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You know what’s difficult? Being MENA (Middle Eastern North African) — specifically, noticeably MENA. Apparently, ever since 9/11, being from that region of the world has been a pain. I don’t recall what life was like before that because I was just 1 year old when the attack happened. Being racially profiled and arriving at…

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I was 6 years old when I had my first existential crisis. It was the terrifying moment when all the kids from my first grade class sat down in alphabetical order and opened our respective lunch boxes. I sat there frozen with fear, wondering if it would be worth the humiliation of opening my lunchbox,…

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The latest addition to the Spider-Man franchise is set to leave fans at the edge of their seat, as well as usher in a new era for little ones. Miles Morales is Marvel’s first Afro-Latino Spider-Man in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” Morales, voiced by actor Shameik Moore, is the daunting Brooklyn teen sporting Air Jordan…

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“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse” is the best animated film this year. OK, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, let me start from the beginning. I had the pleasure of seeing “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” last week at a press screening. I was greatly surprised by the appearance of film lead Shameik Moore (who plays Miles…

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