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9 Times Lin-Manuel Miranda Was The Internet’s Boyfriend

The internet really, truly and completely adores Lin-Manuel Miranda. And with good reason! Not only does he write, compose and star in hit musicals (“In The Heights,” or this little show you might’ve heard of called “Hamilton“), he’s also brought home awards and has eloquently and passionately spoken out about Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. Also, he can rock a ponytail like few others.

Here are more reasons why he’s the whole internet’s collective boyfriend:

1. He’s the overachieving dream man your mom would love.

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When does he even sleep???

2. He has great taste in music.

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We’re sure Jay understands.

3. He’s teamed up with fellow Boricua J.Lo for a phenomenal cause.

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The two are collaborating on a song that will benefit The Hispanic Federation’s #SomosOrlando project, created in recognition of the Pulse shooting’s majority Latino victims.

4. He can freestyle like no one’s business:

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Also, extra points for that bright blue suit. Dayum.

5. Dude is a multiple award winner.

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Damn, leave some for everybody else, dude. Some of us just got a Good Citizen certificate in first grade y, ya, se acabó.

6. …Including a lil’ thing known as the MacArthur “Genius Grant.”

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You can listen to him talk about it and his creative process, above.

7. …And his acceptance speeches will move you to tears every time.

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“Love is love is love is love…”

8. Did we mention the ponytail?

It’s just so majestic. (Pretend there’s a gif here of him shaking his ponytail in slow-motion.)

9. He is endearingly very great/bad at Periscope.

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“Is this in selfie mode?” Who knows, Lin-Manuel. Who ever knows?

8. He knows how to make people pay attention to important issues close to his heart.

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Look, we know as well as anyone that it’s really hard to get people to engage with serious news stories. People might ask why a serious story — like, say, about Puerto Rico’s ongoing debt crisis — isn’t given more attention, while rarely ever reading or sharing these stories themselves. That’s why Lin-Manuel was so smart to educate people about Puerto Rico in shareable song form on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight.” That’s how you reach people, and he knows that very well.

9. He’s a nerd, kinda like you and me.

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I mean. Dude literally wrote a musical about Alexander Hamilton. That’s high-level nerdery. And, being that the internet is nothing if not a gathering place for nerds to come together and nerd out collectively, we absolutely love it.


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Did we miss anything? Are you writing “Ms./Mr. Lin-Manuel Miranda” on the margins of your (virtual) notebook at this very moment? Don’t lie.

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Today, Puerto Rico Celebrates Emancipation Day–the Day When the Island Officially Abolished Slavery

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Today, Puerto Rico Celebrates Emancipation Day–the Day When the Island Officially Abolished Slavery

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Today, March 22nd marks Día de la Abolición de Esclavitud in Puerto Rico–the date that marks the emancipation of slaves in Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico, enslaved peoples were emancipated in 1873–a full decade after the U.S. officially abolished slavery. But unlike the U.S. mainland, Puerto Rico celebrates today as an official holiday, where many businesses are closed.

The emancipation of Puerto Rican slaves was a very different process than the United States’. For one, the emancipation was gradual and over three years.

When the Spanish government abolished slavery in Puerto Rico 1873, enslaved men and women had to buy their freedom. The price was set by their “owners”. The way the emancipated slaves bought their freedom was through a process that was very similar to sharecropping in the post-war American south. Emancipated slaves farmed, sold goods, and worked in different trades to “buy” their freedom.

In the same Spanish edict that abolished slavery, slaves over the age of 60 were automatically freed. Enslaved children who were 5-years-old and under were also automatically freed.

Today, Black and mixed-race Puerto Ricans of Black descent make up a large part of Puerto Rico’s population.

The legacy of enslaved Black Puerto Ricans is a strong one. Unlike the United States, Puerto Rico doesn’t classify race in such black-and-white terms. Puerto Ricans are taught that everyone is a mixture of three groups of people: white Spanish colonizers, Black African slaves, and the indigenous Taíno population.

African influences on Puerto Rican culture is ubiquitous and is present in Puerto Rican music, cuisine, and even in the way that the island’s language evolved. And although experts estimate that up to 60% of Puerto Ricans have significant African ancestry, almost 76% of Puerto Ricans identified as white only in the latest census poll–a phenomenon that many sociologists have blamed on anti-blackness.

On Puerto Rico’s Día de la Abolición de Esclavitud, many people can’t help but notice that the island celebrates a day of freedom and independence when they are not really free themselves.

As the fight for Puerto Rican decolonization rages on, there is a bit of irony in the fact that Puerto Rico is one of the only American territories that officially celebrates the emancipation of slaves, when Puerto Rico is not emancipated from the United States. Yes, many Black Americans recognize Juneteenth (June 19th) as the official day to celebrate emancipation from slavery, but it is not an official government holiday.

Perhaps, Puerto Rico celebrates this historical day of freedom because they understand how important the freedom and independence is on a different level than mainland Americans do.

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The New ‘In The Heights’ Trailer Is Out And You’ll Wish You Were In This Latino Fairytale

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The New ‘In The Heights’ Trailer Is Out And You’ll Wish You Were In This Latino Fairytale

There is a new “In The Heights” trailer and release date and fans are getting excited (again)! This is the second time that Warner Bros. has released a trailer to tease the release of “In The Heights” but Covid derailed its first release. Here’s to summer of 2021!

Here’s the new trailer for “In The Heights.”

“In The Heights” is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first wildly successful musical before “Hamilton. The show is based in Washington Heights, a Latino and immigrant enclave in New York City where music runs through the streets and the residents.

Usnavi, portrayed by Anthony Ramos, is the protagonist who is central to the community. He runs a bodega that everyone visits and it isn’t long until he and his large community fight back to protect their friends and family.

The story has it all from love to despair to triumph.

Usnavi is in love with Vanessa, portrayed by Melissa Barrera, and their love story grows alongside the community through the summer. At the same time, it seems that Abuela Claudia, portrayed by Olga Merediz, is facing deportation and the community comes to her defense to keep her here.

Miranda and Jon M. Cho, the director of “Crazy Rich Asians,” beautifully captured the resilience and diversity of our neighborhoods. Actors Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, and Leslie Grace bring the play to life on the big screen in a big way.

Fans cannot wait to see the new movie offering Latinos so much representation.

People have been anxiously waiting for this moment since 2008. That was the year that Universal Pictures announced their plans to make the movie adaptation of the play. It was supposed to be released in 2011 until Universals Pictures dropped the project. Then The Weinstein Company acquired the rights, however, Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct came to light and Miranda pulled the rights in response. Warner Bros. then got the rights in 2018 and we had our first trailer in 2019. It was slated to be released in June 2020 and the Covid caused the company to cancel the movie’s release. Now, with a deal with HBOMax, Warner Bros. will finally release “In The Heights” more than 10 years after fans were promised a movie.

“In The Heights” will be on HBOMax on June 18, 2021.

READ: The Trailer For ‘In The Heights’ Is Finally Here And It Looks Like A Latino Fairytale

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