Dear Little Black Girls: Celebrating the Triumph of Halle Bailey as Ariel in ‘The Little Mermaid”


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Dear Little Black Girls,

It’s about a moment in history that holds immense significance, one that celebrates diversity, representation, and the breaking of barriers. I’m talking about the casting of Halle Bailey, a talented and beautiful black actress, as Ariel in the upcoming live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid.” This momentous occasion is a triumph for little black girls everywhere, and I want to explain why.

First and foremost, representation matters. When you see someone who looks like you on the big screen, it sparks a sense of pride and possibility. Halle Bailey’s portrayal of Ariel shows that black girls can be the stars of their own stories, that their dreams are valid and achievable. This powerful representation opens doors for countless little black girls who now have a role model to admire and emulate.

“The Little Mermaid” is a beloved Disney classic that has captivated hearts for generations. By casting Halle Bailey, Disney is embracing the beauty and diversity of our world. They are acknowledging that princesses come in all shades, all backgrounds, and all cultures. This sends a message that your voice and your experiences are valuable, that you deserve to be seen and heard just as much as anyone else.

Halle Bailey’s talent shines brightly, and her casting as Ariel is a testament to her hard work, dedication, and skill. This historic moment is not just about representation; it’s about acknowledging and celebrating the immense talent within the black community. It paves the way for future generations of black artists and performers, showing them that their dreams are within reach and that their abilities are boundless.

Little black girls everywhere should take pride in this milestone. The barriers that once confined our aspirations are being shattered. This is a moment where we celebrate not just the triumphs of Halle Bailey, but also the collective strength and resilience of black girls and women. It is a reminder that you can be anything you want to be, that your dreams have the power to transcend limitations and defy expectations.

Remember, you are the authors of your own stories, and your unique experiences and perspectives are gifts that the world needs. Embrace your identity, your heritage, and your talents, for they are the very things that make you extraordinary.

As you watch Halle Bailey bring Ariel to life on the big screen, remember that her triumph is your triumph. Let this moment fill you with hope, courage, and the knowledge that you are part of a generation that is rewriting the narrative. Be proud of who you are, little black girls, and never forget the magic that lies within you.

With love and admiration,

Janeen Brown

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