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Entertainment Lin-Manuel Miranda sorry for lack of Afro-Latinx in In The Heights

07:05  15 june  2021
07:05  15 june  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Lin - Manuel Miranda is asking for some paciencia y fe, saying in a note posted to social media on Monday that he will do better representing Afro - Latinos in his future projects.

Lin - Manuel Miranda apologized Monday in response to criticism that Afro - Latino actors were underrepresented in his new film In The Heights . Based on New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood, the movie was initially celebrated for putting Latino stories at the forefront and giving Afro - Latino culture a rare spotlight in Hollywood. But after the film premiered in theaters and on HBO Max, many critics took issue with the lack of dark-skinned actors in leading roles.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda has issued an apology via Twitter after a colorism controversy surrounding his just released movie In The Heights.

Miranda, who is a producer on the film adaptation of his stage musical, tweeted Monday that he's sorry for not including more dark-skinned Afro-Latinx actors in the cast.

'I started writing In The Heights because I didn't feel seen. And over the past 20 years all I wanted was for us-ALL of us-to feel seen,' he wrote.

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'I'm seeing the discussion around Afro-Latino representation in our film this weekend and it is clear that many in our dark-skinned Afro-Latino community don't feel sufficiently represented within it, particularly among the leading roles.'

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Lin - Manuel Miranda issued a statement Monday apologizing for the lack of Afro - Latino representation in the film adaptation of the stage musical, In the Heights . “I’m seeing the discussion around Afro - Latino representation in our film this weekend and it is clear that many in our dark-skinned Afro - Latino community don’t feel sufficiently represented within it, particularly among According to Statistical Atlas, 82.6 percent of Washington Heights , the neighborhood in which In the Heights is based, consists of non-white people, with a majority of that figure unsurprisingly made up of Latinos. Read Miranda ’s statement below.

Miranda, 41, went on: 'I can hear the hurt and frustration over colorism, of feeling still unseen in the feedback. I hear that without sufficient dark-skinned Afro-Latino representation, the work feels extractive of the community we wanted so much to represent with pride and joy.'

The actor, playwright and musician acknowledged that the movie 'fell short' and promised 'to do better'.

'I'm truly sorry,' Miranda shared.

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'I'm learning from the feedback, I thank you for raising it, and I'm listening,' he added. 'I'm trying to hold space for both the incredible pride in the movie we made and be accountable for our shortcomings.

'I promise to do better in my future projects, and I'm dedicated to the learning and evolving we all have to do to make sure we are honoring our diverse and vibrant community.'

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— Lin - Manuel Miranda (@ Lin _ Manuel ) June 3, 2020. Scrolling through Twitter, there is a lot more great discourse about the need for more Afro - Latinx representation in In the Heights , which I will include after this public service announcement for White Latinx people. Look, the only way we can make things better Until then, here are my favorite tweets and threads that continue the conversation and discourse on Afro - Latinx representation in In the Heights : In The Heights is out, and as many of y’all have noticed there’s a lack of leading Black Latinx ppl in the film (though there are plenty of

In the Heights is making headlines over its casting decisions. The film was released this weekend and is an adaptation of Lin - Manuel Miranda ’s 2008 Broadway musical. In an interview with the site, the director John M. Chu and members of the film’s cast were questioned about the lack of darker complexion Afro - Latinos . Leslie Grace, who is Afro - Latina and plays Nina, addresses the accusations of colorism, as does Melissa Barrera, the Mexican actress who plays Vanessa.

In The Heights tells the stories of several characters living in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan in New York City.

Miranda, who was born in the neighborhood, wrote the original play while at university.

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In 2004, he partnered with playwright and lyricist Quiara Alegría Hudes to turn it into a stage musical which premiered on Broadway in 2008.

It won four Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score.

The film version starring Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera and Leslie Grace and directed by Jon M. Chu was released in the United States on June 10 in theaters and simultaneously streaming on HBO Max.

Last week, The Root's Felice Léon had expressed concern about 'the lack of Black Latinx people represented' in the film, observing that the main cast 'were light-skinned or white-passing Latinx people.'

Chu responded in an interview with Léon, explaining: 'In the end, when we were looking at the cast, we were trying to get the people who were best for those roles.

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In the Heights is making headlines over its casting decisions. The film was released this weekend and is an adaptation of Lin - Manuel Miranda ’s 2008 Broadway musical. In the audition process, which was a long audition process, there were a lot of Afro - Latinos there. A lot of darker skinned people. And I think they were looking for just the right people for the roles. For the person that embodied each character in the fullest extent. Because the cast ended up being us, and because Washington Heights is a melting pot of Black and Latinx people, Jon and Lin wanted the dancers and the big numbers to feel very truthful

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'But I hear you on trying to fill those cast members with darker-skinned [actors]. I think that's a really good conversation to have, something that we should all be talking about.'

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