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Afro-Puerto Rican Superhero Miles Morales Gets His Own film In ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’

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Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment/ YouTube

Sony Pictures recently released a trailer for their upcoming animated film “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.” The film’s main character is Miles Morales, which comic book fans will undoubtedly recognize from the “Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man” series. Morales is part of a different timeline in the Marvel Universe. It’s a separate timeline from the “normal” Peter Parker Spider-Man that most people are used to. In Morales’ storyline, Parker is killed and Morales takes up the spider tights in New York City. In a second series, “Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man,” Parker unexpectedly returns. After defeating some bad guys together, Parker decides to hang up the tights and leave the heroics to Morales.

With a black father and a Puerto Rican mother, Morales’ background is unlike anything most comic book fans have seen in the Marvel Universe and much less in Marvel films. The only Afro-Latino representation we’ve seen in superhero movies are actresses Zoe Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Tessa Thompson (“Thor: Ragnarok”), who don’t even get to play Afro-Latina characters. Although “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” doesn’t take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — it is a Sony Animation Pictures film — fans have really appreciated the representation that an Afro-Latino Spider-Man brings to the table. Morales is the first Black character to take on the role of Spider-Man and the second Latino to pick up the web shooters after Miguel O’Hara, the half Mexican scientist who took on the Spider-Man role in the “Spider-Man: 2099” comic series.

For many kids growing up, Spider-Man and comic book superheroes are what children look up to. With the majority of those spots being taken by white men, finding yourself represented in popular media is rare for Latinos and people of color. Not only is a film with Morales a win for representation, it also looks cool as hell. The kid is outfitted with a hoodie and Air Jordan 1s in true NYC fashion. Check the trailer out to see Spider-Man as you’ve never seen him before.


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Celebrities Came Together To Support Bullied Keaton Jones But His Mother's Views Are Casting A Shadow

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Celebrities Came Together To Support Bullied Keaton Jones But His Mother’s Views Are Casting A Shadow

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Keaton Jones captured the hearts of millions of people over the weekend. The middle schooler from Knoxville, Tennessee, went viral after a video of him brought more attention to bullying in American schools. His heartbreaking, tearful account of the bullying he was facing at school prompted several celebrities to reach out to the boy, offering him support as well as free concert tickets and dates to multiple red carpet movie premieres. The video, originally posted to Facebook by his mother Kimberly Jones, is still making the rounds on social media as more people share the young boy’s story.

Keaton Jones from Tennessee has a message for all the bullies out there.

“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What’s the point of it?” Keaton pleads to the camera. “Why do they find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them?”

Keaton’s story of being bullied triggered a huge amount of support and love.

He claims he is subject to constant bullying in the form of physical attacks, like having milk poured on him and ham shoved down his clothes.

Some people have let Keaton know that he will be a stronger person after it is all over.

https://twitter.com/ddlovato/status/940025541079441409

They also have some strong words for those bullies attacking Keaton, calling them ignorant and insecure.

Eva Longoria Baston has been open about her own experience with bullying. When she was younger, Longoria Baston says she was often referred to as the ugly duckling and she believed it to be true. According to an old interview, she describes being the only dark-haired and dark-eyed member of her family. Her sisters all had light hair and light eyes, and she relied on her personality to make it through their teasing.

Chart-topper Cardi B even offered to show up and fight his bullies.

Well, damn…

But, it didn’t take long for Keaton’s mom Kimberly to be outed for her political and social views.

https://twitter.com/BLVCKMATTERS/status/940224429002448896

Keaton’s mother has since made her Facebook page private after social media users started to share her photos and statuses that exposed a racist undertone. Among the images captured before she shut down her Facebook was an image of her opposing NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. Another image shows children holding a Confederate flag, a Bible, and a handgun.

One user verified the post Kimberly wrote telling people to stop crying if their pain was not physical.

https://twitter.com/CapoDim/status/940179478604419072

All of the attention from the video led to people commenting on some of her posts. The “Dear butt hurt Americans” post became a major point for people telling Kimberly to look at her own statements if she is going to come out against bullying.

And yet another social media user found proof of Kimberly admitting that the Confederate flag was just laying around her house.

“My favorite thing about it is that all of the ‘supplies’ were readily available for our impromptu photoshoot. #welcometothedirty,” Kimberly wrote about the photo.

Some even began to question whether Kimberly is capitalizing off her son’s trauma to make money.

MMA boxer Joe Schilling describes a conversation he had with Kimberly that lead him to believe that she’s using her son to get more money donated to the GoFundMe account she set up.

When Schilling sent her a message on Facebook to call her out, Kimberly showed her true colors.

Ugh.

The new evidence has caused a discussion about the importance of transparency and practicing what you preach.

https://twitter.com/StephParrott/status/940318056110264322

Woah.

Well…


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