Disney’s first black princess has a Brazilian prince


Disney unveiled the cartoon image and the doll of their new black princess about a month ago. Tiana, the cartoon “princess”, works as a waitress, and then she kisses a frog and then she becomes a frog… then there’s a swamp and a voodoo curse, and maybe she becomes a princess and her frog friend becomes a prince, something like that. But all hell is breaking loose!

Amongst the issues: Tiana’s hair (straight), her original name (at first is was Maddie, but that drew “slave name” complaints) and one of the biggest issues – Disney’s first black princess doesn’t have a corresponding black prince! The prince is being voiced by a Brazilian actor, and the cartoon image (and description) of the prince as “neither white nor black, but portrayed with olive skin, dark hair and, need we state the obvious, a strong chin. The actor who plays him, Bruno Campos, hails from Brazil”.

Long ago and far away, she was an unnamed little princess in a little story called the “The Frog Prince.” She and her amphibious friend lived in a very small, mostly forgotten corner of the fairy tale universe.

Many years passed.

And then one day, through the magical powers of Disney animation and commercial marketing, the forgotten little princess was transformed into Tiana, a beautiful black princess from New Orleans. She became the star of “The Princess and the Frog,” a movie set to premiere in November. Her doll and toy set were unveiled last month, and the Disney promotional machine is already humming, for Tiana is the first Disney princess in more than a decade, and the first ever to be black.

[While] Disney has brought us nonwhite princesses before (see “Mulan,” “Pocahontas”), Tiana is a first. The implied message of Tiana, that black American girls can be as elegant as Snow White herself, is a milestone in the national imagery, according to a range of scholars and cultural historians.

Her appearance this holiday season, coming on the heels of Michelle Obama’s emergence as the nation’s first lady, the Obama girls in the White House and the first line of Barbie dolls modeled on black women (“So in Style” debuts this summer), will crown an extraordinary year of visibility for African American women.

But fairy tales and folklore are the stories that cultures tell their children about the world around them, and considering Disney’s pervasive influence with (and marketing to) young girls, Princess Tiana might well become the symbol of a culture-changing standard of feminine beauty.

On its most basic level, “The Princess and the Frog” is a vintage Disney princess fairy tale, in hand-drawn (2-D) animation, a Broadway-style musical. It draws inspiration from an 18th-century fairy tale from the British Isles, and “The Frog Princess,” a 2002 teen novel from Maryland writer E.D. Baker. Disney transferred the story to 1920s New Orleans and changed her name, race and almost everything else.

In the Disney version, Tiana is a young waitress and talented chef who dreams, like her father, of owning her own restaurant. She eventually kisses a frog and is transformed into one. She must journey into the dark bayou to get a magical cure from a good voodoo queen. She is aided by a goofy firefly and a trumpet-playing alligator. The frog turns out to be handsome Prince Naveen, from the far-off and fictional land of Maldonia.

The stills released by the studio show Tiana in full princess regalia: a powder-blue gown, tiara and hair in an elegant upsweep.

Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose voices Tiana. Other parts are played by Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman, Terrence Howard and Keith David. The music is by Oscar winner (and New Orleans veteran) Randy Newman. It is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the same team behind “Aladdin” and “The Little Mermaid.”

[Disney stresses] Tiana will be one of the “strongest” Disney heroines yet. The criticisms the film got over the character’s name in early drafts (“Maddy,” short for Madeline, was perceived by some to sound like a “slave name”) were only hiccups on the way to a finished product, he says, noting that one of his most popular creations, Buzz Lightyear in “Toy Story,” was named “Tempest” at one point.

The message that Tiana learns in the film — Disney characters always learn something by movie’s end — is that balance is important in life. Jazz Age woman that she is, Tiana needs both love and a career to find happiness.

Tarshia Stanley, a professor of English at Spelman College in Atlanta who often writes and teaches about portrayals of black women in film, says that the character’s hair — straight and pulled back in early images released by the studio — seems to be the appropriate, middle-of-the-road bet, too.

“They might as well make it straight so little girls can comb it when the doll comes out,” she notes, wryly. “We as African American women haven’t fully dealt with how sensitive the subject of our hair can be, so I certainly wouldn’t expect Disney to know what to do with [that issue].”

(Prince Naveen, for the record, is neither white nor black, but portrayed with olive skin, dark hair and, need we state the obvious, a strong chin. The actor who plays him, Bruno Campos, hails from Brazil.)

