Lin-Manuel Miranda pens song for Puerto Rico relief

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 8:06 AM

HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 16:  Lin-Manuel Miranda speaks onstage during the #Ham4Ham featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda at the Pantages Theatre on August 16, 2017 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 16: Lin-Manuel Miranda speaks onstage during the #Ham4Ham featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda at the Pantages Theatre on August 16, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)(Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

He’s using his megastar power not for another blockbuster Broadway show, but rather to help those who lost everything when Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the man behind the hits of “Hamilton” and “Moana,” said he pulled every favor he could to get an all-star group together to help raise money to help out Puerto Ricans who are trying to put their lives back together.

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“We’re facing a humanitarian crisis right now. And the response from our federal government is not commensurate with the previous two hurricanes, much less up to the unprecedented danger of this disaster itself,” Miranda told Rolling Stone.

He came up with the song “Almost Like Praying,” which dropped to online music services like iTunes, Thursday. All of the proceeds will go to the Hispanic Federation’s Unidos Disaster Relief Fund to take supplies to the island.

Included on the track are Hispanic stars like Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan and Rita Moreno.

The song is made up of the 78 towns on the island.

And Miranda himself knows first hand about the devastation. He has family and friends still living in Puerto Rico.

“I heard from my family four days after, five days after - some people are still waiting,” he told USA Today.

There’s a connection between the song and the hurricane, other than the hope of help it will bring. Hurricane Maria shares the name of the main female character in “West Side Story,” and Miranda used what he called his favorite song from the musical, USA Today reported.

“The name ‘Maria’ forever has a negative connotation for this island. It’s the worst storm in 100 years. It’s also the name of my favorite song from “West Side Story.” I kept thinking about that song, so I took a sample from the song “Maria,” to flip it. To literally flip the sample the same way we’re trying to flip the natural disaster into something positive,” Miranda said.

In two weeks since Hurricane Maria hit the island, only just over 9 percent of those living there have power and most homes still don’t have running water, CNN reported.

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BET Awards 2018: Winners list

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 1:28 AM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 1:28 AM

Singer SZA won the 2018 BET Award for Best New Artist. (Photo by Ser Baffo/Getty Images for BET)
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Singer SZA won the 2018 BET Award for Best New Artist. (Photo by Ser Baffo/Getty Images for BET)(Ser Baffo/Getty Images for BET)

The 2018 BET Awards aired Sunday at from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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DJ Khaled leads the nominations with six, but close behind are Kendrick Lamar with five nominations and SZA and Migos with four nods each.

Related: Photos: BET Awards 2018 red carpet

All four nominees are performers at the show, which is hosted by Jamie Foxx.

Some of the other nominees include Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Cardi B, and Drake.

Video Gallery of Red Carpet Arrivals at the 2018 BET Awards

The full list of winners, indicated in bold italics, are listed below.

BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST

Beyonce

Kehlani

H.E.R.

Rihanna

SZA

BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST

Bruno Mars

Chris Brown

The Weeknd

Khalid

Daniel Caesar 

VIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARD

SZA featuring Travis Scott, “Love Galore”

Drake, “God’s Plan”

Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow”

DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”

Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”

Migos featuring Cardi B. and Nicki Minaj, “Motorsport”

BEST GROUP 

Chloe x Halle

A Tribe Called Quest

N.E.R.D.

Migos

Rae Sremmurd

BEST COLLABORATION 

DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”

Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B, “Finesse (Remix)”

Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna, “LOYALTY.”

DJ Khaled featuring Future, Beyonce and JAY-Z, “Top Off”

Cardi B featuring 21 Savage, “Bartier Cardi”

French Montana featuring Swae Lee, “Unforgettable”

BEST MALE HIP-HOP ARTIST

DJ Khaled

JAY-Z

Drake

J. Cole

Kendrick Lamar

BEST FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTIST

Cardi B

Rapsody

Nicki Minaj

Remy Ma

Dej Loaf

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B, “Finesse (Remix)”

Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow”

Migos featuring Drake, “Walk It Like I Talk It”

DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”

Drake, “God’s Plan”

Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Ava DuVernay

Chris Brown

Director X 

Dave Meyers

Benny Boom

BEST NEW ARTIST

GoldLink

SZA

H.E.R.

