Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of the award-winning Broadway play Hamilton, have teamed up to record a song in honor of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.
Both Miranda and Lopez shared a teaser video clip online of themselves in the studio working on their special collaboration, titled “Love Make the World Go Round.”
“We cannot let them diminish or intimidate us / We sing out / We got the rhythm / And the truth on our side / We cut through the divide / And we do it with pride / (Wake up) / A generation of innovators enabled / And waiting for change / ‘Cause change is what they been afraid of,” Miranda raps in the preview before Lopez joins in with the chorus.
“Love make the world go round / We ain’t stayin’ inside today / They’re not taking our pride away,” she sings as the clip ends.
Proceeds from the song will benefit the Hispanic Federation, an advocacy group that has helped the Orlando LGBT community since the devastating massacre at Pulse nightclub on June 12. Forty-nine clubgoers were left dead, and 53 were injured when a gunman opened fire inside the club.
It was categorized as the worst mass shooting thus far in American history.
The Hispanic Federation has since organized a community campaign called Proyecto Somos Orlando (Project We Are Orlando) to honor the victims, nearly all of whom were Hispanic.
Their website reads, “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. 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.”
Visitors to the website can also contribute a monetary donation to the project if they’d like to.
Miranda paid tribute to Orlando at this year’s Tony’s Awards when Hamilton won for Best Score, reading aloud a sonnet he wrote about the power of love and music in the most trying times.
“When senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised, not one day…We live in times when fate and fear seem stronger. We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer. And love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside,” he wrote.
“Love Make the World Go Round” won’t be the first time the Orlando victims have been honored through music, and it surely won’t be the last.
Adele, currently on an overseas tour in support of her album 25, dedicated a tearful performance of “Make You Feel My Love” in Belgium to Orlando and the LGBT community.
During Justin Bieber’s “Purpose Tour” date in Orlando recently, he displayed the names of all 53 victims (as well as Christina Grimmie, a young singer killed in another senseless act of violence just days before) onstage as he performed “Purpose.” At one point, he stood and faced the list of names on the screen, his back to the audience as he sang.
Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas invited Andra Day onstage with them during a recent date on their joint “Future Now tour,” and the three performed a beautiful version of Day’s song “Rise Up.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jennifer Lopez haven’t announced the release date for “Love Make the World Go Round” yet, but stay tuned!
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