These 10 Moments from Hamilton’s America Blew Us Away

first_img We’ve been waiting for it! Hamilton’s America, the highly anticipated documentary chronicling the making of Broadway hot ticket Hamilton, aired on PBS on October 21, and Hamil-fans are talking about it non-stop. (Still haven’t seen it? Watch and play #Ham4Bingo here!) What began as an idea for a mixtape became the toast of the Great White Way, the hip-hop industry and beyond; there were so many touching, revealing and even silly moments during Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Ham fam’s journey to Broadway, but here are 10 that blew us away!1. LMM Writing in Burr’s BedroomSomeone must have known Miranda’s Ham-jams were going to lead to something truly revolutionary if he got permission to write in Aaron Burr’s crib. Hamilton’s America director and producer (and Miranda’s college roommate) Alex Horwitz captures the master at work.2. Nas Drops Serious Hip-Hop KnowledgeWatching LMM geek out over his own idols is the best. He does so in a sit-down with hip-hop legend Nas. “In hip-hop, no one can tell you you’re wrong—unless the rhymes are whack,” Nas said. “But no one can tell you you’re wrong. It’s your truth.” Preach, Nas, preach.3. A Sit-Down with Sondheim and WeidmanOur turn to geek out: Miranda interviews Assassins and Pacific Overtures duo Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, and we’re still recovering. The titanic theater trio discusses grappling with putting decades of history on stage in a way that gets audiences on their feet.4. Ham Cabinet MeetingTalk about the room where it happens! We’ve always wanted to be a fly on the wall in a think-tank sesh with LMM, music jack-of-all-trades Alex Lacamoire and director Thomas Kail. They hang around the piano at Lac’s house, discussing “The Story of Tonight” (of course).5. “Thomas Jefferson SUCKS.”Yeah, he said it. Each cast member delves into the ethics of the character(s) they are playing. Daveed Diggs puts Jefferson bluntly: “He can have written this incredible document with things that we all believe in. And he sucks! Those are both true.”6. Chris Jackson’s Mount Vernon VisitOne of the most powerful moments occurs when Christopher Jackson visits the slave quarters at George Washington’s home. “From the moment I knew I was going to be playing him, that was the first thing that came to my mind: the reality of the fact that he owned people,” Jackson says.7. “Hamilton Was an Asshole!”Miranda has had ample opportunity to discuss Hamilton’s delightful and dastardly qualities. However, historian Joanne Freeman has a frank take on him and (according to LMM himself) the best line in the entire documentary: “He was an arrogant, irritating asshole!”8. President Obama Being a Hamil-fanMr. Prez nods along to LMM’s Hamilton rhymes during the White House performances (both in 2009 and 2016). There’s ample footage from both. Good luck trying not to tear up at the shot of President Obama while Christopher Jackson sings, “One Last Time.”9. Leslie Odom Jr. and LMM’s “Duel”Nowadays, feuds can happen as quickly as someone can type out 140 characters on Twitter. LOJ and LMM head to the Museum of American Finance to take a peek at some artifacts surrounding Hamilton and Burr’s duel, including their lengthy correspondence and the pistols.10. “We’re Going to Broadway!”Hamilton opened off-Broadway at The Public on February 17, 2015, and as Miranda puts it: “Everybody freaked out.” What follows that opening is a hype montage that ends with producer Jeffrey Seller telling the company, “We’re going to Broadway.” The rest is history, wonderfully captured by Hamilton’s America. View Comments Photo: Caitlin McNaney & PBSlast_img read more

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. Climbs Forbes’ “200 Best Small Companies in America” List