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Daniel Caesar

BEST ACTRESS

Angela Bassett

Issa Rae

Tiffany Haddish

Taraji P. Henson

Lupita Nyong’o

Letitia Wright

BEST ACTOR

Chadwick Boseman

Denzel Washington

Donald Glover

Daniel Kaluuya

Michael B. Jordan

Sterling K. Brown

DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD

Lecrae featuring Tori Kelly, “I’ll Find You”

Snoop Dogg featuring B. Slade, “Words Are Few”

Ledisi and Kirk Franklin, “If You Don’t Mind”

Marvin Sapp, “Close”

Tasha Cobbs Leondard featuring Nicki Minaj, “I’m Getting Ready”

YOUNGSTARS AWARD

Caleb McLaughlin

Lonnie Chavis

Jaden Smith

Marsai Martin

Miles Brown

Yara Shahidi

Ashton Taylor

BEST MOVIE

“A Wrinkle In Time”

“Black Panther”

“Girls Trip”

“Mudbound”

“Detroit”

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

Elana Meyers Taylor

Serena Williams

Candace Parker

Skylar Diggins-Smith

Venus Williams

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

LeBron James

Odell Beckam Jr.

Stephen Curry

Kevin Durant

Dwyane Wade

BET HER AWARD

Janelle Monae, “Django Jane”

Lizzo, “Water Me”

Mary J. Blige, “Strength of a Woman”

Remy Ma featuring Chris Brown, “Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown)”

Chloe x Halle, “The Kids Are Alright”

Leikeli47, “2nd Fiddle”

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

DJ Khaled, “Grateful”

Migos, “Culture II”

SZA, “Ctrl”

Kendrick Lamar, “DAMN.”

JAY-Z, “4:44”

Kendrick Lamar and various artists, “Black Panther”

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT

Stormzy (UK)

Fally Ipupa (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Davido (Nigeria)

Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)

Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

Niska (France)

Distruction Boyz (South Africa)

Stefflon Don (UK)

J Hus (UK)

Dadju (France)

Booba (France)

HUMANITARIAN AWARD

Naomi Walder

Mamoudou Gassama

James Shaw Jr.

Justin Blackman

Anthony Borges

Shaun King

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Anita Baker

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Quiz: How much do you know about Michael Jackson? 

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 10:18 AM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 10:18 AM

It’s been nine years since the sudden death of Michael Jackson, and his adoring legion of fans, collaborators and family have honored the King of Pop with tributes, music and films ever since his death on June 25, 2009.

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In his 50 years on earth, Jackson accomplished such feats as producing the best-selling album of all time, “Thriller,” and revolutionizing pop music with his chart-topping music, signature dance moves and music videos, with his iconic video “Thriller” becoming the first music video by a black artist to receive heavy rotation on MTV.

The music and story behind Jackson’s life has been entrenched in pop culture and studied by not only his fans but the general public.

However, beyond the infamous scandals and legendary music, there are some interesting, little-known facts that only Jackson’s devoted fans would know.

Take the quiz below to see just how much you know about the King of Pop.

RELATED: Michael Jackson’s ‘Off the Wall’ will be reissued with Spike Lee documentary

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Jimmy Fallon claps back at Trump's 'be a man' tweet with donation for immigrants

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 4:18 AM

U.S. President Donald Trump is telling Fallon to 'be a man' and stop 'whimpering' about the personal anguish he felt over the backlash to a 2016 interview with Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
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U.S. President Donald Trump is telling Fallon to 'be a man' and stop 'whimpering' about the personal anguish he felt over the backlash to a 2016 interview with Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)(Andrew Harnik / AP Photo)

"Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon is clapping back at President Donald Trump's latest Twitter insult with a donation to an organization that helps immigrants and refugees.

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According to The Associated Press, the pair's social media spat began Sunday when Trump slammed Fallon's recent comments about the then-presidential candidate's appearance on a September 2016 episode of his show. In an article published last week, Fallon told the Hollywood Reporter that he regretted his lighthearted treatment of Trump on the show.

"I made a mistake," Fallon said. "I'm sorry if I made anyone mad. And, looking back, I would do it differently."

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Trump, apparently referring to Fallon's remarks, took to Twitter to respond.

".@jimmyfallon is now whimpering to all that he did the famous 'hair show' with me (where he seriously messed up my hair), & that he would have now done it differently because it is said to have 'humanized' me-he is taking heat," Trump tweeted Sunday evening. "He called & said 'monster ratings.' Be a man Jimmy!"

>> See Trump's tweet here

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A few hours later, Fallon pledged to make a donation in Trump's name to the nonprofit Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, which is working to help reunite immigrant parents and children who have been separated.

