There’s something amazing about costumed impersonators, especially the ones who play Spider-Man. Whenever someone puts on that iconic web-lined mask, they forget that they’re not really superheroes. People everywhere, from Brooklyn to Bogotá, are injuring themselves at kids’ parties. Here’s what happens when you forget that with no power comes no responsibility to attempt spider-stunts.
Spider-Man is especially popular with Latino superhero impersonators.
Even if this was your car, you’d have a hard time denying how dope this fashion-forward spider-dude looks, stunting in that crouched down modified B-boy stance. Bonus style points awarded for his unlicensed use of the Timberland boots and Yankees hat combo.
The problem with being a Spider-Man impersonator is you don’t actually have any of his superpowers.
Good fences make good neighbors, but broken ones make lawsuits. If you hire a Spider-Man, and he gets paralyzed because you failed to reinforce your flipping pickets, get ready to pay for this classic case of gross negligence.
You don’t possess his radioactive-born ability to refuse that second helping of Abuela’s tamales.
Jahn Freddy Duque is a web-swinging daredevil (a, not theDaredevil) street performer in Colombia. Dressed as Spider-Man, he entertains on-lookers in Bogotá with jaw-dropping acrobatic stunts while suspended from a bridge by thins strands of aerial fabric. He’s got children, as well as some adults convinced that what they’re seeing is the comic book hero come to life.
Colombian actor John Leguizamo is raising money to crowdsource an all-Latino produced comic book series featuring all Latino and Latina superheroes. Leguizamo says he “grew up loving comic books,” but he “knew that there was no white guy in tights like Superman coming to save my ass in my neighborhood,” so he’s creating a Latino superhero of his own. Leguizamo is partnering with Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, the artist who brought us bestselling superhero series “La Borinqueña” and is looking for more Latino artists, illustrators, producers and editors to join the team.
So far, the crowdsourcing project has raised $2k of the necessary $75k to get the project off the ground.
According to the crowdsourcing website, Seed and Spark, the premise of PhenomX’s story is that “Sometimes, when the powers that be knock you down, you have to transform and bring the system down with you.” Set in present-day New York City, PhenomX’s story begins with an illegal government project to “rehabilitate criminals” in an experimental drug trial that turns them into superpowers. Then, we meet Max Gomez who “is finally about to be released from prison with a second chance at life and fatherhood. But with growing concerns about re-entering the outside world as an ex-con, Max doesn’t know where to turn.” An FBI agent offers Max an opportunity to capture the “failed experiments,” by giving him superpowers.
Still, Max “feels like a prisoner. Secrets are still being kept from him, and his target grows stronger every moment. Watch Max as he learns that he’s more than just a statistic… he’s more than just an ex-convict… he’s more than a phenomenon… he’s PhenomX.”
Leguizamo doesn’t want to wait for Hollywood. “Holly-wouldn’t,” he says.
“I want to share with you this new proposal. We’re going to be entrepreneurs together,” Leguizamo tells a camera stationed outside a Chicago theater just before Leguizamo’s “Latin History for Morons” performance. He’s incognito, “hence the glasses and the hoodie.” Leguizamo is asking us to invite our tías and tíos to contribute to the worthy cause. “I grew up loving comic books, Spiderman, Superman, The X-Men, Sub-Mariner, Thor, but there were no Latin people. What happened? We existed! Being Latin IS a superpower, y’all!” Leguizamo says. The entire project is going to be Latin-fueled. “It’s going to be written by me, a Latin guy, and colored and drawn and penciled by all Latin folks,” Leguizamo continued. “We’re going to have Latinas with superpowers. We’re not gonna wait for Hollywood. Holly wouldn’t. Hollywhite. Forget that. We’re doing it ourselves.”
Leguizamo hopes that PhenomX inspires young Latinos to see themselves as superheroes, too.
“In today’s world, it’s incredibly important to support Latin artists,” Leguizamo writes on Seed and Spark. “I hope to use this project to not only inspire the Latin youth community but also celebrate the contributions of Latin artists to the comic book world. There is a lack of Latin representation in Hollywood, and it’s important to showcase Latin superheroes. Now, you can help me by supporting this comic book series to inspire Latinx teens.”
Every single person who makes a contribution will score swag ranging from stickers to becoming a character in the story.
For $25, you automatically receive a digital copy of the first PhenomX comic book. A $75 donation earns you an autographed copy of one of the first PhenomX comic books. Donations of $1,000 or more earn you a slice of John’s favorite New York-style pizza with John Leguizamo himself (travel not included). “If you give super money, then, I’m going to draw a character that looks like you and name a character after you,” Leguizamo says of the highest $10k donation tier listed.
Leguizamo is the Renaissance Man we need right now.
Leguizamo was born July 22, 1964, in Bogotá, Colombia. He moved to Queens, New York when he was just four years old. He is known for his roles in Hangin’ with the Homeboys (1991), Romeo + Juliet (1996) and the voice of Sid in Ice Age (2002). Most recently, Leguizamo has introduced a Broadway play, “Latin History for Morons,” and now he’s dabbling in comic books. We don’t know what you can’t do, Leguizamo. His campaign has drawn in 37 donations totaling $2,033, averaging $55 per donation. Join in on the cause by donating here.
