel has caught on and created the most diverse lineup of Barbie and Ken dolls ever. They brought dark skin tones, cornrows and afros in the mix and even threw a hipster with a man-bun in there for good measure. Time and time again, many of us yearn to see ourselves represented in pop culture. With these new dolls, your children may now have Barbies and Kens that look like them.

The new diverse dolls made their world debut on “Good Morning America.”

The focus was on the diversity of the Ken doll, probably because… man-bun.

Having the man-bun as an option for a doll seems pretty cool, even if the style itself does seem a little played out by now.

The man-bun may be over the top, but I would definitely rock that shirt, though.

It wasn’t just Ken that got a make over, it was the whole crew.

Fine, maybe they look like a bunch of hipster millennials, but look around, we’re everywhere. And that fro is gorgeous.

Some Twitter users freaked out, but mostly in a good way.

It really does sound like a move in the right direction to introduce more representation in the brand. Blonde and blue-eyed doesn’t represent everyone.

All Barbie and Ken dolls have been reimagined with new body types, hair and skin color.

Word, a “Soul Train” line? That’s not, like, pushing it?

The folks at GQ made a video all about the new Ken dolls.

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It may feel a little too gimmicky — well, it probably is — but if black and brown children are going to play with these dolls, it’s good that they have a choice of getting something that at least feels like a representation of them. At the end of the day, we all want to be seen.


[H/T] GQ

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This Museum Only Fits Four People And It's Coming To Los Angeles

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This Museum Only Fits Four People And It’s Coming To Los Angeles

This is NuMu, Guatemala’s only museum of contemporary art.

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At 2.5 x 2 meters, NuMu — a.k.a. Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo — is also the world’s smallest contemporary museum. Open 24/7, and with free admission, the egg-shaped museum can only fit four people inside at one time.

NuMu is shaped like an egg because before it was a museum, it was owned by an egg vendor.

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The egg-shaped NuMu has been operational since its opening in 2012. Thanks to artists like Jessica Kairé and Stefan Benchoam, the NuMu has hosted many Latin American artist exhibits, curated public gatherings — including hosting community dinners — and it has provided the necessary tools for aspiring artists. The NuMu is more than a museum, it’s part of the culture.

This summer, a NuMu replica will take a road-trip from its home in Guatemala City to the LACMA in Los Angeles.


The replica of NuMu is schedule to visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art between September 2017 and February 2018.

Los Angeles’ large Guatemalan population makes it  the “quintessential endpoint for NuMu’s first international tour.”

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On their Kickstarter, NuMu explains why LACMA plays into their mission, saying:

“LACMA has gained a worldwide reputation for approaching the arts and cultures of every place and time period from new and innovative perspectives, opening doors to all kinds of cross-cultural projects and partnerships.”

But NuMu wants to make several stops on its way to Los Angeles, so it hatched a plan to make this dream come true: Kickstarter.

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In hopes of connecting with artistic communities between Guatemala and Los Angeles, NuMu would like to make a few pitstops. But the journey won’t be cheap, which is why they created their own Kickstarter to find backers who will fund it. Along the 3,000 mile journey, the small museum would like to stop in Comalapa, Guatemala, the Mexican cities of Oaxaca, Mexico City, and Guadalajara, and Joshua Tree, Calif., before finally arriving in Los Angeles.

According to NuMu’s Kickstarter, these stops will help create artistic awareness and foster relationships with artists.

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On NuMu’s Kickstarter, they wrote:

With your help, a replica of the egg-shaped museum will travel almost 3,000 miles over two weeks, visiting some of the most diverse and dynamic creative communities in Guatemala, Mexico, and Southern California. Along the way, NuMu will bring world-class art, exciting programs, and countless opportunities for creative dialogue. 

NuMu has until July 7th to fund this project on Kickstarter.

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So far only $22,000 has been pledged of the required $75,000, roughly 30 percent. As stated on its Kickstarter, the only way NuMu can make this trip is if it reaches its financial goal. NuMu only has until July 7th to find enough backers.

“Art can cross borders and reach people like never before, thanks to you.”

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If NuMu doesn’t receive enough donations, it will still make it’s U.S. debut at the LACMA in September.

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