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Andy Ruiz Jr. Might Be A New Boxing Champion But He Doesn’t Start Any Fight Without His Snickers

The night of June 1, 2019, will forever live in the minds of boxing fans and in the hearts of Latinos worldwide. Andy Ruiz Jr, a son of the border, the face of Mexican-American cultural identity, defied all odds and knocked out the unbeaten, Adonis-like, British megastar Anthony Joshua. It was a sight hard to believe: the world champion down, the pudgy Mexican challenger having just put him on the canvas with a lethal combination. Ruiz became the first ever Mexican world champion (he IS Mexican, so let’s put that controversy to rest, more below) to win the heavyweight championship of the world. Yes, the man from Mexicali became the successor to famous athletes like Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield, and Mike Tyson. We are still scratching our heads and raising our hands in triumph at the near-impossible feat that Andy pulled off. 

Felicidades, pinche Andy, campeón del mundo.

The road to that historic night at Madison Square Garden wasn’t easy, though, and Ruiz had to fight prejudice for years. Here is what you need to know about our own Latino Rocky, sí se pudo chingaos.

He was born on 11 September 1989 (age 29 years) in Imperial Valley, California, United States.

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However, he has gone back and forth Mexico and the United States for all his life, and represented the state of Baja California and then Mexico in his amateur career. He has a Mexican passport and is, by all means, Mexican, so let that controversy rest, por el amor de Dios!

His win is the biggest upset in boxing since Mike Tyson lost his undefeated record to Buster Douglas.

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It will be years before an upset of this magnitude is witnessed again in boxing. Ruiz was a 25-1 underdog, and very few saw a possible avenue for his win. The KO made us remember the fateful night of February 11, 1990, when journeyman James Buster Douglas knocked out Iron Mike Tyson to snatch his titles and his aura of invincibility. Ruiz’s performance was as amazing and Douglas’, and the shakeup in the sports world as big. We still can’t believe it or wipe the smile off our proud Latino faces.

He had fought just five weeks prior and got this shot at the title by chance.

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The now-former champ Anthony Joshua was slated to fight Jerral Baby Miller from New York, but when the challenger was found guilty of doping English promoter Eddie Hearn started a mad search for an opponent. Ruiz pushed his case based on a great performance just five weeks ago and also based on the fact that he had only lost once in a very disputed decision to former world champ Joseph Parker of New Zealand. A true Rocky story! At first, the promoters were hesitant in choosing him as an opponent for AJ’s US debut, they said fans would laugh when Ortiz took his shirt off at the weigh-in.

He was about to quit boxing because critics called him fat.

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In a culture that values body image above almost an anything else, Ruiz’s body type did not fit the standards of elite heavyweight boxing. It is quite contradictory how NFL linebackers with panza are considered elite athletes but Ruiz wasn’t. Instead of quitting he just decided to let his fists talk in the ring. His is a story of bashing stereotypes. We are sure he could trim down and fight in a lower division, but he chose to compete in the king of divisiones del boxeo.

It got really nasty, but Andy les calló el hocico.

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So much of the press in the days leading up to the fight focused on Andy’s body that Joshua’s fans, and perhaps AJ himself, got overconfident. During the weigh-in, they called Andy “fat bastard”. Who is the loser now, eh?

In fact, boxing commentators attributed his magnificent win to old-fashioned huevos!

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Ruiz followed a strict training regime and followed the Floyd Mayweather motto: hard work, dedication! He has taught the boxing world that there is no such thing as impossible and that anyone can implement the perfect game plan and come out the winner. 

Canelo came to his defense when commentators started trashing him for his built.

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Stephen A. Smith from ESPN twitted a very disrespectful message saying that Andy was Butter Bean, a boxer-circus act who has massive and KOd second-rate boxers in the 1990s. This was terrible, and other commentators and boxers like Canelo came out in Andy’s defense, pointing out Smith’s plain and simple ignorance.

Don’t let his panza fool you.

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Ruiz is quick as hell, a rare quality in heavyweight boxing. His hand speed is his best asset and the few who gave him a chance singled out his capacity to produce punches in bunches. He executed the perfect plan against Joshua, and it paid off. Con creces.

His motivation: providing for his amá.

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After the fight, he sent a message to his mom. We won’t struggle anymore, he said. Those words resonated with millions of working-class families the world over.

He eats a Snickers chocolate bar before each fight.

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Yes. And he laughs at himself for doing so. Whatever gives him the energy and drive right?

His win was no fluke, it was not a lucky punch that made him a champion.

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Ruiz’s win has been compared to the two KO loses suffered by another British boxer, Lennox Lewis, in the 1990s. However, the men who defeated Lewis, Oliver McCall and Hassim Rahman, landed the perfect punch at the perfect time. This was not the case with Ruiz, who executed a perfect plan to neutralize Joshua’s massive advantage in reach and athletic ability. Ruiz countered Joshua perfectly every time the Brit tried to land his left hook, a punch feared by everyone in the division. Ruiz found and opening and BOLAS, he landed a punch to the temple in the third round that basically won him the fight. He dropped Joshua once more in that round and then was patient, stalking the bigger man and getting to the body (old Mexican trainers say: mata al cuerpo y la cabeza cae sola). In the seventh, Ruiz let Joshua open up and BAM! fight over. If someone told you he got lucky, tell them off!