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. Climbs Forbes’ “200 Best Small Companies in America” List WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) has been named by Forbes as one of the “200 Best Small Companies in America” for the seventh time since 2000. The Company was ranked 55th on the list, up from 88th in 2007.Forbes singled out GMCR as an “Every Day Tech Star” for using technology that affects people’s every day lives. “Its Keurig Single-Cup Brewer has revolutionized coffee making for those not interested in making a whole pot,” the article says. “Single-cup penetration is still only 5% of U.S. households, leaving lots of room for growth.” Keurig is the single-cup market leader at retail in dollar sales and units sold, according to the NPD Group.”We are excited to be recognized for our performance, especially during a turbulent year for the market,” said Larry Blanford, President and CEO of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. “It’s gratifying to know that our strategy of creating a superb coffee experience, and leading with single-cup coffee, keeps us on the Forbes list, year after year.”The criteria used to screen the Forbes list of the “200 Best Small Companies in America” were rigorous. The ranking is based on return on equity, sales growth, and profit growth over the past 12 months, and over five years. A company’s stock performance was compared with that of its industry peers.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) is recognized as a leader in the specialty coffee industry for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology and socially and environmentally responsible business practices. GMCR manages its operations through two wholly owned business segments: Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig. Its Green Mountain Coffee division sells more than 100 high-quality coffee selections, including Fair Trade Certified(tm) organic coffees, under the Green Mountain Coffee(r) and Newman’s Own(r) Organics brands through its wholesale, direct mail and e-commerce operations ( is external)). Green Mountain Coffee also produces its coffee as well as hot cocoa and tea in K-Cup(r) portion packs for Keurig(r) Single-Cup Brewers. Keurig, Incorporated is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup coffee brewing systems for offices, homes and hotel rooms. Keurig markets its patented brewers and K-Cups(r) through office distributors, retail and direct channels ( is external)). K-Cups are produced by a variety of licensed roasters including Green Mountain Coffee. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. has been recognized repeatedly by CRO Magazine, Forbes and as a good corporate citizen and an innovative, high-growth company.last_img read more

Three factors that will characterize payments innovation in 2019

first_img continue reading » 2019 will see big changes in the payments ecosystem driven by the upsurge of mobile payments, new reward schemes and fintech-banking partnerships. These changes will help financial organizations cater to the payment preferences of today’s consumers and provide a customer experience that extends beyond the point of sale.In the early 2010s, financial institutions used credit card rewards as a hot new tactic for competing for and winning long-term customer loyalty. But fast-forward to 2019 and consumers are playing the system for short-term gains, signing up for a selection of cards based on fees and rewards. This cherry-picking has caused the financial institution-customer relationship to become transactional.1. Financial institutions will rethink the cost of their rewards programs.This year, we’ll see more and more banks and credit unions stop throwing money at the problem and instead re-evaluate their rewards strategies. This doesn’t mean credit card rewards will soon be a thing of the past—in fact, we should expect to see their renaissance, as innovative solutions come to the fore to benefit both providers and consumers. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Cardinals Defeat Trojans-B In Middle School Basketball

first_imgThe St. Louis 7th grade basketball team hosted the Sunman-Dearborn Trojans last night and came away victorious by the score of 24-14.The St Louis defense kept the Trojans in check all night as the Cardinals struggled offensively to put the ball in the basket. The Cardinals were led defensively by Jack Forbeck and Sam Voegele and on offense the team was sparked by Kurt Siefert who had 6 points as he knocked down back to back three pointers to start the second half. Also making it to the scoring column were Jack Forbeck with 2, Wil Freeland 2, Andrew Oesterling 10 and Lleyton Ratcliff 4. The Trojans were led by John Hotel and John Fike with 4 points each along with Eric Puterbaugh and Brady Spangler adding 3 points each.St Louis next game is Monday at St Louis against Benjamin Rush. Game time is 6:00.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.St Louis 8th grade boys basketball team defeated Sunman-Dearborn “B” Thursday night 26 to 18.Charlie Dice & Jacob Deutsch shared game high honors with 8 points each.  Adam Cox added 5 points. Eli Tuveson had 2 points. Evan Vogelsang continued solid play on both ends of the floor and finished with 3 points. Joey Gutzwiller and Abe Peetz had solid minutes in relief.Next up is Benjamin Rush at St. Louis Monday 11/23.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Mike Burkhart.last_img read more

