In my search to gather photos for my last post (click here to view), I stumbled across the work of David Kawena. He’s an amazing artist, with profiles on DeviantART and Facebook. Mr Kawena also appears to be very popular with the ladies, and you’ll see why when I compare our classic Disney princes to Kawena’s modern counterparts.
On March 23, 2012 on Disney channel, ” Doc McStuffins” was debuted on Disney junior a show about a 6-year-old African-American girl name Dottie McStuffins, whose mother is a doctor and has a stay at home dad who usual spends his time in the garden.The little girl follows in her mothers footsteps by opening a clinic to treat all her dolls and stuff animals. although the show is aimed at preschoolers, I find myself watching the episodes on Disney Junior. I enjoy watching the show, because one: she is so cute two: she teaches kids about healthy living and how to live healthy and three: she breaks a stereotype for colored girls. We all have been( in our life time) stereotyped in a particular category either because of our skin color, the way we dress, how we speak to others, or just on what we decide to reveal to the world. And lets face it, we have stereotyped other people also ( Dont pretend like you havent). Below I have come up with a list of 10 common black girl stereotypes:
1. We are Welfare queens
2. We are loud and ghetto
3. We don’t work out because we don’t like to sweat out our perms
4. We are close minded/ not adventurous
5. We are strong and do not need a man
6. We have huge backsides
7. We are angry! and or have bad attitudes
8. We are only pretty if we look like:
9. If we don’t look like Beyoncé we usually look like this:
10. We are uneducated
We all are subjected to stereotypes or we apply stereotypes to other people, the saying ” never judge a book by it covers” goes with this. Dont be so judgemental of other people, and if you don’t like someone based on what you have “heard” about that person’s race, or the way he/she dresses, you should definitely take five minutes to at least introduce yourself to them and actually hold a conversation with them. I think you are going to be surprise!
I totally remember begging my friends to come and watch this movie with me, I begged and begged and begged some more till finally two of my close friends broke down and agree to come with me. They were not enthusiastic about paying money to go watch another Disney movie, but to me it was not just another Disney movie it meant so much than that to me. Once we go into our seats in the movie theater and the movie started we did not blink once, it was that amazing! Not only was the movie awesome it was even better to see little black girls in the movie theater with eyes wide open and shiny like stars looking up at the screen. When the movie ended we walked out of the double wide doors of the movie theater, all of us loud screaming on the top of our lungs our favorite part( in the middle of the theater!.)… ever since then I loved this movie and have watched numerous times….. Here are five reasons why Tiana from the movie: Princess and the frog is also one of my favorite princesses:
1).she is the owner of a restaurant….. when the movie began she went through a lot of hardship but she finally owned her owned restaurant… proven once again you can have beauty and brains
2). she is the first African-American Disney princess… in Disney’s history they has never been an African-American that little black girls can look up too.! Now every little colored girl can have someone who has brains, beauty, and who is a great role model to look up too
3). she is a role model….she has dreams, aspirations, and went to pursuit her goal no matter what the situation was.. She taught me something about not giving up and doing whatever it takes to make your dreams come true. plus there is not role models at all for little girls of color to look up too that have their skin color in which they can identify with them more.
4). she is caring and loving…. she teaches Naveen how to cook when they were out in the Bayou, an awwwww moment that would just make your heart melt, when taught her how to dance (cute)
5). she realize that family is important… Tiana father died without before he got to accomplish his dreams of owning his own restaurant. So she set out to do everything in her power to live the dream her father could not, in the end of the movie she finally realized that her father may not have gotten his dreams come true but he had a family and that is all that mattered to him.!!
I love this movie, Tiana taught me to work had and pursuit my goals and she taught me that it is ok to be smart and work hard for what you want for the future at young age. I recommend that everyone watch this movie it is amazing!!!
I remember my first time watching Beauty and the beast on Disney channel. I was eight years old in the third grade, and was sleeping over at my cousin’s house. All three of us gathered on the couch, with a bag of buttered popcorn, and a huge bag of beef jerky. As a little girl I never fantasized about being a princess, never wanted to be one and never pretended to be one either, truth is I hate all of the Disney princesses at that time except for Pocahontas. Soon as the movie started I barely blinked, I fell in love with my first movie at the tender age of eight, and here is five reason Belle will always be my favorite Disney princess:
1). She loves to read!I can relate to her I myself love to read, not only did she have beauty she had brains also. She proves the you can be beautiful and smart at the same time.
2). She is not selfish!when her father was kidnapped by the beast Belle bravely followed her father’s horse back to the Beast castle to offer to take her father’s place instead
3). She stands up for herself ( unlike the other princesses).. she can fight her own battles, she stands up to the Beast and Gaston (who pursuit her relentlessly)
4). She doesn’t play the dismal in distress role….when she saw her father dying in the woods in his attempt to save her, Belle gets the Beast to allow her to leave and she was able to rescue her father SIDENOTE: I can imagine her being able to change her own tires if her car ever had a flat.
5). She was actually in love.. while living in the castle of the Beast, bell got to know him as a person and as the days went by she fell in love with him…. it wasnt like their saw each other in a day and got marry two minutes later.She looked beyond all of his imperfections
Beauty and The Beast is a classic movie and can teach everyone a lesson.