On Monday morning, Stephen Curry posted a video on his Instagram account that seemed similar in style to that of the Ice Bucket Challenge from a few years ago, only with more singing.
He and his wife Ayesha discussed donating to the Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition, which is partnering with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda in this fundraising endeavor.
The video urged people to donate and challenged actors Olivia Munn and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to do the same, in addition to making a similar video singing their favorite song from the soundtrack of Miranda’s smash Broadway hit, Hamilton.
@ayeshacurry and I are collaborating with Lin-Manuel Miranda to raise money for a coalition of immigration organizations. We all feel strongly about supporting these important organizations fighting to protect immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers who want to make a better life for themselves and their families. The grand prize winner will join us and Lin-Manuel at the LA opening on August 16th. We think that this will be the biggest Hamilton sweepstakes yet, but we need your help… Head over to prizeo.com/Hamilton for more details. #ham4all #thatgirlgood
In the video, Ayesha proceeds to sing a section from “The Schuyler Sisters” and is later joined by Steph and Miranda himself.
Hamilton, for those who aren’t already familiar, is a musical that follows the lives and rivalry of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Their stories, and the story of the birth of our country, are told through a wide range of musical styles, including hip-hop, R&B as well as more traditional Broadway styles. Hamilton truly needs to be heard or seen to understand the widespread appeal it has had all over the world.
Miranda, who rose to prominence with his first musical, In The Heights, is of Puerto Rican heritage and has been outspoken about the financial crisis facing Puerto Rico and human rights issues in general.
The name of the coalition itself is a line from the showstopping Hamilton number “Yorktown,” which is set during the final battle of the Revolutionary War. Alexander Hamilton and the Marquis de Lafayette, immigrants from the Caribbean and France, respectively, are congratulating each other on their rise to military leadership and success, exclaiming, “Immigrants, we get the job done!”
The line has been known to literally stop the show, as it gets wild applause from the crowd — applause that seemed to get longer and louder in opposition to language about immigrants around the world growing increasingly hostile.
One of the themes of the show is Hamilton as an immigrant, an outsider working his way up the ladder of success and fighting to form the best country he can for the future of his children, which is very similar to the goals of Aaron Burr.
Though Hamilton is an immigrant and Burr a wealthy native, they have much in common. They are both orphans and they both love their children deeply. This is perhaps best demonstrated during the song “Dear Theodosia,” where each sings to their newborn child about the country they want to build for them.
This sentiment is reflected in Steph’s Instagram message. Remembering our similarities as people, rather than our differences, seems more crucial than ever in a climate of growing hostility and fear when it comes to immigration. Everyone shares the same goal of a better life for their family.
From the coalition website:
Launched in 2017, the coalition includes 12 partner organizations that work on the ground throughout the United States to provide life-changing services — legal representation, advocacy, and “know your rights” awareness campaigns, and much more — to immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers who come to us in search of the American Dream.
In addition to the singing challenge kicked off by Steph and Ayesha, there is an open fundraising contest where donors are entered to win a trip to accompany the couple and Miranda to the Los Angeles premiere of Hamilton, which will be wrapping up the San Francisco portion of its tour soon.
To enter the contest, win some prizes, or simply make a donation, you can visit the Prizeo website.
And if you want to ham it up and do a video just like Steph, Ayesha and Lin did, make sure to wear your Blue & Gold, use the #Ham4All hashtag and send it to us as well. We’ll feature our favorites.
I even did one to break the ice: