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Barbie Launches "Shero" Collection Ahead Of International Women's Day

We're a long way from the first Barbie doll in 1959. 

We're a long way from the first Barbie doll in 1959. She was clad in a one-piece bathing suit, hugging a Jessica Rabbit hourglass figure–the desired body of the day, curated by a corset. Despite her perfect body, Barbie looked dissatisfied and carried a blasé bearing. The trends would change the next year and the year after that but the mission was always the same: represent the Western beauty standard of the day. Her clothes were different but her face never changed; the dolls that were supposed to represent all women were carbon copies.

Even when Mattel ventured to create the first black Barbie in 1980, there was no facial variety. That Barbie doll bore the same features as her counterparts, just with tan skin. Sold to children everywhere, these dolls left them aspiring to be the impossible. However, if Barbie today is any indication of media perception and evolution, things are certainly changing.

In honor of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, Mattel has released three dolls for their "Inspiring Women" collection. While the company hasn't said when, the dolls will be mass produced and sold in stores, HuffPost reports. If you were unable to get those Gabby Douglas and Ava DuVernay dolls, this might be your chance.

The collection includes the likes of Amelia Earhart, Katherine Johnson and Frida Kahlo. The women come from different walks of life and were selected due to their influence. Earhart was the first female pilot to soar across the Atlantic Ocean, Johnson was a NASA Mathematician, and Kahlo – who just had a street named after her – was a post-revolutionary feminist artist. This set of dolls have the variety that was once missing. While Kahlo's doll is not entirely representative of her, Johnson worked with Mattel to see to it that the doll looked like her.

In addition, Barbie's "Shero" line focuses on life fulfillment, career potential and equalizing. Lisa McKnight, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Barbie said on Tuesday, "As a brand that inspires the limitless potential in girls, Barbie will be honoring its largest line up of role models timed to International Women's Day, because we know that you can't be what you can't see." Outside of racial and regional representation across the board, the collection will appeal to a drive for achievement.

The Shero collection will honor 14 global, contemporary role models with dolls such as snowboarding champion Chloe Kim, boxing champion Nicola Adams and prima ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan. These dolls are not meant to be sold. But sometimes they end up on shelves — so look out.

Check out the latest additions here.

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Tory Lanez Sued For Alleged Attack In Miami Nightclub

Tory Lanez is facing legal trouble over an alleged altercation that went down inside Miami’s LIV nightclub last year. Christopher “Prince” Harty, an up-and-coming artist and Miami promoter who appeared on Love & Hip-Hop: Miami claims that Lanez attacked him last November.

The onetime reality star alleges that Lanez, along with his entourage and security team, punched and attacked him in the nightclub. According to reports, Prince claims to have suffered blunt force trauma to his head, neck, and chest, in addition to contusions, bruises and anxiety, as a result of the incident. He is suing for unspecified damages.

“They backed me into a corner, and once I was there, they started stomping on me, jumping me,” he recalled to NBC Miami.

He believes that the friction stemmed from an Instagram post about music. “They felt that I was insinuating that they stole the record from me, and I was just like, no, I would never do that, that was never my intention. I had no issue with him at all.”

A portion of the incident was captured on cellphone video. Prince stated that he knew Lanez prior to the run-in, and helped get him into clubs before.

His attorney, Marwan Porter of Porter Law Firm, called the violent incident “a chronic problem” with Lanez who is accused of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in July. The 28-year-old recording artist has yet to publicly address either incident.

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Cardi B Opens Up About Filing For Divorce From Offset

Cardi B took to Instagram Live on Friday (Sept. 18) to air out a few things about filing for divorce from Offset.

The Bronx rapper made it clear that she didn’t file for divorce as a publicity stunt to promote her upcoming album. “I’m not doing it for clout and on top of that I don’t need stunts to sell music,” she said. “I’m not [trying to] brag but don’t ever say I’m doing anything for clout. My first album is three-times platinum and I didn’t need no stunts to do that. My [“Wap”] single is no. 1 worldwide why would I need stunts to sell music? I don’t need stunts — [especially] when it comes to family — to sell anything, so don’t play yourself.”

As for the reason for the divorce filing, the estranged couple simply grew apart. “Nothing crazy out of this world happened, sometimes people really do grow apart. I been with this man for four years. I have a kid with this man, I have a household with this man…sometimes you’re just tired of the arguments and the build up. You get tired sometimes and before something happens, you leave.”

“I just wanna' be a free bird,” Cardi said after questioning whether people secretly want infidelity to be the reason for the split.

“I am the f**king clout,” she added. “I never needed anything. I never needed no stunts to sell sh*t.Why would I need anything to sell my next album?”

Speaking of the new album, Cardi has been indecisive about choosing her next single because “WAP” did so well. “That means that my second single has to be even better.”

Towards the end of her venting session, Cardi reiterated that she’s focusing on her work, and revealed that she's starting new business for her daughter Kulture.

 

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Barack Obama Announces Release Date For ‘A Promised Land’ Memoir

Following the mega-success of his wife’s Becoming release, Barack Obama is poised to debut his own memoir, A Promised Land, this fall. The former president made the literary announcement on Twitter on Thursday (Sept. 17).

“There’s no feeling like finishing a book and I’m proud of this one,” Obama tweeted while explaining that he tries to give an “honest account” of his presidency in the book. The release will also touch on “the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our division and make democracy work for everybody.”

There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one. In 'A Promised Land,' I try to provide an honest accounting of my presidency, the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our divisions and make democracy work for everybody. pic.twitter.com/T1QSZVDvOm

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2020

The highly anticipated and introspective release takes readers on a “compelling journey” and details Obama’s “improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.” Included in the memoir are striking personal details about his political education, as well as landmark moments from his first term presidency.

The Obamas secured the reported $60 million book deals around a year after ending their tenure in the White House. Michelle Obama’s book became the best-selling memoir in history.

A Promised Land is currently available for pre-order at Obamabook.com. The memoir will be released on Nov. 17.

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