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Lin-Manuel Miranda has apologized for not insisting on more Afro-Latino or dark-skinned actors in the movie adaptation of his 2008 Broadway musical hit 'In the Heights.'

In the Heights debuted on streaming site HBO Max and in theaters on Friday, June 11, but didn't have the blockbuster opening weekend that many had predicted.

In the Heights was expected to break box office records for a musical with opening weekend estimates of $25 million to $35 million.

However the woke musical was a crushing disappointment, coming in 2nd behind 'A Quiet Place 2' with just $11 million in box office receipts.

In the Heights carried a production budget of $55 million. $110 million gross is required to break even.

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Some viewers criticized director Jon M. Chu and Miranda, who has a small part in the film, for being colorists.

Chu, who faced similar criticism for his film 'Crazy Rich Asians,' addressed the controversy by stating the 'colorism' debate was "a fair conversation to have".

Chu told The Root, "Listen, we're not going to get everything right in a movie. We tried our best on all fronts of it."

Miranda took to Twitter to address the "whitewashing" allegations with his followers on Monday.

"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. I'm learning from the feedback, I thank you for raising it, and I'm listening."

Mexican actress Melissa Barrera, who plays Vanessa in the film, said the producers were looking for actors who fit the white Hispanic residents of the Washington Heights neighborhood.

"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."

Barrera, best known for her role as Lyn in the Starz LGBT+ series Vida, added:

"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 to what the community looks like."

In the Heights was delayed for a year due to the Covid outbreak.

Watch the movie trailer below.
 

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Racial justice organizations are livid that the International Olympic Committee barred Black Lives Matter apparel or kneeling at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

The Olympic Games has long barred protests during the Games. Athletes who failed to comply with the rule faced expulsion from the Games.

The committee will allow apparel with the words like "peace," "respect," "solidarity," "inclusion" and "equality."

Athletes are banned from wearing apparel featuring the words "Black Lives Matter, along with kneeling or raising a fist.

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American sprinters Tommie Smith (center) and John Carlos (right) made headlines when they raised their fists at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. The gesture was a symbolic protest against racism in the United States. Smith, the gold medal winner, and Carlos, the bronze medal winner, were subsequently suspended from the Olympic team.

Racial justice organization Color of Change voiced its opposition to the IOC's decision.

The organization called on Olympics sponsors to "keep your promises to Black communities."

"The IOC's oppressive policies cannot stand, especially when its corporate sponsors issued statements supporting Black lives. @CocaCola, @Visa, @Hersheys, @Toyota, @ProcterGamble, @RalphLauren, @Samsung: it's time to keep your promises to Black communities."

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Jamie Otis looked around her home and was surprised to see her daughter's environment was "so WHITE!"

Jamie made a decision to educate herself on how to combat racism by making important purchases for her 2-year-old daughter, Henley "Gracie" Hehner.

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Jamie and her husband, Douglas Hehner, recently welcomed a baby boy.

"One of the first things I realized is change starts at home, with our children," the Married at First Sight cast member captioned an Instagram slideshow on Sunday.

"And our home is so WHITE. All of Gracie's toys are white (except for a cute doll our Fran @msjay1964 sent when she was born), her books are filled with white characters & most of the shows she watches are with white kids.? So, we bought Gracie her first black baby doll & some books where black kids shine."

The former reality star added: "Of course she doesn't even realize her new baby is black. Children are so innocent it's beautiful. I want her to continue to love without even thinking about skin tones."

Jamie, 33, decided to educate herself on racial issues after a Black man was killed in police custody in Minneapolis, sparking riots and looting across America.

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