[From The Washington Post]

I don’t really mind that Disney’s first black princess doesn’t have a corresponding black prince, but I do wonder why Disney did that. Would it have been so weird or strange to have a frog turn into a black prince? Voiced by an African-American actor? Why didn’t it occur to anyone at Disney to change the story? Originally, the rumor was that the prince would be totally white, not even a whiff of “olive skin”, so obviously changes were made at some point.

You know what’s weird? No one is raising a ruckus about the voodoo. That really surprises me. The conservative Christian community might raise a stink about that, considering they had issues with the magic in Harry Potter movies and books. Or is voodoo acceptable? Doubt it.

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  1. Annie says:

    I like that he’s not African American himself.

    Why? Because I think the goal here is to result in a world where color of your skin doesn’t mean jack. You can date and love whomever you choose.

    On a side note: I <3 Mulan but I hated that she was portrayed as little Miss Kung Fu and stuff. A definitely not as regal as Tiana is here.

    I’m excited about Tiana and it took damn long enough.

  2. Annicka says:

    I hate that people are raising such a big stink over this, as if Disney movies are based on real life. Christ, it’s a fairy tale. Get over it.

  3. Annie says:

    They influence how children think. Impressionable little things.

    Example? My little sister, when she was 5 lamented over her lack of blonde hair and proceeded to yell at my mom and go “I can’t be a princess if I’m not blonde!!”

    I had to sit her down and explain to her that brunette is beautiful.

    She’s fine now and loves her hair and all that jazz, but come on.

  4. notprfect says:

    Sigh… If the prince was black, people would complain. If the prince was white, people would complain. If he was Asian, they’d complain. If he was… wait! I think I see a pattern here…

  5. grisgris says:

    I don’t see anything wrong in the Prince not being African American. My daughter is being raised in a diverse and multicultural family and so are many of her friends. I think it is a positive to have images out there that don’t pair people off in matching sets.

    I think the film sounds cute. I was obsessed with Snow White when I was a tot and wanted to gow up to be her. So naturally my own daughter would rather play with a ball or a car!

  6. Rio says:

    I have no objection to him not being African-American…I have an objection that he looks like a smarmy douche! Seriously, is that not a “Helloooooo, ladies” look on his face, or what?
    Her dress is lovely. His flowery belt-buckle, however…

  7. HashBrowns says:

    Meh…it doesn’t really matter. People would have problems with this film regardless of whether or not the prince was white/black/whatever.

    And I’m not sure what she’s talking about with Tiana’s hair being straight in the character stills. I understand her hair being “straight” for the dolls, but every image I’ve seen of Tiana has a kind of “puff ball” of hair like I did when I was a kid.

    Edit: LOL Rio!!! He totally has that smarmy douche look. Hee hee. He’s like a mix of Eric and Gaston.

  8. becca says:

    The controversy seriously ticks me off. People complain about nothing these days. I know Disney has had a history of racism and anti-semitism because of its creator, but C’MON!!

    Besides, I agree with Rio and HashBrown. Naveen’s stance reminds me waaaaaay too much of Gaston. And the hair is pure Eric, lol

  9. lena says:

    Well as black woman, I can agree with what she has to say about black women and hair. We as a whole are caught up in the more “acceptable” look, long straight hair so on and so forth and this is why I made the decision to go natural.

    As far as the prince goes, I can see both positives and negatives of not having a black prince. I like that it’s a interracial relationship because they do exist and are common (i date whoever i want to)…HOWEVER it would’ve been nice to see the representation of a black prince…africa for one has lots of black princesses and princes and Disney could’ve taken that route, but then it would probably be seen as “black” film if all of the characters are black and not make as much money.

    and the prince’s name is Naveen, which makes me believe he is Indian

  10. jess says:

    im not sure how true this is, but i was told by a guy from nigeria (part of my extended family is based there) that true african hair is straight and coarse and that the curls come from other races being bred in.

    either way…she is a gorgeous princess and i like her dress.

    also like the interracial dating aspect.

  11. truth-SF says:

    Well, I have a problem with them not having a black prince. If you think about it, they had a white prince for a white princess (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White), an arab prince for an arab princess (Aladdin), an asian love intrest for ‘Mulan’, And yet they couldn’t create a black love intrest for this movie?? And let me not get started on the voodoo, as if that’s all black pppl are about, when every other Disney movie took you back in time, to where their Kingdoms existed, A Black story can only start in New Orlean, with voodoo??! bullshit!!!

