Lin-Manuel Miranda. There are many, many things that can be written about this man. He was awarded with the MacArthur Genius grant, a grammy, and just a couple days ago a Pulitzer since Hamilton has come out. Not only did he write a hip-hop musical about a founding father being the ultimate immigrant and American story and changing how the public things of diversity in entertainment, specifically how ANYONE can play white male historical figures, even women (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hamilton-hollywood-diversity_us_56a0f1bfe4b076aadcc55c0a?utm_hp_ref=arts) (http://www.marieclaire.com/culture/news/a19038/hamilton-casting-women-burr-washington/), but also helped create a curriculum that coincides with Hamilton for title one schools, which includes getting to see the show for $10 and the best of the best from each school gets to preform for the cast and crew (http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/how-lin-manuel-miranda-s-hamilton-is-taking-over-nyc-classrooms-666298435810). He also probably helped keep Hamilton on the $10 bill. Just to name a few things.
He's doing all of this with his currency and weight in America and he's consciously using it to persuade congress to help Puerto Rico and their desperate need for help with the debt crisis. In March, Miranda went to congress and pleaded with them to help Puerto Rico. In the video, he compares his father immigrating to the United States from Puerto Rico to Hamilton, comparing his Grandfather to a character in It's a Wonderful Life. He consciously is normalizing and un-othering Puerto Rico throughout the speech, which he also does in his rap that happened last night. He pleads with congress to help Puerto Rico, American citizens, even offering Hamilton tickets as an incentive. http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc-quick-cuts/watch/broadway-star-calls-on-congress-644853315724
However, the bill is still in congress, so last night John Oliver on his show Last Week Tonight l did a special on Puerto Rico and their debt crisis. While showing a clip of Miranda at congress, he also invited him on, where he performed a rap pleading and urging congress and America to help out their own citizens. Oliver also touches on the othering, which all the readings, especially Roberts reading discuss, that Puerto Rico has gone through that has allowed an American territory with American citizens get to this point.
Full lyrics to Miranda's rap can be found here: http://linmanuel.tumblr.com/post/143385694570/here-are-my-lyrics-to-last-nights-john-oliver