Lin-Manuel Miranda: ‘Bring all of yourself into a room’

first_imgBroadway theatergoers know that tickets to the musical “Hamilton” can cost more than a month’s rent, except for winners of the show’s $10 online lottery. But the hit’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, played to a different kind of packed house on Thursday night at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), speaking about Latino identity and activism.Miranda, who is also the force behind “In the Heights,” kicked off the second “America Adelante” conference, hosted by the Center for Public Leadership. The conference drew together Latino students from across the University, as well as more than 40 Latino leaders in business, arts, and government. Through a series of panel discussions and networking events, the conference tried to foster connection and collaboration between the students and guests.“I feel really underqualified to be here,” Miranda joked as he took the stage with Amanda Matos, M.P.P. ’19, an HKS student and co-founder of the WomanHOOD Project, a Bronx-based mentorship program for girls of color.Since both Matos and Miranda are proud Nuyoricans — New Yorkers of Puerto Rican descent — Matos fired off a few home-based warm-up questions: Yankees or Mets? The A train or the 1? Once they’d covered the basics (Yankees and the A train), Miranda settled in for a more serious discussion on code-switching, activism, and staying true to one’s roots.“I’m in a roomful of would-be Nina Rosarios right now,” Miranda said, referring to a character from “In the Heights” who leaves her neighborhood to attend Stanford University, becoming the first person from her block to attend college. Miranda shared some of his experiences of attending Hunter College and Wesleyan University, and gradually coming to see his dual cultural identity as “a superpower.”,Miranda began work on “In the Heights” as an undergraduate at Wesleyan, mixing the salsa and merengue beats of his heritage with the musical theater and freestyling hip-hop he also loves. The result, he said, was a realization that “you have to bring all of yourself into a room, not just the parts that fit in.” He cited the problematic stereotypes of knife-wielding Puerto Ricans from “West Side Story” and Paul Simon’s 1998 musical “The Capeman” as a wake-up call, adding, “I realized: No one’s making your dream musical. You have to make your dream musical.”Matos asked Miranda how Latinos can create solidarity and stay connected to their heritage while building bridges with non-Latino allies and supporters. “Give us some best practices,” she urged.Miranda’s response was simple. “I think continuing to support ourselves and our humanness is so important,” he said. “That’s what ‘Hamilton’ does: It represents the other strand of the American story that we export. It celebrates the one founder who wasn’t from here — who grew up in the Caribbean. We’re a nation of immigrants, and we ought to be proud of that story.”“Latinos in the U.S. — both immigrant and native-born — are a group that has been growing in size and influence and will continue to grow,” said Erika Carlsen, the assistant director of fellowship programs and Latino initiatives at the Center for Public Leadership, who organized “America Adelante.” “How do future public leaders understand this community, and the challenges and incredible potential benefits related to it?” She cited the great economic power of Latinos, and the need to build networks among young and seasoned Latino leaders to address key policy issues.Matos agreed. “As Latinx students and students who care deeply about communities of color, it’s important that we have an infrastructure to build power, solidarity, and strategy on the most pressing issues impacting our communities,” she said. “I hope students will see that they are all leaders now, and that we already have the power and skills to continue creating good in the world.”Carlsen and Miranda paid tribute to Lisa Garcia Quiroz ’83, M.B.A. ’90, a longtime executive at Time Warner who was also a champion of diversity both at her alma mater and in her workplace. Garcia Quiroz, who was instrumental in organizing the first “America Adelante” conference in 2016, worked tirelessly to mentor and encourage young Latino leaders until her death in March from pancreatic cancer. HKS has established a graduate fellowship in her honor.“There’s no shortage of ways to do good,” Miranda told his audience, citing the examples of Garcia Quiroz and activists such as the high school students from Parkland, Fla., who have spearheaded the #NeverAgain movement. “I can get as overwhelmed as the next person,” he admitted. “What I try to tell myself is: Don’t think of it as this tidal wave. Think of it as: There’s no shortage of lanes you can go into and do good.” Miranda’s own efforts have included several recent collaborations with other musicians and composers in support of hurricane relief for Puerto Rico and for the movement against gun violence.“That came out of being inspired by these kids,” Miranda said of “Found Tonight,” his duet with “Dear Evan Hansen” star Ben Platt in support of March for Our Lives on March 24. “We sort of made the Marvel/DC crossover. I asked myself: What’s the thing I can make for them that will put wind in their sails?”If “Hamilton” is the origin story of American democracy — “It’s how Spider-Man got bit by the bug,” Miranda said with a laugh — his activism on current issues, including voter registration, hurricane relief, and speaking out against gun violence, are part of a chapter in that book.“What we’re seeing is a huge accumulation of everyday voices,” Miranda said, praising the wave of activism and political engagement from many corners of American society. “The success of ‘Hamilton’ has given me a huge megaphone, and it helps me to think of it as a literal megaphone. I try to use it sparingly, so that what I say will be helpful.”He closed by urging his audience to support each other and make their voices heard. “Our stories,” he said, “are more necessary than ever.”last_img read more

