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Disney Princess

I suppose a fair compromise would be to go ahead with the celebration but hold back on the sparklers and pink frosted cake.

A pseudo-celebration, of sorts.

See, I’m over the moon about the muckety mucks at Disney finally creating a Black princess! Sure, it may seem silly for a grown woman to spontaneously spin cartwheels in high heels over a cartoon character. But this is huge! This is the type of thing us little folks—the real people—rely on for tracking our actual progress. We’ve learned not to include the impotent and poorly-negotiated “firsts” like Janice Rogers Brown and Condoleeza Rice in our headcount. They don’t speak for us, the little people. Our hope, instead, is embedded in the organic superstardom of gay talk show hosts, plus-sized super models, Hispanic cabinet members, Olympic amputees and sexy senior citizens.

A Black Disney princess is, indeed, worthy of adult cartwheels.

The first Disney princess, Snow White, debuted in 1937. There were four more regal teens (A…

Little Lies

I told a lie to my daughter. An elaborate one … with props and everything! See, her loose tooth finally popped out on Saturday morning. `Saturday afternoon, we put the tooth in an envelope and readied it beneath her pillow for You-Know-Who. Saturday soon faded into Sunday and my daughter still had the tooth.

“Mama! The Tooth Fairy didn’t come!” she called from her bed.

“She didn’t?!” I called back, feigning shock and cringing at myself. “Let me call her.”

Yep. I said it: Let me call the Tooth Fairy.

The lie starts here, people.

The next morning, beneath her pillow, my daughter found a handwritten note card from the Tooth Fairy explaining that she missed our house because she had gone to bed with a horrible cold. “Thanks for the tooth!”

What? The tooth fairy couldn’t have a little chest congestion?

Hey, I don’t even feel bad. I know that honesty is the best policy blah blah blah but not at the price of telling a 5 year old that the Tooth Fairy really fell asleep in the living room si…