  12. Wench. says:

    Oh, awesome. My three year old niece is called Tianna. Albeit with two n’s, I’m going to have her christmas and birthday presents sorted for the next few years.

  13. CrazyMary says:

    Rio – thanks for that. I almost pissed myself. LOL! Smarmy douche indeed!

  14. lauren says:

    what wrong with this, what your issue celebitchy?

  15. lena says:

    truth-sf, i have to politely disagree with you on the vodoo aspect. Vodoo can be “evil” and “good” and New Orleans has the whole folklore behind that…it’s kinda known for it and it’s not the first time disney has done something like this…pokahontas (who was potrayed with a white guy as her love interest) had the whole native american spiritual things with rocks, rivers, forrest animals, just listen to colors of the wind…mulan had the whole temple spirits aspects to guide her, and aladdin had the whole genie aspect…disney works off of stereotypes and folklores of different cultures… if you weren’t outraged when they did this (correct me if i’m wrong)then you really can’t justify the argument. Just my opinion, but i do partially agree with you about the prince not being black.

  16. Maritza says:

    I think it was long overdue, there should’ve been a black princess long time ago.

  17. Annie says:

    Interracial relationships FTW!

  18. KateNonymous says:

    Tons of Disney films have magic in them. The only “Christian” thing about a “fairy godmother” is the word “godmother.” You certainly never see any of them in church. I wonder how much of an issue the voodoo is really going to be. Interesting to see.

    And I’m loving Anika Noni Rose in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency!

  19. skldfj says:

    i agree with annie. but i think it probably would have been better if they had a black prince. also i wonder if they are trying to squeeze in two new disney royalty races in 1 movie, since they have not had a latino princess yet.

  20. grisgris says:

    I keep thinking the header reads ‘Disney’s first black princess has a brazilian”…now THAT would piss me off!

  21. bree says:

    as a new orleanian, i’m just gonna say he’s creole and be done parsing the other possible meanings.

  22. Kaiser says:

    I’m not mad at you girls for not reading the whole WaPo article, it was long, but just for the record: Prince Naveen, is from “the far-off and fictional land of Maldonia” – the character isn’t Creole or black or Indian, he’s from a fictional “olive-skinned” country.

    The actor who voices the character is Brazilian, so I suspect the Prince will have a Brazilian accent – The guy is Bruno Campos, better known as that total freak/hot guy/serial killer on the second season of Nip/Tuck.

  23. dancingnancie81 says:

    honestly? quit griping! Slave name? News to me! Wouldn’t have known had it not been pointed out to me. I wouldn’t have given a black princess a second thought. She’s pretty, she’s a princess. Just be happy you’ve got a more appropriate heroine for your 10 year old to replace Beyonce.

    And enough with the jabs at Walt Disney. The man is dead, and left behind an amazing legacy complete with jobs and vacation destinations. Ya wanna gripe about an anti-semite, go google Hitler.

  24. Laine says:

    Ummmmm Annie, no offence to your sister, but Belle, Snow White, Jasmine, Pocahontas, and Ariel were not blonde and they were just as much a Princess as Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.

    Your sister must have gotten her squewed view of a princess from someone other than Disney.

    PS to everyone, it’s not Disney’s job to educate your children, if you are unhappy wiht their portrayals of people then DON’T LET YOUR KIDS WATCH IT.
    You’re the parent, make your own parenting choices.

    I for one am very excited for this film and think it was loooong over due…not so excited about the Prince – he really DOES look smarmy! – I would have liked to have seen an African representation of a pince, but you can’t win them all.
    On the bright side, I’m sure the Brazilians are thrilled. 🙂

  25. Sauronsarmy says:

    Is Brazilian a new term for “gay”?

  26. Frenchie says:

    No, no, just for shemale.

  27. Giz says:

    Well, certain aspects of Disney audiences will be staying away in droves. As far as I’m concerned it’s a great idea of having this character. Am I bothered by the Brazilan prince heck no! It at least show that others can find a black woman attractive, especially since certain segments of the black community don’t! The clincher is that she is dark skinned, I’m especially pleased by that!

    Post racial America? Pa-leez!

  28. texasmom says:

    Since my kids are biracial I PERSONALLY like the mixed couple. But us mixed families have Barack Obama as a role model, which will last a good long while.

    Not having a black prince available is a drag, because that was a great chance to have a good role model Unless, of course, he turned out to be as smarmy as this one looks to be, in which case …close call, male black role models!

