That’s Princess Tiana…the first Black Disney princess.
I’ll bet that a lot of folks didn’t understand the significance of this…it’s just another cheesey Disney movie (FYI…I love cheesey Disney movies), right? Well, when you grow up playing with Barbies (that are White) and dolls (that are White) and watching Disney movies with (White) princesses…you start to think that this “princess” thing isn’t for Black folks. Maybe even this “pretty” thing isn’t for Black girls.
This is kind of how it feels with the wedding industry…you don’t see Black ladies getting married, getting to be a princess for a day, so…? It’s like that old cliche, if a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one to hear…did it really fall? How about: if a Black couple gets married and there’s no record of it…did it really happen?
According to most experts, our nation’s about to become a lot browner and blacker…can the wedding industry continue to pretend as if we don’t exist? As if our dollars aren’t still green? As it we’re insignificant?