Tuesday, August 14, 2012

African American Kid's TV Characters- Representing with More Soul

In March of 2010 I created a post, “TV Kid’s Characters Represent with Soul,” which has been one of my most popular posts over time. I shared a little background of some of my favorite African American kids TV characters. This included Orange Blossom of the Strawberry Shortcake crew; Iridessa, one of Tinker Bell’s fairy friends; spelling extraordinaire Princess Presto of Super Why; and super smart and musical Quincy of the Little Einsteins.

Well, I am happy to update my list with two new African American kids TV characters that have also helped to bring a little soul to my children’s TV time.

Doc McStuffins
Doc McStuffins Disney Junior
Dottie, Doc McStuffins
Doc McStuffins, star of her very own Disney Junior TV show, has got to be the crown jewel of our soul TV stars. Crowned by many (including myself) as an inspiring role model for our African American children, Dottie McStuffins aspires to be a physician, like her mom and plays doctor to her dolls and toys.  She smart, kind and sweet… who doesn’t just love her! The show premiered on March 23rd and is set to run its second series in 2013. We don’t own any Doc McStuffins merchandise, but I do have my eye on the sparkly doctor’s bag playset. Maybe Santa is reading this blog and we’ll find one under our Christmas tree.


Goby of the Bubble Guppies
Goby, of the Bubble Guppies,  is a cute guppy (half fish half boy) with a short blue afro. He’s known for his great imagination and is known as the “make-believer.” Though only 6, Goby has a love interest, Deema. His favorite color is green and he likes to collect rocks.  

While my kids spend more time in front of the TV than I’d like, it’s good to know while they are watching, they are seeing themselves represented on the animated screen.

1 comment:

  1. How sad it it that this list is so short. We should be doing much better. I'm a teacher, and I'm doing my research now to find more options for my 5 year old boy. I didn't have this much trouble 12 years ago, when my daughter was this age. Programming has gotten better for adult TV, but much worse for Black preschoolers and teens. Latino and Asians have STRONG representation on the air right now, but we seem to be invisible, or in a supporting role. I don't like it.


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