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Marvel And DC Could Take Some Tips From Some Of The Responses To Gina Rodriguez’s Tweet

Gina Rodriguez has made it her side mission to showcase Latino talent with her Instagram campaign, #MovementMondays, which highlights Latinos who are making a mark in the entertainment industry. However, there is one place Rodriguez wants to see more improvement: comic superhero films.

Gina Rodriguez got everyone’s attention when she tweeted about the lack of Latinos in superhero films.

Short, sweet, and to the point.

People immediately settled right in to watch the conversations that would follow.

Who doesn’t love a good tea time?

People were quick to point some examples of diversity, including Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

The Netflix show includes a diverse cast representing many different walks of life. Rodriguez’s tweet does say that “Marvel and DC are killing it in inclusion,” but what other Latino representation is there?

Zoe Saldana as Gamora (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie (“Thor: Ragnarok”) also came up in the conversation.

Honestly, Thompson being cast as Valkyrie is a pretty big deal. Valkyrie has traditionally been depicted as a white, blonde-haired woman in the comics.

But some people pointed out that Gamora isn’t Latina — she’s a green aalien who doesn’t represent the Latino community.

Meanwhile, there are a handful of Latino-specific superheroes that have yet to get their own movies, like America Chavez and Miles Morales.

Although those characters don’t have the years of history that other superheroes do, now could be a great time for those movies to be made. Just look at the latest reports comparing “Girls Trip” to “Rough Night.” The two movies have similar plots, but “Girls Trip,” which has a mostly black cast, outperformed “Rough Night” on their opening weekends by more than $20 million. Clearly, movies with people of color can make money.

One person suggested that Rodriguez would make a great Jessica Cruz, a Latina Green Lantern.

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Twitter user @iloanya1 reminded everyone that, yes, Latinos are people of color, too.

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Even one of the stars from Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” agreed that there is always room for improvement.

Natalia Cordova-Bucley plays Elena ‘Yo-Yo’ Rodriguez on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” who is a Colombian superhero with superhuman speed in the show. Her nickname Yo-Yo comes from her ability to move super fast and return to where she started in a heartbeat. ✊? ?? ??


READ: Gina Rodriguez’s Fans Are Asking Marvel To Make Her The Next Miss America Superhero

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People Are Crying About Not Being Able To Celebrate Cinco De Mayo This Year And They Need To Chill

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People Are Crying About Not Being Able To Celebrate Cinco De Mayo This Year And They Need To Chill

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Everyone was so excited about 2020. There are multiple Friday the 13ths, Cinco de Mayo is on Taco Tuesday, Halloween and Christmas are both on Saturday, and so many other wonderful things. Well, now that the world is on lockdown, some people are freaking out because they can’t drink margaritas and wear culturally offensive costumes. Here’s what you might see on Twitter.

The world is battling COVID-19 but some people are more upset that they might not be able to enjoy Cinco de Mayo.

That’s right. The holiday that American celebrate as if it was a big deal in Mexico is in jeopardy of not happening because of COVID-19. Cinco de Mayo is really not a big deal but it does give a lot of people an excuse to go day drinking with all of their friends while enjoying faux Mexican culture.

The realization is really ruining some people’s self-isolation.

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Like, chill, y’all. You can ask Instacart or Postmates to bring you some taco and margarita ingredients and you can have a full Cinco de Mayo safely in your home. This is all a part of that important mission to flatten the curve and keep people safe.

Like, it is really sending people into a full freakout.

Trust us. We all know how much it sucks to be locked into your apartment or home with nowhere to go and nothing to do. However, it is best to just power through 2020 so we can all have an amazing 2021 with everyone we know and love.

Some people are even more concerned about having to put in the work and create their own Cinco de Mayo.

Honestly, just order a taco making kit and some hamburger meat. Before you know it, you will be having the time of your life if you add just the right amount of tequila to the menu.

Now, that we have calmed you down about Cinco de Mayo, let’s go ahead and start getting ready for the rest of 2020 to possibly be canceled.

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There was a lot of hype about 2020 as 2019 came to a close. We were all so excited to leave 2019 behind us and finally have a wonderful year. It was going to be our year. However, it seems that 2020 is not going to be our year unless we work together to stop COVID-19. Until then, 2020 is the year we spend indoors and practicing social distancing so we can move forward and get ready for a stellar 2021.

