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Lin-Manuel Miranda Was Nominated For An Oscar, Putting Him One Step Closer To Making History

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Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda has been on an impressive run ever since the release of his hit play “Hamilton,” which debuted in early 2015, and it looks like things won’t be slowing down for Miranda any time soon. Miranda’s song “How Far I’ll Go,” which appears in the recent Disney movie “Moana,” was just nominated for an Oscar. That means the 37-year-old is just one step away from becoming the youngest EGOT winner in history, a title currently held by Robert Lopez, who co-wrote the song “Let It Go” from “Frozen.” According to Vanity Fair, “EGOT” was a term coined by actor Phillip Michael Thomas to describe someone who has won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.

According to the New York Times, Miranda has two Grammys, an Emmy and three individual Tony Awards. If he wins, he would join an EGOT club of only 12 people, which includes Audrey Hepburn, Whoopi Goldberg and Mel Brooks. Miranda would not be the first Latino to win an EGOT — that distinction belongs to fellow Boricua Rita Moreno, who achieved the EGOT milestone in 1977.

After learning of the Oscar nom, Miranda tweeted out this:


He later told Entertainment Weekly how he’d celebrate: “I guess I’ll pop a little something of bubbly with my wife when I get home from work tonight. I think that’s about as crazy as I’m going to get!”


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Tourists Bring Millions Of Dollars To The Amazon Just To Try This Drug

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Tourists Bring Millions Of Dollars To The Amazon Just To Try This Drug

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Every year, thousands of tourists travel to the Amazon to participate in ayahuasca rituals, which are said to be life-changing spiritual experiences. Ayahuasca is a powerful drug that, when prepared correctly, allegedly has the ability to blast the most skeptical user into a hallucinogenic trance that opens their eyes to the true nature of the universe. However, the popularity of the drug is putting a drain on the Amazon region, especially in Peru, where tourist demand is creating a shortage of ayahuasca’s main ingredient, the Guardian reports.

Tourists bring fat wallets to the area, but they are putting a strain on the supply of caapi vine available to “indigenous healers.”

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Every year, tourists bring in over 6 million dollars to the region, but the economic boom has created a crisis among the curanderos who rely on supplies that are becoming increasingly difficult to acquire. The caapi vine, a vital ingredient, can take several years to mature, and growers are currently having trouble meeting local needs. Adding to the demand, exporters are sending Amazonian ayahuasca materials to foreign countries, contributing to the overall depletion in the Amazonian region. The Guardian reports that many shamans have had to seek out alternative ingredients to accommodate the growing demand, but this has contributed to problems in the quality of the ayahuasca tea that tourists consume. Is there a solution to this current crisis? Check out the Guardian‘s piece to see what steps growers and shamans taking.

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