    P.S. We’ve been totally reading her hair as an afro-puff.

  29. texasmom says:

    P.P.S. my kids just swung by the monitor and say that the prince is UGLEEEE and they credit his dopey smile and hair. They added that they think ALL Disney princes are pretty lame, regardless of race or creed, which is an interesting observation. The princes ARE always way less interesting than the princesses, and you sure never meet them at the theme parks!

  30. cherryblossom says:

    She’s not royal born, nor is the guy she falls for in the movie.
    Sorry, but that drives me nuts.

    I love that there’s a multiracial couple in a disney film…it’s very modern.

  31. Blah Girls says:

    I think it’s a great idea that she has a different prince, i wonder who will do her voice!

  32. leigh says:

    i agree with many of the people here that i actually kind of appreciate that the prince isn’t also African American. it’s nice to see a representation of the world that is more diverse and integrated than we’re used to seeing in disney fare. plus i can’t seem to recall a major Latino disney character either, so that’s progress as well. there are many communities that do not have adequate self-representations in the media.

    but my main concern was that she looks exactly like any white princess, just with a different skin tone. i guess maybe the hair does play a large role in that. but seriously, change her colouring and she’s belle from beauty and the beast. i’m not even sure if this is vaguely racist or if i just find the animation terribly boring. i guess the same could be said for most of the princesses, but i always thought they did a half-way decent job with the characters in Pocahontas, Aladdin, Mulan… maybe i was just younger and didn’t pay as close attention? hopefully it’ll all come together better in action. i certainly don’t want the character to be a caricature or stereotype by any means, but i tend to believe there’s more than just skin colour that makes it more difficult for young African American girls to identify with sleeping beauty et al.

    and i am definitely getting the smarm vibe off of mr. prince. you guys are right, very Gaston.

  33. HashBrowns says:

    Whoa whoa whoa, Texasmom. Eric was pretty damn hot as was Aladdin and Shang from Mulan and John Smith (I know they weren’t Princes, let’s call them “male leads”). 😛

    My fave though was Prince Philip. He was hot, had a great voice and sang opera..yummy.

    The two old school princes were throwaways, the literal “Prince” (his name was just Prince) in Snow White and Cinderella’s prince, Prince Charming (not kidding, that is his “name”). Then we got the Beast as human Prince who looked very…Gallic. But I think the modern princes were quite handsome. Of course, I’m a Disney nut so my opinion is decidedly skewed 😛

  34. I’ve accepted the fact a long time ago that Disney is going to piss me off no matter what.

    The part of the story I’m most irked at though, is the whole “voodoo” concept. I guess I’d have to see it in context, but isn’t it a little racially insensitive to have a black lead succumb to “voodoo”?

    And it isn’t at all transparent that the first Black Disney Princess is introduced months after the first Black President took office. Nope. Not at all transparent. Seriously, have they no shame?

  35. Rio says:

    “And it isn’t at all transparent that the first Black Disney Princess is introduced months after the first Black President took office. Nope. Not at all transparent. Seriously, have they no shame?”

    As I recall, she was actually introduced quite awhile ago, at the very least early last year. 2-D animation takes a LONG time to produce, generally 2-3 years, so it’s not as if Disney “jumped on the bandwagon” so to speak.
    I’m glad other people are picking up on the smarmy factor, lol! The guy looks like every idiot who’s ever tried to pick me up in a bar. I’ll admit I’ve never been a Disney fanatic, even when I was little– as a socially inept book nerd I could identify somewhat with Belle, but Mulan was the only Disney heroine I ever really liked. What can say? I’m a born non-romantic!

  36. lilred says:

    Here’s the way I see it. When children watch this move all they will see are a princess and a prince, It’s a fairy tale. As adults I think we tend to over analyze the story a bit too much.

