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Published: Mon, October 09, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Latin stars sing for Puerto Rico relief

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Latin stars sing for Puerto Rico relief

Two weeks ago, the citizens of Puerto Rico were devastated and left in complete misery by the Hurricane Maria.

He also included 21 musical features, many who were Puerto Rican, including singer Luis Fonsi (of recent "Despacito" fame) and Forbes Celebrity 100's millionaire Jennifer Lopez. The lyric pulls inspiration from "West Side Story's" "Maria", as a way to reclaim the name, according to Miranda.

Miranda made headlines last weekend when he savaged President Donald Trump, who had written on Twitter that Puerto Rican leaders were ungrateful and "want everything to be done for them" after San Juan's mayor appealed for more assistance.

"We feel stranded", Joe said at the time. You can purchase "Almost Like Praying" here.

"What we all experienced, if we weren't from the island, was this bad silence in the wake of the storm", Miranda says.

"I've never seen the president of the United States attack the victims of a natural disaster before", the Hamilton star said.

"I'm [talking] with him while Gloria Estefan is recording ["Almost Like Praying"] and Gloria Estefan goes, 'I'm flying to Puerto Rico for relief efforts tomorrow, '" Miranda recalled.

"You're going straight to hell", he responded to the embattled president's tweet.

Trump, of course, has been widely criticized for not doing enough to help Puerto Rico, for not acting quickly enough, and for his divisive comments and tweets. "I am longing and waiting and jumping up and down for a federal response to match the response of our people".

Miranda has also partnered with pretty much every streaming service a person might have in order to make it super easy to donate.

The song is a hip-moving anthem that reminds us of the resilience of Puerto Rico and it's people.

"If I can manage to put all 78 towns into a lyric for this song, that's something we could all get up on". And that's what we do in hip-hop, right?

"There's no favor I haven't called in, no avenue I'm not traveling for Puerto Rico", he added.

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