The humanitarian work to support Puerto Rico continues. Lin-Manuel Miranda gathered a ton of Latino celeb music makers and artists for “Almost Like Praying,” a benefit song released on Oct. 5. The track, which is now part of his personally curated “For Puerto Rico Por Puerto Rico” playlist on Spotify, features Gina Rodriguez, Gloria Estefan, Joell Oritz, Rita Moreno, Marc Anthony, Fat Joe, Luis Fonsi, Jennifer Lopez, and more.
Miranda cleverly samples West Side Story’s classic “Maria” and the lyrics list of all the towns in Puerto Rico. Proceeds from “Almost Like Praying” go directly to the Hispanic Federation to assist folks coping with the damage and destruction caused by Hurricane Maria. Spotify will make a contribution to the Hispanic Federation UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund on behalf of playlist followers.
The “For Puerto Rico Puerto Rico” playlist boasts tunes by the artists featured on the single. That playlist launched on Oct. 6. "Almost Like Praying" is also available on iTunes.
Music aside, Miranda also helped late night talk show host Stephen Colbert reach a huge milestone for his #PuberMe Campaign. Colbert had teamed up with Big Mouth actor Nick Kroll to encourage celebs to share their awkward puberty photos to support the hurricane efforts. In return, the host pledged to donate $1,000 per photo from his Ben & Jerry’s AmeriCone Dream flavor ice cream. On Thursday, Colbert announced that he hit the $1 million mark.
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