Yesterday, we stopped in Santa Monica on our way to drop off a friend at LAX. From street performers to screaming children & their stressed parents, West Los Angeles is known for its eclectic & creative entertainment. Next to the captivating coasters and cluttered coastline, was a particular performer that struck our attention. “Dancing Dave”, a middle-aged man in a shiny silver outfit, was dancing and singing to any song you suggest. When we walked up, he had attracted a group of high school boys who were helping him out–stealing the show even. They were being entirely themselves, having dance battles, laughing and cheering on Dave as he painfully attempted to sing and dance to overplayed songs. Without the boys, you could’ve counted the amount of people watching on one hand, but there were dozens of people admiring this hilarious group. It made our day, and we laughed so hard watching the boys have so much fun with Dancing Dave, and I bet it made their day too.
I think something that interferes with choosing joy is getting caught in how cool we want to be or already think we are. Of the thousands of people on the pier, very few were straying from the crowd, and I don’t think this is only true of LA. On school campuses, out in public, or even around your family, the pressure to hold back or be glued to your phone is stealing the show. What if we believed that we were already cool just the way we are? and by being our true selves is the coolest way to live? Joy radiates from people when they are being entirely themselves, and it’s contagious, you may even get a crowd of people to join with.
Each of us is created in the image of the one who created all the amazing things around us… how COOL is that? Each hair on your head, each freckle, each strange talent, is created by the same God that created the galaxies, the stars, the oceans, the mountains, the wild animals you see on Planet Earth… but he made us as his most unique creation. I hope we can sit in this truth and come to terms with the fact that you are the coolest person you know, and nobody can take that from you, because it was that way before you were even born.
“Yet you, LORD, are our Father.We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8
Have you ever wondered who also likes your favorite celebrity? 🤔 I know I have!
Sometimes knowing which other celebrities like your favorite is great! I know I have found a new fandom or great celebrity to follow from my research.
Today I want to call the Hamilton fandom into OUR fandom. Most Hamilton fans are younger members of our society so maybe they know our boys, maybe they don’t. It doesn’t matter if we don’t belong in the same fandom or who we like, we can all learn a bit with this new series.
I will try my best to include other celebrities backstreet fans and spread the word that the Backstreet Pride is still alive. So sit tight and take notes, who knows, you might find your new favorite here. 😁
If you would like to know more about celebrities that like our boys as well, or have more information and would like to share it with us, don’t be shy and contact us! Let us know what you would like to know about these celebrities too!
So, Anthony Ramos…. Now I don’t really know much about Broadway and it’s actors, but I am on my way. Today I want to talk about this amazing man.
Anthony Ramos Martínez is of Puerto Rican descent (like our boy Howie) raised in New York. According to some sources(correct me if I’m wrong Hamilfans) he was a great baseball player but lost interest and auditioned for a school musical. He actually got the lead role, and from there on the rest is history…
He is best know for his dual role as John Laurens and Phillip Hamilton in, you guessed it, Lin Manuel-Miranda’s musical “Hamilton”. He also colaborated with Miranda in “21 chump street” and “In the heights”. If you haven’t seen “Hamilton”, chances are you haven’t since tickets are harder to find than Narnia, you can buy the original cast recordings in ITunes or listen to them on Spotify. If you search thoroughly, maybe you’ll get lucky and find “21 chump street” somewhere as well. He is a super talented man, you will not be disappointed. Now, he has also participated in other musicals and even movies/tv shows. Here is a list of some of his recent work, again, Hamilfans correct me if I’m wrong!
• 2011 “Grease” as Sonny
• 2012 “Damn Yankees” as Henry
“In the heights” as Sonny
• 2014 “21 chump street” as Justin Laboy
• 2015 “Hamilton” as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton
• 2015 “Younger” Episode: Liza sows her Oates as Julio
• 2016 “White Girl” as Kilo
“Law and order: Special victims unit” Episode: Forty one witnesses as Juan Flores
You might be wondering by now, what does he have to do with our boys? Well, he stated in a interview one of guilty pleasures 😏 What is his guilty pleasure? Boybands! Namely, Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC 🎊
Chances are that by now, you have fallen in love with this cinnamon roll 💕 Too bad, he is already taken 🤷🏻♀️ Luckily he has the most beautiful and equally talented girlfriend ever, Jasmine acepta-Jones!
