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The Biggest Black Doll Expo in Michigan

The Detroit Doll Show is an annual event held to showcase the works of black doll makers nationwide. The host of the event Sandra Epps believes that it is important for women and black children  to see themselves in the products they use. This helps them develop better cognitive, and self-help skills, including boosting their self-esteem.

For more information about the event click here

You can also check her blog here

Posted on November 2, 2015 and filed under Daughters, Fun Stuff, Useful Lists.

A List of Clubs & Organisations That Empower Black Girls.

Image beauty is something that afflicts millions of black girls. It is therefore important for there to be social groups that empower them to see their inner beauty and enable them to realize their full potential.

Bino and FIno has compiled a list of organizations that are empowering little black girls around the world.

Black Girls Code

Black Girls CODE is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching girls ages 7-17 about computer programming and digital technology.

Girl Effect

The Girl Effect Movement is an initiative  powered by the Nike Foundation in collaboration with the United Nation Foundation and other global partners. The Girl Effect movement has positively impacted the lives of millions of girls in countries such as Nigeria and Ethiopia. 

Pretty Brown Girl

Pretty Brown Girl! is an initiative that encourages girls and women to celebrate the shades of brown all over the world through the Pretty Brown Girl Club, products, and events.

Seed Community 

Seed is an organization that provides higher educational opportunities for girls and women from challenging economic backgrounds in developing countries through affordable loan programmes. 

Afro Puffs & Pony Tails 

An inspirational organization for African American/Black Girls to Learn and Grow

London Schools & The Black Child 

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Black Girls Rock

Black Doll Affairs

Radical Monarchs 

Assata's Daughters 

Brown Girl Magic

Queens Of Eminence

Pearls for Teen Girls 

My Little Princess

Project Butterfly New Orleans 

Jelani Girls

Girls; Live, Love, Laugh, 

Pearlettes- Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

Sigma Gamma Rho Rhoer Club

God's Gift 

Above & Beyond Initiative 

Posted on September 17, 2015 and filed under Mothers, Daughters.

A List of Inspiring African & Black Women

It is amazing what women can achieve in spite of the daily challenges that they face. Growing up we had very strong female role models to look up to who inspired us to do our best and aim high in life. 

Here is a list of African and Caribbean women who are doing amazing things that we find inspirational.

Naana Otoo-Oyortey MBE, Female Rights Campaigner 

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© The Evening Standard

Naana Otoo-Oyortey is the Executive Director of the Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development (FORWARD),an African Diaspora women’s support and campaign organisation working in the UK and Africa on female genital mutilation, child marriage and obstetric fistula. Naana has worked with government, NGOs on policies and programmes pertaining to gender based violence and sexual rights Naana was a founding member of the UK based Forum on Marriage and the Rights of Women and Girls.

Karen Blackett, Media Mogul

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© Grazia

Karen Blackett is the chief executive of MediaCom, the largest media agency in the UK. She is the first businesswoman to top the Blacklist Powerlist 2015, which celebrates the most influential people of African and African-Caribbean heritage in Britain. 

Chimamanda  Ngozi Adichie, Writer 

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© Commonwealth Foundation

Chimamanda Adichie is is renowned novelist from Nigeria. She has been heralded as one of the prominent writers from Africa that are succeeding in attraction a new generation of readers to African literature. Her work has been translated into 30 languages and has appeared in various publications.


Kakenya Ntaiya, Educator & Activist 

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Kakenya Ntiaya is a Kenyan educator, feminist and socialist activist.  She is one of Kenya's most outspoken advocates on education for young girls in her country. She is also the owner of as school that is helping more than 150 girls receive education.  

Leymah Gobwee, Peace Activist 

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© Nobel Womens Initiative

Leymah Gobwee is a Liberian peace activist responsible for leading a women's peace movement that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. Her efforts ushered in a period of peace which made it possible for Liberia to be the first African nation to have a female president. She was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for peace building and promoting women's rights. 

Misty Copeland , Ballerina 

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© Brad Trent Photography

Misty Copeland is a professional ballet dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, one of the three leading classical ballet companies in the US. She was named of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time. She recently became the first African American women to be promoted to principal dancer in the theatre's company 75-year history.

Irene Koki Mutungi, Pilot

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© African Leadership

Airline Captain Irene Koki Mutungi is a professional pilot for Kenyan Airways, the national airline of Kenya. She was the first female on the African continent to become certified as a Captain of the Boeing 787 "Dreamliner" aircraft. 

Adenike Ogunlesi, Entrepreneur 

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© Philip Trimnell Productions

Adenike Ogunlesi is the founder of Ruff n Tumble, a Nigerian clothing brand that specialises in children's apparel. Initially starting out from the boot of her car she has grown the business into nationwide company that has become a household name. 

Posted on September 17, 2015 and filed under Daughters, Mothers.

Natural Hair Care for Kids: A List of Blogs.

Natural Hair Kids 

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©Natural Hair Kids

Beads, Braids & Beyond 

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© Beads Braids & Beyond

Untrained Hair Mom

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© Untrained Hair Mom

Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care 

© Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care

© Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care

Kids With Curlz

© Kids With Curlz

© Kids With Curlz

Natural Hair Care for Kids 

© Natural Hair Care for Kids

© Natural Hair Care for Kids

Zayd's Natural Kids

Zayd's Natural Kids 

Zayd's Natural Kids 

Naturally Curly 

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© Naturally Curly


Naptural Roots 

New Growth Hair 

Naturally Happy Hair

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© Naturally Happy Hair

Four Natural Girls 

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Great Articles:’s-hair-summer

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Jessica Pettway 


Brown Girls Hair 

Posted on September 14, 2015 and filed under Daughters, Mothers, Useful Lists.

