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He Created One Of The Most Talked About Musicals In Recent Memory And He’s Just Getting Started

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Everybody knows who Lin-Manuel Miranda is at this point. Miranda is a straight-up Broadway musical nerd genius that has modernized both the stage and, well, American history in a revolutionary way: with rap. His play is one of the most talked about plays in recent memory and it is

Miranda is the brains and talent behind Hamilton, and learning where he comes from and what he’s up to these days will make you love him even more.

He was named from the title of a poem.

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He was born to be a writer. His parents were avid fans of Puerto Rican poet José Manuel Torres Santiago and his poem about the Vietnam War, Nana Roja Para Mi Hijo Lin Manuel.

He grew up in Manhattan but spent his summers in Puerto Rico.

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His father, Luis Miranda, was a community activist and political consultant and his mother, Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda was a psychologist. Like every good Puerto Rican parent, they would send him to spend time with his abuela y primos on the island every summer.

As a kid, he’d help his dad write jingles for political campaigns, including Eliot Spitzer’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign.

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Even when Miranda was in Hunter College’s elementary school, he was acting in student productions. He eventually went on to major in theater studies at Wesleyan University, where he co-founded a hip-hop comedy troupe called “Freestyle Love Supreme,” which is going strong to this day.

His wedding video went viral before Miranda did.

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Of course, Miranda organized the bridal party to surprise his wife Vanessa Nadal “To Life” from “Fiddler on the Roof.” The video garnered over 6 million views, and he married the love of his life, who he happened to have a mad crush on in high school.

Pre-Hamilton and post-Tony award, he guest starred in a few TV shows, including Modern Family.

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In Season 2, Episode 22, Miranda plays a terrible dog trainer for Jay and Gloria’s beloved dog, Stella. He’s also played a recurring role in NBC’s Do No Harm, appeared in How I Met Your Mother and more.

The story goes that Miranda was inspired to write Hamilton after reading Ron Chernow’s 800-page biography of the late president.

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Miranda was on vacation in Mexico in 2008 when he decided to do a little ‘light reading’, according to his website. He became so enamored with the revolutionary and interested in the parallels between America’s first year in existence and America today that he just went to work.

It took him six years to write the play, a true masterpiece.

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He spent one whole year just writing the song “My Shot”, want to make sure it perfectly captured the historical figure’s intellect. He even enlisted the help of Ron Chernow to fact-check all his lyrics.

He was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor for his work on Hamilton.

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The Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein said in a statement that, “the creators of Hamilton have literally and figuratively changed the face of American culture with daringly original, breathtakingly relevant work.”

His last performance tickets sold for $10k per seat.

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He vowed that he would return to the stage again after his last July 9, 2016 performance. Since then, a documentary about the creation of his show has been released, Hamilton’s America. That’s right. A whole documentary and book are dedicated to the process of creating Hamilton.

Today, he’s one Oscar win away from becoming a rare PEGOT.

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Sounds like I said peacock, but a PEGOT is someone who has won a Pulitzer, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award. He’s won one Pulitzer, three Tonys, three Grammys, an Emmy, two Olivier Awards and the recipient of a “Genius Grant” from the MacArthur Fellows Program.

On November 30, 2018, he got his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

People are now naming their babies “Hamilton.”

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There was a 60 percent increase in the last year alone for babies being named Hamilton, according to BabyCenter.com. Oh, and que cute that he pens Spanglish ‘cheer up’ letters to niñas that cry to their tías about how much they want to see the performance.

Miranda just released a book of pep poems.

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It all started when he started posting g’morning and g’night tweets for his fans (literally before Hamilton was even out). Here’s an excerpt:

“Good night now, and rest.

Today was a test.

You passed it, you’re past it.

Now breathe till unstressed.”

The book is already a New York Times Bestseller!

Behind the scenes, Miranda was busy co-writing the songs to Disney’s Moana soundtrack.

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For a single song, “How Far I’ll Go”, Miranda earned a Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, Oscar an Grammy Award nomination. He’s also contributed to Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) songwriting.

Miranda also helped composed Bring It On: The Musical.

