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Zoe Saldana And Her Husband Are Creating The Most Beautiful, Gender Fluid Atmospheres For Their Kids

Zoe Saldana-Perego, born Zoe Yadira Saldaña Nazario, is the Dominicana we’ve loved to love since her film debut in “Center Stage” (2000), where she played a Latinx ballet dancer, whose culture defied that of the fictional American Ballet Academy. Since then she’s gone one to star in “Star Trek,” “Avatar,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and “Colombiana.”

One of her most stunningly beautiful personal accomplishments is how she chooses to raise her kids–without gender norms. Meet Bowie, Cy and Zen.

1. Saldana is married to Italian artist Marco Perego.

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Perego is also a rugby player whose nickname is The Pirate because of his long locks, and some interesting art pieces. He actually created a massive gum ball sculpture where instead of gum balls, there were human skulls inside.

2. They secretly got married in June 2013 in London.

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Going against traditions, Perego took Saldana’s last name, making him Marco Perego-Saldana, and her Zoe Saldana-Perego. Their kids’ names will be Perego-Saldana.

3. All their kids are bilingual in Spanish and English.

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Hubby learned to speak Spanish so that they, as a family, can all speak the language together. Good husband. ????

Caption: “Seeds of our Great Tree. Mi manchi tanto ???? @finnjk”

4. Bowie and Cy are twins.

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They were both (obviously) born in 2014. The Perego-Saldanas are a private family, that’s for sure, and Zoe kept her first pregnancy under wraps for the first three months. We’re glad we get to see her beautiful family grow via Instagram.

5. Basically, Zoe is the only woman in the house.

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She is surrounded by dudes of all shapes and ages. In an interview with US Magazine, Zoe confessed, “I’m learning a lot about male biology. Boys are insane…but they’re sensitive, too.”

6. There is no male or female role in the house.

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Zoe does a lot of the repair work, like setting up the TV, and Marco does some household chores, making for a gender-fluid environment. We could all use a lot more of that.

7. “We’re so of a very gender fluid household. I think it’s important to raise boys in that environment and girls as well.”

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Amen, mami. I love that these niños are bringing their wisdom to their schools, and growing up to be people who respect women just as equally as men. We imagine that they’re probably also getting every opportunity to define their own gender since there is no prescription.

8. The only thing prescribed in their household? Fun.

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Zoe says her kids have taught her a lot, too. “We’re caught raising and teaching and disciplining and cooking and cleaning and not enough time to play. I think that my kids always remind me when I’m being too boring. They go, ‘Mama, be nice, sit down and play with me.’ That’s what they’re teaching me.”

9. Being a mom can be hella sucio though.

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When asked what her grossest moment was Zoe responded, “Oh, you know, when you’re talking to a total stranger and you smell something and look down and are covered in sh*t.”

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10. And a working mom is a whole other ballgame.

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Caption: “You do what you have to do to be there…. Haces lo que tienes que hacer para estar ahí. #workingmom#madresquetrabajan”

11. With artists for parents, these kids are already getting down to business.

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The Latino household I grew up in was all about following the rules, cleaning up after yourself, and never doing anything that might make the floors dirty, including walking on them on Saturdays.

12. La Cultura is very alive in these ones.

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We have a feeling that Bowie and Cy didn’t color these Día de los Muertos masks in, but they’re definitely confused about where their mom went. Same. #BringBackZoe

13. And la abuelita is always your #wcw.

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For Zoe at least. Si tengo un elote por cada vez Zoe se pone una #wcw de su mami, I’d be fat af.

14. Oh, and the Saldana-Perego’s also work to end child poverty.

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Caption: “We’ve got our #NosesOn… help end child poverty for @RedNoseDayUSA by visiting RedNoseDay.org to learn more + find out how you can help. You can also snag your own Red Nose shirt designed by @victoriabeckham! ????????????”

