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Where Have You Been?

Where have you been? That’s probably what you’ve been wondering over this past year. It has been a wild ride, but I’ve learned many lessons along the way. I’ve shared with some of you that my previous manufacturer let me down and I never received my doll Aaliyah as a result. However, last Fall with the amazing support I decided to start all over again with a new manufacturer and I was determined to get my doll by any means possible.     So began a new plan wit...

October 08, 2018
Flora Ekpe-Idang
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Where Are We Now!?

Here at Corage Dolls, our mission is for girls of color everywhere to be represented in the doll industry, but if you've followed us long enough then you would know sometimes the ride can get bumpy! As owner and CEO of Corage Dolls, Flora Ekpe-Idang unapologetically shares her ups and downs as transparency and relatability are key in order to stay connected to our audience and drive our mission home. Today, we will examine the current state of the company, address just how far we've come, and ...

February 14, 2018
Flora Ekpe-Idang
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Subject To Change

As a child, the back to school season came with a mixture of emotions. I used to get so simultaneously nervous and excited that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to jump for joy or faint! Fast forward to the present, and I am now a parent dealing with those same emotions in the form of my children… Talk about nostalgia! I find myself reaching out to my mom and asking her how she made it through the old days. Was she as concerned for me as I am for my kids? Times have definitely changed betw...

September 29, 2017
Flora Ekpe-Idang
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Let's Talk About "The Talk"

Let's Talk About "The Talk" In the recent P&G commercial titled “The Talk”, the short ad discusses first time conversations with children about racism and discrimination. The commercial shows various moms throughout U.S. history talking to their son or daughter about how to survive and respond to the inevitable biases they’ll face. The commercial is part of P&G’s ongoing My Black Is Beautiful campaign which now has had a 10-year run. Check out the commercial be...

July 29, 2017
Flora Ekpe-Idang
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Bringing A Doll To Life

 Property of Corage Dolls Bringing A Doll To Life By Flora Ekpe-Idang Aaliyah is an intuitive 8-year-old Chicagoan that has a knack for creating solutions to problems that face her community and is an entrepreneur in the making. Aaliyah is also the first doll of our Corage Dolls Crew line. We’re so close to getting the final doll ready for you and in the meantime we want to take you down memory lane and show you the transformation of Aaliyah till now. Remember, stay up to date on t...

July 11, 2017
Flora Ekpe-Idang
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Black Girls Perceived "Less Innocent" By Adults

Black Girls Perceived Less Innocent by Adults  By Flora Ekpe-Idang   In a recent study by Georgetown University’s Law Center on Poverty and Inequality titled “Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood”, the research suggests that perceived views of black girls ties to “adultification”. This means that black girls are viewed as being older than white girls their age and black girls need less protection and support than their whi...

July 03, 2017
Flora Ekpe-Idang
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5 Young Black Entrepreneurs That Rock

By Flora Ekpe-Idang When there’s talk about successful entrepreneurs in the media often times it’s about adults that have the largest teams, built a growing ecosystem of great profitability, or dominate the market in what they do. Plus, if the media features these stories and they include a person of color that’s a rarity. However, there has been a growing trend and support for young entrepreneurs that even while in elementary school are creating businesses that are making c...

June 25, 2017
Flora Ekpe-Idang
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Journey to The Need for Representation

As you may or may not know, it's been awhile since I've shared my last post regarding Corage Dolls. Much has been happening behind the scenes and it’s been one heck of a ride in the process. However, I want to take a step back and introduce you to the person behind the doll…me. My name is Flora Ekpe-Idang, Founder & CEO of Corage Dolls. Corage Dolls wasn’t something that just popped into my head one day, but instead, it’s been a part of me since high school. Whi...

June 20, 2017
Flora Ekpe-Idang
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Taboo: Mental Health in Women of Color

New Years Day. A day for getting rid of the old such as old habits, bad relationships, weight loss failures, that boring job and instead ringing in the new. As excited as I was about this new year, it was also the day that I learned that an amazing girl I knew in college committed suicide. No, we weren't the closest of friends, but we were colleagues nonetheless. We participated in our school's gospel choir for years as we sang songs of praise, redemption, and perseverance and when I was a resid...

April 20, 2017
Flora Ekpe-Idang
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Why Representation Will Matter in 2017

As I sit at my computer on Christmas Day while others are either sleeping or very giddy as their opening their many exciting presents, I can't help but think back on the crazy year that we've had; especially if you represent a marginalized group. This year has ranged from the most memorable moments such as Beyonce oozing with #BlackGirlMagic at the Super Bowl, Leo DiCaprio FINALLY winning an Oscar, Colin Kaepernick's kneel to injustice, the Cubs breaking a curse, everything Hamilton, Solange ste...

April 20, 2017
Flora Ekpe-Idang
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