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Emmett Till illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Emmett Till × Mamie Till Mobley

National Trust Partners’ Advocacy Leads to Roberts Temple: Emmett Till and Mamie Till Mobley Senate Bill

Sen. Tammy Duckworth introduced a bill with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) as co-sponsors to establish Chicago’s Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ as a National Monument. The move would offer the highest level of federal support for the church and would ensure that the National Park Service will preserve, protect, and interpret its powerful impact on American civil rights history for generations to come. Civil rights activist Mamie Till Mobley was a member of Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ, and the church played a historic role in the funeral of Emmett Till, her fourteen-year-old son killed on August 28, 1955, during a visit with relatives in Money, Mississippi.

Rather than cover up the brutality of the murder, Mobley bravely decided to hold an open casket funeral at Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ so people could witness the bitter consequences of racism. When tens of thousands of people came to view young Till’s mangled body from September 3-6, 1955, and photographs of his mangled face were published in journals around the country, it ignited the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s, similar to the way George Floyd’s death has impacted movements today. TIME magazine named a photo of the Till funeral one of the 100 most influential images of all time.

Last year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation placed Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ on its 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list, recognizing its groundbreaking significance and the need to restore and preserve the site. Support has continued through Trust grants and technical assistance as well as through advocacy to gain federal support to maintain the site. The Trust has partnered in this work with members of the Till and Roberts families, The Emmett Till Interpretive Center, the National Parks Conservation Association, Latham & Watkins LLP pro bono program, and other interests committed to the longevity of this historic landmark. Efforts are also ensuing to obtain National Park status for Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ, as well as for important sites linked to Emmett Till in Mississippi.

“The Roberts Temple Church is both extraordinarily and heartbreakingly important to Chicago, our state, and to our country’s history,” Sen. Tammy Duckworth said. “It’s time we recognize how historic sites can not only teach us about our history – but provoke us to build a more just future. By designating this church a historic site, we will help ensure that this awful chapter is not erased and that generations of Americans to come can show respect to Mamie and Emmett’s stories.”

The National Trust’s Chief Preservation Officer Katherine Malone-France said, “Our nation will benefit tremendously when Roberts Temple is designated a National Monument, lifting up its profoundly important role in American history. It is imperative that our country appropriately honors the site of Emmett Till’s funeral and of Mamie Till Mobley’s remarkable courage. We are honored to support the Roberts Temple congregation, the Till family, and the local community as they advance this designation and determine how to carry forward the legacies of this powerful place, as a unit of the National Park system.”

Reverend Wheeler Parker, who witnessed his cousin Emmett’s abduction in 1955, and his wife, Dr. Marvel McCain Parker, said, “We are grateful for the introduction of legislation to preserve the legacy of Emmett Till and Mamie Till Mobley by making Roberts Temple a National Monument, which will help to fulfill Mamie’s request for my wife and I to continue her work to ensure her son’s death was not in vain.”

Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ was founded in 1916 and is known as the “mother of all of the Churches of God in Christ in Illinois.” With its founding, it became a central place of worship and political organizing for many who migrated to Chicago from the South during the early 20th Century.

Today, the building remains in use by the Church of God in Christ denomination, now led by Elder Cleven Wardlow who said, “On behalf of the congregants of Roberts Temple and members of the Roberts Family, we strongly support this endeavor as well as the ongoing efforts by racial justice and preservation organizations to obtain federal protection for Roberts Temple.”

Patrick Weems, Executive Director of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center stated, “What took place at Roberts Temple changed the world. We commend the Roberts Temple congregation, the Roberts and Till families, especially Rev. Wheeler Parker, Jr., Dr. Marvel McCain Parker, and Ollie Gordon for their commitment to telling the truth, and we want to thank Senator Duckworth for her leadership in bringing forth this legislation.”