Area Football Friday Scores (9-8)

first_imgArea Football Friday ScoresWeek #4  (9-8)East Central  41     Franklin County  36Batesville  55     Rushville  28Milan  42     South Decatur  0Indy Lutheran  64     Oldenburg  13Lawrenceburg  21     Greensburg  17North Central  24     North Decatur  20Connersville  27     South Dearborn  18Switz. County  44     Edinburgh  6Columbus East  62     Jennings County  7Jeffersonville  28     Madison  13Union County  54     Winchester  8last_img

ISDH announces 14 new deaths statewide

first_imgStatewide —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 374 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 2,159 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total. Forty-nine Hoosiers have died.                                                         To date, 13,373 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 11,658 on Monday.Marion County had the most new cases, at 170, while Lake County had 50, Johnson County had 20, Hamilton County had 16, St. Joseph County had 13 and Hendricks County had 11.Locally, Decatur County now has 47 positive case, Franklin County is at 35 positive cases, and Ripley County is at 31 positive cases.  Decatur and Ripley Counties each report 1 death total and Franklin County reports 4.last_img read more

Allardyce struggling to recruit

first_imgSam Allardyce admits he has endured a miserable few days as the club continues to struggle to recruit new talent. Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Newcastle at Upton Park was the latest setback in a disappointing season that has left Allardyce desperately seeking to add quality to his squad. Defender Roger Johnson, on loan from League One Wolves, is his only capture to date and Allardyce said: “I had a terrible day (on Friday) when I thought that one player was signing for us and then I found out he wasn’t.” “In all the transfer windows as manager of Newcastle I’m nervous and I will be nervous until it shuts,” he said. “I think like all Premier League clubs, everybody’s for sale at some price. “We’re very conscious that we’ve got a good team and we’re trying to keep it together and push on from where we are. We’re not far behind the guys who are having such a dominant season in the top seven. We’re really kind of hanging in there and hopefully we can have an impact on that.” One man who is likely on the radars of several clubs is midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who scored twice in Saturday’s win, but Pardew was giving away little over the Frenchman’s future at the club. “I don’t really want to talk about it,” he said. “I think that’s a bit unfair after a game like this one. “He’s a class player, it’s obvious, and he’s had a great day for us, but I thought everybody played well in my team.” Press Association That was Monaco striker Lacina Traore, despite the Hammers having agreed a deal with the Ligue 1 club. They had even applied for a work permit for the 23-year-old and, following reports Everton have hijacked the deal, Allardyce admits there is little he can do. “They can apply for the work permit now. They’d have to do a separate application obviously. If we got it, they’d know they’ll get it,” he said. The Hammers boss also admitted a move for Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen was out of their reach. “I think under the circumstances at Arsenal, in the position that they’re in, in the Champions League and cup matches, they’ve had to use him as soon as any of the two defenders have been injured,” he said. “So I don’t think there’s any chance we’ll get somebody of his quality. It would be nice if I we could. “I’ve had targets and I haven’t got one yet apart from Roger Johnson, so I’ll keep going and hope we get some.” The picture is much rosier at St James’s Park, although Alan Pardew admits the transfer deadline cannot come soon enough for him as he fears losing players from his current squad. last_img read more

Miami-Dade mayor arlos Gimenez to close restaurant dining rooms, fitness centers, gyms & more

first_imgMiami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced he will be signing an emergency order that will issue the closures of restaurant dining rooms, ballrooms, banquet facilities, party venues, gyms and fitness centers, and short-term rentals.Restaurants will still be allowed to operate for takeout and delivery services.The closures will go into effect  July 8th.“At this time, I plan to keep open various outdoor activities, including condominium and hotel pools with strict social distancing and masks rules, as well as summer camps and child daycare centers with strict capacity limits, requiring masks and social distancing of at least 6 feet,” he said in a statement.For more information, click here.last_img

PM T20 Softball Cup bowls off today

first_img…Dyna’s outfitting umpiresTHE third edition of the annual Prime Minister’s T20 Softball Cup bowls off today at eight venues across Georgetown.Highlighting today’s first round fixtures is a mouth-watering All Stars clash featuring two-time defending champions Speedboat and archrivals Regal at the Queen’s College ground. Both teams will be aiming to start the prestigious tournament on a winning note and a great contest is in the making.Another highly entertaining encounter brings together defending Masters champions, Regal against Fishermen at Everest with the former aiming for a third consecutive title.Matches in the new Legends category will take place at the Queen’s College ground and the famous Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground at Bourda.Marketing Manager of Dyna’s Embroidery and Screen Prints, Eon Vieira (left) hands over the branded tops to President of the Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc, Ian JohnOther venues being used are YMCA, Malteenoes Sports Club ground, Transport Sports Club ground on Thomas Lands, the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) ground at Base Camp Ayanganna and the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) ground in Queenstown.Each team will play three round-robin preliminary round matches with the hope of advancing to the semi-finals tomorrow afternoon.Today will see two preliminary rounds of matches all beginning at 09:30hrs and 13:00hrs respectively while the final preliminary round match takes place on Saturday at 09:30hrs.The grand finals take place on Sunday at Everest from 09:30hrs. In all, there will be a total of 49 matches over the three days including a lone female encounter on Sunday between Factory Price Divas and Superwoman XI.While the players representing the 26 teams in the three categories will be looking dazzling in their new and colourful uniforms, so too will the match officials, thanks to Dyna’s Embroidery and Screen Prints.The Austin Street, Campbellville-based entity handed over a quantity of branded tops to tournament organizer, Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc (GSCL) which will be used by the 26 umpires who will be standing over the next three days in the international three-tier tournament.Dyna’s Embroidery and Screen Prints is now in an elite club with local and overseas sponsors that have seen the tremendous benefits of sponsoring the lucrative tournament.The other sponsors are HL Latino America of Panama, Regal Stationery and Computer Centre, Rajiv Gandhi University of Science and Technology, Chung’s Global, P and P Insurance Brokers, Ink Plus, KFC, Regal Sports, Elegance Jewellery and Pawn Shop, Banks Beer, I-Bet Supreme, Crown Mining Supplies, Bedessee Sporting Goods, Star Party Rentals, Cyber Sports and USA Cricket Zone.last_img read more

Kazakh Lutsenko wins Tour de France stage six

first_imgBy Julien PretotMONT AIGOUAL, France (Reuters) – Kazakh Alexey Lutsenko claimed his maiden victory on the Tour de France when he won the sixth stage, a 191-km trek from Le Teil yesterday as the top guns again delayed the fight for the general classification.Astana rider Lutsenko, a former Under-23 world champion, prevailed from an eight-man breakaway at the top of Mont Aigoual to add to his 2017 Vuelta stage win.Spain’s Jesus Herrada took second place, 55 seconds behind with Belgian Greg van Avermaet in third, 2:15 off the pace.Briton Adam Yates retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey after staying tucked in the main peloton, which crossed the line with a deficit of 2:53. “We talked about it in the team bus this morning and we agreed that it was a stage that suited me,” said Lutsenko, who broke clear in the punishing ascent to the Col de la Lusette, a 11.7km climb at an average gradient of 7.3%.Behind him, the main favourites did not use the ascent to test each other, leaving defending champion Egan Bernal’s Ineos team to set a moderate pace.“We knew that this climb was tricky, it was a pretty bad surface. I think we climbed at our own speed and saved energy, we just tried to stay safe,” said Ineos domestique Michal Kwiatkowski. “Everyone is keeping his powder dry and is saving energy for the next days,” said Yates, who was never threatened throughout the stage.Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, who is third overall, suffered an untimely puncture in the climb up to the Col de la Lusette but managed to regain his place in the peloton easily, thanks to the bunch’s slow pace.The only sparkle came in the final metres, when Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe produced a brief attack to regain one second after losing the yellow jersey to Yates, following a 20-second penalty for illegal feeding on Wednesday. Today’s seventh stage is a 168-km ride from Millau to Lavaur, which is expected to favour the sprint specialists.last_img read more