By Hollie Robinson and Kimberley Rodriguez, Eighth Graders
How does a New Yorker born of Puerto Rican parents grow up to be an award winning musical playwright genius? Even if you haven’t heard his name, you’ve probably heard about his Tony Award winning Broadway musical, Hamilton! As a matter of fact, there are hardly any awards he hasn’t won. He’s won an Emmy, Grammy, Tony, Pulitzer, Oliver, Obie and more.
Lin-Manuel Miranda was born to Puerto Rican parents and grew up with Puerto Rican heritage. At the age of seven, Lin-Manuel Miranda saw his first Broadway musical, and it changed him forever. He attended Hunter College High School for gifted students most of his early life. He was also heavily involved in music such as: piano classes, musicals, and hip-hop classes.
Lin-Manuel Miranda Accomplishments/Works
“In the Heights” was Miranda’s first massive hit. This musical is influenced by his hispanic Caribbean background and is based on 3 days in the life of Washington Heights, a neighborhood dominated by immigrants of Dominican heritage. He took this musical on tour to Puerto Rico back in 2010, to the delight of audiences there.
Miranda recently created a campaign to help reconstruct Puerto Rico in the aftermath of hurricane Maria. It was the worst hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in 85 years. With massive winds of 150 mph, Hurricane Maria left 1 million people without power. Accessing clean water and food has become a huge difficulty. Puerto Rico was, and still is, in utter devastation.
Miranda created the Tee-Rico with a goal to help pay for the estimated $90 billion dollars worth of damage done by Hurricane Maria. “The goal wasn’t just artistic satisfaction, but how can we leave Puerto Rico a little better than we found it,” declared Miranda, according to AP News. Miranda hopes to raise $15 million dollars from this charity and help in any way he can. He also produced a song called, “Almost Like Praying”, this song was quickly produced as a response for Hurricane Relief. “Almost Like Praying” features 22 hispanic artists including Jennifer Lopez, Camila Cabello, Gloria Estefan, and Marc Anthony; all the song’s profits went to Puerto Rico.
If you would like to be a part of this campaign, go to www.teerico.com/collections/puerto-rico-relief-collection where you can find more information about this charity and help raise money to help Puerto Rico.
I enjoy spending my days watching Netflix and playing video games, I am also bilingual. My direct family is from South America and Europe. In more depth, I am Peruvian, Incan, Italian, Irish, Scottish, and English. Writing is one of my many passions, which is the reason why I chose Journalism as my elective for eighth grade.
Hello, my name Sidney. In my free time I love to scroll through instagram, read books, and binge watch Netflix shows. I have a passion for musical theater and the arts.
My name is Hollie Robinson as some may know I am obsessed with anything pertaining to doctors and surgery. I love Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, and The Good Doctor. I love to laugh and have fun! Watching netflix, and shopping are hobbies I enjoy. I would love to one day become a writer.
I’m Kimberly Rodriguez and I’m 13 but most people just call me Kim. You should know that I’m obsessed with conspiracy theories, Tyler the Creator, Omar Apollo and The Good Doctor.