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It was nominated for a Tony Best Musical just four years before Miranda’s own musical would break all Tony records by being nominated for 16 Tony Awards, 11 of which it won, including Best Musical. 

He’s starring in Disney’s sequel to Julie Andrews’ Mary Poppins.

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Mary Poppins Returns will be his first major role since leaving the Broadway cast. In it, he plays Jack, a former mentee of Bert, the chimney sweeper originally played by Dick Van Dyke.

You can find him on the big screen on December 19, 2018!

Miranda named his son, Sebastian, after the singing crab in Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

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Oh, and he’s co-writing the entire live-action reboot of Disney’s classic tale and even co-producing the film with Marc Platt. That’s all we know for now.

Miranda and Obama bromanced hard back in the day.

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Miranda performed a slice of Hamilton at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music and the Spoken Word and was immediately invited back. This time, to do a freestyling battle with POTUS in the Rose Garden. What the…..

Aunque, Miranda continues to condem Trump for his presidency.

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In an interview with PBS, Miranda said that he is “very good with words, but these were the only words I had left.” In the days of eerie silence from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit, Miranda was worried about his family.

He’s begrudgingly stepped into the activist seat for Puerto Rico.

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In the same interview with PBS, he started by saying, “I am so uncomfortable to be here right now. I would so much rather be writing a new musical.” But someone has to do something for Puerto Rico and Miranda has a platform that his father must be so proud he’s earned.

Miranda wrote and organized 22 Latinx artists to create the song “Almost Like Praying”, which raised $22 million for PR.

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Names like Marc Anthony, Camila Cabello, Jennifer Lopez, Luis Fonsi, Gloria Estefan, and so, so many more joined in on this track, which was inspired by West Side Story. The song “Maria” includes a line, “say it [Maria] soft, and it’s almost like praying.” This takes on a whole new meaning when we think about how Hurricane Maria has obliterated the island.

Once again, Miranda’s genius goes to good work for the Hispanic Federation’s UNIDOS Disaster Relief and Recovery Program.

Oh, and he convinced the U.S. Treasury to cancel its plans to replace Hamilton on the $10 bill.

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Never forget that time that the cast of Hamilton addressed Mike Pence in the audience directly, telling him:

“We, sir — we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights. We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”


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J Balvin Casually Serves Coffee From A NY Truck And People Have No Idea Who He Is

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J Balvin Casually Serves Coffee From A NY Truck And People Have No Idea Who He Is

There’s no one who loves coffee more than J Balvin. The Colombian trap artist posts videos on Instagram or Instagram Stories just about every morning at 5 a.m. of himself drinking coffee, meditating and thanking the universe for its infinite blessings. This morning, the “Mi Gente” crooner got a chance to share his favorite morning routine with local New Yorkers. 

J Balvin took over a coffee and pastry truck in New York to casually pour cups of cafecito to locals.

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“¡Buenos días, buenos días, buenos días mi gente! Buena vibra para todo el mundo estoy aquí atendiendo con buena vibra a todo el mundo como siempre,” exclaims the colombiano. 

“Estoy feliz, estoy agradecido con la vida. Y empiezo la Gira Arcoíris con el pueblo, con mi gente el 30 de agosto. Allí nos vemos, Arcoíris Tour el 30 en Puerto Rico para mi gente,” he adds reminding his followers that his tour starts at the end of August in Puerto Rico. 

A couple of people stopped by the impromptu Balvin Coffee Truck but seemingly have no idea who he is. 

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A few people stop J Balvin’s truck but given their calm demeanor, probably have no idea that they are being served by the YouTube’s most streamed artist. Back in June 2018 Billboard reported that J Balvin had officially become the most streamed artist on Spotify, knocking Drake from the top spot. Balvin’s single “X” with Nicky Jam was streamed more than 327 million times at the time of the publication. 

“Thank you for your service.”

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“Thank you for your service” is really the only verbal communication that is captured in the Instagram video. It’s still unclear what service J Blavin thanks his customers for, but we’re laughing along with the person recording the video.  

Most people in the comments want to know where they can get a cup of freshly brewed Balvin coffee but others are thanking him for being sanitary. 

