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This Puerto Rican Entertainer Has Been On Broadway, Netflix And, Now The Big Screen

Anthony Ramos, in all of his Nuyorican glory, made his big screen debut alongside Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in “A Star is Born.” There has been a lot of buzz around the movie and Ramos is riding that wave, as he should.

Ramos’ short career in the entertainment industry has been super successful. He’s landed starring roles in “Hamilton” alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda and worked with Spike Lee recording his own music. Ramos lives up to the Puerto Rican bar of stardom.

Anthony Ramos was born in Queens on November 1, 1991.

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That’s right. Ya boy’s a Scorpio, which explains that deep soulful attraction you’re experiencing right now. He grew up in Bushwick under his mother’s roof, alongside his older brother and younger sister.

He was raised by a single mother.

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Ramos has admitted to UFT that he wasn’t “the easiest person to wrangle” as a child.  He was raised in a Bushwick housing project by a single mother.

This is the face of someone who was in a Motown band in high school.

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He went to Halsey Junior High where he was part of the “Halsey Trio” and would sing Motown at school rallies. Boricua mothers everywhere would be so proud.

He was determined to play baseball in college.

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He struggled in school and baseball was his center of focus, but his family didn’t have the financial support to make it happen.

His career started in the shower.

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Ok, so he answered a call from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in the shower. He got in with a full scholarship to its musical theatre program class of 2011. That’s what saved him.

When he got to AMDA, he knew nothing about theatre.

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He recently told OUT Magazine that, “I’d get to school and kids would be talking about Rodgers and Hammerstein, and I’d be like, ‘I don’t know any of these people. I know Jay-Z, Nas, and Usher.’ I had to learn fast.”

Then, he landed the coveted dual roles in “Hamilton.”

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Ramos was part of the original cast of “Hamilton” off Broadway. The show opened in 2015 with Ramos playing the dual roles of John Laurens and Alexander Hamilton’s oldest son, Philip Hamilton.

Within months, the play made it to Broadway and caused a frenzy.

Ramos lost his appendix during “Hamilton” production.

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While in “Hamilton,” Ramos suffered from appendicitis and had to have emergency surgery. He had to take a break from “Hamilton” to recover before returning to the stage.

In 2016, he won a Grammy for “Best Musical Theater Album.”

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The whole album is available on Spotify if you missed out on the widespread acclaim for a casting of entirely non-white Founding Fathers with dialogue that is entirely rapped. He left the show on Nov. 20, 2016.

Ramos met his long-time girlfriend on the “Hamilton” stage.

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In 2015, Ramos started dating Jasmine Cephas Jones, who had the dual role of Maria Reynolds and Peggy Schuyler in “Hamilton.” They are always blasting their love on social media and it’s goals.

They are a gorgeous couple.

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Fun fact: Cephas Jones is the daughter of actor Ron Cephas Jones from “This Is Us.” She said she couldn’t watch the episode where his character dies. Understandable.

Spike Lee caught a “Hamilton” show and casted him in a Netflix show.

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Since playing in “She’s Gotta Have It,” his fame has absolutely skyrocketed and become a household name. Plus, he’s using it for good.

Just Ramos and Spike Lee casually wearing Afro-Boricua shirts to raise funds for PR.

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Ramos is hella proud to be Boricua and has partnered with Lin-Manual Miranda on the stage to raise funds for Hurricane Maria relief.

Caption: “Afro Boricua T-shirts are back! 100% of proceeds go to the Maria fund for Hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. Getchyo Tee”

He’s not above getting his hands dirty to rebuild Puerto Rico.

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During his last trip to Puerto Rico, he helped clear debris that has been lying in rubbish piles for the last year and help with construction work to rebuild. His caption says it all.

Caption: “Yo I was blessed to travel back to my family’s homeland of Puerto Rico this weekend. I’m just now coming down from this experience. Words can not express what I went through and what I feel, but this is my best shot. It was the most overwhelming, inspiring and beautiful thing I think I’ve ever seen. The people of Puerto Rico are living in a level of resilience, strength, joy, and togetherness like I’ve never seen anywhere.”

Watch out, because he’s about to star in “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.”

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Expected to be released in Spring of 2019, Ramos will be starring alongside Mille Bobbie Brown. Me imagining los dos speaking Spanish on set. ????

Oh, and find him in theaters right now in “Monsters and Men.”

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In the film, he plays Manny, a New Yorker who captures the shooting of an unarmed black man by a police officer all on his phone. When he posts it on the internet, the consequences are unnerving.

The film wasn’t too far off base from his own experience with police as a brown Latinx.

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In an interview with OUT, he said that he grew up in an environment like that. “A cop cuffed me on the Upper West Side one time, and if I’d said anything crazy or tried to act up, who knows what would have happened? My cousins, who were with me, were black and Puerto Rican, and I was just like, ‘I gotta chill — I don’t want anything to go down.’”

Ramos just dropped an E.P. “Freedom,” all to protest Trump.

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He released the album on the one year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration and “Freedom” is the anthem of 2018. “Been darker days since election day (election day) / The rose colors seem to fade away (fade away) / The white sheet’s coming out to play / This is backwards oh”

Then, there’s the song “PRayer.”

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In what seems to be a direct line of questioning for President Trump, just months after the devastation of Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria, he asks, “Tell me, does your love change / Dependin’ on who calls you? / Tell me, are we all the same? / Or is there one true?”

Can’t get enough of Ramos? Go check out “A Star is Born” ASAP.

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You’re in luck because he’s on the big screen for two movies playing in theatres right now. Bradley Cooper’s rendition of A Star is Born is getting wild reviews and rumor has it that Ramos and Lady Gaga’s BFF-ship on screen grew off screen as well. Theatre kids, am I right?


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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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