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Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Bring People To Tears With A Song That Captures The Mood Of America

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The final days of the Obama administration are upon us and everyone is dealing with it in their own way. Saying goodbye is never easy, but in the U.S., the peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next is a defining hallmark of our democracy. Earlier this week, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Christopher Jackson reprised their roles as Alexander Hamilton and George Washington, respectively and performed “One Last Time” from the “Hamilton” soundtrack. The song perfectly captures this process of handing over power, and explains some of the motivations for why George Washington felt it necessary to step down from power, rather than holding onto it. It was a powerful performance that brought many members of the audience, including Miranda, to tears.

The Obama administration played an important role in the evolution of the “Hamilton” soundtrack.

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In 2009, Miranda was invited to the the White House’s Poetry Jam, where he performed a rough version of “My Shot,” a song whose opening notes bring chills down the spines of musical theater fanatics. The musical of course went on to become a national phenomenon. Even Vice President-elect Mike Pence had kind words for the production, after he was famously booed while attending the show. Pence later said, “My daughter and I and her cousins really enjoyed the show. ‘Hamilton’ is just an incredible production, incredibly talented people. It was a real joy to be there.” No matter who is in the White House, Hamilton truly is an expression of the American Dream, and the pain and beauty that comes with freedom.


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Thanks To Lin-Manuel Miranda, Barack Obama Now Has A Hit On Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs Chart

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Thanks To Lin-Manuel Miranda, Barack Obama Now Has A Hit On Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs Chart

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We know that former President Barack Obama can sing. He’s been showing off his singing chops since he was in the White House, which why it’s no surprise that he is now an official hitmaker. You read that right. The former president of the United States is featured on a song from “Hamilton” called “One Last Time (44 Remix)” and it is blowing up the charts.

Lin-Manuel Miranda has released a new track titled “One Last Time (44 Remix)” from his Broadway show “Hamilton” featuring Barack Obama, and the song has made its debut on the Billboard charts.

The song also features Christopher Jackson and gospel star BeBe Winans. The track has the former president delivering George Washington’s farewell address. It’s pretty impressive.

The song debuted on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart this week at No. 22, and the song already has 307,000 on-demand U.S. streams and 9,000 downloads sold in the week ending Dec. 27, according to Nielsen Music.

Miranda included a cool picture of the former president in the recording studio.

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People are clearly in shock by this addition of the former president on a “Hamilton” song track. @Koribaby tweeted: “I’m screaming. I’m crying. I’M IN CHURCH! When Barry O did the Farewell Address. Help me, Jesus. And Chris took it home with the choir. Praise be. I am not ready to say goodbye. Lin knew what he was doing. He dropped this thing like a hot potato and SHOOK for the rest of the year, leaving US SHOOK for the rest of the year. Omg.”

Check out the track below:

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Obama has been on the Billboard charts before. “A Moment in History: The Inauguration of Barack Obama” made it to the Billboard DVD charts at No. 6 and “Pop Off” by JX Cannon featuring Obama hit at No. 10 on Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists in December 2015.

Since we’re talking about Obama’s extraordinary talents on the mic, let’s take a look back at some of his greatest hits with this awesome playlist.

Life post-presidency is doing Obama well.


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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Mom On Being Good To Yourself While Managing Kids And A Career

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Mom On Being Good To Yourself While Managing Kids And A Career

Luz Towns-Miranda raised one hell of a son. In fact, she’s raised two incredibly successful people and built her own prosperous career as a psychologist. In an interview with PEOPLE, Luz gives incredible insight on how she flourished in her career while raising Lin-Manuel and her daughter Luz — and she answers the age-old question “how does she do it all.”

Here are some highlights from that interview.

She always knew that Lin-Manuel is an empathetic helper and Hurricane Maria brought it out in him.

Luz has always had a close relationship with her son. Luz said that from the day he was born, she built a strong bond with him by always communicating with him and asking about his days at school.

Luz recalls how her son suffered with anxiety and worried about people that were less fortunate.

“I think he feels he has a responsibility to do good, to do right,” Luz told PEOPLE. “Especially with Puerto Rico. He’s been working nonstop since the hurricane hit. That’s been his job. He’s always been about the right thing. When he was a very little boy, we’d go by homeless people and his heart would break. And he’d say ‘mommy is there anything we can do to help?'”

“He’s moved by peoples distress,” she added.

She opened up about prioritizing her kids ahead of her career.

“I started graduate school already a mom, and midway through my doctorate I got pregnant with Lin,” Luz told PEOPLE. “I deliberately delayed starting my internship for two years because I know how important those first few years are. I could have had the baby and gone back to work right away…but I would have never done that because I know how precious and important those early months are.”

How being a psychologist is a gift to herself.

“One of the good things about the profession that I am in [is],” Luz told PEOPLE “in order to be a really wonderful clinician is that you have to get into your own therapy, which is a gift you give yourself.”

She added that at one point in her life, when her daughter had gone off to college, she extended her studies in psychology. That meant that she was in therapy three times a week for several years, and she loved it.

“With therapy, you’re allowed time to reflect, disclose, and process so much of what’s going on a regular bases. It allows you to be aware of patterns that might not be healthy.”

She added that mindfulness contributes to much healthier person overall.

Click here to watch the entire interview.


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