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It’s Not Just Another Remake: ‘The Little Mermaid Live!’ Announced The Cast And We Can’t Wait To Go ‘Under The Sea’ To Watch

Apart from the live-action movie remake starring Halle Bailey, The Wonderful World of Disney, is bringing The Little Mermaid to TV in partnership with ABC in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the animated movie. 

Disney is celebrating ‘The Little Mermaid’s 30 years with a live musical on ABC.

Disney is about to rule the big and silver screens by bringing back the teenage ocean princess and children’s classic “The Little Mermaid”. The ‘Live’ musical show will air in November, according to ABC and it will be fairly different to any Live shows you might’ve seen before, such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again. It’s set to feature live musical performances from the cast actually woven in between a broadcast of the original movie. ‘The Little Mermaid Live!’ is being hailed as a “never-before-seen hybrid format” that will “feature beautifully intricate sets and costumes, with music from the original.” It’s a bit hard to picture how that might work out, but we’re definitely looking forward to it.

Starlet Auli’i Cravalho, who voiced another Disney princess before, will bring Ariel to life on TV.

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If you’re a Disney fan, the voice of this ‘little mermaid’ will be very familiar. Auli’i Cravalho has played another Disney character before. She gave life to the Polynesian explorer Moana in 2016. The Hawaiian native is the youngest actress to ever voice a Disney princess. Cravalho’s acting chops and singing skills made the movie a huge hit, and she then topped it off with an amazing Oscar performance to prove she’s a very complete starlet who can perform live just as mind-blowingly, as she can voice characters for the screen and we can’t wait to see her as every 90s kid’s favorite mermaid.

Ursula will be played by none other than Queen Latifah.

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The young starlet will be joined by one of the most menacing and terrifyingly fun Disney Villains, Ursula, who will be played by none other than Queen Latifah. When news broke, of Latifah’s casting, the singer revealed she was “excited” to take on the role of the sea witch. “Fortunately I know a little magic,” Latifah wrote on Instagram. “Excited to be a part of The Wonderful World of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid Live!

Graham Phillips will play, His Royal Highness Prince Eric.

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Every little girl’s platonic love, Prince Eric, will be played by Graham Phillips from The Good Wife. The 26-year-old does seem like the perfect fit to bring the dreamy, blue-eyed prince to life. Graham is a musical theater veteran who first rose to fame in Broadway’s 13 back in 2008, in which Jason Robert Brown famously only cast teenagers.

John Stamos plays eccentric crustacean hunting cook Chef Louis.

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Our beloved Uncle Jesse will have a small but mighty role bringing the zealous french cook to life. Stamos is no stranger to the part though, he played the Frenchman before at a Hollywood Bowl performance. We’re very excited to hear the self-proclaimed Disney super fan play the crazy chef complete with the ‘Hee, hee, hee- ha, ha, HAW!’ number we all loved growing up. 

Jamaican-accented advisor to the King, Sebastian will be played by Shaggy.

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Jamaican dancehall legend Shaggy, will be playing the overly-anxious and over-protective crab, Sebastian. Shaggy broke the news via Instagram in two posts, “#TheLittleMermidLive swims to November 5 with Shaggy as Sebastian, @auliicravalho as Ariel and @queenlatifah as Ursula,” he wrote as a caption for the first post. Jamaicans immediately responded with glee, with some fans seemingly thinking he was cast for the actual film. Sebastian will finally have an authentic accent now… hurrah!

The director of ABC assured the press that the TV version will be distinctly different from the feature film.

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Karey Burke, ABC president, said The Little Mermaid Live! will “seamless[ly] interweave” live musical performances with clips from the animated film and puppetry. “It’s unlike anything that any other musical has done”. She also assured fans the musical event would not take away from the live-action remake slated to be released sometime next year. “Ours is distinctly different from the feature film.”

You can watch The Little Mermaid Live! on ABC, ABC.com, on the ABC app— from your smartphone or tablet—and through other streaming devices, including Roku, AppleTV, and Amazon Fire TV. It will air on Tuesday, November 5 at 8 p.m./7c.

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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