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Black-Owned Toy Start-Up (Purpose Toys) Unveiled New Naturalistas Pixie Puff Collection

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Purpose Toys recently announced their new forthcoming Tightly-Coiled Natural-Hair Fashion Doll line, Pixie Puff Collection, a celebration of short and chic natural hair styles, this past National CROWN Day on their Instagram @MyNaturalistas.

PHILADELPHIA /PRNewswire/ — Purpose Toys, one of the largest Black-owned toy start-ups, announced their new forthcoming Tightly-Coiled Natural-Hair Fashion Doll line, Pixie Puff Collection, a celebration of short and chic natural hair styles, this past National CROWN Day on Instagram @MyNaturalistas.

CROWN Day is holiday that celebrates the first signing of the CROWN Act into legislation in California, on July 3, 2019. The CROWN Act is legislation aimed to outlaw Natural-Hair discrimination in schools and the workplace.

Naturalistas is a line of ultra-glam, contemporary Natural Hair Fashion Dolls, created to celebrate children with coily, curly and naturally textured hair. With the announcement of the Pixie Puff Collection, the Naturalistas brand continues to grow by bringing the first culture-driven fashion doll line that centers around and celebrates children with coily “4-textured” hair, one of the most common hair types found across the African American community. Working with Just Play and Kidfinity Inc. (a Just Play affiliate company), the line will be sold and distributed by Purpose Toys at Walmart beginning in September 2022.

“Whereas there is an over-representation of long straight hair and long loose curls across the Black doll category, the reality is that many African American children actually have gorgeous tightly coiled hair,” said Purpose Toys CEO, DeeDee Wright-Ward. “From the standpoint of authentically representing distinctively Black characteristics, most doll products marketed to Black children don’t often reflect their beautiful pixie coils, which can inadvertently send a message that hair that looks like theirs isn’t equally valued…no matter the intent of the manufacturer.”

“A Celebration of Short Hair and Chic Style,” Pixie Puff dolls (SRP $12.97) are the beautiful girl-next-door addition to glamour-driven core Naturalistas product. The Pixie Puff Collection features characters Peety and Penny – both of whom come with beautiful cropped (coily) “4C” textured hairstyles, varying custom skin tones, modern contemporary fashions, and character profiles that speak to their pride and commitment to their healthy, unique natural tresses.

Lisa Whitaker, Co-President of Kidfinity states, “We are honored to support DeeDee and Purpose Toys on a brand that is centered on delivering accurate representation through beautiful dolls that will uplift and celebrate children everywhere.”

With legislation, such as the CROWN Act in place to protect against Natural Hair discrimination in schools and in the workplace, Naturalistas and the Pixie Puff Collection hope to do their small part in supporting the self-esteem and confidence of children who may face contrasting messaging at a young age about their perfect coils.

DeeDee adds, “Our tagline across all Naturalistas brands is ‘Be Proud of Your Crown,’ and on National Crown Day and always, we will continue to support the healthy emotional development of children who wear their Natural Hair through our nuanced, culture-driven product. It goes without saying that Purpose Toys is grateful for the support of Just Play and Walmart in bringing celebratory, uplifting ‘dolls-of-culture’ to toy aisles.”

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About Purpose Toys

“A Supportive Community of Black Founders”, Purpose Toys’ mission is to partner with and uplift burgeoning toy entrepreneurs, by providing the infrastructure and resources necessary to succeed. Additionally, their mission is to also provide authentic “Product with a Purpose,” that perfectly aligns with the modern Black experience which we hope to deliver with contemporary brands, Naturalistas and “Pixie Puff Collection.” Purpose Toys’ products will be available coming Fall 2022 across the U.S. For more information, please email Marketing@MyNaturalistas.com or visit MyNaturalistas.com and follow social channels @mynaturalistas via InstagramTikTok, and YouTube.

About Just Play, LLC

Just Play is a passionate toy company and global leader across a broad range of children’s consumer goods including figures, playsets, dolls, plush, role-play and dress-up. They create unique and innovative proprietary lines, as well as award-winning products based on popular children’s entertainment brands with best-in-class licensing partners. Just Play was founded by two toy industry veterans, Charlie Emby and Geoffrey Greenberg, in 2010 and has risen to a top 10 toy company according to NPD for the past 5 years. To learn more about Just Play’s products, please visit www.justplayproducts.com or follow the company on Instagram (@JustPlayProducts) or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/JustPlay).