15. What is an ideal day in the life of Zoe Saldana-Perego?

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She told US Magazine, “An ideal day is when the kids wake up happy, they eat all their breakfast, take a nap, everybody poops and pees, they drink water and they go to sleep on time so I can at least have an evening with my husband.”

16. But fame doesn’t make you immune to blowouts.

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“Blowouts always happen in the most inconvenient time. I’ve had all of those. I’ve checked every box. Airport, public places, in the car, sitting and talking to people that you barely know.” 

17. Her proudest moment as a mother is when her kids’ first communicated.

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Whether that was with a word, or baby sign language, the moment she was able to communicate with each of her sons was a treasure moment of many to come.

18. All we know, is that these babies are growing up in a mystical new cultura.

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And we’re here for it.

Caption: “I thought the earth remembered me, / She took me back so tenderly / Arranging her skirts / Her pockets full of lichens and seeds. / I slept as never before / A stone on the riverbed, / Nothing between me and the white fire of the stars, / But my thoughts. / And they floated light as moths / Among the branches of the perfect trees. / All night I heard the small kingdoms / Breathing around me. / The insects and the birds / Who do their work in darkness. / All night I rose and fell, / As if water, grappling with luminous doom. / By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times / Into something better. / SLEEPING IN THE FOREST By Mary Oliver”


READ: Leave It To Zoe Saldana To Take Something As Dark As Her Character’s Baggage And Turn It Into A Message Of Strength And Redemption

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These Dolls Have Buttons On Their Private Parts That Parents Say Could Encourage Sexual Assault

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These Dolls Have Buttons On Their Private Parts That Parents Say Could Encourage Sexual Assault

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There has long been a discussion about the meaning of toys in children’s lives – and along with it, plenty of controversy. From Barbie to Bratz dolls, there has long been talk about the sexualization of kids’ toys, especially those that are marketed to young girls.

Now, a new toy is helping reignite those conversations. A Trolls World Tour doll, specifically the Giggle & Sing Poppy, has been pulled from the shelves due to a massive controversy. The incident is becoming so controversial that a Change.org petition has gained more than 300,000 signatures. Now, the toys manufacturer, Hasbro, has been forced to pull the toy.

Hasbro has recalled a collection of ‘Trolls’ dolls from stores after complaints from concerned parents.

Famous toy maker Hasbro has said that it will remove a line of Trolls dolls from store shelves after people complained that a button on the doll is inappropriately placed under its skirt. The decision comes after an online petition was created urging stores to remove the “Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy” doll. 

The petition has massed nearly 300,000 signatures. “When you push this button on the doll’s private she gasps and giggles. This is not okay for a child’s toy! This toy needs to be removed from our stores,” reads the petition, which is addressed to Target, Walmart, Amazon, Dollar General and Family Dollar stores.

In a statement to Forbes, Julie Duffy, senior vice president of global communications at Hasbro, said: “This feature was designed to react when the doll was seated, but we recognize the placement of the sensor may be perceived as inappropriate.”

“This was not intentional and we are happy to provide consumers with a replacement Poppy doll of similar value through our Consumer Care team. We are in the process of removing the item for purchase,” Duffy’s statement continued. 

A video of a mom demonstrating the doll’s button has gone viral on several social media platforms.

All the drama started, as it often does these days, on social media. An Instagram video by a concerned parent said that her 2-year-old daughter was gifted the Giggle & Sing Poppy for her birthday

In the video, she implies that she thinks that the company is “grooming our kids” for sex trafficking. Other parents seemed to agree. Jessica McManis recently started a Change.org petition to remove the doll from shelves, writing “Our society is conditioning our children to think pedophilia is ok.” The petition has now gone viral with almost 300,000 signatures. 

Instagram has now added a fact checking label on the video video to confirm that, y’know, “There is no evidence, beyond the fears of some mothers, that the button is part of a secret strategy by the toymaker to prep kids for sex trafficking.” 

‘Trolls’ dolls have long been popular and this latest controversy likely won’t hurt the iconic brand.

