This Footage Of Lin-Manuel Performing In High School Will Make You Want To Call Up One Of Your Old Teachers

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It was back-to-school time again in September, and this time not even Lin-Manuel Miranda could escape it.

Miranda packed up his backpack, number 2 pencils, and calculator and went back to his old stomping grounds, the famed Hunter College High School, where he attended K-12. Located in New York’s upper westside, the school is for the “intellectually gifted,” so it’s a no brainer that Miranda is among the school’s notable alumni, I mean, he is a MacArthur Genius after-all.

During his visit, he got to sit down with his old Theater Advisor, Gina Nocera McCourt, and boy did they reminisce.

Miranda schooled McCourt on how it all began for him. He says it was his first big role in his first musical in 9th grade that got the ball rolling for him, saying “That’s like everything when you’re in High School.”

In the video we can see footage of teenage Miranda as the Pirate King in “Pirates Of Penzance,” which he tells McCourt was his favorite show in High School. Even in that grainy footage you can make out the raw talent. He was vibrant and full of life on that stage. Jumping around and smiling while singing.

Miranda told her he remembered the applause from his very first performance of Pirates of Penzance, calling it “the favorite applause” he’s ever gotten. It impacted him so much that, he says, he’s been chasing that high ever since.

They also took the time to discuss his educational initiative called Hamilton Educational Initiative or #EduHam for short, which brings students to viewings of “Hamilton,” for only a ticket.

But, as Miranda says, it isn’t just to watch the show. The experience also includes performances by the students about different aspects of history that, Miranda says, he really enjoys.

The footage was used in the XQ Super School Live telethon to raise awareness of their educational initiative.

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XQ is an initiative to help reimagine what school is and all that it can be, reinventing the wheel for the betterment of the students. The program awarded 10 proposals, million each to help create the ideal high school. Towards the end of the interview, Miranda and MacCourt end with a sweet moment, where he thanks her for teaching him.

And excuse me while I reach for a tissue and call up my high school English teacher. ?

READ: Watching Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Genius Bring ‘In The Heights’ To Broadway Is So Inspiring

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If You've Ever Been With Your Mom On Black Friday You Know She Becomes A Totally Different Person


If You’ve Ever Been With Your Mom On Black Friday You Know She Becomes A Totally Different Person

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Nothing gets a Latina mom more excited than a great deal at the store. This is probably why Black Friday has become a national holiday among our mothers. It is the one time of year they are allowed to let it all out in the store to get the greatest deals of the year. There are tears, laughs, and screams every year as she hunts through the stores for the regalito that your primo has been begging for all year. Here are just some of the things that go down on Black Friday that you just can’t forget.

You pray to a few santos on Thanksgiving night because you know what is about to go down the next day.

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You’re scared, but ready. You’re not sure why this has to happen every year, but every year you are more and more prepared. This is the 20th year you’ve had to do this with mom. You got this.

Mom wakes you up at 3:30 a.m. so you can start getting ready.

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You have less than 30 minutes to get ready. Because you’re an expert, you slept in your shopping clothes and maybe even makeup, so you’re good to go.

And if you don’t get up the first time, the second time looks a little like this.

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Just get up the first time and everything will be okay, okay? It is like your mom is not the same, sweet person she was last night at dinner being all thankful for her wonderful children. Today, it is about stuff.

There will be at least 2 hours of waiting in line in the cold.


But that’s what you need to make sure you are there on time. Plus, mami wants to continue to run down the list of things and who is doing what before the stores open. You have to get all the gifts for your prima. Your brother is after the gifts for primo Julio. Your mother is just going to grab sh*t and will figure out later who is getting what. At this point, your heart is pounding. You can’t fail.

While you are freezing, mom is all calm double and triple checking the sales flyers to her list.

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You know. Just to be sure that all the months of planning and saving are worth it. If she can’t get that Blue-Ray player for 70 percent off like she expected, all hell is going to break loose.

The gates open and before you know it, your mom is pushing you into the store screaming at the top of her lungs.


it sounds like a war cry and that makes sense. You are literally going into war for some marked down stuff that mom has been eyeing for months on the Internet.

She forms an alliance with a stranger out of nowhere and you see them start to work in tandem.

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Honestly, it is mesmerizing and fascinating how moms make comadres out of complete strangers. Here she was 20 minutes ago promising that nothing was going to get in her way of getting her treasures. Now she is helping some lady get a rocking chair because that same lady is going to fend off the monsters going after your mom’s prized sweaters.

Next thing you know, you’re under attack as you reached for that one toy everyone has been talking about for months.

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You’re having to fight off mothers, fathers, abeulitas all in the name of getting this doll. Do you do it? Yes, because if you don’t you have to deal with your mother and telling her you didn’t get the toy. Could you imagine such a fate? No gracias.

Meanwhile, mom is fighting her own Black Friday battle across the store over some marked down kitchenwares.

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She didn’t come here for a new set of cloth napkins but at 95 percent off, how can she say no? She can’t. Congratulations. You have new napkins and mom got another Black Friday K.O. under her belt. Who is she?!

She even convinced you to take things out of people’s carts that you weren’t able to get while they were still on the shelves.

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Thankfully you have had time to master this skill. You don’t go to this many Black Fridays with mom and not learn how to quietly take things from people’s carts. This is every man, woman, and child for themselves. Tough luck.

And don’t you dare let anyone get in front of you at checkout while you wait for mom.

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You cannot be wasting time like that. It is only 7 a.m. and there are still 3 more stores to hit before noon. Get. It. Together.

Yet, all the madness and bruises pay off when your little primo opens the one gift he has been begging for all year.


It really is moments like this that warm that heart and bring families closer together. Happy Thanksgiving and have a safe Black Friday.

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