Joshua was a class act in defeat.

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Joshua is a gentleman, that is for sure, and he offered no excuses in defeat. Rather, he said that it was Andy’s night and that the spotlight should be on him. If only all men in a position of power were as classy as AJ. 

Andy Ruiz Jr is now an Internet sensation.

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Since is win on Saturday, dozens of memes have popped up, exalting the surprising nature of his win and the massiveness of his accomplishment. You made us proud, Andy. CARAJO, SI SE PUDO!

And like siempre pasa, Latino humor has stolen the show!

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We mean, a few good laughs are alright, o no?

READ: This Mexican Boxer Just Pulled The Most Iconic Upset Making History As The First Mexican Heavyweight Champion

‘Roma’ Star Aparicio Is Named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador And Will Advocate For The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples

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‘Roma’ Star Aparicio Is Named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador And Will Advocate For The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples

Within a matter of just a year, Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio has made a name for herself as both an artist and an activist. Earlier this year, the 25-year-old actress, born in Tlaxiaco, Mexico, made history as the first indigenous actor nominated for the best actress award at the Academy Awards for her breakout role in the film “Roma.” In the months after the film came out, the actress has worked hard to display her Mixteco language and heritage, financially support Oaxan students from her hometown, and combat any stereotypes or ignorant impressions you might have of indigenous people. For her work, the young actress is, once again, being honored. 

This time, it’s with a wonderful new role with the United Nations’ cultural agency United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a goodwill ambassador for indigenous people.

On Friday, UNESCO— a Paris-based organization— announced that they had appointed Aparicio to help them advocate for gender equality and indigenous rights. 

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In an interview about her newest role, Aparicio said that she felt “proud to be an indigenous woman” and would like to aim “to go hand in hand with UNESCO in the best way, to be able to support these indigenous communities.”

According to NBC News, the young actress also said that it was her hope that she would pass on the traditional wisdom of indigenous communities as well as combat racism. “As my grandparents used to say: ‘You have to take care of the land because you eat it.’ So hopefully we learn this part,” she said.

During her announcement of her new role, Aparicio said that it would also be her goal to shed light on the various legal complications that indigenous people face in the government systems around the world. 

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“There are several cases where there are indigenous people who are judged in a foreign language, without the right to have a translator and I think it’s something that we should take action on”, she said.

There’s no doubt that based on the year Aparicio has had that she is a woman who understands first hand why advocacy for indigenous people is so important. 

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The Academy Award-nominated actress Yalitza Aparicio became the first Mexican woman to receive such an honor. However, despite the respect and esteem, she should have earned, it wasn’t uncommon for her to receive unwarranted racism from her community of actors in Mexico. At one point, telenovela star Sergio Goyri used racist slurs to say that he didn’t feel Yalitza Aparicio deserved an Oscar nomination. In a video posted to the veteran actor’s Instagram, he  commented that Aparicio should not have received a nomination for an Academy Award saying  in Spanish “Que metan a nominar a una pinche india que dice, ‘sí señora, no señora’, y que la metan a una terna a la mejor actriz del Oscar.

In English, his offensive and vulgar language translate to “That they nominate an Indian click that says, ‘Yes ma’am, no ma’am’, and that they put it in a shortlist for the best Oscar actress.”

Later the actor apologizes saying that it was “never my intent to offend anyone. I apologize to Yalitza, who deserves [the Oscar nomination] and much more,” the 60-year-old said on Instagram. “For me, it is an honor to see a Mexican be nominated for an Oscar.”

Staying above it all like always, Aparicio responded to Goyri’s offensive remarks by stating that she was proud of who she is and where she is from. 

“I am proud to be an Oaxacan indigenous woman, and it saddens me that there are people who do not know the correct meaning of words,” Aparicio said in a statement to The Guardian.

“Roma” director, Alfonso Cuarón, also came to the defense of Aparicio this week by saying that Goyri’s words should be a broader discussion as to why people, particularly in Mexico, have those feelings, and also why the media perpetuates stereotypes.

With all that Aparicio has experienced, we’re excited to see what she does for Indigenous people in her newest role.

Aparicio has continued to prove this year that she is nothing but a rising star on the scene. Despite the fact that English was not a language she knew fluently when she took up her first Hollywood film (and first film!) she continues to be the face of international success and proof that anyone can come from any circumstance and get to the top. We hope that her new role she will outshine any ignorance and cruelty that might come her way and that she will continue the fight for freedom for Indigenous people everywhere.