  37. Analisa says:

    It worries me that whenever someone brings up a racial concern, the automatic assumption is that they are being “sensative”. Even if that were the case, what is wrong with being conscious of the stereotypes and prejudices that STILL exist in our country, and being pointing them out?
    Let me just say that I am not racist. I am black but was raised in Longmeadow, MA (a very “white” town) and I’m in a relationship with a white male. That said, I am concerned about the prince who was chosen for this little princess, and I am not concerned because I am against interracial relationships or because I am “sensitive”.
    Anyone who works in advertising can tell you about the push to make black women more “racially ambiguous” that is, they look just “white enough” to be acceptable but just “black” or “other” enough to be exotic. What that mean is that a dark skinned black woman such as myself who has a large nose, is beautiful but not “Caucasian” would never be acceptable to the viewing public, unless I was in one of those “oh honey, snap fingers” kind of ads. The reason she was given a prince who is racially ambiguous is to make the storyline more acceptable to the viewing public, because there is apparently something very offensive and unrelatable about two black people being in love– even though children of color are expected to flock to mainstream Disney movies.Why is it that a white character is appropriate for the general public, but a black character must somehow be neutralized in order to appeal to everyone?
    Finally, I was raised by a Barbadian mom who grew up in the British colonial environment where a woman like her (dark skinned, large nose, “picky hair” (i.e. short, coarse hair) tried to improve her station by finding a light skinned man who could carry her off.
    These are the issues that people are conscious off when they protest things like this. It’s not necessarily a matter of prejudice, but we can’t pretend that these issues no longer exist because Obama is in the white house.

  38. Sunny says:

    Agreed, lilred:

    Let the kids watch the damn movie!


  39. Annie says:

    thought they did a half-way decent job with the characters in Pocahontas, Aladdin, Mulan

    I dunno….I agree and disagree. I mean, they made Mulan look odd and they kind of exaggerated her asian features. Being a Vietnamese gal myself, I’m not a fan of the slanty eye portrayal (especially since I have pretty big eyes :D) Don’t get me wrong, I love the movie and it made me cry (Boy could I relate to the not wanting to disgrace your family part. Yowza!)

    And again, yay for the Latino prince!

    Maybe my delight about the interracial relationship comes from the fact that I myself am in one, though we reallyreally don’t look at it like that. Thank God.

    Dear God, are we…as individuals…overlooking race as a factor on who we should love? GET OUT. You mean, there’s more to a person than their skin tone?? NO WAY.

  40. daisyfly says:

    In the immortal words of Charlie Brown, “Good Grief!”

  41. Ben says:

    I can’t believe people complain about such small things. Everyone needs to harden the fuck up. Who cares about their hair, I’m just stoked 2D animation is returning to the big screen. And if you politically correct dickheads fuck this up, well I can’t actually do anything, but I’ll be pissed off non the less.

  42. aleach says:

    lilred you took the words right out of my mouth!
    its DISNEY!!
    its so awesome that they FINALLY have an afican-american princess & the interracial “dating” is great too…just let it be! i know that kids (the target audience) wont be over- analyzing it as much as the adults.

  43. Emma says:

    While I am happy that Disney is portraying a mixed couple, I think it is sad that the first time they have a mixed couple had to be the first time they have a black princess. Couldn’t a black prince be worthy of the black princess? Why didn’t any of the white princesses get a black or asian prince?

  44. Hrarriet says:

    It sounds as if Disney amassed a team of white people and threw this together. Were any Black people or scholars consulted during the initial concept? No. Were little Black girls queried about how they wanted their princess to look and who they wanted her with and how they saw her story? No. Why can’t she have a Black prince? To me, that is blatantly racist in that Disney is saying that you (Black female) are finally good enough for us to portray- but not him. I won’t even go into the doll having European features and painted Black. The hair isn’t true to the character and the entire concept of the tale seems loopy. Disney has a history of blatant racism when it comes to African Americans and this white-washed version of their Black princess is typical.

  45. AJ says:

    Pocohontas was atrocious and insulting. Disney followed the fable of her and John Smith (although she was 12/13 when they encountered one another and she married another man) and perpetuated the stereotype of the ‘Indian Princess’. How can one be a Princess when the father is not a King? Disney will always be racist and sexist. If you expect anything less, you are mistakenly foolish.

  46. Jane says:

    I love Bruno Campos. :]

  47. BS says:

    Why are disney characters so cheesy looking now a days and not more like what they used to be. Older disney characters were drawn so much better.

  48. anna says:

    They had Pocahontas and John Smith too. THat was a mixed couple.

  49. wowzers says:

    Yeah I agree, they def need to fire whoever works as animators at disney and get some people who know how to draw.

  50. brista says:

    Haha, the second I saw “the prince” I thought of Gaston.

  51. Aspen says:

    Analisa, I am, honest-to-God, without any small hint of sarcasm or negativity…very sorry that you feel that pressure in society and that you perceive that kind of rejection of what you look like and how you’re made.

    Because I have never had thoughts like what you describe even pass through my head…and I will go out on a limb to say that the vast majority of Americans don’t think that way.

