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    New trailer: Disney's The Princess and the Frog

    Fri Aug 7

    You're probably already familiar with Princess Tiana, Disney's first African-American addition to its line of royalty. She's set to make her debut in this fall's The Princess and the Frog, set for release on November 25, which follows the age-old fairy tale with a twist (upon kissing the slimy frog, Tiana herself turns into an amphibian!). The princess has already experienced controversy: Why is the prince's skin so light? Does the movie include too many African-American stereotypes? Overall, however, the idea has been positively received, many critics noting that this is only the beginning of the infusion of black culture into the Disney brand. To tide you over until the film's release, check out the trailer below. We can't wait! Will you take your brood to see it?

    8-cent cupcakes! 88-cent ice cream!

    Thu Aug 6

    You heard that right: This weekend Cold Stone Creamery and Buttercup Bakeshop are offering some sweet deals via OCHO LOCO. On Saturday, swing by the Astor Place location of the ice-cream chain for a highly discounted dose of the cold stuff. If you're not sugared out, head to the cupcakery on Sunday to pick up one of its signature treats for just eight pennies. We don't know about you, but this is precisely what our summer dreams are made of. Print out your coupons here. 88-cent ice cream: Sat August 8 11am--midnight. Cold Stone Creamery, 2 Astor Pl at Broadway (212-228-4600, coldstonecreamery.com). Subway: R, W to 8th St--NYU, 6 to Astor Pl. 8-cent cupcakes: Sun August 9 2--6pm. Buttercup Bakeshop, 141 W 72nd St between Broadway and Columbus Ave (212-787-3800, buttercupbakeshop.com). Subway: C, 1, 2, 3 to 72nd St. Eight-cent cupcakes only available to the first 488 patrons.

    Introducing Bebe Gloton. Nipple daisies included. No, really.

    Wed Aug 5

    We're always searching for new dolls for our kids, so you'd think we'd be happy about the latest addition to the toy shelves. Guess again. May we introduce Bebe Gloton. Hailing from Spain, the name translated literally means "Baby Glutton," but don't worry, this isn't a rant about obesity, eating disorders or body image. This is a rant about nipple daisies. You're probably puzzled now...so are we. We're puzzled why anyone would conceive of this doll, which comes with a smock adorned with bright pink daisies that your daughter can put on and then "breastfeed" the "baby." Yes, daughters like to emulate their mommies in many ways, but do prepubescent girls really have the urge to play breastfeeding? If a little girl wants to pretend to be mom, she can use her imagination. What's next? A toy that simulates pregnancy so she can get in on that fun too? Watch the demo below and then weigh in: Would you let your little princess play "breastfeeding baby," or dump those detachable daisies,...

    Viral video of the day: P.S. 22 sings "Just Dance"

    Wed Aug 5

    You may have already heard about this group of talented fifth graders. The hype surrounding the chorus from Staten Island's P.S. 22 includes jam sessions with big names (Tori Amos, Crowded House), props from celebs (Ashton Kutcher, Marcia Gay Harden) and even a cameo on Passion Pit's debut album, Manners. The elementary school's music teacher, Gregg Breinberg, the leader of the 70 or so rock stars, uses music to engage his students and helps them excel in both arts and academics. The world has definitely fallen in love with these kids, as their YouTube videos have racked up over 8 million views! The group's covers range from old classics (Journey) to new hits (their version of "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay got me a little choked up), and their rendition of Lady GaGa's "Just Dance" has blown up in the viral video world. The best thing about the vids is their palpable passion for music. Watch them belt below, then head to their YouTube channel or their blog to hear more. Keep making...

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