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Next Friday Nola Darling is Back in Season 2 of She’s Gotta Have It!

When the trailer for season 2 of She’s Gotta Have It dropped earlier this month I was SO excited. I’ll admit my focus pretty much all of the month of May has been consumed by Disney and Aladdin so I should’ve shared this sooner but, better late than never! I first learned about She’s Gotta Have it when I attended Curlfest in 2017. AND I got to meet Spike Lee in person! It was amazing to even be in the presence of that kind of creative energy.

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Preschool Approved Adventures by Disney Itineraries

With the announcement of their new Egypt itinerary, everybody wants to know the buzz on Adventures by Disney. If you don’t know, Adventures by Disney offers all inclusive trips to a ton of destinations around the world. You get VIP guided tours, exclusive behind the scenes looks and a culturally immersive experience. And of course on your trip you get to experience a little bit of Disney Magic! Adventures by Disney itineraries are a great way to travel. They’re hassle free and you get a VIP experience that only Disney can provide. But you may be surprised to find out, not all trips are available for our littlest littles. In fact the youngest recommended age for their itineraries are 4. I’m going to share with you all the Adventures by Disney trips that are preschool friendly. Continue Reading →

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What is Going on in Casting Over at Mixed-ish?

The official trailer for Mixed-ish was released a few days ago and well…. a lot of people are confused. Before we get into all of that, if you don’t know then Mixed-ish is the prequel to ABC hit tv series Black-ish. I initially spoke about my thoughts with my co-hosts a few weeks ago on The Brown Side of Disney. While I am excited for Mixed-ish to be giving it another go at sharing the black experience from yet another perspective, I’m kinda turned off by the name. Though I get it. They have a thing going so why stop a good thing. So I may be able to excuse the name thing. But then.. oh but then, ABC released the official trailer for Mixed-ish the other day. I’ll let you guys take a look yourself.

Mixed-ish Synopsis

In “mixed-ish,” Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the ‘80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow’s parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they’re perceived as neither black nor white. This family’s experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one’s own identity when the rest of the world can’t decide where you belong.

Let me start off by saying I LOVE the trailer. And the concept if the show itself is exciting. I cannot wait to see the world through young Bow’s eyes. And it will be interesting to see how Mixed-ish handles topics such as race, colorism and other controversial issues. Black-ish does a good job of handling all these things in a way that is real, and not too cheesy. But I couldn’t help but notice a couple of things odd about the casting.

Mixed-ish Casting is Just Sloppy

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I LOVE Tika Sumpter… LOVE LOVE LOVE! But this was just sloppy ya’ll. Are they telling me that as Bow’s mother aged she got lighter? What exactly happened. I have seen people talking about this “reverse Aunt Viv” all over social media. Black-ish did you guys think we wouldn’t notice? On one hand it makes me sad because we fight so hard for representation for darker skinned women in the media. But this wasn’t it. This was not one of those times. This was sloppy AF and I’m disappointed.

I’m also a little leery about the casting of the younger version Rainbow’s siblings Johan and Santamonica. While it’s not as bad and blatantly obvious as Alicia Johnson, it still made me raise an eyebrow. Everyone just looks so…. different. Either way, like I said originally I am excited for another “ish” spinoff and I can’t wait to see where Mixed-ish takes us.

Mixed-ish is coming soon to Tuesday nights on ABC. Are you going to be tuning in?

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What’s New at Disney: 2019 & Beyond

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Last week I had the amazing opportunity to attend Disney Social Media Celebration for their On-The-Road stop in NYC. This was my first time attending this conference. I was excited to be in the room with so many amazing creatives, story tellers and lovers of all things Disney! The amazing thing about Disney Social Media Celebration is that it combines the latest Disney news, with business tips. We learned a ton of amazing info on how to grow as creators, engage our audience and make sure we are telling our story. But I know that isn’t what you’re here for. We also heard a little bit more about all the new and exciting things that Disney has planned for the rest of the 2019 season and beyond. I’m here to share all the deets!

Disney Cruise Lines

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  • Disney has 3 new ships joining their fleet! Starting in 2021 a new ship will join Disney’s fleet each year (so 2021,2022 &2023). While the ships are still unnamed they are all expected to be bigger than the Disney Dream!
  • Marvel Day at Sea and Star Wars Day at Sea are making a return in 2020 on select Disney Magic and Disney Fantasy sailings! Marvel Day at Sea also includes the recent addition of Captain Marvel. Make sure to check out DisneyCruise.com to learn more information about these sailings.

Walt Disney World

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  • You may have already seen that the Disney Skyliner Gondolas have been unwrapped and are being tested throughout the parks. The Skyliners will be available to guests of Disney Skyliner Resorts starting this fall. For more information on hotels and the Skyliners, check out this original story featured on Disney Parks Blog.
  • Epcot is continuing to get some exciting updates as they prep for the opening of a new space themed restaurant later this year.  The restaurant will be a table service restaurant and adjacent to the Mission:SPACE! attraction.
  • Also coming to Epcot? A new Gaurdians of the Galaxy themed rollercoaster set to be Disney World’s largest enclosed coaster, and a new Ratatouille themed experience. I’ll share more details for both of those when I have them.

