Lin-Manuel Miranda And Al Yankovic Were Together When They Found Out They Were Getting Stars On The Walk Of Fame

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In a live-streamed video today, it was revealed that Lin-Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton,” “In The Heights” and “Moana” fame will be receiving his own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. The Walk of Fame, overseen by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, was a project dreamed up in the late fifties. It has featured some of the best and brightest that Hollywood has had to offer after the first star was awarded in 1960.

Lin-Manuel Miranda was announced as part of the 2018 class of Hollywood Walk Of Fame stars.

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Some other notable celebrities getting a star in 2018 are Zoe Saldana, Anthony Anderson, Lynda Carter, RuPaul, Taraji P. Hensen, Shonda Rhymes, Mary J. Blige, Ice-T and Snoop Dog among many others.

Miranda couldn’t believe it.

Although, Miranda is no stranger to honorary stars, having already received one on Puerto Rico’s Walk of Fame.

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Another person to make it on the list was Wierd Al Yankovic, who Miranda just so happened to be with when they found out.

Who knew these two were buddies?

The only thing we can think of is: Can they please use the “Hamilton” star?

Miranda’s upcoming projects include the “Duck Tales” remake and “Mary Poppins Returns,” which is currently in post-production for a 2018 release. We can’t wait to get our eyes and ears on ’em.

2017 isn’t even over yet and Miranda is winning 2018. Good on him! ??✊?

READ: It Took A Presidential Order For Lin Manuel Miranda To Make His ‘Hamilton’ Return In Chicago

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The City Of Austin Just Honored This Selena Cover Band With Their Own Day


The City Of Austin Just Honored This Selena Cover Band With Their Own Day

Bidi Bidi Banda, a Selena tribute band leaving a huge mark in the southwest, was honored with its own day during a recent Austin City Council meeting.

Mayor Steve Adler declared June 22 Bidi Bidi Banda Day in recognition of the band’s influence in the community and its contributions to Austin’s continued reputation as “Live Music Capital of the World.”

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The Selena cover band who calls itself “Austin’s first all-star Selena Tribute” is made up of lead singer and Austin native, Stephanie Bergara, lead guitarist Rene Chavez, Marcus Morales on the trumpet and backup vocals, Frank Ramirez on drums and percussion, Rocky Reyna on bass and backing vocals, Luis Sanchez on the keyboard, Joshua Thomson on the saxophone and Haydn Vitera is on the violin and backup vocals.

“To be recognized by the mayor and city council for not only the music but the legacy of Selena is a huge deal for us and the Selena community,” said Stephanie. “She is still as relevant today as she was more than 20 years ago.”

Austin’s mayor delivered the announcement in a very  adorable way.

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“The band’s interpretation of Selena’s greatest hits are going to leave you absolutely belting out lyrics, doing the washing machine and reliving the greatness of the queen of Tejano music,” said Austin City Mayor Steve Adler.

Before receiving their proclamation from Austin’s mayor, the band performed at a Selena movie screening earlier this week and at a fundraiser for an immigration advocacy group.

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Just after receiving their proclamation the Bidi Bidi Banda performed a full set for a worthy event: Dancing Away Detention. The event is an annual fundraiser for immigration advocacy group Grassroots Leadership to support the Hutto Visitation Program and Family Detention Programs. The organization raises funds every year to “support volunteer orientations, training community volunteers to break the isolation of detention, monitor the human rights conditions in the facility, and to build advocates for closing the unjust detention systems as a whole.”

It’s important for us as a band to pick and choose the events and causes we want to support, said Stephanie Bergara.

Advocacy work would make Selena proud.

CREDIT: Christine Bolaños

“It’s important that guys get paid but it’s also important that we a group support the causes and the people we are performing for,” Stephanie said.

Bidi Bidi Banda is wrapping up a busy week before hitting the road for a national tour and representing the southwest at the National Council Of La Raza’s Annual Conference July 9.

The band will take a much-needed winter break as Stephanie prepares to be a new mommy.

READ: If You Love Selena’s ‘Si Una Vez,’ Here’s A Bilingual Cover Featuring Becky G, Frankie J and Kap-G

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