15 TV And Movie Role Models For Young Black Girls

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Penny Proud, “The Proud Family”

Penny Proud (voiced by Kyla Pratt) represents many 14-year-old girls. She’s developing her own ideas, has a feminist point of view many times, enjoys hanging out with her friends, is easily embarrassed by her parents, but still listens to them.

Proud is a straight A student, cracks under peer pressure occasionally but is still logical. She’s a talent singer. Also, she joined many clubs and activities  — including the football team and newspaper staff.

There’s nothing this ‘proud’ girl couldn’t accomplish. Not to forget she has very loving yet quirky family. “The Proud Family” showcased Black family life through an animated Black teenager’s eyes, which was pretty groundbreaking for a Disney show geared to towards children.

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