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Our First Black Disney Princess!

Posted in Entertainment, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2008 by Noli

Disney is producing a new animated musical feature film entitled “The Princess and the Frog” which will star our first Black American Disney princess named Princess Tiana!  Scheduled for release in December of 2009, the movie will take place in the 1920’s in New Orleans and will feature the jazz community as a backdrop.  Anika Noni Rose will be the voice of Princess Tiana, but Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keyes, and Tyra Banks were also considered for the role.

You know this didn’t go down without some drama…word on the street is that Princess Tiana was initially named “Maddy” and was a chambermaid…which you KNOW is not the typical job for a Disney princess.  After that got out, Disney had to make some changes.  Tiana still sounds stereotypically Black to me…but I love it!

Star Spangled Banner or Lift Every Voice?

Posted in Community, Entertainment, Music, Politics, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2008 by Noli

Jazz singer Rene Marie was asked to perform the National Anthem, or Star Spangled Banner, at Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper’s Annual State of the City Address. She didn’t sing the Star Spangled Banner, though…Miss Rene Marie sang the words of the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice, to the tune of the Star Spangled Banner!  The crowd was stunned, and when asked why she sang Lift Every Voice, she said that she wanted to show how she felt as a Black woman in America.  Supposedly, she had not forewarned anyone in advance that she was going to change the words.  I’m all for artistic expression, and think that she was definitely expressing herself in an artistic way by doing this.  I saw the tape on the news and it was a beautiful rendition of Lift Every Voice.  I just hope that this doesn’t turn into a “Black folks think they are uppity now that Obama is the nominee and if we elect him they are going to be uncontollable” moment.  I like it when we go buck, but I don’t want Obama to lose votes because the masses get scared of a potential slave uprising.  [Colorado 9 News]