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Things We Saw Today: The “Hamilton Mixtape” Live-Stream Concert… Before YouTube Tried to Take It Down (!?)

The video above depicts excerpts of today’s live-streamed performance of The Hamilton Mixtape in concert, via the official Hamilton YouTube channel. Except, uh, for reasons passing understanding, YouTube slapped a copyright violation on the video, so the Hamilton channel had to remove the sound. Hopefully the sound will be back soon so that everyone can enjoy it! Until then, search for the mixtape on Twitter; folks have been posting excerpts from the performance, and most of them haven’t been removed yet.

  • Today’s Texts From Superheroes joke features a bittersweet exchange between Captain America and Iron Man about the resurgence of Nazi ideology in America.
  • Today is World AIDS Day, which means many celebrities and organizations have been using their visibility to highlight the importance of donating to causes like RED. Among them are Rihanna and Prince Harry, who met for the first time today and took an HIV test together. They also hugged. Oh, and the crowd was wayyy more excited to see Rihanna than Prince Harry. It doesn’t look like His Royal Highness minded being unexpectedly upstaged by R&B royalty, though! (via Jezebel)
  • Are you a fan of Build-A-Bear and also Sonic? In honor of Sonic’s 25th birthday, you can now Build-A-Sonic! Okay, you can’t actually build him in a store; he’s only available online, pre-assembled. But he’s probably about the right size to wear Build-A-Bear outfits and accessories, so that’s fun.
  • Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo line has a super-cool new Squirrel Girl statue, for all you fans and collectors out there. It’s pricey, though! You can pre-order it for $75.99. (via Comics Alliance)
  • When is Neil deGrasse Tyson going to record a record, hm?

That’s what we saw. What’d you see?

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