We’re trying so hard to make racism du passé and stop the whitewashing, we just had to dig at the very source of things: education.
Disney felt it coming so it was only natural that they propose a story to the wide audience in high demand of something more relevant for the current skin reality: The Princess and The Frog features a Black Princess character: Tiana. (the story continues after the jump! Don’t miss the trailer and the gallery with pictures from the upcoming Disney The Princess and the Frog!)
Disney‘s Princess Tiana is black. Then there’s the wise of the story – Mama Odie – she’s black too. There’s also a trumpet singing Alligator named Louie (Armstrong, anyone?). Princess Tiana lives in New Orleans, in the Jazz Age and she’ll hit the big screen around Christmas, this year (2009). Tiana’s voice is Anika Noni Rose, Tiana’s mother’s voice is Oprah. Have to ask, though, why Tiana’s firefly is toothless? She’s surely not at that teething age so why does Disney have to bring that out?
We might as well ask ourselves why Black Princess were left so far behind (Alladin’s Jasmine was born in 1992, Pocahontas in 1995 and Mulan in 1998). Imagine if there was no President Obama this year!