Link Tank: Lin-Manuel Miranda Apologizes For Insufficient Afro-Latino Representation in In the Heights

In the Heights' Afro-Latino representation, the best summer blockbusters of the 21st century, a recap of Lupin Season 1, and more!

Anthony Ramos in In the Heights
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In the Heights creator and producer Lin-Manuel Miranda apologizes for the shortfall of Afro-Latino representation in the musical film.

“Days after the debut of its feature film adaptation, Lin-Manuel Miranda has apologized in response to the ‘hurt and frustration over colorism’ in In the Heights. Miranda, who produced and starred in the new movie based on his musical In the Heights, on Monday commented on the ‘discussion around Afro-Latino representation in our film,’ saying it’s ‘clear that many in our dark-skinned Afro-Latino community don’t feel sufficiently represented’ in it.”

Read more at The Week.

To celebrate the return of movies in theaters in 2021, check out the 35 best summer blockbusters of the 21st century and where you can stream them.

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“It’s been a long time (463 days as of this writing) since I last sat in a big, darkened room with strangers to experience a grand entertainment on the big screen (in that case, Cats). I truly hope to do so again soon—but sadly, I don’t know if that’s going to happen this summer, as I’d like to wait to do so until my kids can get vaccinated. And that’s a shame, because there is nothing quite like seeking a respite from punishing summer heat within the frigid confines of a movie theater—especially if you’re there to watch something big, loud, and over-the-top.”

Read more at Lifehacker.

This coming Saturday marks the 156th Juneteenth. Learn about how this American anniversary came about, and what its flag stands for.

“On June 19, 1865—two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation—the last group of enslaved people in Texas learned of their freedom. The United States now celebrates the anniversary of the liberation of Black Americans every year on Juneteenth.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox could very well mean that The Simpsons could have a crossover with the Marvel universe.

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“Ever since Disney bought 20th Century Fox, The Simpsons has been the smiling face of that monopolistic corporate synergy. The long-running series was a key Disney+ offering at launch — despite some questionable cropping — and we’ve already seen at least one member of the Simpsons clan interact with the Star Wars universe. So will the Simpsons make a trip to the Marvel Cinematic Universe next?”

Read more at Inverse.

The first seat on Blue Origin’s first commercial flight into space just sold over $28 million. The proceed will go to the Club for the Future foundation.

“Blue Origin announced that the first seat on its New Shepard rocket sold for $28 million in an auction that included nearly 7,600 registered bidders from 159 countries. The winning bidder’s name will be revealed ‘in the weeks following the auction’s conclusion,’ the company said.”

Read more at PCMag.

Lupin Part 2 hit Netflix last week. For those that don’t remember what happened in Season 1, check out a quick recap.

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“If you watched Lupin way back in January and promptly forgot everything about the show except that it has cool heists and a cute dog named ‘J’accuse,’ the opening moments of the new season might be a little confusing. Though the schemes aren’t always terribly complex––sometimes Diop just throws on a disguise––the show doesn’t do too much hand-holding.”

Read more at Thrillist.