The R&B Singer releases a new single that is nostalgic, sexy, and catchy as hell.
Sonta has been busy building a buzz over the last few years.
And now she's back to capitalize on it. With the release of her new single, "Favorite Girl," the 22-year-old singer proves that she is not just some passing fad. She is already being compared to the greats. MTV midwest correspondent and member of the Grammy's regional board, Andrew Barber, has repeatedly referred to Sonta as Chicago's Mary J. Blige. Sonta's melodic sensibilities and thematic material have also been compared to Toni Braxton. In a review of her previous single, "Type of Way," the Soul Train award-winning publication, Soul Bounce, said "She [Sonta] takes her man to task for playing with her emotions, at one point even interpolating a bit of Toni Braxton's "Just Be A Man About It" to get her point across."
On "Favorite Girl," however, Sonta smoothly croons on the hook and comfortably lounges on the verses over a '90's-inspired R&B beat with a certain grace and understated confidence that is more than a little reminiscent of Aaliyah. But that is not to say that Sonta is merely the sum of the legends who inspired her. Her voice is still nobody's but her own, identifiable by its unique flourishes and vocal runs. There's a certain characteristic warmth and buoyancy to her voice that allows her to float effortlessly over the beat as she, in the case of "Favorite Girl," puts the moves on a man she's had her eye on.
If you've never heard of Sonta before, now is the time to change that. Check out "Favorite Girl" below, and get ready to bump this in your car all Summer long.
Dustin DiPaulo is a writer and musician from Rochester, New York. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Florida Atlantic University and can most likely be found at a local concert, dive bar, or comedy club (if he's not getting lost somewhere in the woods).
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The ice cream company released a powerful statement this week.
With Black Lives Matter protests popping up left and right, lots of well-known public figures and companies are taking a stand against police brutality.
Celebrities are putting their lives on the line protesting, childrens' toy companies are donating tens of thousands to organizations like the NAACP, and even infamous YouTube stars are hitting the streets. But Ben & Jerry's—yes, the ice cream brand—have made the most detailed statement of all.
"The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy," reads a lengthy statement on the Ben & Jerry's website. "What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the enemy from the beginning."
The statement continues: "Four years ago, we publicly stated our support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Today, we want to be even more clear about the urgent need to take concrete steps to dismantle white supremacy in all its forms."
Ben and Jerry then outlines a four-step plan to end white supremacy. First is calling on President Trump to disavow white supremacy, instead of calling on the military to shoot American protesters. Second is calling on Congress to pass H.R. 40, a bill with instructions to study racism, its deep roots in American history, and how antiquated beliefs are still prevalent today. Third is creating a task force to help increase police accountability, and fourth is a "call on the Department of Justice to reinvigorate its Civil Rights Division as a staunch defender of the rights of Black and Brown people." Trump has never made plans even half that detailed!
It's a little sad that ice cream companies are more adamant about ending centuries of white supremacy than our own government officials even at the state level. Especially when other companies have issued statements that attempt to overshadow their previous racist actions, Ben & Jerry's commitment to justice is admirable. Ben and Jerry are officially the two coolest white boomer men we know, and we will be celebrating by vacuum-inhaling three pints of Chunky Monkey.
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