We've got our tickets—four primo seats at our local movie theater, where Nick, Mari, Lila, and I will sit and watch history unfold as Disney's first African American princess struts across the big screen and right into our hearts. Can you stand it?!
Of course, it's so very important that we as mothers get out and support Disney's The Princess and the Frog on its opening weekend—if only to send the message that when big companies dare to create characters, images, and stories that not only appeal to but uplift us, we'll support it. I can't think of anything more worthy of support than a movie featuring a beautiful African American princess—a princess that allows our girls to imagine and dream in color. As my dear friend and fellow author Derrick Barnes (he wrote the fabulous Ruby and the Booker Boys series) pointed out in a comment on my Princess Tiana Rocks Slumber Party post:
The success of this movie will open up a ton of doors for African American animation, stories and characters—all thanks to the enormous push and support by parents, such as yourself.
Now, I know a bunch of women who are making a big party out of this big opening weekend; my girl Vanessa over at Food Lovers Like Me is going to chronicle on MyBrownBaby next week the fancy princess girl celebration she, her daughter, and 20 of their girlfriends are attending this weekend. But it doesn't have to be that involved: You can make just as powerful a statement simply by buying two tickets and having a quiet afternoon at the movies.
So please, I encourage you to grab your daughters, your nieces, your mamas, your neighbors (if you don't have any of these, go borrow somebody's), buy your tickets and get everybody down to your local theater to support Disney's The Princess and the Frog. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets in advance.
Now I know you don't need incentive to go check out the lovely Princess Tiana, but what kind of blogger would I be if I didn't give you some anyway? Dig it:
Post on your blog a picture of you taking your sweetie(s) to the film (if you don't have a blog, email me at denenemillner at gmail dot com), and you'll be entered to win the following items from The Disney Store:
A beautiful Princess Tiana comforter (twin size)
A Princess Tiana Snow Globe
A Princess Tiana Christmas Ornament
A Princess Tiana Toddler Doll
That's almost $200 in Princess Tiana merchandise for a The Princess and the Frog lover in your life. And just in time for the holidays! For extra entries:
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This contest ends on Tuesday, December 15th at 11:59 p.m.; a winner will be announced on Wednesday, December 16th. It is open to U.S. residents only; MyBrownBaby will fulfill the comforter; the ornament, toddler doll, and snow globe will be fulfilled by Disney.