The Trailer For Harley Quinn’s Spin-Off ‘Birds Of Prey’ Dropped And We’re Loving The Diversity of The All-Female Super Hero Troupe

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The Trailer For Harley Quinn’s Spin-Off ‘Birds Of Prey’ Dropped And We’re Loving The Diversity of The All-Female Super Hero Troupe

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Harley Quinn is back and she’s Joker-free in the upcoming ‘Suicide Squad’ spin-off. The first full trailer for DC’s ‘Birds of Prey And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn’ dropped this week and we’re loving everything about it. The film is set to be released early 2020 and when it does, it will feature a pretty diverse cast of badass ladies.

Most details of ‘Birds of Prey’ had been kept under wraps, except for a little sneak peak shared by Dr. Harleen Quinzel herself.

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Aside from the sneak-peek we got in January in the form of an Instagram post from Miss Harley Quinn herself, captioned “Miss me? 💋HQ”, and a tiny teaser trailer, most details of ‘Birds of Prey’ had remained under wraps. But after watching the first full official trailer we have enough details to piece the plot together.

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In ‘Birds of Prey’ Harley gathers a group of uncongenial super-powered ladies to search for revenge.

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Birds of Prey is originally a DC Comics series based around an ever-changing line-up of female heroes, villains, and anti-heroes. The trailer for the movie opens with a drunk Harley Quinn pointing out that “a harlequin’s role is to serve; it’s nothing without a master.” She goes on to explain that her relationship with the Joker is through, and she’s looking for a “fresh start”, but as it turns out, Harley  “wasn’t the only dame in Gotham looking for emancipation.” After the breakup and naturally, a post heartbreak haircut, Harley puts together a group of uncongenial anti-heroines with similar motives, looking for revenge.

The team of iconic DC Comic ladies includes Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), from the Gotham City Police Department; the Black Canary/Dinah Lance (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), who gave us a hint of her super-powered voice while singing in a club in the trailer; the crossbow-wielding Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead); and perhaps the DC Universe’s most lethal set of hands, Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco).

Margot Robbie is the person behind Harley Quinn’s own spin-off movie and she wanted to make sure to get a diverse team on-screen and behind the camera.

During an interview with Yahoo!, to promote her movie Terminal, actor turned producer, Margot Robbie, talked about how important it was for her to make sure to cast diverse leads. “real life isn’t so one specific image,” said Robbie, “We’ve got to reflect that onscreen.”

Television and film are supposed to depict our realities, right? That should mean showcasing characters of all races, genders, nationalities, sexual orientations, etc. as thought-out and well-developed characters, instead of relying on tactless stereotypes for laughs. Who we see on the screen needs to mirror the diverse world we live in. And while there has been a slight improvement in the last couple of years, the industry has still got a long way to go and it’s crucial that we begin to see diverse casts, directors, writers, producers, and film crews. 

Margot Robbie, the person behind Harley Quinn’s spin-off,  worked hard to build a diverse team for this movie, both in front of the camera and behind it. Robbie describes ‘Birds of Prey’ as an “R-rated girl gang film”. “I was like, Harley needs friends, Harley loves interacting with people, so don’t ever make her do a standalone film,” she said about her pitch during an interview with Collider. “She’s got to be with other people, it should be a girl gang. I wasn’t seeing enough girl gangs on screen, especially in the action space. So that was always a big part of it.” 

Just watching the trailer and seeing the group of diverse anti-heroes and women of color playing strong badass action-driven characters has us counting the days until the premiere. A study by the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) says that films with more diverse casts perform better at the box office than less diverse ones —Confirming what people and actors of color have been saying for years!

For the film, Robbie casted women with vastly different backgrounds and secured a female director and screenplay writer.

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The “Birds of Prey” are all women with different and vast backgrounds. Jurnee Smollett-Bell who’s playing Black Canary has described herself as “Blewish” aka black and Jewish and is 100% proud of her biracial ancestry. Rosie Perez (who plays Renee Montoya), was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, but considers herself Puerto Rican fist and foremost and has shown the world her pride for her heritage in the documentary “I’m Boricua, Just So You Know“. 

When “Birds of Prey” debuts in theaters next year, so will Ella Jay Basco. Bringing the character Cassandra Cain to life will be the young actress of Korean and Filipino ancestry’s big-screen debut. “I really want to represent the Asian community – that alone inspires me to act because representation and diversity in the industry is super important to me.” Basco revealed in an interview with A Book Of.

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Director Cathy Yan has reportedly been tabbed to direct the movie, marking her first Asian female director to helm a DC movie. “…And then, of course, having a female director to tell that story,” Robbie said to Yahoo! “And giving a female director the chance to do big budget stuff, they always get ‘Here’s the tiny little film’… I was like, ‘I love action. I love action films. I’m a girl. What, are we meant to only like a specific thing’? So it was a hugely important to find a female director for this, if possible. But at the end of the day — male, female — the best director gets the job and Cathy was the best director.” she continued. The screenplay was written by Christina Hodson, who also wrote the Transformers sequel ‘Bumblebee’ starring Hailee Steinfeld, and who will also be writing DC’s “Batgirl” movie. 

“Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of a One Harley Quinn” is set to release on February 7, 2020. Other upcoming DC Extended Universe films include Wonder Woman 2, Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps.