What's Missing From the New Annie: A New, New Deal

January 15, 2015 8:42 PM

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I was excited to take my daughters to see Annie starring 11-year-old African American actress Quvenzhané Wallis this past weekend. Just months ago, my own 4-year-old daughter Akeela said to my wife and me: "Brown skin isn't beautiful."

She made clear her preference for long, straight, golden Rapunzel-like hair. I have no doubt that seeing Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie was powerful for her, a brown-skinned, curly-haired African American and Indian American child. After the movie, she began chastising her younger sister for copying the...

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