Pamela Holley-Bright staff writer of the Carolina Peacemaker paper has published today an interesting article about The Princess And The Frog. Here what she says:
Well, it’s about time! Seventy-two years and eight princess movies later, Disney will finally introduce its first Black princess—Princess Tiana—to moviegoers in the animated feature film, The Princess and the Frog.
Even though I was trés ecstatic to read about Disney’s first, maybe even their only, Black princess, I couldn’t help but to ask myself, “What in the h-e-double hockey sticks took them so long?”
Snow White, Disney’s first princess, was introduced in 1937. I’m not as white as snow and when I was little I wanted someone who looked like me to be a Disney princess. But, the only Disney dolls I had to play with were Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Cinderella, Belle (Beauty and the Beast) and Ariel (The Little Mermaid). Notice anything? Yes, all of the Disney dolls that I had to play with were White. Minority princesses, Princess Jasmine (Aladdin), Pocahontas and Mulan came later. But, I was too old to play with dolls at that point. Plus, they didn’t even look like me. Maybe Disney was counting on The Lion King to ease Black Disney movie lovers since the movie was set in Africa.
I have to admit, I begged Mom and Dad to buy me all of the Disney goodies that a girl could wish for. I loved watching Princess Jasmine and Aladdin sing to the tunes of “A Whole New World” while flying on a magic carpet and I loved seeing Ariel trade in her fins for human legs so she could waltz around with Prince Eric. And whenever Mom took me to the mall, I refused to leave without visiting the Disney Store. I hardly ever came out empty handed. Looking back, I hate that I supported a company that ignored little Black girls like me until now. Even though I’m happy that Disney is finally releasing a movie about a Black princess, I really feel like protesting by not buying a movie ticket because it took them so long to do it. Or is the saying “Better late than never” a good enough excuse in this instance?
The Princess and the Frog is scheduled to be released later in the year during the holiday season. Anika Noni Rose, best known for her role in Dreamgirls, will play Princess Tiana. Terrence Howard, Jenifer Lewis and Oprah Winfrey are also cast members. A toy line will also be released.
Now that Princess Tiana will make her debut later this year, maybe I’ll decorate my cubicle with Princess Tiana dolls and posters to make up for the time that I dreamed of decorating my bedroom with Black princess memorabilia. Having my dad constantly tell me that I was his princess wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to actually see a Black princess. Maybe this holiday season, little Black girls everywhere can learn from Disney that they, too, are princesses. Snow White and Cinderella aren’t the only ones allowed to live happily ever after.
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