By NAN ET Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. April 20, 2016: The Puerto Rico-roots writer, actor and rapper who has made America’s greatest immigrant and the Caribbean-born U.S. founding father, Alexander Hamilton great again, is celebrating another top win.
Washington Heights Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was born to Puerto Rican parents in NYC, this week picked up a Pulitzer award for Drama for the play “Hamilton.”
Miranda’s work, a musical about the life and death of Hamilton, uses hip-hop music and a predominantly Hispanic and African-American cast to tell the revolutionary tale of the immigrant visionary.
Miranda, 36, wrote the music, book, and lyrics, and stars as the title character in “Hamilton,” which has received global acclaim.
“This feels very strange and surreal indeed — I’m really overwhelmed,” he told the New York Times in a telephone interview from a recording studio where he is working on music for a Disney movie. “‘Hamilton’ was written in my free time for many years. I never thought that his alma mater would be giving me a Pulitzer.”
Miranda has also won a Grammy for the sound track. He has used his recent celebrity to lobby for Puerto Rico to be able to file for bankruptcy and for the U.S. to keep Hamilton’s image on the 10 dollar bill.
Current U.S. Treasury Secretary, Jacob Lew, is expected to announce soon that the founding Treasury Secretary’s portrait will remain on the front of the $10 bill, while former President Andrew Jackson’s visage will be replaced on the $20 with the portrait of a woman TBA, according to a report on CNN quoting an anonymous source.
Alexander Hamilton was born out of wedlock in Charlestown, Nevis in the Caribbean on January 11, 1755. His mother, Rachel Faucette later moved with the young Hamilton to St. Croix in the Virgin Islands