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Ital Santos “L’Amore” Album

Ital Santos is never going to quite do something predictable and it will always have a point. Sometimes that point will simply be to amuse himself but if we’re being honest that’s what a real artist is. Fresh off his Reflections beat album, he returns to a practice not used since his Supremo album, but this time instead of pouring out his frustrations on DJ Premier selections, he waxes philosophical about modern romance on instrumentals from 9th Wonder’s Tutankhamen.

He tells the story of two single parents in the Inland Empire who meet each other and start dating despite not really being ready to be selfless enough to make such an arrangement work. Skin deep in every song is the implication that this new world of disloyalty, thirsty instagram shenanigans, and unlimited options through technology is ubiquitous, all too repeititive; the album’s thesis is that it’s hard to find real love in Babylon.

“You Single?” begins the courtship, “Chocolate Hearts and Roses” deepens it, culminating in “These Girls (Somebody Stop Me)” in which our protagonist finds himself drinking and contemplating new conquest and possibly starting the cycle all over again. Ital’s details about working class parents, the flippant humor about the painful idea that no one is really putting their true self out there, the fun made of the idea of something being “wrong” with single people that’s always to be discovered by their new lovers…all of it paints a relatable human picture that everyone always wonders about. Documents like this album will be there to answer folks’ from the future’s inevitable question, “what was dating in the 2000-teens?”

Enlisting his own raps and high-key lovely guest vocalist Eugene O’Neill, he rides the 9th Wonder bangers smoothly creating an EP that feels like one story and one piece. Don’t miss Ital’s take on what everyone is really talking about when they say they are talking about love.

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365 Days of Black History #2: Gaspar Yanga

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Gaspar Yanga—often simply Yanga or Nyanga—was a leader of a slave rebellion in Mexico during the early period of Spanish colonial rule. Said to be of the Bran people and member of the royal family of Gabon, Yanga came to be the head of a band of revolting slaves near Veracruz around 1570. Escaping to the difficult terrain of the highlands, he and his people built a small maroon colony, or palenque. For more than 30 years it grew, partially surviving by capturing caravans bringing goods to Veracruz. However, in 1609 the Spanish colonial government decided to undertake a campaign itself to regain control of the territory. Read More »

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Black History, 365 Days of Black History #1: The Murder Of Emmett Till

#365DaysOfBlackHistory #1: The Murder Of Emmett Till

Emmett Louis Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) was an African-American boy who was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14 after reportedly flirting with a white woman. Till was from Chicago, Illinois, visiting his relatives in Money, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta region, when he spoke to 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, the married proprietor of a small grocery store there. Several nights later, Bryant’s husband Roy and his half-brother J. W. Milam went to Till’s great-uncle’s house. They took the boy away to a barn, where they beat him and gouged out one of his eyes, before shooting him through the head and disposing of his body in the Tallahatchie River, weighting it with a 70-pound (32 kg) cotton gin fan tied around his neck with barbed wire. Three days later, Till’s body was discovered and retrieved from the river.

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