Disney’s Princess Tiana: The Girl Every Little Black Girl Has Been Waiting For
Walt Disney Animation Studios presents the musical THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, an animated comedy set in the great city of New Orleans. From the creators of “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana (ANIKA NONI ROSE), a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.
10 Years ago when I created Multiple Shades of You Online, I so desperately wanted to fill the void within many young black girls in need of positive self-images. On the surface, it often seems like the conversations about black girls stop at our hair, our curves, and our sass, but there is so much more underneath. At the core of every black woman, from ages 2 to 92, there is a little girl dreaming to be a princess. For so long we’ve been limited to ‘holding white dolls’ and ‘seeing white images’ longing to be that girl with the Bluest Eyes, which is why this new emphasis on positive images for young black girls and boys is so long overdue. Princess Tiana, Disney’s 1st African American Princess, is going to play an integral part in transforming the lives of little black girls across American and around the world.
Beyond the fact that every and any family can enjoy watching The Princess and the Frog, I feel like now every black parent can now say “Yes, this is a princess for my princess.” Prior to the movies creation I personally put together a feature on Mahogany Momma entitled ‘Black Princesses and Positive Images for Black Girls.’ At the time, I had received several emails from black mothers searching for books, movies and even African American Princess party favors, so I felt this was a much needed project for me to take on. In my youth it meant a lot to see Brandy casted in the remake of Cinderella, but I don’t think anything can compare to Princess Tiana because her story will be the first animated main stream Black Princess story we all will know and love.
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PRETTY, PRETTY PRINCESS: A sprinkle of pixie dust and a little help from the fairy godmother is all it takes for little princesses to feel like the newest Disney princess, Princess Tiana, at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Nine-year-old Orlando resident Danica Escaño recently enjoyed a regal makeover session with a fancy updo, sparkling makeup and nails. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is located at World of Disney at Downtown Disney and also at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Young fans will have a chance to meet Princess Tiana face-to-face during meet and greets and watch her perform in the lively new show "TIANA's SHOWBOAT JUBILEE," staged three times daily at the Magic Kingdom.
During my Disney trip I had the pleasure of meeting Bruce Smith, the supervising animator for 'The Princess and the Frog.' Bruce is the creator of the Proud Family and he's worked on projects like the animated classic 'Bebe's Kids'. I personally have written quite about Black Comic strips and cartoons so meeting Bruce, a successful black animator, was truly an amazing experience. If you have teens who love to draw, I believe Bruce is apart of Disney's Dreamers Academy, which is a program by Disney and Steve Harvey for youth in urban communities.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
LaShanda Henry is a full time work at home mom who enjoys teaching other women entrepreneurs how to work the web! She is the creator of Sistasense.com and WorkandWebWomen.com online resource guides for beginner entrepreneurs. She also created the BlackMomsClub.com a Social Network for Black Mothers and Parents for Black Children.