My new SF Chron column looks at Disney's gameplan: Step one—first black princess; Step two—?; Step three—profit!
For those of you who've been waiting patiently for months (or years, or decades): The moment has finally arrived. The Princess and the Frog, Disney's first animated feature featuring a black female protagonist, also heralds the coronation of Frog heroine Tiana as the first-ever African American member of the Disney Princess sorority (good ol' Delta Pi!). I look at why there's more behind Disney's decision to integrate the Princesses than just social justice, and why Tiana is different from Disney's other royal ethnics (e.g., Jasmine, Mulan, and Pocahontas).
This week's column also has my abbreviated Asian Pop Gift Guide for 2009 — in case you're still shopping for that Asian American special someone....
Read the column and forward/retweet it if you can—with enough page views, this could end up being tomorrow's main story on SFGate.
Disney crowns a new princess