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Everything About American Girl Doll Makena Williams

Makena Williams is one of three American Girl dolls in the new AG doll line World By Us. This post is all about Makena!

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According to the World By Us press release, Makena loves art and her close-knit family, with ties tracing back to Kenya, but her real passion is fashion, which she uses to express her views. After experiencing a racist incident in her own front yard, Makena uses her style to speak up about injustice.


The Makena doll has a new face mold, dark skin, black hair, and brown eyes.


An expert that especially helped with Makena's story is Dr. Deborah Rivas-Drake. She is a professor of psychology and education at the University of Michigan, who studies how teens navigate issues of race, ethnicity, racism, and xenophobia.

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Makena's accessory set comes with a jacket, a notebook, and a purse. It costs $35.


Now, let's talk about Makena's story! I've copied and pasted from the description too many times, but the story is about Makena's first days back at school after the pandemic and how she deals with the racism she faces, both hurtful assumptions about being Black and a racist incident she deals with in her front yard.


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Makena's name is pronounced ma-KAY-na. She loves art, cooking, riding her book, but especially fashion. Her favorite colors are purple and glitter.


She goes to Aspire Academy Middle School in Washington D.C and her birthday is on August 25, 2008.

Her mom is named Chandra, her dad is named Tony, and she has an 11-year-old sister named Amari.


Makena is Kenyan and has two friends at school, Adeline and Najee.

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The Makena: See Me, Hear Me, Know Me book begins with Makena school shopping for seventh grade with her Aunt Belinda, also known as Auntie Bling.


Do you like Makena? I think her story seems super cool and important. It might take a while for me to get used to her face mold, but I like the face mold. It's just the fact that it's a new face.

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I love the book and my doll. I wish there was a boy doll, Najee.

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That's very interesting that Makena is Kenyan because I just started working on a book with a Kenyan main character, where the book is also set. Her name is Alytheia and she's seven years old.

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Yay, it's time for my 2 cents :) BTW this is Mom talking.

First the face mold - Love it! It reminds me of the Kendall wellie wisher mold. I love the wellie wisher faces, and the only reason we don't have those in our collection is because the body is hard plastic and not stuffed. We also loved the Nanea mold when she was released, and she also reminds me of Camille. Her mold does have a younger more innocent look than maybe some people would expect from a 13 year old, but I like that they are keeping the girls young so that even if someone doesn't like a particular story they aren't stuck with a doll that…


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Admin
Admin
Sep 24, 2021
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Doll rambling is cool! I personally think the dolls had to be older because it would just be sad if 9 year olds had to deal with racism and immigration issues. I decided to get Makena for myself today and am adding the other 2 dolls in the line to my Christmas list!

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I like her a lot! Her meet outfit is AMAZING.

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I'm not sure why people don't like Makena. I think her face mold is cute and adorable and love her clothes! Especially the pink outfit. The butterfly clips and the braids are awesome too! Kind of reminds me of better days back in the 2000's when I was a young child...

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ok bestie
ok bestie
Sep 24, 2021
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it takes a bit to get used to a new face mold for some people. everyone was hating on nanea when she came out, and now pretty much everyone loves her

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