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Several favorite internet platforms were down today and it left lots of people speculating on what was happening.
Was it Ralph? Remember the movie Ralph Breaks the Internet, the follow-up to Wreck it Ralph. Ralph and his BFF Penelope crawl into the Wi-Fi through a router trying to reach eBay. It is the only place that has the replacement gear for Penelope’s video game which became broken after Ralph tampered with it.
Was it that on this day in 1964, then-President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law, preventing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin?
Was it the Russians or those pesky emails? What is Hilary Clinton doing these days?
I honestly think it was the news that Halle Bailey will be casted as Ariel in Disney’s new live action Little Mermaid. In a press release, director Rob Marshall said “After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role.”
Who is Halle Bailey?
Born Halle Lyne Bailey, the 29 year old Atlanta born singer/actress is best known for her roles Last Holiday, A Wrinkle in Time and Grown-ish. She is one half of the sister girl group Chloe X Halle that was discovered by Beyonce and signed to her Parkwood Entertainment company. Did I mention that she can sing?!
How did Halle Bailey Break the Internet?
Variety shared the great news and it seems that within minutes Facebook and Instagram went down. Coincidence? You be the judge. Twitter was however not down and Halle shared her excitement and the judgement was strong. Black twitter to the rescue.
Reading the comments make me wonder if people know that mermaids aren’t real.
According to Variety, the film will feature music from the original animated 1989 classic, including the songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as new songs by Menken (music) and Lin Manuel-Miranda of Hamilton fame (lyrics).
Additional announcements are expected in the coming weeks, and production on The Little Mermaid will begin in early 2020.
Are you as excited as I am? Now let’s work on getting Lizzo casted as Ursula.