    In truth, I find very dark-skinned women of African ethnic appearance to be the most beautiful female creatures on earth…and I am a pale white German gal from The South.

    I can see where you might have arrived at the beliefs you posted, and I’m not going to tell you they’re wholly unfounded. I would never be so arrogant or deliberately blind as to say that what you’ve posted doesn’t exist…but in reference to this film, I honestly think you’re off the mark.

    I would prefer she have a black prince because there’s never been one of those in a Disney film before, either…and little boys watch these movies, too! The idea that Disney can create an interracial relationship in a film, however, excites me. After all, that will be a first as well.

  52. Aspen says:

    I stand corrected…I forgot about Pocahontas and John Smith.

  53. Aspen says:

    I just went to the website and watched the trailer they have up. It’s adorable. They have a firefly as an old Cajun man…obviously the comedic relief in the story as a narrator. Tiana (though I thought the name Madeline was more appropriate given the French Cajun culture of the 1920’s when this is set) is lovely and obviously hand-drawn. The animation is lovely, and I think the trailer might help people see more than the image at the head of this article about the direction they’re going with the movie. The Tiana in the film looks NOTHING like the drawing in the header image.

  54. I Choose Me says:

    Don’t give a crap about the prince being Brazilian, what I want to know is why does he look like a chicklet-teethed gameshow host? Seriously if I met someone who looked like him, I’d have to restrain myself from punching him in the mouth just to make his douchetastic face go away.

  55. Aleksa says:

    I´ve also seen the trailer and kids will love it, I think…It´s quite cute.
    I like the idea of a mixed-race couple, but they could have made him be from a real country…
    And also, I would like to see a black prince as the leading character of a Disney film…but I think people would also complain if his girlfriend were white…Not in my country, they wouldn´t, but in yours, where I´ve lived, I think they would…
    Being from Spain, I seriously hope if they ever decide to do a film about a Spanish heroine (or a Latin one) they get their facts straight, sometimes Spanish´s culture is confused with Latinoamerican culture and vice-versa in films and T.V.

  56. Prissa says:

    What Disney should do next is have a white princess (or female lead) with a dark-skinned, very ethnic black prince (or male lead). Then we’ll see how little race really matters now a days (or will we?).

  57. Emma says:

    Prissa, I totally agree!

  58. Michelle says:

    I wish more people could see past race and color. There are so many more important things that define people rather than something as trivial as the pigmentation of their skin.

  59. C-DUB says:

    Brown is brown. So am I and I’m not offended. We should be talking about why it took Disney so long to have a black princess! FINALLY!!!

  60. Tykeshia says:

    I fell its about time they created a black princess to represent African American. Walt disney could at leasted through in a black prince.

  61. Holly says:

    What the hell! Gosh are people still acting this ridiculous? How many black people have “white” names nowadays? I mean other disney films set in foreign cultures have had their complaints but this is just beyond ridiculous. I mean because Mulan and Aladdin are sooooooo culturally correct right? GEt over it. It’s just a cartoon.

  62. Alison says:

    If her hair looked like Ms. Ceeley’s off the Color Purple set… people would be complaining about why she had to have nappy hair that looked like rats been sucking on it. C’mon. I am a BW my hair is curly when wet, then straight when it dries(Naturally). What is wrong with straight hair?

  63. lisa says:

    I have a problem with this.First of all Africa should have been the orgin of this Princess.It’s a slap in the face to have a black princess in the united states of America.Man they still don’t want to admit that the first royalties were black and Kings and Queens descended out of Africa.Another thing is when you put the black women in an african setting it will entail a culture that isn’t known to many or have too long been neglected.Also,the fact that the prince isn’t black shows how the media uses these tactics to keep the black man and woman seperated.It’s as if black love doesn’t exist.The black man belongs with the black woman .there is no seperating the two.One could not live without the other otherwise there would be no more black people.The point is images the media use is meant to encode in the black man and woman’s brain that we can not be happy with each other,our love isn’t necessary and this is bull crap.black people wake the hell up!The media are constantly bombarding black people with black dating others and not each other.Open your eyes they onl;y do this to our race so we can lighten and eventually become extinct.

  64. FF says:

    I’m going to assume that avoiding this kind of controversy is what disinclines Disney to do this more often.

    Also maybe they didn’t have a frog turn into a black prince because they were afraid of controversy over that, i.e. black man as animal issues.

