The Proud Family premiered 18 years ago on the Disney Channel as one of the only cartoons centered around a Black family at that time.
The voice cast virtually reunited yesterday during the NAACP’s Arts, Culture & Entertainment Festival to reminisce about the cultural impact of the animated series and to give fans a sneak peek at something new coming to Disney+. Actress Keke Palmer moderated the panel, alongside The Proud Family cast members Kyla Pratt (Penny Proud), Tommy Davidson (Oscar Proud), Paula Jai Parker (Trudy Proud), Jo Marie Payton (Suga Mama), and Cedric the Entertainer (Uncle Bobby). Creator/executive producer Bruce W. Smith and executive producer Ralph Farquhar also joined the party.
Palmer announced that she will be joining the cast of Disney+’s upcoming series The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder as Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins, a 14-year-old activist who marches to the beat of her own drum and will not hesitate to shut anyone down with her blunt honesty and wisdom. The adopted daughter of biracial parents, Maya is new to town and is skeptical about the social cliques in place. The central character Penny Proud eventually gains her hard-earned respect and the two become good friends.
The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder will center around Penny and her loud and proud family: parents Oscar and Trudy, twin siblings BeBe and CeCe, her grandmother Suga Mama, and Puff. Penny’s squad will return as well with Dijonay Jones, LaCienega Boulevardez, and Zoey Howzer.
There is no premiere date set yet, but fans can catch up on the original Proud Family on Disney+.