“The time for turning away from this painful chapter in American history is long over” stated Alan Spears, Senior Director for Cultural Resources. “The National Parks Conservation Association applauds Senator Duckworth for introducing this very significant piece of legislation commemorating the legacies of Emmett Till and Mamie Till Mobley.”
For more information on the campaign to designate the Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ National Monument visit their website.

Lil Wayne – NFL

Lil Wayne released a brand new single Monday titled “NFL,” which features Gudda Gudda & HoodyBaby.

The new song is produced by Boi-1da and !llmind and will be the featured song as Amazon Prime takes over Thursday Night Football beginning this week when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Chicago Bears.

You can listen to “NFL” by clicking right here.

With the song comes a playlist for game days curated by Lil Wayne. It’s composed of 28 songs and includes his own music as well as songs from Roddy Ricch, 2 Chainz, Lil Baby and others. To hear the playlist, you can tell Alexa to, “Play Handpicked with Lil Wayne.”

Lil Wayne is coming off the release of the deluxe edition of “Tha Carter V“, a 33-song album which dropped Sept. 25. The album includes features from artists like Raekwon, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Post Malone, Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar and more. He also released a brand new album in Jan. titled “Funeral.”

He recently hosted the highly-successful show “Young Money Radio” on Apple Music, which can be seen by clicking right here. Guests on the show included Dr. Dre, Drake, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Kevin Hart and more. You can see the show by clicking right here.

Lil Wayne is a five-time GRAMMY Award-winner. He founded Young Money Entertainment and is widely recognized, not just as a rapper, but as an author, a skater and a philanthropist.

With 15 million album sales and 37 million digital track sales in the United States alone, he is one of the best-selling artists of all time. His 2008 album “Tha Carter III” went triple platinum and won three GRAMMY Awards. He followed it up in 2011 with “Tha Carter IV,” which went double platinum. Both debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200.

He still owns and operates Young Money Entertainment, the label credited with the explosive careers of Drake and Nicki Minaj.

Lil Wayne – No Ceilings

Today, multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning music icon Lil Wayne surprises fans and releases the critically acclaimed No Ceilings mixtape on all digital streaming platforms via Young Money Records/Republic Records. In honor of the late Kobe Bryant, the project features the bonus track “Kobe Bryant,” which Wayne performed as tribute to the NBA legend at this year’s BET Awards.

LISTEN TO NO CEILINGS HERE

Earlier this summer, Wayne also celebrated the 5th anniversary of the Free Weezy Album (FWA) (stream HERE) by releasing the project on all digital streaming platforms. Fans can also revisit the inaugural season of his highly successful show – Young Money Radio – on Apple Music (revisit the first season HERE). The 12-episode season featured an all-star lineup of incredible guests, including Dr. Dre,  Drake, Birdman, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Mike Tyson, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Kevin Hart,  Chris Brown, Jamie Foxx, Shaq, Stephen Jackson, Kevin Durant, Mannie Fresh, DJ Khaled, Travis Scott, Deion Sanders, Babyface, Jessie Reyez, Lil Baby and more.

Wayne also dropped the deluxe version of his chart-topping album Funeral (listen HERE), which includes 8 new tracks featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Tory Lanez, Doja Cat, Jessie Reyez, Benny The Butcher and Conway The Machine. Funeral marks Wayne’s 5th No. 1 album on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart, joining Tha Carter V (2018), Tha Carter IV (2011), I Am Not a Human Being (2010) and Tha Carter III (2008).

The full tracklisting for No Ceilings can be found below:

  1. Surf Swag
  2. YM Wasted
  3. Shoes
  4. Broke Up (feat. Fre$h & Gudda Gudda)
  5. Banned
  6. Throw It In
  7. That’s All I Have (feat. Shanell & Tyga)
  8. Wayne On Me
  9. I’m Good (feat. Lucci Lou)
  10. Let Do It
  11. I’m Single
  12. Kobe Bryant (Bonus)

Sarcastic Sounds – Scared of the World

20-year-old producer/singer Sarcastic Sounds has released his latest song “Scared of the World” today via Columbia Records. Listen HERE. The atmospheric track follows the June release of “Laugh” and features Sarcastic Sounds himself on vocals.