Thank you, Anthony Ramos, for Keeping the Backstreet Pride Alive~
Could you maybe do a fanfic with Chris because I’ve never seen one with him and I’d love to see one written by you
WARNINGS: there is like two swear words
“Oh come on just sing it.”
“Only if you sing it with me. Take it or leave it.” Chris told me, crossing his arms and smiling at me.
“You are a way better singer.” I argued.
“Not true, I love your voice. Which is why we should sing it together.”
“Chris I will fight you over this, you are the better singer.”
“Daveed, Oak. What do you guys think?”
“We think you love each other and that you should sing something together.” Daveed said, lounging on the couch opposite from us. He then proceeded to say something that I couldn’t hear and Oak burst out laughing.
“Thank you Daveed for your opinion but we only love each other as friends. And that technically means that I’m right.” Chris pointed out, grinning.
“Y'all are gonna get married just as friends and fuck just as friends as well.” Daveed added and I felt my face grow red.
“I probably should-” He stood up.
“Yeah.” I replied quickly and he left.
“Our break is over. We should get back to practicing.” I mumbled and I headed to the stage where my fellow ensemble members were in place already. I got in my spot and everyone else got in their positions.
I was dancing with Chris for Helpless.
“Boy you got me helpless… look into your eyes and the skies the limit. Helpless… down for the count and I’m drownin’ in them.” I sang in harmony with the others. Chris smiled at me and we followed the choreography.
The song finished and we transitioned into Satisfied smoothly.
“Chris we’ve know each other forever and I know when you love someone and it’s obvious that you-” Lin started but stopped after looking around at everyone else who was actively participating in the conversation. He paused for a moment.
“Anyway Y/N, I told you are an amazing singer.” Chris said, turning the attention to me.
“I believe I told you to prove it.”
“In Helpless. We always dance together- Daveed stop thinking about it like that- and I know that you’re a good singer because I am always listening for your voice.” He said, not pausing despite the fact that Daveed was laughing extremely hard.
“Hey you implied that, not me.” He smiled and I shook my head, smiling a bit.
“Lin can you please talk some sense into this man?” I asked, pointing to Chris. Lin held his hands up.
“He didn’t say a word that wasn’t true.” Lin pointed out.
“Lin is a scoundrel and so it seems you.” I said, looking at Chris.
“Meet me on the dueling ground.” Chris cried in defense although he had a huge smile on his face.
“Behind Denny’s at three am. Everything is legal behind Denny’s.” I laughed which made it hard to understand what I said. I rested my head on Chris’s shoulder, trying to stop giggling. He wrapped his arm around me and I heard Daveed make a comment but he didn’t stop.
“I love you.” I whispered quietly, my laugh dying down. I couldn’t even hear myself say it but I felt him hold me closer.
“Chris, quick question but why did you feel it was nessecary to come into my apartment at three o fucking clock in the morning?”
“I waited for you behind the Denny’s.”
“You’re a dork.”
“I’m a dork who’s tired.”
“Fair. It’s my fault that you were at the Denny’s anyway.”
“I brought Daveed and Oak as well and they put it on their stories.”
“I’m sorry but I thought that it was clear that I was joking?”
“Well yeah but just in case.”
“Do you want me to make you coffee or something?”
“I had a milkshake at Denny’s, no worries.”
“You take the bed.”
“I mean I wasn’t planning on staying.”
“It’s three am and you’re staying here for the night. You look exhausted.”
“You look beautiful.”
“You need sleep.”
“It’s almost sunrise but the sky is still blue.”
“Ámame.” He said quietly, to the point I almost didn’t hear it and I looked at him surprised. He really doubted the fact that I memorized the soundtrack from In The Heights, didn’t he?
“Love me.” I smiled and he looked confused before he grabbed my hand.