About Kidfinity Inc

Kidfinity is a new company formed by industry veterans Lisa Whitaker, Darryl Wizenberg and Tolly Wizenberg. Kidfinity is closely aligned with Just Play and works together with its team to create new and innovative toys and consumer products outside of traditional toy lines.

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A Milestone in Prostate Cancer Research: The Inspiring Success of the RESPOND Study

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In a monumental stride toward understanding and combating prostate cancer disparities, the RESPOND study has achieved a landmark victory by recruiting the largest cohort of African American men for prostate cancer research. This comes at a time when the need for such studies is more critical than ever, particularly given the disproportionate impact prostate cancer has on African American men.

Chasing Better Outcomes Amidst Challenges

Statistics reveal daunting disparities: African American men suffer from higher rates of prostate cancer with earlier onset and twice the mortality rate compared to other racial groups. Spearheaded by Dr. Christopher Haiman, a genetic epidemiologist at the University of Southern California (USC), the RESPOND study (Research on Prostate Cancer in Men of African Ancestry: Defining the Roles of Genetics, Tumor Markers, and Social Stress) has made remarkable strides in recruiting over 12,600 volunteers, far surpassing its initial goals.

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Dr. Christopher Haiman, a genetic epidemiologist at the University of Southern California, is the RESPOND study’s principal investigator.

This success didn’t come easy, especially as the study’s recruitment phase coincided with the dual upheavals of the COVID-19 pandemic and a national reckoning with racial injustice under the Black Lives Matter movement. Nevertheless, the determination and innovative approaches employed by the RESPOND team, including using sophisticated tools like genome-wide genotyping and next-generation sequencing, have not only kept the study on track but also enriched its potential outcomes.

Understanding the Layers: From Genetics to Social Stress

The broad, holistic design of RESPOND allows examination of various factors potentially contributing to the stark disparities seen in prostate cancer outcomes among African American men. Dr. Haiman pointed out the use of geospatial information systems (GIS) to scrutinize the impact of environmental and social stresses on these men. Also, the study is delving into the roles of structural factors such as residential redlining, which historically denied essential services and opportunities based on racial composition of neighborhoods, thus potentially contributing to health disparities.

The Power of Collaboration and Community Engagement

The success of RESPOND owes much to Dr. Ann Hamilton, who co-leads the recruitment efforts drawing from her extensive background in epidemiological studies. Their team’s strategy involved direct engagement with the community, highlighting not only the immediate benefits of participation but also the long-term impacts for future generations. Collaborations with advocacy groups and leveraging community trust were also key to addressing and overcoming the skepticism often associated with participation in medical research among African American communities.

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University of Southern California epidemiologist and the RESPOND’s recruitment lead, Dr. Ann Hamilton, with Mr. Freddie Muse, Jr., a men’s health advocate, at a prostate health event in Los Angeles.

The Road Ahead: Data Analysis and Future Research

As RESPond shifts from recruitment to data analysis, the possibilities are promising. Dr. Haiman envisions a series of future studies that could look into treatment types and their effects on survival rates, the use of AI in detecting tumor signatures, and genetic and lifestyle factors contributing to prostate cancer risks among African American men.

Each step forward not only brings us closer to understanding the complex interplay of factors contributing to cancer disparities but also underscores the crucial need for tailored medical research that respects and responds to the unique needs of diverse populations.

A Beacon of Hope

RESPOND stands as a beacon of hope, not just for those battling prostate and other forms of cancers but for the medical research community at large. It exemplifies how perseverance, innovation, and community engagement can come together to pave the way for groundbreaking advancements in health and medicine.

The thorough engagement of over 12,600 African American men in this significant study not only marks a historic achievement but also sets the stage for profound impacts on public health policies and future research methodologies. Through their dedication, the RESPOND team is creating a legacy that will benefit many generations to come, truly embodying the ethos of doing ‘what is needed for future generations’.

A Moment of Reflection

As we move forward, it is crucial to reflect on the lessons learned from the RESPOND study – lessons about resilience, the power of community, and the imperative to continually bridge gaps in healthcare disparities. The journey of RESPOND is far from over, but its impacts will resonate for years to, shaping the contours of minority health research and policy.

The journey towards equitable health outcomes continues, and thanks to initiatives like RESPOND, we are another step closer to a future where health disparities are no longer a barrier to living long, healthy lives.


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For further details on the RESPOND study and to support this critical research, please visit RESPOND Study Website. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of millions.

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Amtrak’s Borealis Route: Turning a Profit in Record Time

Amtrak’s Borealis route between St. Paul and Chicago turns a profit in just 11 days, setting a new standard for state-supported lines.

