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Michael B. Jordan May Be 2020’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’, But He Used To Be The World’s Cutest Kid

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Michael B. Jordan has been named 2020’s “Sexiest Man Alive” by People Magazine. Jordan will be the fifth non-white man to be given the title since the magazine started the tradition in 1985. He takes the mantle from last year’s winner, John Legend.

Naturally, people are excited about Jordan’s new title, as the thirst for the 33-year-old actor has been very real since he burst onto the mainstream scene with his transcendent performance in 2015’s “Creed”.

But the love for Michael B. Jordan truly solidified after he gave a scene-stealing performance as the sexy, scary villain Eric Killmonger in 2018’s “Black Panther”.

But what makes Michael B. Jordan so sexy isn’t just his looks, but his heart. Casual observers and fans alike were impressed by the actor’s activism in the tumultuous summer of 2020. After the killing of George Floyd mobilized much of America to take to the streets and protest police brutality and anti-blackness, Jordan was right there next to everyday civilians, making his voice heard by marching in the streets.

“I think there’s a time and a place for everything,” Jordan said about his activism to People. “I’ve been picking my moments to make the most impact. We can all take action—big or small—to help create the change we want to see.”

But although Michael B. Jordan has always been talented, he hasn’t always been sexy.

Back before all the fame and fortune transformed him into a global superstar, Michael B. Jordan was just a cute little kid.

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Over the years, Jordan has shared adorable baby photos of himself with his fans over Instagram. Jordan started his career modeling and acting as a young kid. After a few bit parts, he got the attention of Hollywood by playing a ___ on the critically acclaimed HBO series “The Wire”. After that, his career was off to the races. He played a troubled teen on “All My Children” and then a football player on “Friday Night Lights”.

Finally, in 2013, he took movies by storm when he starred in the heart-wrenching police brutality drama “Fruitvale Station”–his first of many collaborations with director Ryan Coogler (who went on to cast him in “Creed” and “Black Panther”).

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Jordan told People that he owes his down-to-earth attitude to the way his parents raised him and his two siblings. “My mom and dad sacrificed so much to provide for my sister, brother and me,” he said. “I’m just grateful. Honestly it’s like they all have had such an impact on me and who I am and how I approach each day.”

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Michael B. Jordan says that more than anything, the title of “Sexiest Man Alive” is exciting to him because of how the women in his family will react. “When my grandmother was alive, it was something that she collected, and then my mom naturally reads it a lot and my aunts as well,” he told People. “This is one that they’re definitely going to have a special place for.”

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Interracial Couples Are Officially Getting Emoji Representation

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Interracial Couples Are Officially Getting Emoji Representation

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Representation matters.

When it comes to interracial couples, this is certainly true. In 2017, The New York Times posed the question “where are all of the racial couples?” in an article about the representation of mixed-race couples on screen. The pieces pointed out that for many years, the entertainment industry “forbid depictions of interracial relationships. From 1930 until the late 1960s, the Motion Picture Production Code banned ‘vulgarity and suggestiveness’ so that ‘good taste may be emphasized.'” The piece put a bold underline under the fact that decades have passed since these codes were dismantled. In fact, the same year of the article’s release, the Pew Research Center revealed that the number rose to 10 percent, including 11 million interracial marriages in total.

These statistics oddly haven’t always extended to even our most innovative forms: texting to name just one. Up until recently, texters weren’t able to express their mix-raced love via iPhones.

Now thanks to a new update, they are!

New updates to Apple‘s iOS 14.5 are bringing interracial couples to your texts this Spring.

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Apple is working to make our texting experience more inclusive and representative for all phone users. In a recent update from Unicode, the system that produces emojis, Apple has announced that they will be unveiling new designs and new options for emojis that already exist as part of iOS 14.5.

New designs for the emojis will be more representative of people with disabilities as well.

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They include a person with a bird, flaming heart emoji, a healed heart, and new skin tone variants for kissing couples and couples with heart emojis. There will also be accessibility-themed emojis which include an ear with a hearing aid, a guide dog, a prosthetic leg, and a prosthetic arm.

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Disney is Making a Latino Version of ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’

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Disney is Making a Latino Version of ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’

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Another day, another Latino-fied reboot of a beloved story. Recently, we reported that “Father of the Bride” is going to be rebooted, this time with a “sprawling Cuban family” at the center of the movie. Now, apparently ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ is getting the same treatment.

According to Deadline, this version of ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ is going to “focus on a multigenerational Latinx family”.

Since there was already a 2014 version of the popular children’s book that starred Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner, the movie is technically being called a “reboot”. But we just like to think of it as a reinterpretation.

Per Deadline, the movie is being developed specifically for Disney+. Seeing as this reinterpretation is being written by the same guy who is writing the “Father of the Bride” reboot (Matt Lopez), it looks like this writer is definitely carving out a niche for himself in Hollywood.

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is an incredibly popular children’s book that was published in 1972 by the author Judith Viorst.

Latino artist Ray Cruz illustrated the famously distinctive pictures in the book and its three sequels, “Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday”, “Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move”, and “Alexander Who’s Trying His Best to Be the Best Boy Ever”.

Viorst, who was also a psychoanalysis researcher, wrote the book to help children process the all-too-common feelings of isolation and frustration that occur when nothing seems to be going their way. It is considered a classic.

Although it’s exciting that another Latino-centric story is going to be brought to the screen, it would also be nice for new, original Latino stories to be told.

For example, part of “Coco’s” popularity was the fact that the movie celebrated and elevated specific aspects of Mexican culture. The movie wasn’t a Latino interpretation of a white text, but it was a Latino narrative through and through.

A lot of the time, Hollywood thinks it can just swap out the characters’ names and slap some Latino actors on the cast, and they’ve hit their “diversity quota” for the year. But true representation goes much deeper than that.

Think about how many “Latino Reboots” there have been. “Charmed”, “One Day at a Time”, “Party of Five”, “Magnum P.I.” , “Father of the Bride”. It’s exciting that Hollywood is taking steps to employee Latino actors and creatives, but it might be time for an original, authentic Latino story to be told.

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