The much anticipated Walking Dead spinoff will follow the lives of different family units and how they cope with the zombie apocalypse in Los Angeles. One of these families will be a Salvadorian immigrant and his first-generation American daughter played by Ruben Blades and Mercedes Mason respectively. Guess the producers heard that Latinos are the largest ethnic group in California. Click here to read more. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
Since 1971, Sonia “Maria” Manzano has been a staple human character on the U.S. children’s TV show ‘Sesame Street.’ At age 65, Sonia has decided that it was time to retire after more than 40 years on the show. In addition to Sonia playing the character of Maria, she was also a writer on the show, with 15 Emmy Awards under her belt for her talents.
Ever heard of the saying, “as American as baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet?” Well MLB Hall of Famer Dave Winfield is concerned about the keeping one of America’s pastime accessible to everyone. “It really comes down to your bottom line. And once they understand that you have to have diversity and inclusion across all platforms, it’s just going to be better for your business, it’s just going to be stronger if you include everybody. You can overlook it, but at your own peril,” says Winfield. Click here to read more.
There has been a lot of talk about Michael B. Jordan playing the role of Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch in the upcoming film Fantastic Four. A lot of this is centered on the fact that Johnny Storm is depicted as a Caucasian character in the Marvel comic book series and Michael B. Jordan is African American. What do you guys think about this casting decision? Click here to read what Jordan had to say about it.
Some interesting facts about The Avengers were recently reported by Hypable. “Five out of the six Avengers that make up the largest movie franchise in the world are straight, white, conventionally-beautiful males. That’s over 83% of the Avengers franchise headlined by people born of systematic privilege.” Will this affect your decision on whether you will support the upcoming Avengers film? Click here to read more.
In big news in the comic book industry, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros, and Mattel have come together to launch a new line of comic books called, “DC Super Hero Girls.” The new venture is intended to target girls ages 6-12, which was a demographic that was previously not marketed or catered to in the comic book space.
The Burka Avenger, is a game-changing Pakistani cartoon that has flipped the status quo on its head with its female superhero protagonist, who fights crime in her magical burka. The superhero is a teacher, Jiya, who in her spare time dons a burqa while fighting gender-based crimes and other evils, and she is the symbol of empowerment for girls across the Muslim world that many hoped would arrive. This couldn’t be more important for countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan and India, where gender bias is rife and girls are raised with few role models. Click here to read more.
Furious 7 opened to a franchise-best $384 million last weekend at the global box office, including $143.6 million domestically — the biggest debut since The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in November 2013 ($158 million). More impressive, its global bow was the fourth-best of all time. According to Universal Pictures, 75 percent of the audience in North America was non-Caucasian, generally in line with previous installments. Hispanics, the most frequent moviegoers in the U.S., made up the majority of ticket buyers (37 percent), followed by Caucasians (25 percent), African-Americans (24 percent), Asians (10 percent) and other (4 percent).
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The newest Miss Universe – Japan is already having to defend her crown but not in ways you may think. Ariana Miyamoto was born and raised in Nagasaki, a Japanese citizen and speaks the language fluently. So what’s the issue? Her father is African American. Critics are questioning whether a “Hafu” (biracial, i.e., ethnically half Japanese) should be allowed to represent Japan. What are your thoughts? Click here to read more.
The WNBA and NBA partner with LeanIn.Org to launch a new campaign called #LeanInTogether. The new initiative promotes gender equality by encouraging men to help fight against inequality towards women in the work place and at home. The campaign is supported by prominent athletes such as Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Stephen Curry, Skylar Diggins and Elena Delle Donne. Check out the PSA and more information here.