    As for her name, surely that’s to do with the context of the story.

    If it were a tale in Egypt or Africa then yes, I’d be more ticked off about a few things. However it seems to me that it’s set in the US and most of the details proceed from that.

  65. kayy says:

    People should get over it. Yes, I understand the want for a black prince, just like the long want for a black princess, however, I think the main point here is that interracial relationships should be more acceptable.

  66. I’m raising issue with the constant depiction of voodoo/vodun/vodou as a negative element in Holeywood movies and tv shows. It must be raised as part of the critique of any movie featuring African(-American) people or not. So many movies, including Predator 3 and James Bond have done great damage to African culture. disney doesn’t have a very good record with this either.

    I am unhappy with all I’m seeing about this movie…just about completely.

    I lodge my disapproval, briefly (holding back on many points), officially here as I have on other sites that talk about this New Orleans-style Blackened Princess.

  67. KMG says:

    I don’t think people understand or know what creole means. Here, allow me to help you.

    Creole is a mix of everything. Mainly black, but also French, hispanic races, German, Native American.. all of those things are there. Some families have more of one gene than another and that’s why so many of us look different.

    Over time these peoples settled into Louisiana and their children developed their own language. It was different than the Haitian dialect, it couldn’t even be compared to the San Francisco “gullah”. It’s “kreyol louisianne.” Very unique, fun to speak, and mysterious as a language developed within the United States.

    I’m pretty tired of the complaints that a black person is too light or isn’t light enough. There are different ethnic groups that exist in this country and they should all be respected. I’m thrilled this movie is coming out, I’m happy it’s focusing on creole culture, and I feel honored I can watch this movie and identify with some aspects of it.

    If you have such a problem, then please don’t watch the movie. But I do implore you to educate yourself on the culture Disney is highlighting before you go and complain about it.

  68. Mrs. Cullen says:

    OMG i didn’t learn until now that they were having a new 2-d disney movie, and im happy as hell that she is black.Ive always loved disney movies and watch them till this day, but hated how black women weren’t worthy enough 2 be in 1. Even though she doesn’t have a black prince, after the black community has waited for ages, i applaud disney because they killed 2 birds with one stone. I’m a latina who has curly hair like this princess, so its gud her hair isn’t straightened or permed, and im dark skinned so i look african american. But i can still relate to how she looks in every aspect, because there are black people in every culture and ethnicity. And i loovvee how the prince is latino, this couple reminds me of how my parents look and i think its cute, because this is a typical pairing with latinos. We will get with one other being completely different shades, and not care cause we still share the same culture. This couple is latino and black which is great because it shows how we have a new culture where race isn’t the issue with dating, and we never know what disney has up their sleeve, we’d prolly have another movie with a black prince and the first latina princess.

  69. dylan says:

    who cares if the prince is not black. No one made a fuss when Pocahontas’s man turned out to be white. and besides do you think little 8 yr old girls will care what the colours of their skin is? Doubt it.
    Maybe future disney movies will have a black prince and more interracial couples. its good to see something different nowadays other than the typical white princess with white prince etc.
    I’m just glad disney FINALLY has a 2D coming out? All the 3D stuff was getting on my nerves.

  70. omega2543 says:

    Blacks should just be happy they even made a black princess.

  71. Janel says:

    Ok…. Ima black female myself, and Im 18 yrs old. Grown enough to have an adult mind but still have the heart of a child…. personally, I dig the mixed the thing. I think its great. But i can agree having a black prince wud have been nice, but im not gonna complain… atleast we are on our way. This is jus the start… who knows what the next disney princess or prince will look like. and who cares? who knows… we might even up with two princes instead (if yu get what im sayin)… i feel like disney did a great job on her look (in the actual movie not these concept drawings) and that disney was keeping up with the times…. most of our female black role models definitely dont have afros… i dont have one and most black women dont… they make their princesses relatable and now a days having straight hair is in! and we all kno if they had gave her an afro or big lips or round and wide nose, ppl would have said they were stereotyping, so you know… stop obsessing over things.. the world is changing… and not to mention its a cartoon…she may be the first black disney princess but hopefully she wont be the last.

  72. Talia says:

    This has got the be the ugliest princess Disney has ever burdened us with. But then again this is Disney and anything black is supposed to be made fun of and mocked. What do you want from a studio that doesn’t have any black executives to yank their coat tails and let them know this not the way to go. As for the prince – I think that’s the only thing they got right though I have to agree with another poster that he is a little too pretty. And for those throwing down the complaints – do what I plan to do – DON’T SEE IT – and make sure to spread the word – if you want the studio to change it’s ways don’t give it any money!

