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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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Latinos Won Big Victories At The Golden Globes Last Night But Our History At The Show Is Too Short

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Latinos Won Big Victories At The Golden Globes Last Night But Our History At The Show Is Too Short

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The 2019 Golden Globes have come and gone, and the two things that we learned from the 3-hour long show is that a) Latinos in Hollywood are still very much underrepresented and b) if it wasn’t for Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” the whole show would have been a much dire situation for Latinos. Cuarón’s film did take home two top-notch awards including Best Motion Picture: Foreign Language, and Best Director.

We didn’t have the Latino representation we had hoped for, it got us to thinking about the Golden Globes of yesteryear. Here are some of those memorable moments of past Latino winners following the new class of Latino Golden Globes winners.

Alfonso Cuarón, “Best Director” for “Roma,” 2019

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During Cuarón’s acceptance speech, he thanked his leading ladies: “Thank you very much Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira. We need to begin to understand exactly how much we have in common.” He went on to say: “Cinema at its best…builds bridges to another culture. As we grow these bridges…we begin to realize that while they may be strange, they are not unfamiliar. We begin to understand exactly how much we have in common…This film would have not been possible without the specific colors that make me who I am,” he continued. “Gracias famila y  gracias Mexico.”

“Roma” – Best Motion Pictures: Foreign Language, 2019

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The film has been the talk of the industry as it has started winning awards shortly before its official release. The lead actress Yalitza Aparicio, an indigenous woman, was the cover of a recent Vogue Mexico magazine making history.

“The Assassination Of Gianni Versace” – Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, 2019

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“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” which featured a Latino cast did win for “Best Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TV.”

Sadly, actor Edgar Ramirez lost for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television” as did Lin-Manuel Miranda for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for “Mary Poppins Returns.”

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” – Best Motion Picture: Animated, 2019

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“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” centers around Miles Morales, an Afro-Latino Brooklyn teen who is in the fight for his life as he becomes the new Spider-Man. A glithc in a villain’s machine leads to Spider-People for different universes joining him on his fight to save the world and restore order. The movie was produced by Cuban-American writer-producer Phil Lord.

“Coco” – Best Motion Picture: Animated, 2017

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“Coco” was an instant classic when Disney/Pixar released the film in 2017. Every Latino in the country knew of the movie and it is the highest-grossing movie of all time in Mexico. The win at last year’s Golden Globes wasn’t a surprise and it made for a great moment in Latino cinematic history.

“Moonlight” – Best Film: Drama, 2017

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“Moonlight” was one of the most celebrated films the year it was released as it followed the story of an Afro-Cuban man guiding a young black man through life in Miami. There was some confusion at the Oscars when “La La Land” was accidentally named Best Picture when it was in fact “Moonlight.” They took home the Golden Globe earlier that year for Best Film: Drama.

Alfonso Cuarón – Best Director for “Gravity,” 2014

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Alfonso Cuarón is no stranger to the Golden Globes. The “Roma” director won in 2014 with his hit movie “Gravity” starring Sandra Bullock.

Rita Moreno – “Best Supporting Actress” in “West Side Story,” 1962

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Rita Moreno hit the big screen as Anita in “West Side Story” and made a name for herself as she danced and sang on screen. One of the first historic moments in Latino cinema.

Andy Garcia – “Best Supporting Actor” in “The Godfather Part III,” 1990

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The Godfather franchise is one of the most recognizable film franchises in Hollywood history. Not only does Andy Garcia give the character depth, the films saved Paramount Pictures for going under.

Jimmy Smits – “Best Actor in a TV Drama Series” in “NYPD Blue,” 1995

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Everyone was talking about this show when it was airing. For good reason, too. The storylines were so intense, it felt like you were part of the story as you watched the characters navigate the scary and hard life as a New York police officer.

Gina Rodriguez – “Best Actress in a TV Series or Comedy” for “Jane the Virgin,” 2015

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“We can, and we did,” remember those incredible words during her acceptance speech? Gina Rodriguez was tearful when she accpeted the award for her work in the show the gave Latinos depth in the midst of the 2016 presidential election when our community was under attack.

Guillermo Del Toro – “Best Director for a Motion Picture” for “The Shape of Water,” 2017

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Guillermo del Toro is one of the most inconic directors of our time. He has created worlds and universes that changed everything we know about the world around us and it is incredible. He has a talent you just can’t teach.

Gael García Bernal – Best Performance By An Actor in a TV Series (Comedy) for “Mozart in the Jungle,” 2016

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We loved this show and fans were so bummed when it was canceled in order to create a “Lord of the Rings” show. Bernal is a national treasure for Mexico and his work to push the Mexican film industry is noteworthy.

Alejandro González Iñárritu – Best Director for “The Revenant,” 2016

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Alejandro Iñárritu is one of the most prolific directors of all times. He continues to dominate the award show season whenever he releases a new film.

“The Revenant” – Best Film: Drama, 2016

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“The Revenant” was so brutal to watch but cinematic for sure. There is no question why this movie deserved the awards it won during its year. Iñárritu has really made himself know.

Oscar Isaac -Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for “Show Me a Hero,” 2016

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Oscar Isaac has been a household name for us for a very long time. Him winning awards for his work seems like a no-brainer.

Benicio del Toro – “Best Supporting Actor” for “Traffic,” 2000

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We loved Benicio Del Toro in “Traffic.” Who didn’t? He was the character and we were all better for having watched the film.

Alejandro Iñárritu – “Best Motion Picture” for “Babel,” 2006

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Did you watch “Babel”? Such a hard-hitting film, which we need more of today. The way one event imapcts the lives of so many people around the world is incredible.

America Ferrera – Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series for “Ugly Betty,” 2007

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“Ugly Betty” was America Ferrera’s breakthrough role, there’s no doubt. The love and admiration fans showred on the show made for a longlasting career for Ferrera.

Javier Bardem – Best Supporting Actor for “No Country for Old Men,” 2007

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We need more Javier Bardem ASAP, tbh. When can we see this man on screen again?


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  1. Jessica B says:

    Hamilton was never president.