Disney Springs

  • The NBA Experience is coming to Disney Springs this summer. The grand opening is set for August 12th. With a ticket, you will be able to participate in 13 immersive activities. They’ll will combine Disney and NBA (or WNBA) magic to help you feel like the superstar! Tickets to NBA Experience can be purchased wherever Walt Disney World tickets are sold as well as Disneyworld.com/NBAExperience.
  • Jaleo is now open for lunch and dinner! The Disney Springs Jaleo location is the largest in the U.S serving traditional Spanish cuisine ranging from tapas to paella to sangria. Check out this video by Jaleo chef Jose Andres to learn more about the restaurant.

Adventures By Disney

  • Adventures by Disney has some new and exciting itineraries coming up for 2020 and beyond. The trip getting the most buzz right now is their itinerary to Egypt. If the idea of cruising on the Nile or snorkeling in the Red Sea is appealing to you, you definitely want to check out these new excursions. For a more in depth look at what’s to come for Adventures by Disney, check out this amazing post written by my friend Clarissa at Passport and Parenting.

What addition to Disney are you most excited about? When is your next Disney trip?

 

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Will Smith Performs Prince Ali + Aladdin Printables

We are a week and a half away from Aladdin being released in theaters everywhere and literally every clip that I have seen has no disappointed. I keep telling y’all I had faith in Aladdin since the first trailer. And I’ve held on to that optimism since. With every trailer that followed that, the visuals have continued to stun and the characters I’ve loved since I was a little girl have literally come to life. There have been some doubts about Will Smith playing the role of genie, but I’m excited to see him take on this role. If anyone can do justice to the role played by the late Robin Williams, it’s him.

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“The System” Wasn’t The Only One to Fail Maleah Davis

Ever since I came across the Maleah Davis case a little over a week ago I knew something was not right. If you aren’t familiar with the case, 4 year old Maleah Davis was reported missing by her mother’s fiancé, who  the news has been referring to as Maleah’s stepfather. The “stepfather” claimed that he pulled over on the way to the airport to investigate what he thought was a flat tire when he, Maleah, and his one year old son were abducted by 3 men. According to the news he claims he was in and out of consciousness for a period of almost 24 hours when he woke up on the side of the highway with his son, but without his stepdaughter.

Right away I called BS. There’s just no way. I don’t have any type of degree in law or any professional police training and I knew this crap just did not sound right. Fast forward to the end of the week after multiple revelations of past cps cases, the “missing” car being found and Maleah’s medical history when we finally hear something that makes sense from Maleah’s mother. She suspects her now “ex” had something to do with Maleah’s disappearance.

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Is UglyDolls Appropriate for Young Children?

*My family and I were invited to an advance screening of Uglydolls by The Moms Network. While our screening was complimentary, all opinions in this post are my own*

It’s been almost 2 weeks since the boys and I screened UglyDolls but the movie is still crystal clear in my head. I fell in love with UglyDolls from the moment I saw the first trailer. I knew it was going to be good. Then I realized that Janelle Monae was the voice of Mandi, one of the dolls. So I REALLY knew it was going to be good. The cast of UglyDolls is filled with some amazing musical voices, and if you don’t know we LOVE a good musical movie. So when we were invited to an advanced screening of the movie I was IN. After all, I wasn’t going to turn down a chance to witness the movie musical event of the year.

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Tickets for Disney’s Aladdin Are Now on Sale + #FriendLikeMe Challenge!

It’s here guys! It’s finally time! On Monday tickets for Disney’s Aladdin went on sale everywhere tickets are sold. Monday night on our variety show The Brown Side of Disney we discussed Aladdin for quite some time. This movie is not without controversy but I feel like it’s not getting the hype it deserves! I’m definitely going to be getting my tickets in advance, even if I’m sitting up in there alone! Are y’all excited about Aladdin?

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Disney+: The Cast of Disney’s Live Action Lady and the Tramp is Overflowing with Black Girl Magic

A few days ago I shared a good amount of what Disney had planned for their new streaming service Disney+ set to debut this fall. Among the announcement were plans for a number of live action movies that would be available exclusively on Disney+. Plans for a live action version of classic Lady and the Tramp were announced a while ago in 2018. Disney finally gave us a first look  at the Disney+ announcement event.

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 The cast of Lady and the Tramp is FULL of black girl magic!

Up until recently not much was known about this version of the movie. It’s reportedly a combination of live animals and CGI which should make for a pretty interesting movie. Tessa Thompson is the voice of lady, and the cast announcements have been flowing since then. In this version of the movie, Kiersey Clemons is set to play Darling, the human owner of Lady.

Also set to join the cast is Janelle Monae voicing the part of Peg, a super cute pound dog from the original movie. How awesome is it to have both Janelle and Tessa in one movie?! Too bad it’s a CGI film because I would love to see them on the “big screen” together. I’ve spoken about how representation in Disney films has made a difference before, so I am so glad to see it’s continuing into this year. The live action remakes haven’t come without controversy. Yet and still, I am so glad they are continuing to remake the classics we know and love. Not every one has been a hit, but I’m excited to see how this version plays out.

Lady and the Tramp will be available for streaming on Disney+ at the launch of the streaming service on November 12th. To stay up to date with all the latest Disney+ news, join their newsletter here

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10+ Free Toy Story 4 Coloring Pages and Printables!

Can you believe it’s almost summer? And when June hits I will be spending ALL my time at the movies. There are so many incredible Disney (and non-disney) movies dropping between now and the end of the year and I cannot wait to give AMC all my coins! LOL. Toy Story is probably the Disney movie RJ is looking forward to seeing the most. It’s such a surreal feeling to remember my little brother and I being obsessed with this movie when we were growing up. And to think now I have children that know and love the very same characters is crazy.

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