WHILE THE REPRESENTATION IS OFT DUBIOUS and their thematics questionable (cliche), looking back, particularly in the year 2000, the Disney Channel certainly wasn't shy about using POC actors in roles beyond the "supportive best friend" type before they became threadier and threadier. The following below are just a few "Disney Channel Original Movies" that were quite popular and reran frequently when the channel focused on a demographic beyond the music camp.
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In the magic realm of Coventry, the twin sisters Artemis and Apolla are saved by their protectors Illeana and Karsh from the Darkness and brought to another dimension. They are adopted by different families but in their twenty-first birthday, their protectors force them to meet each other. Alex Fielding lost her mother three months ago and is alone seeking a job while Camryn Barnes lives with her beloved wealthy parents. Once together they find that they have magic powers and they should return to Coventry to save their biological mother and their kingdom from the Darkness [SOURCE].
The Color of Friendship (2000)
Mahree Bok lives on a farm in South Africa. Her father is a policeman who cannot hide his joy when activist Steve Biko is caught by the South African authorities. Piper Dellums is the daughter of a US congressman from California and who lives in a nice home in Washington DC. When Mahree is chosen to spend a semester at the Dellums’ house, she doesn’t expect that her host family would be black. Nor do her hosts suspect that she is not a black South African. [SOURCE]
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