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Disney’s Splash Mountain To Be Re-Themed To ‘Princess And The Frog’

Update June 25, 2020, 1:00 p.m. PST: Disney is the latest company to stand by its commitment to stand with BLM, it seems. The famed Splash Mountain ride in Disney World and Disneyland will be revamped to purge the park of a standing monument to racist film “Song of the South.” Instead, the ride will now be used to promote “Princess and the Frog.”

It’s official. Disney World and Disneyland are erasing a part of Disney’s racist history.

Splash Mountain is easily one of Disney’s most recognizable attractions. The log flume ride is a relic of Disney’s most racist film “Song of the South.” The 1946 film is so problematic that the company keeps the film locked away. After a petition with tens of thousands of signatures, Disney has announced that the ride will now be re-themed to reflect “Princess and the Frog.”

“It speaks to the diversity of the millions of people who visit our parks each year,” a spokesperson for Disney told CNN Money. They added: “Tiana is a modern, courageous, and empowered woman, who pursues her dreams and never loses sight of what’s really important. It’s a great story with a strong lead character, set against the backdrop of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou.”

The news has received mixed responses of support and anger but others are surprised to learn the truth behind the ride.

Some Disney fans were completely unaware of the history behind Splash Mountain. The long-standing ride stood as a lasting reminder of Disney’s long history of racism in their cartoons and entertainment. Some of it has been so subtle that fans are just learning about it. It is a problem the world, especially entertainment, is being forced to confront and do better.

Original: BLM is coming for you Disney.

On Wednesday, supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement petitioned Disney to remove its Splash Mountain ride and to have all of its related themes changed at the company’s parks. In the true style of Disney fans, pitches about how to change the problematic ride are being floated and shared on Twitter so much to the point that a call for change is now trending on Twitter.

On Wednesday, Disney fans managed to get #PrincessAndTheFrog trending on Twitter as an option to replace Slash Mountain.

Currently, Splash Mountain is an attraction featured at both Disneyland and Disney World.

The ride draws themes from Disney’s 1946 film Song of the South which is likely one of the most problematic movies Disney has ever produced. It revolves around the character Johnny, a seven-year-old boy living in the Reconstruction-era South (the 1860s and 1870s) who befriends a former slave named Uncle Remus who now works on a plantation. The film’s problems come about primarily at points in which it paints the relationship between Uncle Remus and his white employers as one between a willing Black man happily living and working on a plantation in which he was formerly enslaved. The film is best known by those unfamiliar with the movie for its song “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah.”

Song of the South is a film that Disney has, in recent decades, distanced itself from quite a bit in recent years. In fact, late last year we reported the production company’s plans to keep it from being available on its Disney + streaming service.

In an effort to make the change, users created a petition on Change.org.

So far the petition has 351 signatures to change the theme to the Princess and The Frog. If you’ve yet to see the Disney classic, check it out! The film centers around Tiana, Disney’s first-ever Black princess. In the film, Tiana is on a mission to pursue her dreams to open up a restaurant in New Orleans. Things come to a head when she is faced with a massive detour when she meets Prince Naveen, a spoiled man who has been turned into a frog.

“There is a huge need for diversity in the parks and this could help fill that need. Princess and the Frog is a beloved princess movie but has very little representation in the parks. Tiana could be one of the first princesses with a thrill ride, as well as giving her a much-deserved place in the parks. The framing of the ride is such that it could be easily changed to tell the story of Tiana while not compromising too much of the ride/costing a fortune in remodeling for Disney. This change could kill two birds with one stone, remove the offensive stereotypical theming the ride currently has and bring a much-needed diversity to the parks. As well as a much bigger merchandising opportunity for Princess and the Frog,” reads the description of the Change.org mission.

Fans of the idea of removing Splash Mountain and replacing it with The Princess and The Frog have even created templates to push for the change.

And they’re pretty incredible!

The concepts fans are coming up with for the park are pretty incredible and also inspiring. Primarily because the idea of children being exposed to the first Black themed attraction at Disney is so exciting and uplifting. In the future, children who enter a Princess and the Frog theme park will feel celebrated and included in an Entertainment realm so beloved and prevalent in our world. Here’s hoping Disney listens to the voices of petitioners and signs up for what they’d like as well.

Latinas talk “Imposter Syndrome”

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Latinas talk “Imposter Syndrome”

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Imposter syndrome. It may happen when you finally got accepted to college and have found yourself overwhelmed by the student body, or when you accepted that dream job, or even while doing your job. It can happen in relationships, in friendships. Basically anywhere and amongst us Latinas too. Even despite our hard work and much-earned credentials.

We wanted to talk about Imposter’s Syndrome and how to deal with it, so we reached out to our FIERCE audience on Instagram for their thoughts.

Latinas got real with their responses about feeling as if they were undeserving.

Check them out below!

Remind yourself that you’ve worked hard and are deserving.

“Thank you for posting this! I actually just got hired on as a school counselor and I’m feeling this intensely right now. I have to keep reminding myself that I worked so hard for this and that I AM WORTH IT!” – adelitafamania

Understand that anything can trigger it.

