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The Lion King and its Impact on Black Millennials

The Lion King has been Disney's juggernaut of the last 25 years, spawning a best-selling Broadway musical, countless pop references, and in recent years, rap lyrics. As we prepare for a live-action remake, Slate’s Aisha Harris and fellow critics will discuss the movie's cultural impact, especially on the black kids who grew up with it. They’ll explore the film's setting in Africa, the controversies it stirred, and how the remake could remedy these issues and, maybe, make the film even blacker.

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Questions

  1. What made The Lion King such a Disney juggernaut?
  2. What’s so black about The Lion King, anyway?
  3. What’s in store for the remake of The Lion King, for black audiences especially?

Speakers

Organizer

Stephanie Gomory, Publicist, Slate


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