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Lin-Manuel Miranda: Latino Public Intellectual (Part 2)

[Editorial note:  the following essay is a guest post by Kahlil Chaar-Pérez.] Lin-Manuel Miranda: Latino Public Intellectual (Part 2) by Kahlil Chaar-Pérez In my first post about Lin-Manuel Miranda, I wrote about the politics of Hamilton, looking at how the Broadway musical reconstructed the U.S. quintessential narrative of individual opportunity for the Obama era.  One cannot emphasize enough how much the musical’s success is rooted in its hip-hop aesthetics, as the Hamilton soundtrack’s own popularity shows. Questlove, the famed drummer from The Roots who helped produce the soundtrack, has mentioned in interviews that he “feel[s] the spirit of hip-hop” through Read more