The Biggest Natural Hair Event in The Netherlands

Make it a date this Sunday with the Natural Hair Club NL, as they once again organize the biggest natural hair event in The Netherlands, 'Locked & Loose'. There will be tutorials, workshops and a market too :) 

For further information on booking you can check out their website here

Don't miss it! 

Posted on September 12, 2015 and filed under Daughters, Mothers, News.

10 Cool Brands For Kids With Kinky & Curly Hair

Taking Care of and maintaining naturally curly and kinky hair can be a chore. To help you out we've put together a list of good products of some brands to help style, strengthen and keep your little ones hair looking luxurious and  well nourished. 

Posted on August 24, 2015 and filed under Useful Lists, Mothers, Daughters, Education.

A Super List of Children's Books That Celebrate Black Girls

Here at Bino and Fino, we are always on the look out for things that will help nurture young minds.  Finding children's books for kids that have a black girl as the protagonist or the main character can be tricky. This is because of the fact that there is very little visibility of black & brown kids in the world of children's books.  This is changing with campaigns such as We Need Diverse Books calling for more diversity in children's books

Below is a list of children books that we love and feel celebrate the beauty & uniqueness of black girls.

Big Hair Don't Care


Sunne's Gift: How She Overcame Bullying To Reclaim God's Gift 

Princess Cupcake Jones

Love Your Curls 

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© The Real

The Tooth Fairy

Jupiter Strong & The Hairy Hippos

Happy Hair Girls 

Princess Vinnea & The Gulavores 

Meet ClaraBelle Blue

I Am Mixed 

I'm Proud To Be Natural Me

TuTu Goes Green

The Nestling Quilt 

I'm A Pretty Little Black Girl! 

Girl of Mine 

Beautifully Made: Abby's First Pageant! 

Cricket's Curls

If you like any of these books and are looking for similar titles check out Tutu's Storybook's. They specialize in selling a wide variety of Pan African children's books that celebrate black heritage & diversity for early readers. 



Yaa Traps Death in  A Basket 

A Dance to Remember 

Honey Dew's Carnival Fever

Maggie Sinclair, Will You Please Fix Your Hair?!

Princess Me: Every Girl Can Be A Little Princess 

Posted on August 7, 2015 and filed under Books, Children's Books, Daughters, Education, Fun Stuff.

7 Iconic African Women That Kids Should Know

From a general position African women have culturally been seen as the weaker gender in most African societies. However, there are many examples of women in Africa who have shaped history and have left their mark for future generations to aspire to.

Here is a list we've complied of African women whose legacy we feel every child should know.

Professor Wangari Maathai 

Prof Wangari Maathai was an environmental activist credited for founding the Green Belt Movement. a non -governmental organization focused on planting trees, environmental conversation and women's rights in Kenya. In 2004, she became the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace prize for her contributions to sustainable development and democracy. 

Miriam Makeba 

Known throughout the world as 'Mama Africa' in the sixties, Miriam Makeba was both a musical and political force. She publicly denounced the Apartheid Government in South Africa, using her celebrity platform to shine the international spotlight on the regime. As South Africa's apartheid system crumbled she returned home for the first time in the 1990. She continued performing in international concerts up to her death in 2008. 

Yaa Asantewaa

Yaa Asantewa was the Queen mother of the Ejisu of the Ashanti Kingdom - now part of Modern day Ghana. In the 1900s she led the Ashanti rebellion against British Colonialism. The speech she gave to the traditional chiefs inspired the chiefs and soldiers to fight against the British for the release of King Prempeh who had been captured by the British. She is revered as a symbol of nationhood.

Nkosazana Flamini - Zuma

Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini – Zuma is a South African politician and anti – apartheid activist. She was South Africa’s Minister of Health from 1994 to 199, under Nelson Mandela, then Minister of Foreign Affairs from 17 June 199 to 10 May 2009, under President Thabo Mbeki.

In 2012, Dlamini- Zuma was elected by the African union Commission as its chairperson, making her the first woman to lead the organisation. 

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf 

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the the current President of Liberia, in office since 2006. She served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert from 1979 until the 1980 coup after which she left Liberia. She won the 2005 presidential election and took office on 16 January, 2006 and was successfully won a second term as president in 2011. Sirleaf is the first elected female head of state in Africa.

Queen Amina of Zazzau 

Queen Amina was a Hausa Warrior Queen from the 16th Century who ruled over the Kingdom of Zazzau (Zaria) in what is now North-Central Nigeria.  She is credited for building the strong earthen walls around the city, which was the prototype of the fortifications used in all Hausa states. As queen she made Zazzau the center of trade and extended her influence across Hausaland.

Juliana Rotich 


Juliana Rotich co-founded a software platform called, where citizens can report post-election violence and have them mapped out via Google Maps.

She is also the founder of iHub, an innovation hub for other like-minded technologists, and Mobisoko, a mobile app marketplace. As if all that wasn’t enough, Juliana is also a TED Senior Fellow and was named among The Guardian’s 100 Top Women, and serves on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Information Communications Technology.

Queen Nzinga of Angola 

Queen Nzinga of Angola was a 17th century queen of the Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms of the Mbundu people in South-western Africa which is now Angola. She fought for the independence of Angola from the Portuguese. Today she is remembered in Angola for her political acumen and brilliant military tactics.  A major street in Luanda is named after her, and a statute of her was placed in 2002. Angolan women are often married near the statute. 

Posted on August 5, 2015 and filed under African Culture, Daughters, Education.