In speaking about “Scared of the World,” Sarcastic Sounds says: “This is a song I wrote late one night after working hard on a different idea all day. I was feeling exhausted, and sorta discouraged about making music. I felt like I had the weight of the world on me, not wanting to disappoint myself or the people around me. I imagine it’s something that a lot of people go through, so I just tried to put those feelings into a song.”

Hailing from Toronto, Sarcastic Sounds has a very diverse musical direction that blends lo-fi, hip-hop, alternative, and pop. He has cemented himself as a staple in the lo-fi music scene with over 230M streams and previous hits such as “I Don’t Sleep” and “it’s OK to Cry.” In addition to his solo career, Sarcastic Sounds has carved his place as a young producer after garnering buzz from Battle of the Beat Makers and landing a producer credit on “Mahogany” from Lil Wayne’s album Funeral. He also produced and is featured on label-mate Powfu’s latest single “i’ll come back to you.”

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John Lewis illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

John Lewis Funeral Procession Reaches DC

By Eamonn Burke

Civil rights icon and Democratic John Lewis will lie in state in Washington D.C. following his death on July 17. The funeral procession, which began on Saturday, included the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where a state trooper broke Lewis’ skull during a march, and a stop in Selma. It culminated in the arrival to the U.S Capitol and the ceremony held at 1:30 pm today, and it will continue until Thursday, when he will he laid to rest in Atlanta.

The arrival of the procession prompted many regulations including street closings and prohibited items in the city of Washington D.C.. The ceremony was private, put public viewings were available as well, in addition to crowds around the hearse as it made its way to the Capitol Rotunda. Those who were inside and invited, mostly House and Senate members, sat apart in circles. Speakers such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell remembered the life of Lewis.

“John was revered and beloved on both sides of the aisle, on both sides of the Capitol” said Pelosi. McConnell remembered the “respect and love” that Lewis showed everyone. The speeches were followed by a performance of “Amazing Grace” by Christian singer Wintley Phipps. Finally, Lewis’ son John-Miles-Lewis led the conclusion of the service.

John Lewis was a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a powerful civil rights organization, and later became the chairman. He also helped organize the 1963 March on Washington at which Dr. Martin Luther King gave his famous “I have a dream” speech.

Lil Wayne illustration by Mina Tocalini

Lil Wayne – Free Weezy Album

Today, multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning music icon Lil Wayne celebrates the 5th anniversary of the Free Weezy Album (FWA) by releasing the project on all digital streaming platforms. Released via Young Money Records/Republic Records, the album features the bonus track, “We Livin’ Like That.” Wayne’s 11th studio effort was previously only on TIDAL.

Wayne is also treating fans to the highly anticipated visual for “Glory” – a hard-hitting single off of FWA. Directed by Eif Rivera, the explosive music video features Wayne showcasing his lyrical prowess on a mountaintop.

Tonight at 7pm EST/4pm PST, fans can also tune into the 10th episode Wayne’s hit new show – Young Money Radio on Apple Music. To date, the show has featured an all-star lineup of guests, including Dr. Dre,  Drake, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Mike Tyson, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Kevin Hart, Jamie Foxx, Shaq, Stephen Jackson, Kevin Durant, Mannie Fresh, DJ Khaled, Travis Scott, Deion Sanders, Babyface, Jessie Reyez, Lil Baby and more.

Earlier this year, Wayne released the deluxe version of his chart-topping album Funeral, which includes 8 new tracks featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Tory Lanez, Doja Cat, Jessie Reyez, Benny The Butcher and Conway The Machine. Funeral marks Wayne’s 5th No. 1 album on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart, joining Tha Carter V (2018), Tha Carter IV (2011), I Am Not a Human Being (2010) and Tha Carter III (2008).