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Borealis route

In a recent article published by Newsweek, it was reported that Amtrak’s new Borealis route between St. Paul and Chicago achieved a remarkable feat by turning a profit in just 11 days of operation. This achievement is particularly significant as it is one of the few state-supported lines within Amtrak’s network to do so.

The Borealis route managed to generate $600,000 in operating revenue during the month of May, while keeping operating expenses at $500,000. This resulted in a notable operating profit of $100,000 within a very short timeframe. The route, which officially launched on May 21, served a total of 6,600 passengers during its initial days of operation.

This success story highlights the potential for profitability and sustainability within the realm of rail transportation, showcasing the demand for efficient and reliable intercity travel options. The rapid profitability of the Borealis route not only reflects well on Amtrak’s strategic expansion efforts but also underscores the importance of investing in and improving public transportation infrastructure.

As Amtrak continues to innovate and adapt to changing travel demands, the success of the Borealis route serves as a testament to the viability of rail travel as a competitive and lucrative mode of transportation. The positive reception and financial performance of this new route signal a promising future for Amtrak and the broader landscape of rail transportation in the United States.

For further insights and comments on this remarkable achievement, Newsweek has reached out to Amtrak for additional information. Stay tuned for updates on this groundbreaking development in the world of rail travel.

Read the article in Newsweek titled New US Rail Route Makes Profit in Less Than Two Weeks. The piece dives into the remarkable success story of a newly inaugurated rail route that has managed to break even and move into profitability in a surprisingly short span. It explores the factors contributing to this rapid financial turnaround, such as the strategic planning, advanced technology implemented, high passenger demand, and efficiency in operations. Additionally, the article provides insights from industry experts and passengers, shedding light on the broader implications for the future of rail transportation in the United States. For an in-depth understanding, visit https://www.newsweek.com/new-us-rail-route-makes-profit-less-two-weeks-1922298.


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Setting the Record Straight: Philip B. Downing’s Legacy in Postal History

Discover the unsung hero, Philip B. Downing, an inventor who transformed mail security with his anti-tampering mailbox design, patented in 1891. His innovations still impact us today.

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In the world of inventions and innovations, recognition often eludes unsung heroes whose contributions shape our daily lives. One such hero, Philip B. Downing, an African American inventor, made a significant impact on the postal system with his innovative version of the U.S. postal mailbox. Though often overlooked, Downing’s inventions have left a lasting legacy on the way we handle and protect our mail. Let’s take a closer look at his life and achievements, while addressing misconceptions surrounding other names in the history of the street mailbox.

The Life and Inventions of Philip B. Downing:

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1857, Philip B. Downing faced numerous challenges and societal barriers as an African American inventor in the late 19th century. However, his determination and ingenuity propelled him forward.


While Downing is best known for his contribution to the development of the street railway switch, his impact on the postal system is equally significant. In 1891, he patented his version of the U.S. postal mailbox, incorporating an anti-tampering feature. This innovative design protected mail from the elements and tampering, ensuring its safe delivery. Downing’s other patents included an envelope moistener and a user-friendly desktop notepad.

The Legacy of Philip B. Downing:

Despite his notable inventions and their impact on the postal system during his time, Philip B. Downing’s name has been overshadowed by other inventors who were involved in the development of the mailbox. However, it is essential to recognize the contributions of all parties while ensuring historical accuracy.

Addressing Misconceptions:

Some mentions have been made of individuals such as JH VanDoran, but the evidence for their involvement in the development of the mailbox is scarce or nonexistent. On the other hand, the Van Dorn Iron Works Company of Cleveland, Ohio, played a crucial role in manufacturing collection boxes for the Post Office Department. It is worth acknowledging the contributions of all involved parties while setting the record straight.

Philip B. Downing’s contributions as an inventor serve as an inspiring example of resilience and determination. His revolutionary designs in the postal system not only enhanced efficiency but also ensured the security of mail delivery. Downing’s remarkable achievements, often overshadowed by others, deserve recognition and remembrance. As we celebrate Moments in History, it is important to shine a light on the overlooked heroes like Philip B. Downing, whose work shapes our world today. Let us honor their legacies as we continue to aspire, innovate, and shape the future.

Sources:

National Postal Museum

“Vanishing Americana: Lamp Post Letter Boxes” by James H. Bruns and Michael J. Lilly.


Philip B. Downing – United States Patent Office

https://patents.google.com/patent/US462093A/en


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_B._Downing

https://face2faceafrica.com/article/philip-downing-invented-the-modern-day-letterbox

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