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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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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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