Lil Wayne rewrote the entire game in his image. The five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum rap icon, Young Money Entertainment founder, acclaimed author, skater, philanthropist, and history-making superstar left an indelible tattoo on the culture. By 2020, he cemented his legacy forever as “one of the best-selling artists of all time,” tallying sales in excess of 100 million records worldwide with 15 million albums and 37 million digital tracks sold in the United States alone. Not to mention, he garnered 11 BET Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, two MTV VMAs, and eight NCAAP Image Awards. Among many milestones, he emerged as “the first male artist to surpass Elvis Presley with the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100,” logging a staggering 109 entries.

With a discography highlighted by two consecutive #1 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 with 2008’s triple-platinum three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning opus Tha Carter III and its double-platinum 2011 successor Tha Carter IV, he completed the series with Tha Carter V in 2018. Not only did it clinch #1 on the Billboard Top 200, but it also achieved “the second-largest streaming week for an album in history.” Every song on the tracklisting charted on the Billboard Hot 100 as he became “the first artist to debut two songs in the top 5.” It all bulldozed the way for his thirteenth full-length, Funeral, a year later. Simultaneously , Wayne owns and operates Young Money Entertainment as C.E.O. The company ignited the careers of two of the most successful artists ever—Drake and Nicki Minaj. The committed philanthropist founded The One Family Foundation too.

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Sarcastic Sounds – “Laugh”

Today, 20-year-old producer/singer Sarcastic Sounds has shared his new song “Laugh.” Listen HERE.

The melancholic track is another canon in Sarcastic Sounds’ arsenal of lo-fi hits and is a rare showcase of his own vocals.

In speaking about “Laugh,” Sarcastic Sounds says: “This is a song I wrote in December while I was in LA. I was doing really long, shitty sessions most days, and recorded this little by little when I would get home to the various Airbnbs I was staying at. It’s kinda my usual melancholic breakup vibe, which is basically just my permanent mood. It’s more depressing than it is nostalgic though, and it has a lot more lyrics than usual because it’s me singing.”

Hailing from Toronto, Sarcastic Sounds has a very diverse musical direction that blends lo-fi, hip-hop, alternative, and pop. He has cemented himself as a staple in the lo-fi music scene with over 200M streams and previous hits such as “I Don’t Sleep” and “it’s OK to Cry.” In addition to his solo career, Sarcastic Sounds has carved his place as a young producer after garnering buzz from Battle of the Beat Makers and landing a producer credit on “Mahogany” from Lil Wayne’s album Funeral. He also produced and is featured on label-mate Powfu’s latest single “i’ll come back to you.”

Follow Sarcastic Sounds: Instagram | Twitter | Amazon Music | Apple Music | SoundCloud | Spotify | YouTube

Lil Wayne – Funeral (Deluxe)

On May 29, multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning music icon Lil Wayne released the deluxe version of his chart-topping album, Funeral, including 8 new tracks featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Tory Lanez, Doja Cat, Jessie Reyez, Benny The Butcher, and Conway The Machine.

Wayne surprised fans and dropped the album during the 6th episode of his hit new show Young Money Radio, which included guest appearances from Dr. Dre, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Kevin Hart and featured artists on the album.

Tune into Young Money Radio here.

In the midst of COVID-19, the show illustrates how the hip-hop community is coming together and helping their communities during the pandemic. While speaking with New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Wayne announced his non-profit, One Family Foundation, and Apple Music are donating $200K to New Orleans via World Central Kitchen. Additionally, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced his $750K donation to add to Eminem’s $250K donation to support COVID-19 relief efforts in Detroit.

Funeral marks Wayne’s 5th No. 1 album on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart, joining Tha Carter V (2018), Tha Carter IV (2011), I Am Not a Human Being (2010) and Tha Carter III (2008). Wayne recently released  an extended music video for “Piano Trap” and “Not Me.”

