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These Cousins Are Rapping In Their Indigenous Language To Preserve Their Culture

Meet Brayan and Dario Tascón.

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Over the last few years, the Colombian cousins have released a handful of hip hop videos in their native language, Emberá.

Indigenous Rap Straight Out of ColombiaDario and Brayan rap in Emberá, an endangered language in Colombia and Panama.

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Brayan and Darío are using hip hop to preserve their native language. Though spoken by nearly 80,000 indigenous Colombians and Panamanians, Emberá is an endangered language, which means that in just a few generations, Emberá, along with their way of life, may cease to exist. By combining hip hop with their native language, the cousins hope, as Dario explains, “… to encourage children to learn it. We don’t want children to forget about our culture, our language.”

They’ve toured through South America to promote awareness of the struggles facing their culture. Using hip hop to spread the cousin’s message makes total sense.

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Arguably the greatest strength of hip hop is its ability to give voice to those wanting to call out the injustices in society. In the late ’70s and ’80s, hip hop turned a mirror onto relevant issues like poverty, crime, and the flawed justice system.  The cousins are no exception in how they handle their subject matter. Both Dario and Brayan draw lyrical inspiration from the ideals that are important to their culture as well as violence that currently surrounds their community — the indigenous people have found themselves caught between the conflicts of the FARC militia and the Colombian military. Brayan illustrates this point, by saying, “We are very conscious when it comes to writing our lyrics. We sing about the environment, Mother Earth, no to violence and discrimination.”

Their biggest hit, “Condor Pasa,” currently has over 12K views on YouTube.

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The love of their culture is reflected in many aspects of their videos. Their lyrics, which are completely in Emberá, touch on subjects important to their people. They feature backgrounds and environments that are distinctly of their region. They wear elements of traditional attire. And they perform rituals and dances that are heavily influenced by their heritage. Thanks to the efforts of Dario and Brayan, they are preserving the language as well as the culture of the Emberá people.

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A Rumored Cardi B & Nicki Minaj Collab Has Fans Going Crazy

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A Rumored Cardi B & Nicki Minaj Collab Has Fans Going Crazy

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The internet is abuzz with rumors of a potential new collaboration between Cardi B and, wait for it….Nicki Minaj.

Hot New Hip Hope broke the news first, claiming that the unconfirmed collaboration between Cardi B and Nicki Minaj would be called “Lavish”.

Cardi B herself was the first one to stoke rumors of a potential collaboration between her and Nicki. Last Thursday, she tweeted out a cryptic message, saying: “Since ya mad ..imma give ya something mad to be about…This next single and coll- ….Gonna have ya sick ….since ya here.”

But the news between a Nicki and Cardi collab went mainstream after Hot New Hip Hop claimed that a snippet of “Lavish” was leaked on the internet and quickly scrubbed from existence.

According to the music outlet, a page for “Lavish” was also created on the music archiving website Genius.

But even that page was quickly taken down. So, either someone is playing an elaborate prank, or there is indeed a cover-up afoot.

As background, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj have had a veritable blood feud for years now. Although they were both publicly supportive of each other at the beginning of Cardi’s career, rumors and tensions escalated between them. The beef was largely based off of the underlying media narrative that there could only be one superstar female rapper in the game.

Their feud then famously culminated in a very public altercation at New York Fashion Week in 2018.

It was then that Cardi allegedly threw a shoe at Nicki. Since then, the two have never had anything positive to say about one another.

It’s possible that the two mega-stars have decided to bury the hatchet and move on with their lives. If one thing’s for sure, a Nicki Minaj and Cardi B collab would definitely be a lucrative project. And there’s nothing Cardi loves more than checks!

Shortly after these rumors went public, both of the powerhouse rappers started trending on Twitter.

Both the Bardi Gang and the Barbz are going crazy about what this news could possibly mean.

Fans were divided on whether to be excited about the news…

There are no words to accurately describe how groundbreaking this collab would be.

Or betrayed.

