Once upon a time, video hoes ruled the media airwaves. They were a plentiful bunch that would do ANYTHING for a buck. They’d shake it, wobble it, and act very strange…but only for a small piece of change. They should have known that they wouldn’t get far! For Disney has set sail a ship into uncharted waters…a Black princess.That’s right! Black females finally have a princess to call our own. Her name is Maddy, and she is The Frog Princess.
Disney has commenced production on a new project, The Frog Princess.The “musical fairy tale” takes place in New Orleans’ French Quarter, and is long overdue! The storyline has not yet been released, but I don’t need a plot to know that this could be just what little Black girls are missing.
There are several benefits to this new picture. It is the first time in years that a Disney film will be completely hand drawn. I can appreciate them returning to the original form of the art of cartooning. The New Orleans setting is a plus too. Bringing The Big Easy back from out of sight could only help the partially rebuilt city.
Disney didn’t wait a moment too soon either. At a time when Black children are choosing White dolls to play with over Black dolls, we badly need a positive image to cling to. As a young girl, I watched and enjoyed Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty.
However, my subconscious would not allow me to attach myself to any of them. That’s another story, though! I did, at one point in 1995, adopt Pocahontas as my own, but as a freshman in High School, I was unquestionably too old to be a princess. It is VITAL for a young Black girl to have positive images at an early age. Without a princess, one might find a Black girl hating herself, hating other Black women (guilty as charged), or even shaking it fast in a video! And we all know that a girl like that wouldn’t get far.
Look out for Maddy, The Frog Princess! She is scheduled to make history in 2009.
Brennen Jones is the leading founder and publisher of TheUrbanTwist.com, a leading entertainment and media blog. He is also the founder of P.S. Web Pros, which is a web design and internet marketing company. He's also TheUrbanTwist.com's resident filmmaker and has produced and directed several short films under his Kitt HoRizon Films imprint and he's produced and have worked on video productions and commercials for various government agencies. He plans to turn The Urban Twist into a media haven so stay tuned. Brennen currently lives in Baltimore, MD. So be my friend on Facebook and Follow me on Twitter!