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Black Barbie Film Screening

December 15, 2023 December 17, 2023

Garfield Theatre

$8 – $15

Black Barbie

See the film that chronicles the development, introduction and evolution of Black Barbie at Garfield Theatre on December 15 and 17.

Gather the girls of all ages (friends, family, associates, and church members) to see the film highlighting the brainpower behind the development and introduction of the first Black Barbie, which was 20 years in the making. Understand the inspiration for her fashion and the roles Lena Horne, Diana Ross, and Diahann Carol played in developing the first Black doll mass-produced by Mattel.

Take a trip down memory lane as the film reminds Black women when the only dolls available were white and the excitement of finally seeing Black dolls under the Christmas tree. The film also informs Black girls of the effort required to move the dream of Black Barbie forward and expand the product line to reflect the diversity within the Black culture.

Meet the small team of Black women who worked tirelessly to bring Black girls toys that looked like them and eventually turned many of these young consumers into collectors. Hear the pleas to redesign Black Barbie with African American features and learn why the doll was only available for sale in certain communities.

Explore the various iterations of the doll over the years, the special editions for holidays, anniversaries, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Centennial Celebration. See the latest collection of Black Barbies that highlight the various hues, hair textures, skin tones, figures, and apparel of Black girls today.

The film is 100 minutes long and will be followed by a post-film discussion. The discussion will feature a diverse array of community contributors.

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Tickets to Black Barbie

  • Adults $10 advance, $15 door
  • Students $8 advance, $12 door

Black Barbie Show Times

  • Friday, December 15, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 17, 4 p.m.

Garfield Theatre Venue Details


Three garages, eight surface lots, and nearly 100 meters surround the Garfield Theatre. View Garfield Parking Options.


The Garfield is ADA-accessible. ADA details and COVID-19 information are on the CWC Policies Page.

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