Some stans just don’t want to forgive and forget.

Some were just holding onto hope that the rumors were true.

It would be nice to see these two powerful women come together to celebrate their similarities rather than be divided by drama.

Naturally, a lot of fans were skeptical.

After all, the collaboration still isn’t confirmed and all of these reports are just based off speculation, rumors, and that one cryptic tweet.

We guess we’ll just have to stay tuned to see what happens! Whatever the outcome, we’re always excited to hear new music from Cardi B.

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#BlackLivesMatter Is Trending In Colombia After Five Black Teens Were Killed While Playing On Their Street

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#BlackLivesMatter Is Trending In Colombia After Five Black Teens Were Killed While Playing On Their Street

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Despite countrywide stay-at-home orders that are among the world’s most strict, and even cartel-enforced lockdowns, crime is on the rise across Colombia. The increase has been driven by massacre-style attacks on the country’s most vulnerable communities: Afro-Colombians and Indigenous groups.

The recent torture and murder of five black teens who had stepped outside to fly kites, has reignited the conversation on race and how the government can step up to make sure minority groups across the country can be better protected.

A group of Afro-Latino teens were found tortured and murdered in Cali, Colombia.

Five Black teenagers left their homes in a neighborhood in Cali, Colombia, to fly their kites and play on a recent August morning. The young friends, aged between 14 and 18, didn’t show up at home for lunch. By midday, their mothers were looking for them.

“The boys were found tortured, burned, with machete and bullet wounds,” said Erlendy Cuero, a social leader from Cali, Colombia’s third-largest city. “Right now, the people who live here are sad but also very scared.”

Community members recently led a protest denouncing racism and violence inflicted by the Colombian state, and demanding justice for the murdered teens and other Afro-Colombian people who’ve been killed.

The mother of one of the Cali victims said: “Because we’re vulnerable and black, lots of people think they can walk all over us and forget about what happened to our children. Don’t let it be forgotten.”

The brutal killings are a reminder to Colombians that ethnic minorities are the most affected by violence.

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Colombia is a country that has grown accustom to violence, but the massacre of these Black teens has shocked the country as a whole. And it’s brought to light a very real issue of racism in the country and shown exactly which communities suffer the most: ethnic minorities.

The recent masacre has also illuminated cracks in the still fragile peace deal between the government and former-FARC rebels. Just days after the boys were found murdered, a grenade was thrown at the police station in Llano Verde. The attack injured 15 people and left one man dead.

“We can’t assure they’re related, but neither can we rule out that hypothesis,” said Jorge Iván Ospina, Cali’s mayor.

The communities that suffer the most from widespread violence, are the Afro-Colombian and Indigenous communities. They have little protection from the central government in Bogota. However, it appears that finally, Colombians are starting to realize that peace will never be possible without listening to those communities who are most affected by violence.

Massacres are on the rise across the country, despite countrywide stay-at-home orders.

Colombia has been under one of the world’s longest running lockdown orders thanks to the Coronavirus. However, the number of massacres carried out this year is record breaking. In 2020, there have been at least 43 massacres leaving at least 181 dead.

The majority of them are taking place in the country’s south-west, home to larger populations of Afro-Colombians and Indigenous communities. Although responsibility for the massacres remains unclear, the government is pointing fingers at drug cartels. Families of victims though disagree, saying that their loved ones had no involvement with the drug trade.

A frequent complaint in these areas is that there is no government presence, allowing elements of armed groups that did not accept the peace agreements made in 2016 by the previous government of Juan Manuel Santos to fight for control of territory. 

The massacres are at least bringing forth a conversation on race and vulnerable communities in the country.

From police brutality to government indifference, Black and Indigenous Colombians live very different lives from the rest of the country. They’re more often targeted for abuse by police, they’re more likely to fall victim to massacres, and the government affords them little in the way of official protections from discrimination.

The recent murder of the teens from Cali, is finally bringing the #BlackLivesMatter conversation to a country that has long denied the existence of racism within its borders.

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