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Here’s Why Puerto Rican Singer iLe Might Be A Bigger Star Then Her Brother Residente From Calle 13

Puerto Rican singer and composer, ILe, 28, has had one of the most eventful years of her life to date. The younger sister of popular musician, Residente, from the group, Calle 13, began 2017 year by winning a grammy for her first solo album titled, Ilevitable, under the Best Latin Rock, Urban, or Alternative album.

Though ILe had already won a host of grammy awards with Calle 13, the star singer whose sultry bolero, mambo, and traditional Latin American folk inspired is also midway through her first solo U.S. tour, which began in New York City this year.

But while her emergence as a solo artist is quickly gaining traction throughout the world, for iLe, born Ileana Cabra, it’s the musical and creative inspiration of her family that set the foundation for her rise as an artist.

CREDIT: Credit: iLe

“They always inspire me,” she described to mitú on the phone while on tour when speaking about the inspiration she has received from her family. “We are very united and we always see each other every day and it’s nice because we have a very healthy dynamic for our family.”

“We also learn from each other as well and it helps me grow and we all grow from that,” she added.

With older brothers like Residente and El Visitante of the grammy award winning group Calle 13, it’s no surprise that iLe felt inspired to pursue a career in music.

Yet, according to her, it was her grandmother who had the most impact on her trajectory as a singer and composer.

“My grandmother loved music and she sang and wrote and played the guitar its incredible to have her songs published for the first time after so many years ago,” she explained. “She was very important for us and taught us a lot of about music and the importance of music.”

While her success has been thoroughly documented this year, the impacts of Hurricane Maria on the island of Puerto Rico is also that she has had to face despite her rising star. Like other Puerto Rican artists, iLe used her social media presence to rally for resources and attention to an island that continues to be plagued by electrical failures and rising death tolls.

CREDIT: Credit: iLe

“Puerto Rico is a small country and we are connected in some way and it’s all has been very sad,” she solemnly described. “The most frustrating thing is how the government of Puerto Rico and the U.S. are treating things and everything has been very painful.”

“But at the same time I feel hopeful when I hear that my people are doing OK in Puerto Rico are not depending on either government for help.”

As Puerto Rican migration to the U.S. continues to increase following one of the largest natural disasters that the island has ever faced, the Puerto Rican diaspora will continue to grow throughout the U.S.

In the mean time, however, iLe has enjoyed connecting with her fellow Puerto Rican fans throughout her U.S. tour in cities across the country.

The U.S. tour has been the longest tour so far and I have been connecting with Puerto Ricans outside of Puerto Rico and with other Latin Americans. It’s very important that we keep close to each other. On this tour it has been great the way people are people are receiving the album and it makes me very excited.”

Still, while her audience continues to increase as each day passes, iLe believes her latest album has a particular message for Latinas throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

“This album in particular is sensitive and vulnerable because we as a society often associate those things with weakness but it actually is whats makes us stronger. We as women need to embrace our vulnerability and its important for everyone to recognize that.”

READ: These Artists Used Their Platform At The Latin Grammys To Send A Powerful Message To Puerto Rico

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Dodgers Win First World Series Championship Since 1988 And It’s Great To Be An Angeleno

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Dodgers Win First World Series Championship Since 1988 And It’s Great To Be An Angeleno

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are the champions after 32 years. The bizarre year of Covid and social distancing was also a year of wins for Los Angeles after both the Lakers and Dodgers bring home the championships. The city was alive with energy after the historic and wonderful win.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the new World Series champions.

The baseball team has not won a World Series championship since 1988. This year, after a long 32-year drought, the Dodgers broke that curse and delivered LA a win during the time of Covid. The Dodgers went against the Tampa Bay Rays and battled it out in a nerve-wracking and nail-biting World Series.

Of course, there is a lot of love being showered on the Latino players.

Latinos are a major part of the Dodgers and their fanbase is huge. There is a reason that the nickname of the Dodgers is Los Doyers. There are four Latino pitchers on the Dodgers and they made themselves crucial parts of the team this season leading the team to the championship.

The Dodgers triumphed over the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series on Game 6. The teams kept battling it out for the first four games with the Dodgers winning the first and third. The Tampa Bay Rays won the second and fourth. Yet, the Dodgers came through at the end with victories in the fifth and sixth game to clinch the title.

The story overpowering the coverage of the Dodgers’ World Series win is Justin Turner.

The third baseman tested positive for Covid-19 during the game and was removed when the test came back positive. However, when the Dodgers won the sixth game, Turner ran onto the field without a mask. He was photographed holding the trophy, posing with the team for photos, and even taking selfies without wearing a mask.

It is a clear violation of Covid guidelines for the MLB. According to reports, officials sent security to remove Turner from the field because he was breaking safety guidelines. He allegedly refused to leave the field.

Fans have a lot of questions about how Turner caught Covid since the league was supposed to be operating in a bubble.

The MLB has had issues with some teams dealing with Covid infections but it had been a while since one had happened. Turner was tested the day before the game but it came back inconclusive, a pretty common issues with Covid testing right now. Turner was then tested before the game and when the results came back positive in the second inning, Turner was immediately removed.

The MLB has launched an investigation into Turner’s outright refusal to comply with Covid safety guidelines.

“Following the Dodgers’ victory, it is clear that Turner chose to disregard the agreed-upon joint protocols and the instructions he was given regarding the safety and protection of others,’’ the Commissioner’s Office said in a statement. “While a desire to celebrate is understandable, Turner’s decision to leave isolation and enter the field was wrong and put everyone he came in contact with at risk. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.’’

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The Los Angeles Dodgers Are Playing In The World Series And People Are Excited

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The Los Angeles Dodgers Are Playing In The World Series And People Are Excited

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The World Series is still happening despite Covid because baseball just can’t be held down. The Dodgers are playing their first World Series game today and fans are so excited to finally get some more baseball in their lives.

The World Series is here and Los Dodgers are playing their first game.

Baseball is America’s pastime and few teams have a fanbase as energized as The Dodgers. Ask any Dodgers fans about how difficult it is to get to the stadium and their commitment to the team is clear. It is not anywhere accessible by public transportation so you really have to want it.

People are super energized to celebrate and support their team.

The Dodgers made it to the championship game against the Houston Astros in 2017. The Dodgers lost to the Astros that year but three years later the Astros had the title stripped because of a cheating scandal. Now, The Dodgers have a chance to make win a title and Dodgers fans are excited to see it happen.

Even the furry fans are getting excited about the games.

It’s a fact that if a team has furry fans then they have the best fanbase. Who doesn’t want to end up at a stadium or party with these cute fluffers walking around in their Dodgers’ gear? These four-legged fans are better than child fans because they are going to get everyone’s spirits up.

The team has a lot of big names behind them cheering them on.

Los Angeles is home to some of the top celebrities and athletes. It must be nice to know that some of the most influential people are out there pushing for you to make it all the way. Bonus points if they are other athletes who know just how exciting and hard it is to compete at the elite level.

Let’s go, Dodgers!

The Dodgers play the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at 5:11 PST. Be sure to tune in and cheer for your favorite baseball team as they try for the championship again.

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