WATCH: John Leguizamo Emotionally Discusses The Importance Of ‘Black Panther’ For The Latino Community

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John Leguizamo is praising “Black Panther” a step toward undoing negative stereotypes for minorities in film.

When speaking about how minorities are typically portrayed negatively in film and TV, Leguizamo got emotional when discussing why a “Black Panther” is so important.

“This ‘Black Panther’ thing is so exciting for me,” Leguizamo said toward the end of his interview with Ricky Camilleri at Build Studio on Feb. 9. “The other day I was doing a Q&A for ‘Latin History for Morons’ and this mom said that her son said, ‘Look, black people can be superheroes too?’ Her son was like flabbergasted. If you see yourself represented positively, imagine what it does to the youth. It’s going to make me cry.”

The actor and activist also said that in order to show Latinos in film, we need to tell their stories — as many other Latino actors have recently said.

He said one of the main reasons he gets involved in roles that portray Latinos in a positive light is to stop “the negativity out there” that plagues Latino characters.

Playing positive role models “undoes the negative messaging that’s out there constantly. How do you project yourself into the future positively if you haven’t seen yourself positively represented,” Leguizamo said during the 30 minute interview.

Leguizamo used his interview time to address his desire to see a united political front among all minorities.

“Us black and Latin people we gotta stand up for ourselves but we cannot do it completely alone,” Leguizamo said when discussing the need for political unity. “We need the white liberal.”

Leguizamo — who said his one-man show “Latin History For Morons” will go on tour — said that his play has been so pivotal that some educators have asked for a syllabus of his play.

“How was all of this information kept from me and kept from Americans?” Leguizamo said as he recalls researching his play.

Leguizamo can next be seen in the mini-series “Waco.”

READ: John Leguizamo Steps Up His Resistance Against Trump And Considers Running For Office 

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This Olympian Chose To Represent Mexico To Honor His Father's Roots


This Olympian Chose To Represent Mexico To Honor His Father’s Roots

Meet Robby Franco. He’s a skier competing at this year’s Winter Olympics.

Franco is one of a handful of athletes representing Team Mexico in Pyeongchang.

His goal? To win Mexico its first medal at a Winter Olympics.

Born and raised in California, Franco decided to represent Mexico to honor his father, who is from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Franco grew up in Camino, a small town between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe. He told Marca.com that he fell in love with skiing during family ski trips to Lake Tahoe. After honing his craft for years, Franco eventually turned pro during his teens and moved to Colorado to focus on training. Franco, who holds dual citizenship, represented the United States until 2014, when he made the switch to Mexico.

Since choosing to rep Mexico, the 24-year-old has reconnected with family in Jalisco…

… visited Teotihuacan near Mexico City…

… and even trained without snow.

So, what exactly does Franco do? He competes in slope style, a skiing event where athletes make their way downhill while doing tricks on various obstacles, like rails and takeoffs.

Here’s a trick from a rail:

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And one from a takeoff:

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Aaaand here’s a trick in slo-mo:

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Just day dreaming about catching some air again! #tbt

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A top 30 skier, Franco says his goal is not just to bring Mexico its first Winter Olympics medal, but to inspire others to try the sport.

“I thought if I could be a spotlight to encourage other athletes from Mexico, to learn to ski, to pursue this if the Olympics is your dream. Do what I did. Follow it,” said Franco to the Sacramento Bee.

The Men’s Ski Slopestyle competition kicks off on Sunday, February 18.

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