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

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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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My Mexican Mom Had A Weird Remedy For Every Illness

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My Mexican Mom Had A Weird Remedy For Every Illness

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Growing up, my mom knew more than all my doctors. At least that’s what she’d tell me back then, and still does to this day. She insists that American doctors only push pills they’re paid to prescribe, and that those pills valen pura madre. So she has always used her own style of medicine, much of it passed down to her from her own mom.

When doctors tell her she shouldn’t be messing with medicine, well, let’s just say she isn’t having it.

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Every time I’ve gotten sick with anything from a cold to viral meningitis, my mom has come to the rescue with her Mexican mom remedies that somehow, and seemingly magically, got me back on my feet in no time.

There were, of course, the staples of Mexican medicine cabinets.

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“Ponte Vicks en las patas y en el pecho. Y mas te vale que te pongas los calcetines!” Totally normal, right? Well, my mom also added banana leaves to the Vick’s foot wrap. Why? Because that’s what her mom did, and that’s reason enough.

Even then, she took it a bit further, making me eat a chunk of Vicks she would scoop out with her fingers and shove into my mouth.

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I have no idea where she heard that this works, but my stomach would feel weird for hours after. I’m also pretty sure this could have poisoned me. By the way, Vicks doesn’t taste good. Luckily, there was always caldo on the way to get the flavor out of my mouth.

Lemon also made its way from the kitchen to the medicine cabinet.

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Along with gargling lemon for a sore throat, my mom would make me put it on my arm pits instead of deodorant, rub it on my elbows to get rid of dark patches or use it on my face when I broke out. Lemon fixes everything.

Fear of needles was not allowed in my house. If I acted scared, my mom basically called me a wimp.

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When my anginas were swollen or if I came down with a fever, my mom went to the pharmacy, bought a fresh pack of needles and the serum needed to cure me. When she came home, I knew what time it was.

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And it was going to hurt.

There was no messing around. It was “bajate los pantalones, chamaca” and then…

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It worked though, and fast! I rarely missed a school day.

And it went both ways. If she was sick, I was tasked with injecting her despite having zero medical training. Because I was a teenager.

To say stabbing a needle into my mom’s butt cheek made me nervous is an understatement.

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But I didn’t have a choice. Mami was sick and I had to help, because she always did the same for me. Now as an adult, I’ve got it down. Well, better than when I was 16 at least.

“Tronando los cueritos” is another one of her go-to remedies.

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While it sounds pretty gross, and sort of like a norteño song, tronando los cueritos meant pulling the skin on my back and stomach until it cracked. Yes, cracked. It’s not fun, but that was her cure for empacho, or a uncomfortable blockage in the stomach or intestines. Sexy, right? She’d cap it off with a teaspoon of olive oil and orange juice down the throat, which she said would unstick food stuck to my stomach. Again, sexy, right?

While my mom didn’t use lard in any of her cooking, she would mix it with sugar and slap it on my head if I got a bump.

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It seemed to get the swelling down pretty quick too.

Trust though, she would rub it on while reminding me that’s what happens “por andar de vaga.”

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“A ver si así aprendes.”

Burns happened in our house all the time. It’s unavoidable when most of your time is spent in the kitchen. That’s where mustard came in handy.

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The burn would kill, but the mustard soothed it every time.

My mom truly had a cure for anything, and it didn’t dawn on me until years later that some people might think her remedies were strange. They worked though, and I still use many of these years later.

And no matter how old I get, any time I’m sick, I know exactly what I want.

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And maybe a spoonful of Vick’s.


READ: You Are NEVER Too Old to Try Abuelita’s Tried and True Cold Remedies


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