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Daisy Coleman, The High School Sexual Assault Survivor Featured In A Netflix Documentary, Has Died By Suicide

In 2016, Netflix debuted the heartwrenching documentary Audrie & Daisy a film that examined the tragic experiences of two high school students. Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman were two teens at the time of their sexual assaults. Both women were subjected to cyberbullying and abuse after their assaults and forced to heal with little support. But soon after her assault, Audrie Pott was driven to suicide by hanging.

The film showed that Coleman also struggled with suicide ideation after the assault.

Four years after the film’s debut, Coleman (who had become a sexual assault victim advocate) has died by suicide.

In a post to her Facebook page on Tuesday, Coleman’s mother shared the news: “My daughter Catherine Daisy Coleman committed suicide tonight,” Melinda Coleman wrote. “If you saw crazy messages and posts it was because I called the police to check on her. She was my best friend and amazing daughter. I think she had to make it seem like I could live without her. I can’t. I wish I could have taken the pain from her! She never recovered from what those boys did to her and it’s just not fair. My baby girl is gone.”

At the time of her assault, Coleman was 14 years old. She was sexually assaulted by a high schooler named Matthew Barnett and was dumped outside of her home wearing only a T-shirt in the dead of winter. The documentary film said Coleman had been left behind in sub-freezing temperatures and that her hair had stuck to the ground.

Barnett was eventually subjected to a felony sexual assault charge for what he did to Coleman but the charge was later dropped.

After, Coleman became a target for bullying.

Filmmakers followed Coleman for two years watching the ways in which Coleman and members of her family were subjected to the trauma of her assault.

“I definitely feel like people have certain views and perceptions about me and about cases like this because they’re uneducated,” then-19-year-old Coleman told People in a 2017 interview. “That’s exactly why I’m going out and trying to educate people on what’s going on in our society.”

Speaking about her experience, Coleman said that she didn’t hold any animosity against her attacker. “I honestly don’t have any vindictive feelings toward him,” Coleman told People. “I feel like all of that negativity that he put onto me was passed down to him at one point, so I felt the need to stop that kind of transaction of negativity and hate… I went through a lot of years of self-loathing and asking myself, Why me? So much ‘woe is me’… I just decided one day that I was done being negative about it. I needed to forgive myself for what happened.”

In 2017, Coleman worked to help others from being subjected to sexual violence for the national campaign SafeBAE — Safe Before Anyone Else.

If you or someone you know might be considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Or text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.

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The Director of ‘Spy Kids’ Made a New Netflix Kids Movie Starring Pedro Pascal

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The Director of ‘Spy Kids’ Made a New Netflix Kids Movie Starring Pedro Pascal

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Robert Rodriguez, the beloved Mexican-American director of family-favorite classics like “Spy Kids” and “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D” is coming out with a new kids movie on Netflix called “We Can Be Heroes”.

According to Netflix, the film will be set in the “Sharkboy and Lavagirl” cinematic universe, and will function as a “standalone sequel” to the classic kids movie. The movie is set to drop on New Year’s Day.

The story will follow the children of a group of superheroes called “The Heroics”. The children of The Heroics must save the planet after their parents are kidnapped by alien invaders. According to the information that Netflix has released, Sharkboy and Lavagirl will be two of the parents who are kidnapped by these villainous aliens. (Yes, Sharkboy and Lavagirl now have a kid together. Yes, we thought they were siblings this entire time.)

While Taylor Dooley, who plays Lavagirl, is reprising her role for “We Can Be Heroes”, Taylor Lautner, unfortunately, will not.

An actor named JJ Dashnaw will step into Sharkboy’s shoes. But to soften the blow of that disappointing recasting news, none of other than Pedro Pascal will be playing one of the lead roles in the movie, a character named Marcus Moreno who is “a superhero on the verge of retirement”.

“I’ve wanted to work with Pedro since forever,” Rodriguez told Entertainment Weekly. “[Marcus] can be a badass if he needs to. He takes the glasses off, and he looks legit.” 

Although Robert Rodriguez is well-known for his family movies like the “Spy Kids” franchise as well as “Shark Boy and Lavagirl”, he has recently focuses his career on more adult fare like “Machete” and “Alita: Battle Angel”. Fans of “Spy Kids” are excited to be treated to a movie that seems like it will be a spiritual successor of the 2001 film. Rodriguez says that families being stuck at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic has simply fueled nostalgia for his popular kids movies.

“A lot of families have spent a lot of time together,” he told EW. “I’ve been getting calls from all kinds of studios: ‘Reboot Spy Kids.’ ‘Reboot Sharkboy.’ Of course they want to. They’re all sitting at home with their kids.”

Just this year, Robert Rodriguez talked about how hard he had to fight to make the “Spy Kids” family Latino. “For me it was a big victory … to have the kids in ‘Spy Kids’ be a Latin family,” he explained at a virtual Comic Con panel. “The studio was like, ‘Why are you making them Latin, though, why don’t you just make them American?’ They are American, they’re based on my family.”

“There were no roles being written for Latins at that time, back in 1999, nor were they being cast. If I wasn’t Latin, I would have given up the fight,” he continued. “When you’re doing anything that’s new, this just happens to be about diversity, you’re going to get a question and you have to have a good answer.”

We’re excited to take a look at this new kid-friendly movie! We hope it’s as entertaining as “Spy Kids”.

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Betty Gallegos Is The Latina Yo-Yo Champion You Need To Know About

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Betty Gallegos Is The Latina Yo-Yo Champion You Need To Know About

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Yo-yoing is an intense and exciting sport that connects millions of people from around the world. It transcends language barriers and brings people together for exciting competitions. One woman from Mexico is catching the world’s attention. Her name is Betty Gallegos.

Betty Gallegos is changing the world of yo-yoing with her impressive skills.

Gallegos has been yo-yoing since she was 12 years old, according to her own words in “We Are The Champions.” The Netflix original series follows people in sporting events that are region-specific or off of everyone’s radars. One episode is dedicated to the competitive and amicable sport of yo-yoing.

Gallegos is a rising star on the international yo-yo stage.

The yo-yoing superstar is a 2-time Women’s World champion and is the current Mexican national champion. In 2019, Gallegos was looking to make history as the first woman to compete in the 1A World Championship final. “We Are The Champions” followed Gallegos on her journey to Cleveland, Ohio to compete against the best.

She has her own yo-yo.

The Meerkat is Gallegos first signature yo-yo created with YoYoFactory. The lightweight yo-yo is Gallegos’ go-to yo-yo for all of her competition and social media needs.

Gallegos’ performance at the 2019 World Yo-Yo Contest was spectacular. The Mexican yo-yo athlete goes for glory and leaves it all on the stage. As for how she does, you’ll have to watch the show to find out.

Gallegos is working hard to show the boys that girls are just as capable.

Yo-yoing, like so many things before it is heavily dominated by men. Gallegos wants her presence in the yo-yo contests to bring more women to the sport. Gallegos says that she wants to be the one to pave the way for more women in yo-yo in “We Are The Champions.” As her time at the world competition comes to an end, Gallegos hopes she is closer to achieving that goal.

Covid might have canceled 2020 but Gallegos is already looking to the future.

Covid came in just to take away 2020. The year that so many said was going to be their year. The virus postponed this years World Yo-Yo Contest and Gallegos is ready to get back to the stage in 2021. The sky’s the limit and Gallegos is unapologetically reaching for her piece of it.

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