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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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Singer-Songwriter Kany García Speaks Out Against Conversion Therapy in Puerto Rico

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Singer-Songwriter Kany García Speaks Out Against Conversion Therapy in Puerto Rico

As the Puerto Rican government is debating a bill on conversion therapy, Kany García is speaking out against the controversial practice. The Boricua singer-songwriter wrote an open letter to the senators in favor of Senate Bill 184, which would help end conversion therapy on the island.

Kany is one of Puerto Rico’s most-decorated artists.

García is one of the Puerto Rico’s top artists. She’s won six Latin Grammy out of a career 20 nominations. In March, she was also nominated for her third Grammy Award for her latest album Mesa Para Dos.

This year Kany celebrated five years since coming out.

On Valentine’s Day 2016, García revealed that she was in a relationship with her partner, Jocelyn Troche. The couple is still going strong with Troche appearing in last year’s “Lo Que En Ti Veo.” She and García share beautiful moments in the video. At November’s Latin Grammy Awards, there was a big wave of artists in the LGBTQ+ community in the major categories, including García, Ricky Martin, Pablo Alborán, and Jesse y Joy’s Joy Huerta.

She’s telling Puerto Rican senators to pass Senate Bill 184 in her letter.

Since coming out, García has remained at the forefront of queer issues in Puerto Rico. The passage of Senate Bill 184 seeks to prohibit conversion therapy. The controversial practice has long harmed LGBTQ+ communities. It’s thought of as a way to rid them of their queer gender or sexual identities.

“Puerto Rico deserves that every girl and boy, every young woman and young man can be who they want to be and love who they want to love,” García wrote in her letter. “This measure has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with the protection of Puerto Rican children and youth.”

García speaks from her own experience. “I am an example of how to be faithful to who you are. I am a woman who deeply loves her partner and who is loved by her family and by our people. There is nothing to change. There is nothing to repair. There’s nothing to heal. We have to give the same opportunity that I have had, to be who I am, to all our children and youth.”

García further writes that the bill should be passed as-is without any amendments. According to Al Día news, Popular Democratic Party Senators Gretchen Hau, Elizabeth Rosa Velez, and Migdalia Gonzalez have filed several amendments to Senate Bill 184 as of Wednesday. Puerto Rico’s governor Pedro Pierluisi has indicated that he’s ready to override the senators if necessary.

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Rising Star Chesca Talks Career Beginnings, Being a Latina in the Music Industry, Performing at Jimmy Kimmel and More

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Rising Star Chesca Talks Career Beginnings, Being a Latina in the Music Industry, Performing at Jimmy Kimmel and More

Welcome to Spotlight, where we do a deep dive into the careers of artists, producers, songwriters, and more people making an impact in the Latin music industry.

Puerto Rican singer Chesca is the definition of a hustler. She started as the vocalist for her dad’s cover band in Puerto Rico and became her own manager booking shows in places like China and Greece. The world is hers for the taking and she is going for it.

Chesca is ready for global stardom and she’s taking it one step at a time.

During our interview here at Latido Music by mitú, Chesca opened up about how a tragic accident at 11 years old changed her life, how music literally saved her, and the sacrifices she’s had to make to be where she is today.

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Chesca is aware that being a Latina in the music industry isn’t easy but feels compelled to share her story and everything she’s had to do to get here. She would pretend to be her own manager and publicist at the beginning of her career. Chesca would book herself shows around the world where she would get to perform her own original songs. One of her songs actually got picked up by the radio in China, which is a market not many Latin stars even imagine entering, especially not when they’re just starting their careers.

“With everything that I’ve been through, I have a voice, and I have a story to tell that can motivate so many young women, that’s what keeps me going,” Chesca says.

While she had some success performing in English, she felt that she needed to go back to her roots and start doing music in Spanish. The stars aligned, and Chesca was signed by Saban Music Group, and currently has some high-profile collaborations under her belt. She’s behind the viral hit like “Te Quiero Baby (I Love You Baby),” which blew up on TikTok and led her to perform at the Latin Billboards last year with Pitbull.

Chesca most recently performed at the 2021 Latin AMAs red carpet and received a nomination for Best New Latin Artist at the 2021 iHeart Radio Music Awards.

After our conversation with Chesca, it’s clear that she’s making the right moves at the right time to make a name for herself in the industry, and we can’t wait to see what’s next for her career.

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