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Barbie Made An Ava DuVernay Doll. It's Not For Sale, But It Should Be.

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 04.24.2015 | Black Voices

Barbie just got a whole lot more badass. Mattel announced Friday that the company is honoring six female "Sheroes" with one-of-a-kind dolls create...

Happy Birthday, Barbie!

Christopher Byrne | Posted 03.05.2015 | Style
Christopher Byrne

On March 9, Barbie turns 56, and while the brand has come under a lot of criticism over the years, this is a wonderful time to take a step back and really celebrate her many positive contribution to the lives of girls everywhere.

Introducing Director Barbie: Ready for Her Close-Up?

Ursula Burton | Posted 04.12.2015 | Women
Ursula Burton

We want children to grow up in a world where possibilities are many, where there are more options for them, and certainly playing with Director Barbie is going to give children an expectation that this job is open to both sexes. But children are sponges who absorb cultural cues.

Move Over, Barbie: In Nigeria, Kids Embrace Dolls That Represent Them

HuffPost Brazil | Gabriela Bazzo | Posted 02.09.2015 | Black Voices

Barbies or Queens of Africa? In Nigeria, toy giant Mattel has been outsold by a brilliant idea. It all began in 2007, when entrepreneur Taofick Oko...

Mattel Needs to Redefine Its Business; So Don't Hire a Toy Chief Executive

Gene Del Vecchio | Posted 04.01.2015 | Business
Gene Del Vecchio

Mattel has plenty of stellar executives. But as the company searches for its new leader from outside or within its walls, it needs to select the one who has entertainment, franchise development, and storytelling expertise in his or her DNA, and who can infuse the same at all levels and in all discussions.

Mattel CEO Resigns Amid Barbie Struggles

AP | By TOM MURPHY | Posted 03.28.2015 | Business

Mattel Chairman and CEO Bryan Stockton has resigned after the struggling maker of Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars reported fourth-quarter results tha...

2014: The Year We Confronted the Meeting Menace

Renee Cullinan | Posted 03.02.2015 | Business
Renee Cullinan

We have met the enemy and it is us. The secret is out - we're wasting hundreds of hours and millions of dollars in pointless meetings across organizations both big and small.

Did Boring Business Meetings Kill Barbie?

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 12.24.2014 | Business

While Barbie was busy becoming a tech entrepreneur, the company that makes her was mired in old-school business bureaucracy. Mattel Inc., which ow...

The Brand Idea: From Unity, Strength

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 01.25.2015 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

Carefully crafted ideas -- and adherence to the ABCs of brand building -- must remain our lighthouse. As brand pioneers, we must explore the shoals of a new digital landscape. But let's not become stranded by algorithmic trendiness. Timeless can be new.

Kevin Short

Mattel Apologizes For Depicting Barbie As An Incompetent Computer Engineer

HuffingtonPost.com | Kevin Short | Posted 11.21.2014 | Business

Barbie is sorry. In a posting on Mattel's Barbie Facebook page Wednesday, the iconic doll apologized for a 2010 children's book that portrays her fail...

Barbie Sales Are Seriously Tanking

AP | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Mattel's got girl problems and her name is Barbie. Sales of the iconic doll continue to slide and a surprising drop in sales of its ...

Barbie Doll Utters Curse Word, Mom Alleges

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 09.16.2014 | Weird News

Barbie is known for her blonde hair and fashion sense, but she might get a reputation for a foul mouth. Talina Woods, 25, from Wales, recently pur...

We Need a Hero: Bill O'Dowd of Dolphin Films Talks Mattel's Max Steel

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 10.15.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

All we really need to do is watch a teenager playing a video game -- trance-like and oblivious to the world around them -- to know that entertainment, in every way shape or form, can change the way we think and act. Personally, I found the deepest meaning of this concept last summer, while visiting a filmmaker for a piece I was writing on him.

Betting On Teens In Wearable Tech

Carrie Yury | Posted 09.30.2014 | Technology
Carrie Yury

Tapping into and extending imagination, and engaging social behavior, wearable technology for teens could have a huge impact on the teen-focused gaming and entertainment industries.

Is Entrepreneur Barbie The Doll We Have Been Waiting For?

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents

Barbie has been a lot of things in her 50-year history: a fashion model, an astronaut and an "American Idol" winner. Now, she is an entrepreneur. ...

The Cannes Diaries: Ending on a High Note with Jimmy's Hall

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.24.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Cannes was full of unusual discussions and strange happenings.

'The Cannes Diaries': A Pre-Festival, Last-Minute Checklist

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.11.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

If you're looking for reviews, there are brilliant men and women out there who do it all beautifully. But if you're looking for highlights, fun tidbits and a slightly different way of looking at the grandest film festival in the world, you're in the right place.

Barbie Is Dying And Bringing Mattel Along With Her

Reuters | Posted 06.17.2014 | Business

* First-qtr net loss $0.03/share vs $0.11 profit year earlier * First-qtr adjusted profit $0.01/share vs est. $0.09 * S...

Building Our Future: Top Toys That Empower Young Girls

Laurie Schacht | Posted 05.20.2014 | Parents
Laurie Schacht

Toys help kids discover who they are and introduce the choices they can make at a young age. This year, girl empowerment is a big trend. While I thought there were a lot of toy companies making it happen for girls, there's really just a handful -- but it's a handful that will make a difference.

Yagana Shah

This Is Why Barbie Is The Hottest 55-Year-Old On The Planet

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 03.10.2014 | Fifty

Happy Birthday, Barbie! The world's most famous doll turns 55 today and she's looking fab, without even the tiniest hint of plastic surgery! (We could...

Create and Style: New Toys Allow Kids to Customize the Fun

Laurie Schacht | Posted 05.07.2014 | Parents
Laurie Schacht

When they are little, kids just want to be with us, hold our hands, cuddle, and play. They do grow up fast though, and before you know it, they are turning 6 (give or take a few years), and suddenly they need to express themselves and show their independent style.

'Normal Barbie' Could Soon Be A Reality

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 03.05.2014 | Women

After we saw what a "normal" Barbie might look like, we were itching to get our hands on some and distribute them to little girls everywhere. Thank...

Emerging Markets, Consumer Insight and Business Strategy

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.04.2014 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

Emerging market consumers exist in environments in which institutions designed to protect the economic and political interests of individuals are relatively immature.

Mattel Uses Barbie to Titillate Adult Male Sports Fans

Nancy Hogshead-Makar | Posted 04.30.2014 | Women
Nancy Hogshead-Makar

Mixing young girlhood and sexuality and selling it to male sports fans is ... just creepy.

When Barbie Meets Real World

Ko Im | Posted 04.26.2014 | Women
Ko Im

Mattel stirred controversy because Barbie got a photo shoot and spread in the latest swimsuit issue for Sports Illustrated. (Who wouldn't want to change places with her or a tan, globe-trekking supermodel for a day?!)