“It happens to me every single day on so many levels. It’s been holding me back my whole life and I keep pushing against it, some days it gets the better of me but I won’t give up on myself even when I really feel I’m not capable. I get so stressed all the time thinking someone is going to discover that I’m not smart, or fun, or whatever it is at that moment that I shut down. It’s so good to openly discuss it with friends or even professional help.” – pinatapink

And it can lead to social anxiety.

“This is so hard, I feel like this nearly every day. Lately, it’s been getting in the way of my entire purpose and whether or not I want to work hard at all. I tend to think, “Like for what? I don’t deserve to have the things I want because I didn’t work hard enough.” Yet, I did. Probably more than anyone else in my programs, jobs, teams, even my friend group. This is so tough and often it leads to my social anxiety which affects a whole multitude of behavioral patterns like procrastination and chronic lateness.” –curlsofroses

But you can battle it by not shrugging off your achievements.

“Happens to me all the time. And when people give me praise I tend to say “oh it’s not a big deal.” But I’m trying to remember that I’m enough and hell yeah I’m a big deal.” – erika_kiks18

Because it can happen to brain surgeons and Fortune 500 CEOs too.

“Our country and our community has been through a lot since the middle of March. Now more than ever is the time to nourish our goals and inspirations. In my podcast, I bring together some of the highest achieving Latinos that our country has to offer: Dr. Quinoñes-Hinojosa: who went from migrant farm worker to a world-renowned brain surgeon
Hector Ruiz: one of the very few Latinos to be a Fortune 500 CEO of an American Company Louis Barajas: the #1 financial Latino expert in the USA. (He is most likely your favorite Reggaeton artist’s to-go financial guy.)
Cesar Garcia: an actor who has seen. dozens of times in music videos, shows, and movies. He’s known for his roles in Fast and Furious and Breaking Bad. Chef Aarón Sánchez: The most well-known Latin Chef in the country. Find an episode that catches your attention or share an episode to a friend of loved one that would like to hear from other Latinos on how they achieved their dreams and goals.” – trailblazinglatinospodcast

And you can cure it by not reminding yourself to not give weight to other people’s thoughts.

“I cured mine by not giving a fck! The enemy is a LIEEEE.” –stephaniesaraii

And last but not least, know that it can be hard to defeat but you ARE worthy.

“This was me on the first day after I transferred to University. The feeling still follows me sometimes. It hard to defeat.” – dianalajandre

A Group Of Women Who Sued Harvey Weinstein For Misconduct Have Reached A Nearly $19 Million Settlement

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A Group Of Women Who Sued Harvey Weinstein For Misconduct Have Reached A Nearly $19 Million Settlement

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Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein might be in prison but his legal woes continue.

The former film producer and convicted sex offender who founded the entertainment company Miramax and was toppled by allegations of sexual assault amid the early days of the #MeToo movement is still paying big time for his depraved acts of sexual assault and harassment. This week, Weinstein was successfully sued for sexual misconduct by a group of women and reached a nearly $19 million tentative settlement.

Late Tuesday evening, New York Attorney General Leticia James announced that the settlement, which is part of a class-action lawsuit against, meant the women would also be released from confidentiality and NDA agreements.

Speaking about the suit which was filed two years ago, Caitlin Dulaney one of the plaintiffs involved described the lead up to the decision as a “long and grueling battle.”

“Harvey avoided accountability for decades, and it was a powerful moment for us to band together and demand justice,” she said in a statement. “Knowing that we will help so many women who are long overdue for relief gives me hope that this settlement will continue to empower others to speak.”

If the lawsuit is approved by bankruptcy and US district courts, the settlement will give Weinstein victims between $7,500 and $750,000 each.

The suit also accuses Harvey Weinstein’s brother Robert Weinstein who co-founded the entertainment company Miramax with him as well as and other administrators of the Weinstein company of failing to prevent predatory sexual misconduct.

According to reports, the suit says Weinstein “created a hostile work environment by repeatedly and persistently sexually harassing female employees, including frequently remarking on female employees’ physical appearances, berating female employees, and requiring female employees to perform work while he was naked or only partially dressed.”

The suit also says Weinstein made employees help him with his erectile dysfunction injection. On top of this, women employees were also often forced to engage in sex to continue working for him or advance their careers. Some were even made to clean up for him after he had sex.

In 2017, The New York Times reported the first allegations of misconduct against Weinstein which ultimately helped spark the #MeToo movement. As a result, dozens upon dozens of women came forward to accuse Weinstein of rape and harassment.

The announcement comes three months after Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison for raping Jessica Mann.

He was also charged with engaging in a criminal sexual act against Mimi Haley. Currently, he is being held in prison at the Wende Correctional Facility in Buffalo, New York.

Still, not everyone involved thinks the settlement is enough. Attorneys for six other women who have sued Weinstein for misconduct have called it a “complete sellout.” They also underlined that the settlement does not hold Weinstein accountable.

Speaking about the decision, Douglas Wigdor and Kevin Mintzer, two lawyers in a case against Weinstein said in a statement that they “are surprised that the Attorney General could somehow boast about a proposal that fails on so many different levels. While we do not begrudge any survivor who truly wants to participate in this deal, as we understand the proposed agreement, it is deeply unfair for many reasons. We are completely astounded that the Attorney General is taking a victory lap for this unfair and inequitable proposal, and on behalf of our clients, we will be vigorously objecting in court.”