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Mommy, It's Me! (A List of Diverse TV Shows and Movies)




Starting with Snow White, children’s movies have had a horrible reputation for not being inclusive and showing the same types of people with the same type of stories over and over again. However, New Age Disney as well as other children's entertainment companies have strived in recent years to diversify their movies so every child can have that moment of saying, “Mommy it’s me!”


Whether you're born in America, moved here, or you just want your child to see "classic" fairy tales with characters that look like them, here’s a list of some of the best movies to add a little color to the typical black and white viewing experience.


Latinx Representation


Films

  • Coco (2017) – Mexican

  • Vivo (2021) – Cuban

  • Encanto (2021) – Colombian

Series

  • Maya and The Big Three (2021) – Mexican/Mayan

  • Diary of A Future President (2020-21) – Cuban-American


Asian/Pacific Islander Representation


Films

  • Big Hero 6 (2014) – Japanese

  • Moana (2016) – Polynesian

  • Aladdin (2019) – Middle East/Southeast Asian

  • Over The Moon (2020) – Chinese

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) – Chinese

  • Wish Dragon (2021) – Chinese

  • Raya and The Last Dragon (2021) – Southeast Asian

  • Spin (2021) – Indian-American


Series

  • Amphibia (2019) – Thai-American

  • Mighty Little Bheem (2019) – Indian


Black Representation


Films

  • Akeelah and The Bee (2006) – LA African-American

  • The Princess and The Frog (2009) – Southern African-American

  • Home (2015) – Caribbean Immigrant

  • Queen of Katwe (2016) – Ugandan

  • Jingle Jangle (2020) – African-American

  • Fe@rless (2020) – African-American

Series

  • Karma’s World (2021) – African-American

  • Ada Twist, Scientist (2021) – African-American

  • Mama K’s Team 4 (2022) – Zambian






Morgan Galvez is a freelance writer and editor with a BA in English (with a concentration in writing, rhetoric, and publication) from the College of Charleston. She is currently building her freelancing career through positions at Brainfuse and Fiverr.


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