This week’s #CultureClassic is the cartoon The Proud Family tv show which premiered in 2001.
The Proud Family was a rare cartoon. Rare because it follows the adventures and misadventures of Penny, a 14-year-old African American girl trying to navigate through the early years of teen-dom. Cartoon shows are not normally led by black girls. Penny is truly an all-American girl. She’s a respectful daughter, a loyal friend, a straight-A student, a singer who also works on the school paper…and a teenager who is usually embarrassed by her father.
The show was funny but also had heart. Mainly thanks to it’s positive images of a modern black family complete with loving and over-protective parents, annoying yet hilarious siblings and a cool grandma.
The Proud Family was created by Bruce W. Smith and Doreen Spicer and starred the voice talents of Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Jo Marie Payton, and Paula Jai Parker. It ran from 2001-2005 on the Disney Channel and even got its own TV movie. And in a surprising and exciting update, a continuation, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder was announced in 2020 and will be airing on Disney Plus.
For providing positive images for young black girls and for breaking barriers on the Disney Channel, The Proud Family is no doubt a #CultureClassic.
We hope you enjoyed our look back at The Proud Family TV show. Check out more of our TV/Film #CultureClassics
Written by @TalentedMrFord