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Published: Wednesday, 8/13/2008

Disney finally embraces a black heroine

<a href=" http://www.firstshowing.net/2008/08/11/beautiful-princess-and-the-frog-concept-art-from-disney/" target="_blank "><font color=blue><b>New concept art</font color=blue></b></a> has been recently released for Disney's new animated feature, <a href=" http://www.firstshowing.net/2008/07/30/must-watch-disneys-the-princess-and-the-frog-teaser-trailer/" target="_blank "><font color=blue><b>The Princess and the Frog</font color=blue></b></a>. <a href=" http://www.firstshowing.net/2008/08/11/beautiful-princess-and-the-frog-concept-art-from-disney/" target="_blank "><font color=blue><b>New concept art</font color=blue></b></a> has been recently released for Disney's new animated feature, <a href=" http://www.firstshowing.net/2008/07/30/must-watch-disneys-the-princess-and-the-frog-teaser-trailer/" target="_blank "><font color=blue><b>The Princess and the Frog</font color=blue></b></a>.
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Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point.



DISNEY'S FIRST BLACK PRINCESS : New concept art has been recently released for Disney's new animated feature, The Princess and the Frog. The film, scheduled to hit theatres in December 2009, depicts Disney's first African-American princess, Tiana. The company previously received criticism for the film, which was formerly titled, The Frog Princess, because that version depicted a black heroine named, Maddy, who worked as a chambermaid. After much criticism, Disney reworked the film, which is depicted in early-20th century New Orleans. Disney says princess Tiana will be added to its line of princess characters, including Cinderella, Snow White, Mulan, and Aladdin's Princess Jasmine. (CA)

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REST IN PEACE, SOUL MAN: Isaac Hayes was a performer who transcended generations, from his early career as a Memphis soul legend to his iconic role in transforming a blaxploitation flick into something more with his soundtrack to Shaft. Finally, he's remembered for his irreverent turn on South Park. Hayes died Sunday. (RL)

REST IN PEACE, FUNNY MAN: Bernie Mac had a unique ability to be both edgy and mainstream, but he was always funny. Bernie Mac died Saturday at the age of 50. (RL)

ROLLING: Yes, even Barack Obama has been RickRoll'D. You've never been RickRoll'D? You have now. Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you." (KC)


NEW 'DO: X17 has photos of Katie Holmes' new hairdo. Find our favorite classic Katie 'dos and sweaty-running-the-New-York-City-marathon 'do. (KC)

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BAD JUJU: Top 10 pop culture curses: everything from The Dark Knight to Madden video games. (RS)

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