Oz in the News 12.2.15

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A diverse team of stars appear in and contribute to NBC’s ‘The Wiz Live!’  “It’s important that Dorothy is an African-American girl, that girls of color can find themselves in this story. With where we are right now in this country in terms of understanding each other racially, it’s important to get this story out.” Latifah notes that while seeing the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz “opened up my mind to dream,” watching “people who looked like me and my family” in The Wiz— on stage and later on screen — “made it seem like more of a reality that I could grow up and do what I’m doing now.” At the same time, Leon says, The Wiz tells “a universal story about dreams and courage and tolerance. And about realizing, as Dorothy does, that home is where the love is. That story never gets old.”

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