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"In honor of the President’s tweet I’ll be making a donation to RAICES in his name," Fallon wrote

>> See Fallon's tweet here

Watch – President Trump Signs Executive Order Ending Migrant Family Separations

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2018 BET Awards: DJ Khaled, Migos, Cardi B, SZA among nominees

Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 4:44 PM

DJ Khaled is the most-nominated artist at the 2018 BET Awards. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
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DJ Khaled is the most-nominated artist at the 2018 BET Awards. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)(Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

The nominees for the 2018 BET Awards were announced Wednesday, and DJ Khaled is leading the pack. 

The Associated Press reported that the producer has six nominations, including Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Album of the Year and two nominations in the Best Collaboration category. Essence reported that SZA has four nominations including Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, making her the most-nominated woman for the awards. The Los Angeles Times reported that Cardi B and Migos each have four nominations and Cardi has three more nominations as a featured artist.

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Although most awards are music-based, Tiffany Haddish, Lupita Nyong’o and Taraji P. Henson are among the nominees for Best Actress. Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Sterling K. Brown are among the nominees for Best Actor. Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Steph Curry and Dwyane Wade are nominated in Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year awards, respectively.

The 2018 BET Awards air live on BET June 24 from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The full list of nominees are below.

Best Female R&B / Pop Artist:
Beyonce
SZA
H.E.R.
Rihanna
Kehlani 

Best Male R&B / Pop Artist:
Bruno Mars
Chris Brown
The Weeknd
Khalid
Daniel Caesar 

Best Group:
Migos
A Tribe Called Quest
N.E.R.D.
Rae Sremmurd
Chloe X Halle 

Best Collaboration:
Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B - Finesse (Remix)
DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts 
DJ Khaled feat. Jay-Z, Future & Beyonce - Top Off 
Cardi B feat. 21 Savage - Bartier Cardi 
French Montana feat. Swae Lee - Unforgettable 
Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna - LOYALTY. 

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist:
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
DJ Khaled
Jay-Z
J. Cole

Best Female Hip Hop Artist:
Cardi B
Nicki Minaj
Remy Ma
Dej Loaf
Rapsody 

Video of the Year:
Drake - God's Plan 
Cardi B - Bodak Yellow 
Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B - Finesse (Remix) 
DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts 
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Migos feat. Drake - Walk It Talk It  

Video Director of the Year:
Benny Boom
Director X
Ava Duvernay
Chris Brown
Dave Meyers

Best New Artist:
SZA
H.E.R.
Daniel Caesar
GOLDLINK
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational:
Lecrae feat. Tori Kelly - I'll Find You
Snoop Dogg feat. B. Slade - Words Are Few
Ledisi & Kirk Franklin - If You Don't Mind
Marvin Sapp - Close
Tasha Cobbs Leonard feat. Nicki Minaj - I'm Getting Ready

The Best International Act:
Booba (France)
Cassper Nyovest (SA)
Dadju (France)
Davido (Nigeria)
Distruction Boyz (SA)
Fally Ipupa (Dr. Congo)
J Hus (UK)
Niska (France)
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Stefflon Don (UK)
Stormzy (UK)

Best Actress:
Tiffany Haddish
Lupita Nyong'o
Issa Rae
Angela Bassett
Letitia Wright
Taraji P. Henson 

Best Actor: 
Chadwick Boseman
Michael B. Jordan
Donald Glover
Sterling K. Brown
Denzel Washington
Daniel Kaluuya

Young Stars:
Yara Shahidi
Ashton Tyler
Caleb McLaughlin
Lonnie Chavis
Marsai Martin
Miles Brown

Best Movie:
Black Panther
Girls Trip
A Wrinkle in Time
Detroit
Mudboung

Sportswoman of the Year:
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Skylar Diggins-Smith
Candace Parker
Elana Meyers Taylor

Sportsman of the Year: 
Stephen Curry
LeBron James
Kevin Durant 
Dwayne Wade
Odell Beckham Jr.

Album of the Year:
DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar 
CTRL - SZA
4:44 - Jay-Z
Culture II - Migos
Black Panther: The Album - Kendrick Lamar & Various Artists
Grateful - DJ Khaled 

BET Her Award:
Janelle Monae - Django Jane
Lizzo - Water Me
Mary J. Blige - Strength of a Woman
Remy Ma feat. Chris Brown - Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown) 
Chloe X Halle - The Kids Are Alright
Leikeli47 - 2nd Fiddle

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice:
SZA feat. Travis Scott - Love Galore
Cardi B - Bodak Yellow
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Drake - God's Plan 
Migos feat. Cardi B & Nicki Minaj - Motor Sport 
DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts

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