America, TED, America Chavez discussed on TED Talks Daily

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This. Ted talk features writer. Gabby were There'a recorded live at Ted salon radical craft twenty eighteen. I'm Chris Anderson. The guy who gets to run Ted. We've just launched a new podcast called the Ted interview where I get to sit down with Connick Ted speakers to dive deeper into their ideas in on next episode. I speak with Mellody Hobson. She argues that we need to stop being colorblind and stop being color. Brave. Not seeing race is not working it just not working for our society. So those people are holding onto that as a badge of honor. I want them to actually purposefully see race is join me for the Ted interview. Wherever you listen. At no point that I think superheroes would become such a huge part of my life. As a kid. I looked at them. And I saw everything I wasn't. They had big muscles, supermodel. Good. Looks and phenomenal. Cosmic powers and me. I kind of look like this except shorter and with frizzy hair, and I never felt powerful. I was always just one big ball of nervous soft energy and superheroes much like the bullies. That school didn't seem to have a lot of room for that for me. So I stayed away. And besides who needs superheroes? When you're surrounded by Puerto Rican women from the Bronx. Mighty as we're cops. And paramedics my well as we're seamstresses and sold jewelry up the street and my mom got her master's degree in education and taught kindergarten in New York City public schools for over thirty years. So my superheroes were sitting around the dinner table with me. And I don't know how much time you've spent with Puerto Rican women from the Bronx. But we're also some of the world's greatest storytellers. And I'd sit there at my grandmother's dining room table. And I listened to the women in my family tell these wild rambunctious tales about their about navigating their lives in the Bronx. And I wanted to be them so bad, but I wasn't tough like them either the mostly I listened, and I soaked it in and I found myself gravitating to the soft threads in their stories. And I wrote those down the funny the goofy. The gentle those were my in storytelling. So much. So that I wrote a young adult novel called Juliet takes the breath about it. So be queer Puerto Rican girl from the Bronx, navigating sexuality, family and identity. And on the strength of Juliet, marvel comics taps me to write the solos series for their first ever Latina, lesbian superhero America challenges. Listen. Okay. Created by Joe, Casey. And Nick gotta for the marvel miniseries. Vengeance. America Chavez has been in the marvel universe for over seven years. She's tough Latina, and she so strong that she can punch portals into other dimensions. No, right and people were so excited because finally someone who shared her identities queer and Latina would be writing her story. And I saw that. Right. And we'll also when I looked at America, I saw a young Latina in survival mode. See because her mom's had sacrificed themselves to the universe when she was a kid, and she'd been on her own ever since no wonder she had to be tough and that link that link of having the beat tough that rested. Heavy with me like I said, I'm from the Bronx. The Bronx is tough tough like walking past sidewalk memorials and dodging cop towers on your way to the train type tough with stuff happens. That's bad. People are like yo you gotta keep it moving. You gotta keep trucking don't cry. Don't let it gets you. And my mom, and my and my Wella's I never saw them take a moment to rest or to invest in self care, and they're soft it never left the house. And so that was the first thing that I wanted to give to America the thing that I wished I'd been able to give tomorrow Wella's. And my the thing that I'm trying to give to my mom now permission to be soft. Like, it's okay. To sit in silence. And go on a journey. Just the discover yourself, and you're paying will make you crumble, and you will fall and you'll need to ask people for help. And I thought okay and that being vulnerable as good for us. But see I didn't come to like all this, compassionate and healing stuff. Like, you know out of nowhere. And so when it came to America story, I wanted to give her the space to be human to mess up and to find soft on her own. So she kind of had to quit her day job. You know what I'm saying? I had to give her a superhero sabbatical. And the first thing I did was enrolled her in Justice Sonia Sotomayor university.

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