America’s Favorite Ethnic Doll Brand, Kenya® is Back Celebrating 25 Years

Making History with Her New Celebrity Friends. WNBA Star Aerial Powers and Singing Sensation Keyondra Lockett

Kenya® has found a new home with SmartZone (HK) and has brought along two of her celebrity friends. The Kenya® doll brand has been one of Americas favorite ethnic doll brands and a staple in the African American community for 25 years.  Kenya® has empowered moms for years and now their daughters can play with her and her new friends too.  Kenya® has powered up with WNBA star player, Aerial Powers on the “I can do it team” as Kenya® cheers Aerial on with positive messages that inspire young girls. New on the Teen Scene™ is Kenya’s friend singing sensation, Keyondra Lockett who helps Kenya® as they face new encounters of Junior High School.  Together they overcome daily challenges on the Teen-Scene™.

SmartZone is excited to celebrate the silver anniversary of Kenya® this year.  Women who grew up playing with Kenya® as kids are now able to share their Kenya® stories with their daughters who are now able to enjoy playing with their Kenya® dolls. Kenya® has been a trusted brand name with kids of color, helping them to utilize their own creative imagination with a doll that shares their color and likeness.

At SmartZone, we are all about providing kids creative ways to positively express themselves with toys and dolls kids can relate to. The Kenya® doll brand also includes her fun lovable friends, Korina, Kenzy, Kiana, and baby Keyara. Kenya and friends are on a mission to visit schools, conduct community events and make in-store appearances to share the message of growing up proud.

In 2017 Kenya® Introduces her new Gold-N-Glitzy® doll line.  Kenya® and Friends was created to provide girls of color with a toy that reflects their appearance (both skin tone and features) and can be used as a tool to instill self-esteem.

Kenya’s new friends, Aerial Powers and Keyondra Lockett will hit retail stores in 2017.  The Kenya® Doll brand will be available for purchase mid-September at the following retailers, RiteAID, CVS, Cracker Barrel, Burlington coat factory, Seventh Ave, Toys R US Express, HEB, and Variety Wholesalers.

About Kenya®

Kenya® came on the scene in 1992 to provide ethnic girls with a doll that reflect their color and features.  The Kenya® brand encourages and helps build the self-worth and self-esteem of young girls of color through positive messages, creating familiar hairstyles and fun fashionable outfits.  Kenya® has expanded her brand by adding a few friends of diversity Korina, Kenzy, Kiana, and Keyara.  Kenya’s new friends teach young girls the importance of growing up proud; learning how to build one another up and have fun in the process. 

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About Aerial Powers

Aerial Powers is a Forward playing with the WNBA Dallas Wings. During the 2016 WNBA Draft, the Dallas Wings selected Powers in the first round.  Recruited by the Michigan State University Spartans, Powers has also played as a member of the 2015 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games team that captured the gold medal with a perfect 6-0 record at the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea. Powers was named to the USA Basketball Women’s Select Team 2016.  Aerial Powers is currently the only player in the WNBA to ink a doll licensing deal.

About Keyondra Lockett

Keyondra Lockett is a soulful inspirational artist with a Fervor for Kingdom building. The Shreveport native has a one-in-a-million voice and a star-powered personality that lights up the world.  Keyondra is one of the original members of the gospel group Ziel and shares the accomplishment of being named two-time Stellar Award Nominee.  Keyondra has shared the stage with artists such as Yolanda Adams, Karen Clark, Kierra Sheard, The Clark Sisters, Livre, Tye Tribbett, Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, The Walls Group, Alexis Spight and many more.  Keyondra is the first ever gospel/inspirational artist to ink a doll-licensing deal.

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For marketing or media, contact: Shereese Slate at

For sales, contact: Leo Hoffman VP Marketing and Sales, SmartZone (HK) at or 516-785-0846

For licensing, contact: Ruth Golden-Morace: Kidzart Inc.

For more information about Kenya And Friends, please visit the website at

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