  73. ARIEL says:

    As a young female with mixed genes Iam very proud of Disney making a black princess. Its about time honestly and people need to be accepting OH AND THIS IS FOR TALIA… you are the most ignorant person ive ever heard. What the hell is your problem. Its your choice if you dont want to see it but dont make a mockery of something that others want to be proud of. You have an opinion and your opinion is full of bullshit. Disney may not have any black executives but thats ok they thought of other races and cultures. STOP BEING A DUMB BITCH.

  74. CJ4 says:

    It is unfortunate for our beautiful REAL African-American princesses that Disney and our country just cannot accept or promote the idea of girls like the character finding the type of prince that the story portrays her father to be. Strong, talented, amazing African-American Princes do exists and are holdin it down everyday. Everyone knows little girls often grow up and marry a man like Daddy. Would it have been too much for Disney and America to celebrate a Black Prince and a Black President? I was so excited that my daughters could finally enjoy a Disney Princess that looked like them. Now, they will never enjoy anything disney again in their childhood. A company that disrespects their father can have no place in our home! To all the real live African-American Princes that continue to keep fighting for us in the real world everyday… Thank you!

  75. Kendra says:

    I think that the idea of this is actually beautiful and I also think it is silly that I have read so many complaints about this. I feel that we as black people can sometimes pick something apart so much that it makes people of other ethnicities just want to throw their hands up and say “the hell with it”. Who cares how her hair, prince, or spiritual beliefs are betrayed. It is all a fairytale. There are however black people who believe in Voodoo and are in interracial relationships as well. So who cares if this is the story line that the chose. I was just happy to see that the actually thought to finally make a Black princess. I loved Disney as a young girl but when I was younger there were so many images of beauty protrayed by white girls or black women who looked as if they were white. I am a black woman who has darker skin so as a young girl I would sometimes think that I would never be portrayed as beautiful because or my skin tone. I am very happy in the fact that they chose to portray the princess of a darker skin tone so that you can actually tell that she is of African-American descent. This really would have been the only thing that would have been wrong in my eyes. Black people are beautiful and come in all shades shapes and sizes, and I am just happy to see that society is starting to appreciate that beauty does also. Little black girls in today’s society now will be able to think of themselves as princesses too thanks to this movie, because as a child I never imagined seeing a black princess.

  76. M.E. Armoo-Daniels says:

    I think we should consider the impact that this has on black boys who have not seen themselves in any of the heroes that get the princesses. The are not shown to seek out a princess or that they need to work to woo her.

  77. Lakeisha says:

    As a black woman I must say that I am very disappointed with and deeply offended by Disney’s new “black” princess. The quotation marks because she does not look “black.” Since when are slightly cocoa women with ideal caucasian features “black?” Racist Disney does not want to acknowledge the true ethnic appearance of a black woman. Where are her big, thick lips and wooly hair? Why is she dressed all up like some kind of rich white girl? How come her true ethnic background is not acknowledged? Where is her leopard-print mini-dress and gaudy jewelry? Hell, why isn’t she a true, lovely African princess wearing a grass skirt, garish facepaint and a big plate in her lip? How come she does not live in a mud hut and eat bugs? And her man!!?? Where is his black skin? What is Disney trying to tell my young daughters? That a black man isn’t who she should be with? Why is he WHITE!? I WILL NOT allow my daughters to see this film.

  78. BECKA says:

    I am pissed not dat the prince isint black but because u people complain about everything. They did a great job on dis movie people. They Can’t make everybody happy and they tryed. They made the princess a darker skin black woman so lil girls can feel good about dem selfs. And dey made the prince not to lite and not to dark happy medium to me. If they would have made this prince dark black den black people would also get offended and try to make it a racial thing as well on a count that that would make it seem dat a black woman isint good enogh to find love beond her race there for meaning ur love and happiness stops at ur skin colore. Dis is a messege to all races, ” love has no bounderes” its beautiful, stop beeing so petty. It was a perfect start for hopefully a more open minded world. Power to the race! To da humen race dat is. We all want change and equality we can’t change da world all at once but we should all do our part and change da way we think as individuals. All this comeing from a women who is a part of a 9 generation interaciall, multiracial (5 different ones to be exact) fam. And we love it.

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