"Best of" Lists
Movies with Inspiring Role Models for African American Girls
Although there's some progress in Hollywood toward diversity in films, it's not enough. Fortunately, there are movies with inspiring African American role models who positively affect girls' ideas of their self-worth. From Tiana, the first African American Disney princess, to Misty Copeland, the first African American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater, the hardworking heroines in these films overcome adversity to accomplish their goals. Some of these top-rated titles might need more parental input when tough topics such as racism and slavery come up. However, these movies ultimately provide girls with messages of strength and perseverance.