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Trolls dolls were originally created in 1959 and have gone through so many iterations. I remember playing with them as a kid in the 90s. And they’re once again gaining in popularity thanks to a recent movie from the franchise.

Poppy, voiced by Anna Kendrick, is one of the main characters in the latest Trolls film. “Trolls World Tour” premiered for on-demand video streaming in April when most of the world was in quarantine, and Universal announced that it had the biggest opening day and weekend for a digital title, according to Variety.

These dolls aren’t the first ones to stir up some serious controversy.

Talk about despicable. In 2015, McDonald’s included a Minion toy in every Happy Meal box as a tie-in with the animated blockbuster featuring the breakout stars of the Despicable Me franchise. Like their big-screen counterparts, these bright yellow toys spoke in their own unique language… except for one particular phrase. Parents became convinced that a caveman Minion blurted out “What the f***” and took to YouTube to post the evidence.

For its part, McDonald’s insisted this just wasn’t true. “The allegation that this toy is saying any offensive phrase is not true,” a McDonald’s spokeswoman said in a statement provided to CNBC. “We apologise for any confusion or offence to those who may have interpreted the sounds for anything other than gibberish.”

I mean…who thought a vibrating broomstick was a good idea?!

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A long and vibrating toy doesn’t sound like a toy for children… But that’s what Mattel had planned for its vibrating version of Harry Potter’s signature Quidditch broomstick. However, Amazon comments by parent reviewers quickly revealed a different story. The toy company pulled the Nimbus from circulation.

Also, Elmo was already terrifying but this is next level.

The talking Elmo doll – which was super popular in 2008 – made headlines when the already kind of scary looking Elmo was spitting out Chucky-esque death threats. A Florida woman claimed that the doll was threatening her two-year old son and local news footage seemed to back up her claims.

The doll – which parents could program to utter 100 personalized phrases – was allegedly saying “Kill James.” Fisher-Price ultimately offered to replace the mother’s toy, but that’s a case where you definitely don’t want Elmo to know your name.

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Zoe Saldana Apologizes For Portraying Nina Simone In 2016 Biopic

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Zoe Saldana Apologizes For Portraying Nina Simone In 2016 Biopic

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Most of our favorites have a biopic highlighting their lives in ways we didn’t know them. In 2016, Nina Simone’s biopic was released with Zoe Saldana portraying her. There was a backlash then but Saldana did the movie anyway. Now, she’s sorry she did.

Zoe Saldana is showing remorse for portraying Nina Simone in a biopic years ago.

“I should have never played Nina,” Saldana says in a live video that has been shared on social media. “I should have done everything in my power with the leverage that I had 10 years ago, which was a different leverage, but it was leverage nonetheless. I should have done everything in my power to cast a black woman to play an exceptionally perfect black woman.”

Saldana continued with her apology by asking someone else to tell Simone’s story.

“She’s one of our giants and someone else should step up,” Saldana says. “Somebody else should tell her story.”

Saldana continues saying that Simone’s story has yet to be told on a large scale and it is a shame that more people have not heard her story, likely because of the biopic drama.

People are questioning Saldana’s motives for apologizing.

Simone’s family pushed back asking Saldana not to take the role in the past. They called her out for taking Simone’s legacy and taking the portrayal for someone who would have been better suited to tell the story.

Specifically, people are calling Saldana out for the colorism that played into her portrayal.

In the apology, Saldana does not mention the colorism that played a role in the backlash. Simone was a dark-skinned woman whose skin was important in her civil rights activism and identity. Saldana also had to wear a prosthetic on her nose to have the same nose as the singer.

While critics feel the same sentiment about Saldana as Simone, they want more from her apology.

Colorism is a very important conversation in the Black community. Saldana’s portrayal of Simone was a keystone moment in that discussion of colorism in the Black community. Many are still angered at Saldana’s portrayal of Simone because of the use of blackface and prosthetic to off-set Saldana’s European looks.

READ: Leave It To Zoe Saldana To Take Something As Dark As Her Character’s Baggage And Turn It Into A Message Of Strength And Redemption

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