Just when it seemed all hope was lost, Lin-Manuel Miranda showed up with a #PuberMe video to save the day.
Stephen Colbert and comedian Nick Kroll wrapped up their #PuberMe challenge to raise funds for Puerto Rico. The #PuberMe challenge called on celebrities to share photos of themselves during that awkward puberty phase. Colbert, who pledged to donate $1,000 for every photo shared, raised $233,000 just from celebrities sharing their photos. Then, Kroll called Colbert and offered $100,000 more thanks to the people who work on Kroll’s Netflix show “Big Mouth.” Colbert then announced that CBS was matching the money raised by Kroll and Colbert, bringing the total up to $666,000. Kroll called it the “devil’s donation,” so Colbert offered up another $266,000 to make up for it. Kroll didn’t want to be outdone, so he threw in another $67,000 dollars.
For everyone at home doing the math, that brings the total up to $999,000. As they lamented how close they were to raising $1 million, Lin-Manuel Miranda showed up and offered to help to make up the last $1,000. Miranda shared a video from his teenage years where he sang about returning to Puerto Rico. If you want to see a 13-year-old Lin-Manuel Miranda sing about visiting Puerto Rico and hating New York City, check out the video above. Congrats on the #PuberMe success, Stephen.
Colbert’s donations come from the AmeriCone Dream Fund which was created by Colbert and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
Update July 7, 2020, 4:00 p.m. PST: People are going after “Hamilton” because of its depiction of Alexander Hamilton, who was a slave owner. In a time when Confederate monuments are falling, some people want to cancel the show because it does elevate the people of the time. Lin-Manuel Miranda does not disagree with them
Lin-Manuel Miranda validated the criticism lodged against “Hamilton.”
There was a lot of criticism recently lodged at the musical. The renewed attention is partly because Disney+is streaming the very successful play during the 4th of July weekend. While Miranda has said the criticisms are valid, he did express the difficulty of creating a play and capturing every moment of the Founding Fathers in one play. There is no arguing that the Founding Fathers were not indeed problematic and owned slaves.
During this time, it is important to have tough conversations about the legacy of this country and what we can do to acknowledge and rectify the issues.
“Hamilton” is an exquisite work of art. The casting sets it apart from other plays that do not try to be as inclusive. Yet, it is very important to remember our history. Some of the people we are taught to celebrate and hold in high esteem are not worthy of that praise. Some are responsible for killing off large amount of native people. Others were involved with the brutal slave trade that created one of the largest diasporas in human history. You can honor the work of a Latino creator and acknowledge the flaws even he admits to.
Original: Families across the nation celebrated their 4th of July weekend watching “Hamilton.” The musical is one of the most celebrated musicals in recent history. Yet, some people have a problem with the musical and its debut on Disney+ has angered some Twitter users.
“Hamilton” is currently streaming on Disney+ and fans are so excited.
The very popular musical is a Broadway sensation. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s play is one of the most celebrated shows in recent history with sold-out shows across the country. The play tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
The play has been celebrated because the actors cast in the production are all actors of color. It took a white story and was filled with people of color showing a side of Hamilton people don’t often address. Miranda admitted that he didn’t know much about Hamilton until reading a biography about the man while on vacation. He felt the story of Hamilton is inherently an immigrant story and deserved to be told with a twist.
#CancelHamilton started trending over the weekend and a quick search shows that most of the tweets are from conservatives.
There is a movement happening right now in the U.S. with people tearing down statues honoring Confederate soldiers and leaders. The Confederacy is the side of the Civil War fighting to preserve slavery and lost the war. The hashtag is filled with people complaining that other Confederate monuments are being torn down, so why not cancel “Hamilton.”
One argument being made against canceling “Hamilton” is that it is fiction. Those for the cancellation of “Hamilton” claim that is should be torn down like Confederate statues. Yet, those against the cancellation claim that the show is a fictitious account and not the same as monuments and statues built to celebrate a legacy steeped in slave ownership.
Some of the people defending the show are pointing to the cast of filled with people of color.
The show made history with its diverse cast offering a glimpse into history through the voices of people of color. This kind of representation gave young people of color a chance to see themselves represented in history. It might only be a play but it is a play that has captivated an audience of Black and brown people who can see people who look like them representing U.S. history.
It has reignited the debate about cancel culture being weaponized and weakened by bad actors.
The cancel culture has come after several celebrities and businesses calling out bad practices. It seems though that every week there is a new attempt to cancel someone or something. Cancel culture has come under fire for cutting people before giving them a chance to learn from their mistakes.
Some people want to cancel cancel culture instead of “Hamilton” and that thought is spreading.
Cancel culture has claimed a lot of people. It started to grow in prominence as social media became more and more popular and far-reaching. What do you think about Cancel Culture?
Another crisis is unfolding on the island of Puerto Rico, as a severe drought grips the territory and forces the government to take drastic measures. After a series of major earthquakes and hurricanes, Puerto Rico is now suffering through one of its worst droughts in history.
Water is scarce. And the government is implementing rationing measures that will leave hundreds of thousands of residents without regular access to running water.
Gov. Wanda Vazquez has announced a state of emergency as the government begins rationing water.
Puerto Rico is once again in the headlines for an ongoing crisis that is affecting hundreds of thousands of island residents. On Monday, Puerto Rico’s governor declared a state of emergency as a worsening drought creeps across the territory.
Starting July 2, nearly 140,000 customers, including some in the capital of San Juan, will be without water for 24 hours every other day as part of strict rationing measures. Puerto Rico’s utilities company urged people to not excessively stockpile water because it would worsen the situation, and officials asked that everyone use masks and maintain social distancing if they seek water from one of 23 water trucks set up across the island.
“We’re asking people to please use moderation,” said Doriel Pagán, executive director of Puerto Rico’s Water and Sewer Authority, adding that she could not say how long the rationing measures will last.
The order signed also prohibits certain activities in most municipalities including watering gardens during daylight hours, filling pools and using a hose or non-recycled water to wash cars. Those caught face fines ranging from $250 for residents to $2,500 for industries for a first violation.
Puerto Rico is experiencing a drought ranging from moderate to severe in some parts of the territory.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, as of last week more than 26% of the island is experiencing a severe drought and another 60% is under a moderate drought. Water rationing measures affecting more than 16,000 clients were imposed this month in some communities in the island’s northeast region.
The island’s access to water is complicated by the fact that many residents rely on a system of reservoirs in Puerto Rico for water. However, due to budget constraints, several have not been dredged for years, leaving sediment to collect and allowing the excess loss of water.
Aside from drought, the island is still recovering from a pair of deadly earthquakes and Hurricane Maria.
Over the last few years, Puerto Rico has suffered a one-two punch that has left much of the island’s infrastructure in shambles. In fact, Vasquez cited the lasting impacts of the December and January earthquakes and the coronavirus pandemic as exacerbating the water crisis.
The current water crisis has threatened the safety and wellbeing of Puerto Ricans. The earthquakes also disproportionately impacted the southern region where the drought is most severe. Vázquez also extended the coronavirus curfew for the whole island, which began in March, for three more weeks, making it the longest continuous curfew in the United States so far.
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