“To have children know there is someone else out there that loves me, other than my parents, and think I’m beautiful, that’s Zoe’s heart,” Mindingall said.Cultural appreciation and self-awareness is Zoe’s way of promoting love.Zoe learned the important lesson of giving from her mother, who every year at Christmas asked Zoe to give away one of her favorite toys to someone less fortunate.FOR MORE INFORMATION:Zoe’s Dollshttp://zoesdolls.comCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A savvy South Florida girl teamed up with Hasbro to promote self love on Valentine’s Day and celebrate Black History Month by giving away popular dolls.The toy company is helping dozens of young South Florida girls feel the love this holiday by handing out Zoe’s Dolls just in time for Valentine’s Day and Black History Month.Ten-year-old Zoe Terry, the CEO of Zoe’s Dolls, is behind the giveaway. “I thought dolls would be a great way to show your image is beautiful,” she said.Zoe, alongside Hasbro, will donate 150 Baby Alive Dolls to girls in Pre-K and first grade at three Miami public schools, Tuesday.“She’s letting them know that they are beautiful, regardless of skin tone and of course, self love,” said Miami school board member Dorothy Bendross Mindingall.7News caught up with Zoe at Olinda Elementary in Miami where she explained why she chose Valentine’s Day to share her message. “I was bullied when I was 5 years old, so I wanted to let little brown girls known that their image is beautiful and don’t let anyone tell you your image is not beautiful,” she said. “Dolls bring girls happiness, and Valentine’s Day is about happiness and loving, and they love their dolls.”Zoe, who said she’s not an entrepreneur, but a “girl pre-nuer,” has been giving away dolls on Valentine’s Day for the past five years.
Talkeetna’s first Pride parade makes its way down Main Street. (Photo by Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna)What began as an idea between two friends turned into a LGBTQ+ Pride event that drew hundreds of people on Sunday.Listen nowTalkeetna’s first Pride parade brought in a larger crowd than expected this weekend, with an estimated 300 participants. As people gathered in the village park sporting colorful outfits, face paint, and rainbow flags, Daphne Doall LaChores, a drag queen and entertainer from Anchorage, took to the microphone:“Good afternoon. Welcome, ladies and gentlemen to Talkeetna, Alaska! How’s everybody doing today? We want to welcome you to the first ever Pride parade—Pride extravaganza—here. How many people are gay today? It’s Pride Day in Talkeetna. Everybody’s gay, isn’t that right?”The event began as an idea between two local teens, Celeste Harrell and Lillian Rust. Harrell said the concept began with a single conversation and a schedule conflict.“About two weeks ago—a little less than that actually—her and I were just hanging out. She had wanted me to come to the Anchorage parade, but I had work,” Harrell said. “So she was like, ‘Hey, maybe we can have something Sunday,’ and I was like, ‘Sure, I have that day off.’ That’s how this endeavor happened.”Initially, Harrell and Rust expected around 70 people. Word spread quickly about the Pride event on social media, however. The end result was a significant local turnout alongside many who drove from Anchorage or elsewhere in the Mat-Su to participate.One of the people who made the drive is RJ Johnson, who grew up in Talkeetna, but now lives in Anchorage. Johnson is used to being on the planning end of Pride events. He said seeing his hometown celebrate in the very park where he played growing up is special.“This is amazing. You know, in Anchorage I’ve always been part of a committee or part of planning for everything,” Johnson said. “For out here, being the first one, this is what Pride is all about, people coming together and celebrating.”After about an hour of mingling, the parade began. As they made the customary two laps of Main Street, parade participants were greeted with waves and cheers from spectators. For a short while, Talkeetna’s bustling summer activity stopped as rainbow flags, signs, and chants filled the street.After the parade, the celebration continued in the village park. Lillian Rust said she is grateful for everyone who supported Talkeetna’s first Pride parade.“It turned out better than I even anticipated,” Rust said. “It was a lot less stressful and nerve-wracking than I even thought. Just getting started was all that it took. Really, the support from everyone is what really got it rolling.”While no official plans are being made yet, many who attended Talkeetna’s first Pride celebration say they hope it’s not the last.