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The new Annie: a conversation

One of my Friday students, who's African American, told me about talking to her younger daughter on the phone. My student had wanted to have a word with her daughter about her daughter's grades (not so good), but her daughter had been too excited to let her get a word in edgewise:

"Mommy mommy, guess what!"

"What?"

"We went to see Annie!"

"That's great--"

"And guess what!"

"What?"

"Annie's a Black girl! And guess what!"

"What?"

"She's the star!"

I didn't get to hear the daughter say all this, but from her mother's retelling of it, I could **feel** how happy she was. Three cheers for Quvenzhané Wallis and the new Annie


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rachelmanija
Mar. 8th, 2015 03:23 am (UTC)
AWWW. That's great.
asakiyume
Mar. 10th, 2015 12:55 pm (UTC)
right? so wonderful.
sartorias
Mar. 8th, 2015 04:01 am (UTC)
Excellent!
asakiyume
Mar. 10th, 2015 12:54 pm (UTC)
yes indeed!
danceswithwaves
Mar. 8th, 2015 05:40 am (UTC)
Awesome.
asakiyume
Mar. 10th, 2015 11:47 am (UTC)
A contagious, heart-filling joy.
wuweibaby
Mar. 8th, 2015 08:01 am (UTC)
❤️❤️❤️
asakiyume
Mar. 10th, 2015 11:46 am (UTC)
Exactly my feeling.
heliopausa
Mar. 8th, 2015 10:06 am (UTC)
Nice!
asakiyume
Mar. 10th, 2015 11:43 am (UTC)
The mom's telling of this story--her own smile so bright--just swelled my heart with joy.
amaebi
Mar. 8th, 2015 11:40 am (UTC)
It is good to be made real by being given a role.
asakiyume
Mar. 10th, 2015 11:40 am (UTC)
It makes *such* a difference.
dudeshoes
Mar. 9th, 2015 11:59 am (UTC)
It matters.
asakiyume
Mar. 10th, 2015 11:39 am (UTC)
It really, really does.
amysisson
Mar. 9th, 2015 07:53 pm (UTC)
I saw the preview for that, which was the first I'd heard of this new version, and it made me happy too. I can only imagine how it must have made that little girl feel.
asakiyume
Mar. 10th, 2015 11:39 am (UTC)
Same.
wlotusopenid
Mar. 10th, 2015 11:36 am (UTC)
This is why representation matters.
asakiyume
Mar. 10th, 2015 11:38 am (UTC)
That was what I nearly called this post: Why representation matters.

It matters so, so much. If anyone ever tries to downplay it, I'm going to tell them this story.
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