Mother of a Black Prince

Okay, something else besides my son can be on my heart…but today it is not.

Months ago when the announcement was made that FINALLY Disney was doing an animated film with a Black Princess, I was overjoyed.  No longer would our voice come out of lions (and I did LOVE The Lion King) and hyenas.  A REAL Disney princess would be Black.

So what that it came 20 years too late for me to buy a comforter set for my oldest niece (I refused to have blond, blue-eyed, princesses be the first thing she saw every morning or the last thing she saw each night.)  My joy at the coming of The Princess and The Frog soon dissolved and turned into disgust and disappointment.  WHAT!!??? No Black Prince!?

Disney – SHAME ON YOU.  Every other princess had a prince who looked like her.  Why not Tiana?  As the mother of a Black Prince, this ticked me off and brought into question whether I would EVER give Disney any more of my money.

Guess it wouldn’t be so easy to criminalize our sons if the world thought of them as Princes, huh?  Well, anyone with a Black daughter, granddaughter, niece or cousin planning to take them to see The Princess and The Frog, be sure to have a direct conversation with her about why Disney chose to disregard and disrespect our Black sons – her Prince.  For those of you with little Black Princes of your own, I wouldn’t even take them.  Why show them a beautiful, self-determined, intelligent Black princess who doesn’t choose them?

Note:  The above was written before I saw the movie~  In honor of my feelings, which didn’t change after I saw the movie – I skipped the all important first weekend, not wanting to lend my dollars to its #1 status at the box office.  Just hope it doesn’t take Disney 75 more years to bring a Black prince to the screen. 

What this reminds me of, and what I want to share with each of you, is that it is up to us, to treat our sons as princes.  To pour love and confidence into each of them each day.  To give them the power to hold there heads high, despite what the statistics say about them and their future. To stop telling them what they will never be.   Let’s be sure to let our daughters know that our Black princes are worthy of their time and love.  No frog kissing required.

One more thing.  Following the plot, I see why they had to have a prince….AS IF HE COULDN’T HAVE BEEN AN AFRICAN PRINCE!!  Again, SHAME ON YOU DISNEY.

3 Responses to “Mother of a Black Prince”

  1. GRDB Says:

    I’m going to see it today. My daughter has been taught the importance of Afro-centricity and has come to embrace it very well, even moreso than by Black Prince. However, I will continue to educate her…Thank you for the advice.

  2. Dera Says:

    Okay, I see your point. I was just so caught up in having a black princess. I guess to be universal, they had to have an “other” ethnicity. Why us?

  3. Safi Says:

    I am still debating on seeing the movie and on buying my granddaughter the doll.

    I saw the actress who played Princess Tiana on The View and Whoopi asked her how she felt about the first black Walt Disney princess being a frog for most of the movie — and Sherri asked her how she felt about the prince not being black. She had appropriately safe and true(ish) sounding answers — the King was a positve black male presence in the film; being a frog allowed more adventure… what else was she going to say? But Whoopie and Sherri clearly had some issues with it.

    I am not surprised, but I tell you, when I read your blog I got mad/sad, being a mother of two black princes and all.

    My sons were never Superman or Batman. They were SuperAaron and BatAustin or Austinman!!!! I did not take them to see movies which featured these wonderful, imaginative adventures of little children that did not look anything like them (Free Willy; the movie with the kids on the space adventure, etc.) AND I told them why. And guess what? They understood. We saw lots of animated adventure movies.

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