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In The Heights Fact:

Did you know that “Usnavi being a dominican” is a Latino Joke?

Because Dominicans are well known for  being the ones that talk faster in Latin america (Faster than Chileans, let me tell you what). So basically, Usnavi isn’t rapping or singing, he is just talking very fast with an accent.

Usnavi Headcanon

His parents were so old school they didn’t trust the “kid cereal” so Usnavi grew up eating cornflakes and raisin bran (confle) until he met Benny in high school and got his first state of Frosted Flakes. 

Benny and Usnavi both found out, Usnavi has a low sugar tolerance and crashed hard when the sugar rush was over.

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Reddit users are firing back at this guy’s racist rant about staying in Washington Heights.

A Reddit user on vacation recently took to the website to trash Washington Heights, an enclave for Dominicans in New York City. He wrote (above in italics) about the noise, taking time to insult the neighborhood’s intelligence, education and safety.

Other users were quick to call him out and shut him down. They pointed out his entitlement and prejudices across several comments. Another user, dsm-vi, brilliantly acknowledged the man’s hypocrisy.

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I need another Janet Jackson moment because this performance of Control is my favorite thing today.

1) This was obviously back when Janet, Michael, and La Toya were all going to the same plastic surgeon and makeup artist because I dare you to tell them apart from 1986-1988.

2) Janet was living in this choreography. Homegirl was so HAWNGRY to prove herself apart from Michael and she was leaving it all out there on stage. Can you imagine being the baby sister of the most legendary family in music? And your brother is the biggest pop star of all time? And you’re trying to carve your own identity so people don’t say you only got put on because your brother is famous?

3) Janet became the biggest (female) pop/R&B star of the 80s completely covered up from her chin down. People act like “sexy” is all Janet can do, but she was not giving an inch of skin until 1990. Nothing wrong with a woman choosing to be sexy, but I really don’t think *every* pop star would be out here in their underwear if they didn’t feel the pressure to do it since everybody else is.

4) This Wash-and-Go Dominican girl from the Heights Weave is one of my top five favorite Janet hair looks and I’ve been trying to figure out how to get my hair to do this for the past decade.

in search of Dulcinea...

Cervantes stares me in the eyes…
i am not Don Quixote…
no trusty right-hand man…
no windmills…

and there are foes outside…
battles to be won…
moving from town to town…
in search of Dulcinea…

looked on 7th Avenue in movie booths…
hands coming through holes…
voices promising pleasure…
t'was not my queen…not my queen…

walked down alleys where homeboys stood…
rapping on cellphones…
speaking in tongues…
for they had not seen…

slipped past Dominicans in Washington Heights…
had not heard a word…
streets offered nothing…
longed for love…

dreamt of Dulcinea…
need for her touch…
wanting of love…
come to me…come to me…

my fight is gone…
body is weak…
to feel my fairest once again…
this is what i long for…

Cervantes stares me in the eyes…
i am not Don Quixote…
no trusty right hand man…
no windmills…

anonymous asked:

Hello! I sincerely hope that I'm not bothering you, but, seeing as how you obviously have grand knowledge of the topic, I was curious about In The Heights. I've been a Hamilton fan since it came out, but just recently I've been completely consumed by Lin-Manuel Miranda's other works. Is it something you would recommend checking out? What's it about? Is there anything you wish you had known before immersing yourself into the musical? Sorry for the long Ask, and thank you so much for your time! :)

Okay I’ve been putting off answering this ask because I really want to make it perfect, but you know what, perfection is fake so here’s just my honest answer.

Do I recommend In The Heights?

YES! Oh my god, yes. Personally, I believe that it is as good as Hamilton and deserves way more recognition.

What’s it about?

In The Heights is about the Caribbean/Dominican neighborhood of Washington Heights. The themes are: gentrification, the concept of home, identity, community, family love. There are several stories in the musical but the two protagonists’ stories are: Usnavi, bodega owner, finds how to embrace and accept both his love for the Dominican Republic and desire to go back, and his American identity ; Nina, the barrio’s best, the first to go to college, dropped out of school and her family deals with that situation.

For me what In The Heights is doing best is showing that everyone, every immigrant and child of immigrant has a completely unique and valid story, that they all relate to their Latino identity in a different way, that they all have a different relationship with the country they or their family came from. There is a very strong sense of love between these characters, romantic love but mostly platonic love, how everyone appreciates each other and how tightly knit the community is.

Things I wish I’d known before immersing myself in the musical?

The one big thing to know is that the songs don’t cover the whole musical. They cover about half. The acted scenes between the songs are essential to the plot and cannot be skipped. There are several ways to have access to these scenes:

“In The Heights: The complete book and lyrics of the Broadway musical” by Quiara Alegría Hudes. This is the road I first used. Just buy the book and read the dialogues in between the songs.

NOTE: Some lines were changed between the writing of the book and the actual stage production. Some lines were added, some removed, and some scene instructions don’t match what was played on stage.

− Watch an amateur version on YouTube. One that is recommanded a lot is this one at the Irvington Theater and while it is overall a pretty good production with a lot of personality, I don’t really like their Vanessa, and since she’s my favorite character, that makes me not a fan of this version. I recommend this one. The quality of the video is not as good but their Usnavi is outstanding, the best amateur Usnavi I’ve ever seen. 

− This is where it starts to be less approved by Lin, but as the old adage says, he can wipe his tears with his millions of dollars. You can find the libretto here online if you don’t want to buy it.

− Find a bootleg and watch it. I’ve explained my stance specifically on In The Heights bootlegs here. I have a link to a bootleg that I’m willing to share in private messaging only. You’ll see the scenes acted out by the original cast the way it was on stage, which is not the same as being in the room but is the closest possible thing we have access to.

I strongly recommend that all Hamilton fans check out In The Heights, because it’s honestly very high quality content and it deserves so much love. It’s Lin’s love baby and it’s amazing.