Genesis grabs Tyros glory

first_img Press Association Lyons said: “He’s what I thought he was and he’s going the right way. It’s not often we refuse good money for a horse and we were offered very good money for him after his last run, but we said no. If we’re going where we want to go, we need to be brave with some of these horses. “He’s in the Group Two at Doncaster (Champagne Stakes) and I wouldn’t want to go shorter than seven furlongs with him again. “We’re in no rush with him, we won’t overdo him as I think he will make a nice three-year-old and he could be a horse for something like the Jersey Stakes. “Everyday he runs, he’s getting mentally better. Gary said the better the race, the better the horse.” Ger Lyons’ charge was sent off an 11-8 shot for the Group Three event after winning two of his three starts, including a race over this seven furlongs last time. Gary Carroll had him handy throughout, sitting on the heels of the front-running Home School before switching out to challenge inside the final couple of furlongs, and though Home School battled all the way to the line, he had to concede defeat by half a length. center_img Exogenesis swooped in the dying strides to snatch victory in the Korean Racing Authority Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown.last_img read more

Eagles Ambush Squirrels at the Nest in Uyo

first_imgLast term, Nigeria had smooth ride, qualifying for AFCON 2019 with a game to spare.Now, with a team brimming with youngsters hungry to express themselves after distinguishing at club level, Eagles will have no choice but start this journey at home on a good note.One of the star players to look out for today is Victor Osimhen who emerged from Nigeria’s post-AFCON 2019 success.The Lille forward has scored nine goals in 17 appearances for the French club across all competitions this season.Also expected to be a thorn in the Squirrels’ defence will be Samuel Chukwueze of Villarreal in the Spanish Laliga.The exciting lad has continued to confound watchers of the Laliga with his incredible display of talents.No doubt, Nigeria will be overriding favourites to progress as Group L winners, as Eagles set their sights on qualifying for Cameroon a few months after finishing third at the 2019 AFCON showpiece hosted in Egypt.In Rohr’s squad at the Uyo camp are others like returnee Ahmed Musa, Kenneth Omeruo, Ola Aina, Samuel Kalu and Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.On the other hand, the visitors from neighbouring Benin should not be underrated. The Squirrel will be no pushovers, though, having proved their potential in reaching the quarterfinal stage at AFCON 2019.The Squirrels have been able to keep the core of that team with the experienced Stephan Sessegnon spearheading their charge.Irrespective of the ranking of Eagles as third on the African continent in the latest FIFA rankings (35th in the world) while Benin are placed 18th in Africa (82nd in the world), this evening will be full of fireworks at the Nest of Champions in Uyo.The 66-year-old Franco-German, though, has expressed hisRohr’s concern regarding the quick turnaround time between this month’s double headed qualifier with Nigeria to face Lesotho in Maseru four days after this clash in Uyo should be no excuse for Eagles to bungle this opening round home game.“Our players from Europe will only get to us a day or two before the first game, so there is no time to adapt to the African conditions,” Rohr had complained when the fixtures were released.“After this game on Wednesday we travel to Lesotho away on Friday to play on an artificial surface on Sunday. This is not ideal for any team.“We’ve spoken to CAF about this but nothing has been done,” he concluded.Apart from claiming bronze in Egypt, Nigeria showcased her powers with encouraging displays in recently friendly internationals against Ukraine and Brazil respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AFCON 2021 QUALIFIERDuro IkhazuagbeAs Super Eagles file out this evening against Squirrels of Benin Republic in the opening game of their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying series at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Gernot Rohr and his wards will be aiming for a perfect start to their campaign.last_img read more