Rita Moreno drops the mic
May 10, 2016 11:44 AM   Subscribe

Rita Moreno rocked the house with her commencement address at Berklee College of Music, where she included some rap inspired by another famous Puerto Rican.
posted by rmd1023 (14 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
She's so awesome. Wish I could watch the rap from here.
posted by suelac at 11:58 AM on May 10, 2016


Needs an IS NOT DEAD tag. My heart skipped a beat.
posted by anastasiav at 11:58 AM on May 10, 2016 [8 favorites]


Like Morgan Freeman, she IS the Electric Company, and little else (to lots of people my age, anyway).
posted by Melismata at 12:06 PM on May 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


I enjoyed listening to that but I wasn't able to watch it because she kept doing that thing with her hands and I know it's a thing that is done but it just seemed kind of awkward.

She rules. 84? Shit. She's as old as my mom. I wish my mom could rap like that.

Like Morgan Freeman, she IS the Electric Company, and little else

Until you've watched Oz.
posted by bondcliff at 12:14 PM on May 10, 2016




That's a commencement address that actually has a chance of being remembered by the graduates in ten years time. There are some splendid addresses out there, but that is the highest possible praise one can give a commencement address - that it will be remembered.
posted by Joey Michaels at 12:24 PM on May 10, 2016


Rita Moreno has an EGOT.

She was also in one of the all-time best Muppet performances.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 12:34 PM on May 10, 2016 [10 favorites]


Counterexample! I remember mine, almost 30 years later, and it was terrible. It was Sen. Sam Nunn droning on about his national service plan, which ultimately became AmeriCorps. I remember thinking "God, this is boring. Will he ever finish?". Remembering it is not the highest possible praise.
posted by thelonius at 12:34 PM on May 10, 2016


I enjoyed listening to that but I wasn't able to watch it because she kept doing that thing with her hands and I know it's a thing that is done but it just seemed kind of awkward.

Totally. She should be holding her crotch like a real rapper.
posted by The World Famous at 2:02 PM on May 10, 2016


Sorta would loose the effect in those silly robes.

That was just clever and charming.
posted by sammyo at 2:29 PM on May 10, 2016


She's so awesome. Speak truth to power! Yaaaas!

I worked with her on a show once, and I let all the appropriately-aged staff know to NOT go up to her yelling "HEY, YOU GUUUUYYYYS!" I did manage to tell her that she just killed it in Singin' in the Rain (where she plays the friend of Lina Lamont and "Clara Bow" avatar Zelda) and she thanked me! It was a small part, but she was excellent in it. I wish she'd had more to do in that film.

One day I answered the phone on set, and it was her husband. I got her on the phone, and from the side of the convo I could hear, he was asking her what she wanted him to make her for dinner. Awwwww!
posted by droplet at 2:40 PM on May 10, 2016 [2 favorites]


OMG! She's so cute!
posted by annsunny at 5:38 PM on May 10, 2016


But...why did no-one beatbox for her?!

Like Morgan Freeman, she IS the Electric Company, and little else (to lots of people my age, anyway).

Sure, I loved her first as the Electric Company, but it was eclipsed when I saw the film of West Side Story, which made a much more important and lasting impression on me as a wee musical theater enthusiast. She's first and foremost Anita as far as I'm concerned.
posted by desuetude at 9:42 AM on May 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Rita Moreno has an EGOT.

a.k.a. "The Full Moreno"
posted by petebest at 2:38 PM on May 11, 2016


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