Tag: The Princess and the Frog

Movies Race Matters

Disney Pairs First Black Princess Taina With Almost-White Prince Naveen


Disney unveiled Prince Naveen, the dashing young who will try to win the hand of their first black princess Taina in the upcoming film The Princess and The Frog, and critics are in an uproar over his questionable ethnicity.

With a name like Naveen and a complexion that rivals Aladdin, many are wondering why Disney chose to take an ambiguously ethnic route instead of portraying a Prince of darker brown tones more in line with Taina.

Princess Taina might be groundbreaking for Disney, and only after they cleaned up some of the racial stereotypes, but Prince Naveen is disappointing as he perpetuates the Disney tradition of white to near-white royal men.

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Movies Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey To Voice Character In Disney’s Black Princess And The Frog

Disney revealed on Wednesday that Oprah Winfrey will join the cast of the upcoming animated film The Princess and the Frog.

The talk-show host will voice the character Eudora, who is mother to lead character Princess Tiana, in Disney’s African-American re-telling of the classic Grimm fairytale The Frog Prince. Tony Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose of Dream Girls will voice Tiana.

The Princess and the Frog, previously titled The Frog Princess, is slated for release in late 2009.

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