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Lin-Manuel Miranda Faced Off With This Whiz Kid On Ellen For A Presidential Show Down To Raise Money For Puerto Rico

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Lin-Manuel Miranda studied Alexander Hamilton extensively in order to write his Broadway hit “Hamilton.” But Macey Hansley’s been studying U.S. history her whole life. OK, she’s only 7 years old, but that doesn’t mean she’s to be messed with. The pint-sized historian faced off with Miranda in a  game show to end all history game shows. And even though Miranda wrote a literal book based on Hamilton’s life, there were a couple of tidbits he didn’t know about the founding father.

The game was all in good fun as it was helping to raise funds for Puerto Rico’s hurricane Maria recovery. I won’t tell you who won, but Miranda did raise 20k for the island. On the other hand, little Macey Hensley won a pair of tickets to see a matinee of “Hamilton.”

Miranda gave her the two VIP tickets after finding out she’d fallen asleep during the evening show she previously attended.

All in all, everyone was a winner, including the audience, who got to watch a kid dressed up as a founding father beat Miranda on some questions he really should have known.

Earlier in the show, Ellen had Miranda on to talk about his trip to Puerto Rico and all of the work he’s doing there to help rebuild the island.

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Miranda sat with Ellen and expressed how he felt about the situation in Puerto Rico, saying, “It’s maddening and it’s frustrating, but here we are.”

For more information on how to help Puerto Rico check here.


READ: Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Go Down Memory Lane With His High School Theater Advisor And Try Not To Cry


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Juanes Join Logic And Alessia Cara To Perform The Bilingual Version Of Logic's Suicide Prevention Song, Which Has Had A Huge Impact

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Juanes Join Logic And Alessia Cara To Perform The Bilingual Version Of Logic’s Suicide Prevention Song, Which Has Had A Huge Impact

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Juanes joined Logic and Alessia Cara on stage at the Latin Grammys Awards on Thursday to perform a bilingual remix of Logic’s song “1-800-273-8255.”

The song delivers an important message, empowering people suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts to seek help and know it can get better. The title is the phone humber for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) hotline, ensuring fans know where they to call for help.

As the performance began, the backdrop lit up with a different number – the Spanish-language NSPL hotline.

The original version of the song was released in April in partnership with the NSPL.

At the time, Logic spoke out about his own struggles with depression, and dedicated the song to those who, as the songs says, can relate.

And the NSPL reached out to him, thanking him for his advocacy.

In an official statement, the NSPL outlined the impact the song has had on their call volume.

Since the release of the song, call volume to the NSPL has skyrocketed, as did interactions on social media, with many callers mentioning the song in their conversations with crisis centers. Logic himself tweeted out the statement, calling “1-800-273-8255” the “most important song” he’s ever written.

Logic thanked the Latino community for welcoming him with open arms and for, erm, creating his beautiful wife.

Although “creating my beautiful Mexican Wife” sounds a little weird out of context, his wife Jessica Andrea is, indeed, Mexican. So, you’re welcome, Logic.

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All jokes aside, the song has been helpful for many. Logic spoke to Genius to explain the song’s lyrics and meaning.

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He shares that during a cross country tour, he heard from fans that his music saved their lives. While he says that was a positive, unintentional outcome, those fans pushed him to write a song that actually aimed to help people and save lives.

Hopefully with the remix and by sharing the Spanish language hotline number, Juanes can have the same impact with Latinos.

If you or a loved one is in need of help, the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. For Spanish speakers it’s 1-888-628-9454.


READ: Luis Guzman Took His Role In Logic’s Music Video Personal And This Is Why


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