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Songwriter and DJ Diplo thanks J Balvin for not serving pastries with bare hands. Although, however, we did notice Balvin’s pink hair was fully exposed and he was not wearing a hairnet. Rookie move, right?

People highlighted that only a humble artist like Balvin would park in the middle of New York to serve coffee. 

So querido Balvin, we thank YOU for your service. 

A Florida Department of Health Clinic Is Forcing Their Puerto Rican Employees Not To Speak Spanish

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A Florida Department of Health Clinic Is Forcing Their Puerto Rican Employees Not To Speak Spanish

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When applying to most local, federal, and government jobs, one of the skills that a majority of employers look for is whether or not the applicant speaks Spanish. Being bilingual in English and Spanish in this country is beneficial to the employer, their customers, and the employee because typically the job is supposed to have a better salary. There are also some places in the country that have large populations of people who speak Spanish and are more comfortable functioning in that language.

There are an estimated 41 million people that speak Spanish in the U.S., or 13 percent of the population, according to Babble. So, speaking Spanish isn’t — at least it should be — a big deal, in fact, it’s quite common. But in Trump America, it’s another story. 

Seven female workers with the Florida Department of Health are coming forward to say they have gotten direct instructions not to speak Spanish in the office. 

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The women say that even though they were hired because of their Spanish-speaking skills, so they could communicate better with their patients, they are now told not to speak the language with one another in the office. 

“We speak in English to the Anglo-Saxons because we are polite, but we speak Spanish with each other because we think in Spanish,” MairylÍ Miranda, a nurse, told El Nuevo DÍa. “But one day they gathered us all together and warned us that if we continued to do so, we would be fired. But there is no law that bans us from speaking Spanish.”

The seven women on the complaint work at a Florida Department of Health clinic in Haines City, and are also all Puerto Rican. 

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Aside from nurses, the employees on the complaint include an administrative assistant and a secretary. The Florida Department of Health has yet to make a public comment about these allegations. They also allege that management has been on them to stop speaking Spanish for quite some time, but it has only gotten worse in the past year. An official harassment report has been filed to the police department, but the women said nothing has yet to be done.

“It feels like you’re a criminal like you’re doing something that is wrong,” Miranda said, according to Bay News 9. “Never in my life did I think I was going to go through a situation like this one.”

Some people may assume that these employees are speaking Spanish in a way that others may think is rude. But they claim they are very professional at work and never speak Spanish around someone that may not understand them.

While these claims aren’t surprising, especially under this tense and traumatic Trump-era racism, it’s reassuring to know that state and local officials are supporting these employees.

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“Haines City is a well-diversified community,” Haines City Mayor Morris West said in a conference, according to the Palm Beach Post. “The facility that’s in question is in Haines City but is not a city of Haines City facility. I stand on behalf of these nurses that’s been [facing] allegations of discrimination against them. Haines City and my staff stand ready to support you nurses from any discrimination.”

Other advocates of these women include Respeta Mi Gente Coalition, which includes Alianza for Progress, Boricua Vota, Hispanic Federation, Misión Boricua, and Organize Florida. U.S. Rep. Darren Soto is also backing these women. 

It’s important to note that the United States does not have an official language.

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For all those people yelling at others, demanding them to speak Spanish, they should know English is not the official language in the U.S

There is nothing in the Constitution that states people in the United States, both citizens or otherwise, have to speak English and English only. Scholars say that the Founding Fathers didn’t include a clause about the English language because immigrants of the 13 colonies spoke other languages, including Dutch, French, and German. Native Americans spoke different languages as well. 

Lawmakers in the past, as recent as 2006, have attempted to make English the official language but thankfully, because of our democracy, the votes have never gone past the House. That doesn’t mean local and government officials haven’t tried to force English on everyone. It’s just part of our assimilation whether we like it or not. 

So the next time someone is yelling racist things such as “stop speaking Spanish” just yell back “English is not the official language of this country. Bye!” 

READ: A Puerto Rican Woman Serving In The Air Force Was Told To Stop Speaking Spanish While At Starbucks

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  1. Jessica B says:

    Hamilton was never president.