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Did you hear that Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo are slated to star in Disney’s next movie? Queen of Katwe is the true story of a Ugandan chess prodigy who rises out of poverty with the help of her coach.

And as long as Disney is injecting more color into their stories, here are some classic black children’s stories that are just begging to be made into Disney movies.

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters

Did anyone else grow up with this beautiful book?

Hunger Games star Amandla Sternberg would be the perfect choice to play the good daughter Nyasha.

One Love

Anyone sick of hearing “Let It Go” should vote for One Love as Disney’s next big musical hit. Based on the Bob Marley song (and written by his daughter), this story is about one little girl who brings everyone together with the power of her joyful spirit.

Anansi the Spider

This is one of the greatest folk stories ever told. And anyone who grew up with this Ashanti tale is probably wondering why the folks at Disney haven’t jumped on this opportunity yet.

If Charlotte the spider can be the star of Charlotte’s Web, there’s definitely room for Anansi the crafty trickster-spider.

Any of Aesop’s Fables

The Lion And The Mouse? The Tortoise And The Hare? Aesop told literally hundreds of stories. It’s about time Disney tackled one of them.

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears

Just looking at this cover is giving me so much childhood nostalgia I want to buy a movie ticket right now.

And speaking of insect stars, the meddling mosquito in this book is way better than The Boy Who Cried Wolf at teaching kids the consequences of lying…

Henry’s Freedom Box

This wonderful children’s story is about a little boy who mails himself to freedom on the Underground Railroad. And on the heels of Selma Disney would be smart to grab onto this opportunity to tell another important story in black history.

Nappy Hair

Move over Rapunzel. Nappy Hair is about Brenda who learns about the beauty and power that comes with having the thickest, nappiest hair around.

If Disney doesn’t grab hold of this story, Chris Rock should make this his children’s follow-up to Good Hair.

Precious and the Boo Hag

Have you read this book to your kids?

This beautifully-illustrated Home Alone story is about a brave little girl who out-tricks the trickster that found it’s way into her home. And it has Quvenzhané Wallis written all over it.

Bud, Not Buddy

Speaking of Beasts of the Southern Wild, this is the perfect adventure story for Disney to tackle next.

This children’s classic is about a young black boy who goes in search of his missing father after his mother died. It’s not only full of adventures and suspense, but some of the realities of growing up in a bygone era.


Disney needs more girl heroes. And this story of a little girl who helps win the American Revolution and her freedom is perfect. This uplifting story about how far we can go to free ourselves from our literal and spiritual chains is one everyone needs to see.

Amazing Grace

Did anyone else read Amazing Grace growing up? The amazing imagination of budding actress Grace make this several Disney adventures in one.

Bruh Rabbit And Tar Baby

Did you ever see the version of this with Bugs Bunny? I think a Disney treatment and the right score could make this story every bit as popular as Bambi. And the same goes for most of Uncle Remus’ classic tales from the south.


Sundiata is perfect for joining Mulan and Hercules in Disney’s based on real stories/legend lineup.

This classic tale from Old Mali is based on the real-life legend of Sundiata and how he fulfilled prophecy and united the twelve kingdoms of Mali into a powerful empire.

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