You Can't Stop Spirit
Dating back to the last decade of the 19th Century, the emergence of the Baby Dolls is deeply controversial. Some women associate the tradition with prostitution and the need to create networks of protection and community. For others, the Baby Dolls grew from a tradition of distinguished and highly respected women. In a broad sense, masking culture is an alternative social space where people can express themselves through activities that are normally considered socially unacceptable. Mardi Gras is the only day where social rank is abolished and everyone is equal. Against the backdrop of Carnival, Black women experience a new freedom; one in which they are able to embrace nontraditional behaviors and practices without fear of critique.
The Baby Dolls fearlessly pull a thread throughout time to reclaim culture, tradition and freedom while challenging society’s perception on how Black women are to act and exist in the world
CameraCalvin Blue Jr.