READ: If You Don’t Know The History Of Cinco De Mayo, Here’s A Brief History Lesson Before You Celebrate The Holiday

Kobe Bryant’s Death Has Fans Mourning A Huge Loss: From Bad Bunny To Ricky Martin, Here’s How Latinos Are Reacting

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Kobe Bryant’s Death Has Fans Mourning A Huge Loss: From Bad Bunny To Ricky Martin, Here’s How Latinos Are Reacting

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The news sent shockwaves around the world when it was announced that a basketball legend, Kobe Bryant, died on Sunday in a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles.

Kobe Bryant, a legendary shooting guard for the LA Lakers was just 41 years old and was one of nine victims to have died in the accident. His death has brought together people from a diverse range of backgrounds, but it’s especially painful for Latinos, who were among the first to embrace the Black Mamba and with whom Kobe had a major impact as a member of the Lakers. Fans around the world are left mourning a basketball legend and processing his complicated legacy.

Death of the 41-year-old basketball legend shook communities around the world.

News broke on Sunday that the 41-year-old had died, along with nine others, in a tragic helicopter crash in the hills outside of Los Angeles. The identity of all aboard are still undisclosed at this time, pending further investigation and conversation with next of kin, according to an LA County Sheriff at a press briefing earlier today.

Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa Bryant, and three other daughters – Natalia Diamante, Bianka Bella and Capri Kobe, who is only 7 months old.

While it was unclear who else was with Bryant at the time of his death, TMZ Sports confirmed that his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Maria Onore, was one of the passengers who died in the accident. Gianna and Kobe were on their way to the Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks.

Preliminary investigations report that the helicopter went down in dense fog that had grounded most other aircraft in the region.

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Bryant was known to use his helicopter to commute between his home in Newport Beach and the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles. However, for this journey, he was commuting to a sports academy in the Valley.

Los Angeles is known for dense fog and this Sunday morning was no different. In fact, the dense fog had led to the temporary suspension of flights from LAX and most other civilian helicopter operations.

As news of the star’s death spread, so too did the heartfelt messages of loss and grief.

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“[This] is why I don’t wait for tomorrow,” J Balvin wrote. “So many surprises in life that the present escapes us.” Dozens of others weighed in as well.

AOC sent her condolences to the victims and their families in a tweet saying: “Deeply shocked at the news of Kobe Bryant and four others lost today. Sending all my thoughts to their families and loved ones in this devastating moment.“

Bad Bunny had a special message about the super star’s untimely passing.

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“I never would have imagined this would hurt so much!” he said. “I still remember the first time I saw a game of basketball at 7 years old with my dad, and it was a game with this genius, and from that day forward he became my favorite player x100pre!! I’ve never mentioned it because it doesn’t necessarily have to do with music, but this man has been an inspiration in many aspects for me to be who I am today. RIP GOAT!!! Rest in PEACE!!!! Thank you for inspiring me so much!! Thanks for so many emotions!!! How sad I feel!!! A legend is gone!! Along with a beautiful child and basketball promise, Gianna… It breaks my soul too know that I was going to meet, and share time, with you soon…”

And Anuel AA shared his take on the tragedy, one that many people could relate to.

“Wow, my hero died,” he said. “This is unbelievable. I’m here crying as if I knew him, heartbroken. Rest in peace, legend, you left a mark on the world. May God continue blessing his family and fill them with strength. Wow what sadness. [Kobe Bryant] your name will live forever.”

Kobe Bryant shared a special kinship with his Latino fans, who he said were the first to embrace him.

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As the tributes pour in, many are remembering the impact Kobe had on LA’s Latino community.

A few years ago, he thanked the Latino community for their support.

“Latino fans are important to me, because when I arrived [in Los Angeles] they were the fans who most passionately embraced me,” he said. Bryant added that his Spanish was “not that good,” but this appeared to have been a modest assessment, as he routinely conducted full-length interviews in Spanish, which endeared him even more to Latino fans. He said that he was inspired to learn the language because of his wife and because his Latino fans “mean everything” to him. He told Univision in a separate interview that he learned Spanish through watching telenovelas with his family.

However, Bryant’s story wasn’t one without its blemishes. He was accused of sexual assault in 2003.

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Bryant’s sexual assault case was another scandal that rocked the sport’s world and his own image. The charges brought against him were serious. He was accused of raping a hotel employee while at a Colorado resort – a claim that he denied saying the sexual encounter was consensual. The case was eventually settled out of court, according to The Guardian.

As much of the world is still in shock regarding the untimely loss of such an iconic man, his success as a basketball great will live on.