We’re in the final weeks of 2019, the decade is coming to an end and many things that used to, don’t make sense anymore. Like Kanye West’s concert being covered from start to finish by the Christian Broadcasting Network —of all networks. If someone had told us at the beginning of the decade that this would be happening, we’d definitely brushed it off. Not only is wildly talented musician’s Christian conversion a surprise, for a lot of attendees to his Sunday Service concert in Baton Rouge last week the food served was more than a disappointing surprise.
Kanye knows how to maintain the world guessing, re-emerging with amazing music.
Each of Kanye’s albums has a distinct personality —a mirror pointed toward all the rumors and tabloids and scrutiny. Everything he does is an event; no other artist uses their platform more effectively. From his early days of throwing out confrontational vibes on “Late Registration,” to that incident at the VMAs with Taylor Swift, to disappearing into Hawaii and returning with “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” to the guerilla marketing of “Yeezus” and Paul McCartney collaborations and the sloppy but one-of-a-kind release of “The Life of Pablo,” he’s maintained an awesome cult of personality throughout his career.
Now thousands of die-hard fans are choosing to follow Jesus Christ as a result of Kanye West’s new outreach concerts called “Sunday Service.”
Kanye stunned the world with his new album called “Jesus is King,” saying his life is now devoted to sharing the message of God’s love and salvation. The hip-hop icon took his ‘Sunday Service’ on the road, making an appearance at the Bethany Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to perform songs from his latest release, Jesus is King.
Reportedly, Kanye West won’t be profiting from the Baton Rouge event.
According to The Blast, West wasn’t paid for the concert and he had nothing to do with the food. However, the catering provided to attendees for $55 riled up a few attendees and sparked outrage and hilarious reactions on the internet.
Patrons paid $55.00 for the ‘Brunchella’ event which accompanied the Sunday Service event.
Like it happens in all of Kanye’s recent Sunday gatherings, fans attend to praise the born-again rapper and the performances of both himself and his accompanying gospel choir. Many guests are not happy with the price of attending and food provided at the event held at Baton Rouge.
One attendee’s post about the questionable, Fyre Fest-esque food went viral.
One attendee posted a picture of what she’d been served—a pair of pancakes, two sad strips of bacon, and a sausage patty on a styrofoam plate—and said she wanted a refund. “Can y’all cover a story on this because I want my coins back,” concert attendee Kimberly Kinchen asked, tagging a local news station. “This is the wonderful & COLD brunch BUFFET we are being served.”
The shade over the “food” kept rolling in as more and more people learned about it.
Credit: @Shun662 / Twitter Louisiana is one of the most wonderful states in the U.S. for food. The Cajun food culture in the southern state is one of the most celebrated and loved food in the country. How did they not plan better food for the event?
Some social media users called out the attendees for falling for the scam.
Not saying the attendees are to blame, but it is almost like no one learned from the Fure Fest fiasco.
The church allegedly holds a yearly ‘Brunchella’ to raise funds, but they denied the claim.
A source close to the situation reported to The Blast, that Bethany Church in Baton Rouge holds an annual event called “Brunchella” each year to raise money. Kanye and his Sunday Service did perform at the event at 8 p.m. that night. The church, however, denies it is an annual event and claims the church was simply used as venue for the event. The food was provided by a promoter for ‘Brunchella.’
Once a Twitter post showing the measly breakfast hit social media, it gained viral status real quick.
The internet was quick to make connections to the infamous Fyre Festival and its famous promise of “gourmet celebrity chef meals” that turned out to be the viral and awful-looking cheese sandwiches. “What’s going on at Fyre Fest South aka #Brunchella?” one fan wrote.
In a press release, the event coordinator clarified that the brunch was provided for ticket holders before Kanye’s performance.
“On Friday, November 1, Lauryn’s Fine Catering provided brunch to Baton Rouge Sunday Service to attendees. Sunday service has no affiliation with the ‘Brunchella’ catering service. Attendees were to be provided with a hot brunch while waiting on Kanye West to perform. The catering company did not provide adequate food for ONE attendee and a social media post went viral,” they said. The press release continued, “Kanye West and the Sunday Service collective has no responsibility for any food complaints reported and should be disassociated with such claims.” As one person pointed out on Twitter, “Kayne not responsible for this.. The promoter is who put the brunch together..”
The catering service addressed the controversy on Facebook.
In a Facebook post, Lauryn’s Fine Catering addressed the controversy, saying that the event’s organizers were the ones who set that $55 brunch price and that they weren’t even asked to participate in the 2,000-person VIP event until “28 hours” before it took place. “While we typically do not fulfill large, full-service orders with less than a month’s notice, we chose to assist the organizers whom we believed to be affiliated with Kanye’s team at an incredibly reduced rate,” the caterer wrote. “Our company additionally provided staffing, tables, and linens at little or no cost.”
For what it’s worth, that “Duck Dynasty” chick had a great time.
“Straight up night of praise and worship with joy, humility, thankfulness, bold faith and power,” wrote Korie Robertson, the wife of Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty, on Instagram. “His name was lifted high in this place. Yes, God, more of this.” Nothing makes sense this year, we tell you, but next time, maybe better breakfast, God?