It’s Possible: How Brandy’s Cinderella gave us all something to sing about

Victoria Meléndez
3 min readFeb 12, 2021

Today Disney+ released the 1997 film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. After 24 years (yes, that made me feel old too), the film still holds up as a beautiful rendition of a classic tale and a powerful example of how inclusionary casting makes good art.

I was six years old the first time I saw a stunning princess with dark skin and long braids floating across the ballroom in the arms of a handsome prince. Brandy Norwood played Cinderella, glowing in perfect lighting and styled to…

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