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It is time to celebrate and dedicate the entire month of February to black history. Follow Sheen Magazine along the way as we’ll share black history facts throughout the entire month. Every day, we will share little-known facts, celebrate those who played made their mark in history, and the historic moments and events.
The Proud Family
In honor of both Black History Month and Throwback Thursday, we’re throwing it all the way back to the early 2000s to share all the details on one of our favorite animated series of all time! Disney’s The Proud Family provided its audience with laughter, yes but it also included and promoted diversity and inclusion.
The Proud Family was created by Bruce Smith and produced by Disney. The show’s run The show first aired on the network on September 15th, 2001 and ran until August 19th, 2005. There are a total of 52 episodes.
The theme song
How could we not take a moment to appreciate the show’s catchy theme song? The show’s theme is sung by Destiny’s Child and Solange Knowles.
The main characters
Kyla Pratt played the main character, Penny Proud. Actress, Paula Jai Parker provided the voice of Penny’s mother, Trudy. Comedian, Tommy Davidson was the voice of the protective father, Oscar Proud. Characters also include Jo Marie Payton, Tara Strong, and Cedric the Entertainer.
Guest appearances include Cree Summer, Alicia Keys, Dante Basco, and many more!
In the show’s 52-episode run, we followed the life of Penny Proud who lives in Wizardville, California with her family including Trudy, who is a veterinarian, her father Oscar, a businessman, her twin baby siblings, BeBe and Cece, and who could forget Penny’s grandma, Suga Momma and pet dog, Puff? There was also Uncle Bobby who appears on the show here and there.
The show taught lessons for their young audience and included bullying, cultural heritage, and more but perhaps the biggest lesson learned from watching The Proud Family was that everyone deserves to feel welcome, whether they’re blood or not. Group of besties Penny’s group of friends include Dijonay, Zoe, Sticky, and LaCienega.
The binge-worthy show was canceled in 2005 but it does not take away the fact that the Afrocentric nature of the show addressed current and important issues of a hardworking African American family. During that time and now, many animated shows do not feature a predominately cast of color.
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