Stream and download Funeral (Deluxe) here and watch the visual for “Piano Trap” and “Not Me” here.

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Meg Myers “Numb”

Meg Myers reveals the chilling video for “Numb,” the lead single from her forthcoming album ‘Take Me To The Disco,’ out 7/20 on 300 Entertainment. The video, directed by Clara Aronavich, shows Meg going about her day in a haze, surrounded by people intruding on her personal space. It’s a powerful, spine-tingling visual that brings the song to visceral, disturbing life. NPR Music’s Bob Boilen called the video, “Singer Meg Myers Confronts ‘Innocent Touching’ And Microaggressions In New Video” Watch here and please share

Meg will be doing a Q&A about the video live on her Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/megmyersofficial

The song is about how I was feeling when my record company was looking for something out of me that just didn’t feel right for many reasons,” says Meg. “I was frustrated and it came through in this song. I discovered that this feeling was something I’ve experienced my whole life and decided to look within and confront it. I wanted the video to make the viewer experience this uncomfortable feeling.

In ‘Numb; I interpret Meg’s sentiment as one of desperate pleading for space, for room to exist quietly and at her own pace in a culture that insists on so much of her and for her as a female,” says Clara. “As I listened to the track on repeat I just couldn’t wrest my thoughts from a dance piece by Pina Bausch in which a woman is continually touched and measured by a mass of men in suits. So I decided to write an homage narrative that expands from Bausch’s conceit but that turns away from a purely gender-based backbone to a broader, societal one.

The New York Times called “Numb” “seething and then exploding,” praising the song’s “feedback-frothed power chords,” and Billboard hailed it as “cathartic” and “life-affirming.”

Meg will play select intimate shows in New YorkLAChicago and Kansas City in early support of ‘Take Me To The Disco,’ all of which are now sold out.

PRE-ORDER ‘TAKE ME TO THE DISCO’

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BUY/STREAM “NUMB”

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Meg Myers “Numb”

Meg Myers reveals the chilling video for “Numb,” the lead single from her forthcoming album ‘Take Me To The Disco,’ out 7/20 on 300 Entertainment. The video, directed by Clara Aronavich, shows Meg going about her day in a haze, surrounded by people intruding on her personal space. It’s a powerful, spine-tingling visual that brings the song to visceral, disturbing life. NPR Music’s Bob Boilen called the video, “Singer Meg Myers Confronts ‘Innocent Touching’ And Microaggressions In New Video” Watch here and please share

Meg will be doing a Q&A about the video live on her Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/megmyersofficial

The song is about how I was feeling when my record company was looking for something out of me that just didn’t feel right for many reasons,” says Meg. “I was frustrated and it came through in this song. I discovered that this feeling was something I’ve experienced my whole life and decided to look within and confront it. I wanted the video to make the viewer experience this uncomfortable feeling.

In ‘Numb; I interpret Meg’s sentiment as one of desperate pleading for space, for room to exist quietly and at her own pace in a culture that insists on so much of her and for her as a female,” says Clara. “As I listened to the track on repeat I just couldn’t wrest my thoughts from a dance piece by Pina Bausch in which a woman is continually touched and measured by a mass of men in suits. So I decided to write an homage narrative that expands from Bausch’s conceit but that turns away from a purely gender-based backbone to a broader, societal one.

The New York Times called “Numb” “seething and then exploding,” praising the song’s “feedback-frothed power chords,” and Billboard hailed it as “cathartic” and “life-affirming.”

Meg will play select intimate shows in New YorkLAChicago and Kansas City in early support of ‘Take Me To The Disco,’ all of which are now sold out.

PRE-ORDER ‘TAKE ME TO THE DISCO’

http://ffm.to/tmttd

BUY/STREAM “NUMB”

http://ffm.to/mmnumb