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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!

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Black Girls Rock! and VH1 Soul Panel at Essence Festival

Posted in Community, Entertainment, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2008 by Noli
Photo Courtesy of Black Girls Rock!

Photo Courtesy of Black Girls Rock!

Black Girls Rock! and VH1 Soul put on the “Talkin’ Loud and Sayin’ Nothing” panel, which dealt with misogyny in Black music, at the Essence Festival this past weekend in New Orleans.   The panel was hosted by DJ Beverly Bond, who is one of the founders of Black Girls Rock!, and moderated by CNN’s Lola Ogunnaike.  Panelists included Michaela Angela Davis, Estelle, Bryan Michael Cox, and Lyfe Jennings, among others. Black Girls Rock!  is a non profit that focuses on youth empowerment and mentorship for young Black girls.  Check them out at www.blackgirlsrock.org.