When Lin-Manuel Miranda accepted the Best Score award at the 2016 Tonys, he tearfully spoke about the violent events that occurred at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, during a Latin-themed night. “[Hamilton] is proof that history remembers,” he said. “We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger, we rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer. Love is love is love is love is love is love is love – cannot be killed or swept aside.” Nearly a month later, Lin-Manuel is once again showing solidarity with the victims of the Pulse shooting – this time teaming up with Jennifer Lopez.
LMM and Jennifer Lopez will release “Love Make the World Go Round,” a tribute song that will raise money for the Hispanic Federation’s Proyecto Somos Orlando, according to Rolling Stone. For Lopez and Miranda, this attack hits close to home. Most of the victims were Latino, and a majority of them had ties to Puerto Rico. By raising money for Proyecto Somos Orlando, they will help the victims and their families get the help they need. “The days, weeks, months, and even years following will be a time of healing for our nation, but especially for victims and the families of the victims,” the Hispanic Federation wrote. “Proyecto Somos Orlando will address the long-term needs for mental health services that are culturally competent and bilingual. Proyecto will enable care to be delivered to those affected directly in the communities in which they live. Beyond emergency assistance, they will be provided with case management, crisis intervention, and mental health services, among other needs.”
Both Lin-Manuel and J.Lo teased the project on the Fourth of July, before eventually dropping a small snippet. There’s no information on when they’ll release the song, but you can listen to a clip below: