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LEMONADE Sipping, Hair Flipping, Eyebrow Icon, and all around Goddess Zendaya is Our New Mary Jane in #SpidermanHomecoming

It’s no secret that I am exhausted by reboots.  However, sometimes remaking a beloved film and refashioning it for our particular cultural moment can provide opportunities for marginalized groups to have access to more nuanced stories, Ghostbusters being the perfect example.  When Marvel first dropped news that they had regained the rights to Spiderman, and were rebooting the film, I was ecstatic.  I thought this was our chance for Donald Glover or to see Peter Parker make way for Miles Morales.  My hope was of course crushed when it was announced that Spiderman would once again be a White boy with brown hair.  Tom Holland was able to melt some of the ice around my cold, cynical heart with his exuberant performance in the aggressively dull Captain America: Civil War.  However, nothing could have prepared my heart for this.

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“Couldn’t See Me as Spiderman, but Now I’m Spitting Venom”

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The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA recently released their report on diversity in Hollywood. Their findings illustrate that Hollywood is still contending with large racial and gender disparities in everything from acting, to directing, to studio heads. In fact, even though we are seeing greater representation of characters of color and women on screen, these characters are still very likely to be written and directed by white men. These trends are further exacerbated in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and superhero films. However, recent news From Marvel Comics has many believing this is soon to change.

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