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Yes, A Latino Freestyled At The White House With The Help Of President Obama

Did you ever think you’d hear a freestyle rap session in the Rose Garden of The White House?

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Neither did Lin-Manuel Miranda, the guy behind the award-winning Broadway show “Hamilton,” who took the White House and Capitol Hill by storm this weekend. Miranda was there to bring some much needed attention to the debt crisis in Puerto Rico. But the best part of the trip was Miranda freestyling with the help of the president. Thanks, Obama!

In case you didn’t know, “Hamilton” is THE Broadway play that has taken the country by storm.

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And for very good reason. It uses actors of color to portray some of our “founding fathers” and reminds the audience that they too were once immigrants trying to make it in a new land.

George Washington is portrayed by Christopher Jackson…

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…Daveed Diggs portrays Thomas Jefferson…

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…and, of course, the creator, writer and lead actor Lin-Manuel Miranda plays Alexander Hamilton.

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That’s right. Who says African-Americans and Latinos can’t play the roles of our founding fathers on Broadway? No one, that’s who!

They were such a hit that they were invited to the White House to meet and work with children interested in the arts for #BAM4HAM.

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But the trip was not just about having fun and working with children, Miranda was there for some serious business.

And, like a true Puertorriqueño, Miranda was there to represent and help his homeland as much as possible in front of the likes of Congress..

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“What we need is the ability to restructure and get Puerto Rico out of the hole it’s in,” Miranda told Congress, according to Bloomberg Business. “So I’m urging Congress. If Hamilton tickets will help, I’m happy to do that too.”

And despite his comfort on stage, Miranda was super nervous addressing the leaders of the country.

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“This is a lot more nerve-racking than a Broadway stage,” Miranda said when he approached the podium, according to Bloomberg Business.

The dopest moment of the #BAM4HAM visit was Lin-Manuel Miranda freestyling with cues from President Obama.

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It was an epic stream of consciousness as Miranda flawlessly moved from topic to topic with just one-word cue cards.

And the two joined in on a well-deserved mic drop at the end. #BestieGoals

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Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda slay his freestyle rap with President Obama’s help below!

Wait for it… ⬇️ #Bam4Ham

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How’s that for a kickass visit to the White House? Share this story with your friends and show just what someone can do when they get enough fame to make some change!

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Legendary Astrologer Walter Mercado’s Home In Puerto Rico Is For Sale And At A Discount

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Legendary Astrologer Walter Mercado’s Home In Puerto Rico Is For Sale And At A Discount

Prediction: You will want to check out Walter Mercado’s house in Puerto Rico, and maybe even buy it up and call it home. And what perfect timing, because the stars have aligned to bring you his Puerto Rico pad at an unbeatable price.

That’s right! Walter Mercado’s home in San Juan is up for sale!

Located in an “exclusive area” of San Juan, according to the property listing, the six-bedroom, five-bathroom estate is on sale for just $395,000.

Since you likely won’t fly to San Juan right now (thanks, COVID), you can check out the flamboyant cape aficionados sweet, two story tropical oasis on Realtor.com.

The listing photos show the home’s vibrant interior, which appears in the documentary, with yellow, red and green walls. The first floor boasts a large living room, kitchen and dining room. Tile-work leads up the stairs to the second level, where there’s yet another living room, dining room and a smaller kitchen — plus two balconies.

Outside, there’s a pool area with a gazebo and a patio, as well as a covered carport for at least four cars.

The home seems to be having trouble finding a buyer.

The estate originally hit the market for $495,000 in September 2020 but with no buyer in the cards, it then had its price slashed to $430,000 in December, according to Realtor.com. It’s now asking just $395,000.

Mercado already sold his Miami property in 2017 to cover financial difficulties.

While in Miami, Mercado maintained an apartment at The Grand in downtown for many years until 2017 when he decamped part time to New York.

Many in his family had hoped to turn his Puerto Rico home into a museum to the late icon, but due to zoning issues the family decided the best step forward was to list the home for sale. Regarding Mercado’s belongings that were contained within the home (so many of which we came to see in the Netflix documentary), one of his nieces told Pledge Times, that though family members have each kept some items, many were given to the Miami History Museum, and some items will go to Mexico. However, his cape with the Puerto Rican flag is being sent to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

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Who Is Mari Pepin? Everything You Need to Know About the Puerto Rican Beauty Queen and ‘The Bachelor’ Frontrunner

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Who Is Mari Pepin? Everything You Need to Know About the Puerto Rican Beauty Queen and ‘The Bachelor’ Frontrunner

As you probably know by now, a new season of the never-ending reality series “The Bachelor” has just started.

And this season is destined to be especially exciting–not just because of the promise of non-stop drama, but because the franchise has finally hired its first Black male lead, Matt James, after 18 years on the air.

And with the first Black “Bachelor” comes the most diverse group of contestants competing for the lead’s heart that they’ve ever had.

And one of the contestants that is capturing the hearts of both fans and Matt James alike is 24-year-old Puerto Rican-born pageant queen Mariela “Mari” Pepin.

On this season’s premiere episode of “The Bachelor”, Mari was immediately clocked by viewers as one of the front runners by the way that Matt reacted to meeting her. The former Wake Forest wide receiver was struck speechless by her beauty and couldn’t keep his eyes off her when she parted ways with him. It was obvious that Mari had made quite the first impression on him.

And because we love to see #representation on screen (and especially on reality TV), we decided to do our due diligence and find out as much as we could about this gorgeous and accomplished Latina. Here’s everything you need to know about Mari Pepin.

She’s Boricua–and proud of it!

Something that immediately endeared Mari to fans was the fact that she is so vocally proud of being Puerto Rican. In her first sit-down conversation with Matt, she opened up about how hard its been for her family to live through the relentless natural disasters that the island is going through.

She’s a military brat.

According to Mari’s personal blog, she spent the first few years of her life in PR before relocating to Germany because of her father’s military career. According to Mari, her unique childhood contributed to her love of traveling as an adult.

She was 2019’s Miss Maryland USA.

According to Mari’s official “Bachelor” bio, she began competing in pageants when she moved to Maryland as a teenager. She won Miss Teen Maryland and then went on to win the title of Miss Maryland. After that, she placed in the Top 10 of the Miss USA competition.

She’s wicked smart.

According to Mari’s LinkedIn page, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Towson University and she’s currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Marketing Intelligence from the same institution. It’s safe to say she values education.

She’s multilingual.

Not only does Mari speak both Spanish and English flawlessly, but she’s also fluent in French and American Sign Language.

Based on all this info alone, we can’t wait to see Mari Pepin crush this season of “The Bachelor”. Hopefully, this Boricua beauty will be popping up a lot on our screens for years to come!

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