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That's Mad Decent: How A Block Party Became An International Tour

July 19, 2013, isn’t just the beginning of the next fun-filled summer weekend. It also serves as the start of the 2013 Mad Decent Block Party tour: 13 dates in 13 cities, spanning two countries, bringing together 50 of the livest artists together under one metaphorical roof. Acts such as Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Riff Raff, Bauuer, and Flosstradamus among others will make appearances on the tour with stops in U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and Las Vegas, with two more dates in Canada—Calgary and Toronto. With a list of sponsors that includes Puma, Pepsi, Red Bull and Urban Outfitters, this event has come a long way from “The Mausoleum” on the corner of 12th & Spring Garden Streets in Philadelphia, Pa.

Started in 2008 by Mad Decent label head Wes Pentz, who’s also known as the world famous producer and DJ Diplo, the Mad Decent Block Party has humble beginnings as, well, a block party. The event’s earliest years were a simple feel good Philadelphia experience, and were also some of the first performances for Nadastrom and Flosstradamus, and other popular acts.

“We literally had to go around the neighborhood getting signatures and apply for permits to have the block party,” says Dirty South Joe, who served as one of the early producers of the event during its first two years and is currently the tour DJ for Mad Decent artist Riff Raff. “The neighbors loved it, we’d have free food, water guns for the kids and great music. People from different races and backgrounds would come together just to let their cool down. Philly isn’t known in the music business as a ‘fun’ city; we aren’t known for smiles and good times. But we brought that easy-going environment to the city and to its music culture. It was for the people.”

In its sixth year, Mad Decent aims to make this the event’s the biggest tour yet and a unique experience in itself. Attendees prepare as if they were called for a ritualistic ceremony; staying hydrated, adorned in appropriate footwear, prepared to dance.

You know when you come to a Mad Decent Block Party, you’re in for something special. Great food, free stuff and some of the best live music you’ll hear anywhere. And according to D.S. Joe, the festival’s origins keep it authentic. “No matter where the festival goes, it has that ‘Mad Decent’ feel to it, from the artists to the staff to the crew, we always live with a ‘You don’t know what’s gonna happen next’ type of attitude. It will always have that Philly energy with it, no matter where we go. Guys like Diplo, Major Lazer, [Club DJs] Sega, Sliink, and Swizzymack keep that alive. It’s all we know.”

The tour kicks off this Friday in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and lasts well into September, so if you’ve never attended a Mad Decent Block Party, you should check out where one is coming to a city near you. Just remember, be prepared. You never know what will happen next, but it will be Mad Decent.—Cory Townes

“Cory Townes is a Digital Content Producer born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa. His work has been featured in Vibe.com, The Grio, and other media publications. For more of his work, visit www.CoryTownes.com and follow him on Twitter at @CoryTownes.”

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As our latest op-ed points out, black romance films are having a moment, and The Lovebirds is adding a comedic twist to the matter. Ahead of the MRC/Paramount Pictures' premiere on streaming platform Netflix, VIBE correspondent Jazzie Belle sat down with the film's lead actors Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani to discuss the refreshing black and brown dynamic between their characters.

"I think it was just more exciting to me [to take part in a different romantic dynamic]. It was just that, and I didn't realize until later," said Rae. "Obviously with working with Kumail, it just like 'Oh, I haven't seen an on-screen pairing like this' and [I] was excited to play with him cosmetically. But yes, it's exciting to see a new and fresh dynamic in movies like this."

"When you see a portrayal of Pakistanis in American pop culture, generally, you're seeing certain lanes. You don't see us being light or funny or fun that often," said Nanjiani. "My family is very, very funny. My friends are very funny, so it wasn't even an attempt to try and show that [brown characters can be portrayed differently]. I just wanted to show how the people I know are. My mom and my dad are some of the funniest people I've ever met."

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Man Who Recorded Murder Of Ahmaud Arbery Arrested

A third man has been arrested in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., who recorded Arbery’s murder, was taken into custody on Thursday (May 21), the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced.

“The family is extremely relieved,” attorney S. Lee Merritt, who represents Arbery’s mother, said in response to Bryan’s arrest. “We didn’t know if this was going to happen, but we all knew that it should happen.”

Arbery was killed on Feb. 23, while out for a jog. It wasn't until two months later that his story went viral prompting an investigation by the GBI after the local D.A., who was previously over the case, declined to make any arrests.

According to jail records, 50-year-old Bryan was booked into the Glynn County Jail on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. Bryan made his first court appearance on Friday (May 22) where his lawyer filed a motion for a speedy trial.

Bryan accompanied father and son, Gregory McMichael, 64 and Travis McMichael, 34, as they followed and cornered 25-year-old Arbery before the younger McMichael shot him to death. The McMichaels claim the shooting was self-defense.

Father and son were arrested for aggravated assault and felony murder earlier in the month. All three men are being held at the same jail.

The mugshots of Gregory and Travis McMichael, who have been charged with the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. pic.twitter.com/O0M6vPMs1Q

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Merrit noted that Arbery's family hopes the men will be convicted. “Well obviously we want to see the arrests lead to a formal indictment then a vigorous prosecution and conviction. But there are other people we believe were involved. We spoke with the DOJ earlier today about their investigation into the corruption that delayed these arrests in the first place.”

An attorney for the elder McMichael claimed that the pair are victims of a  “narrative driven by an incomplete set of facts.”

“While the death of Ahmaud Arbery is a tragedy, causing deep grief to his family -- a tragedy that at first appears to many to fit into a terrible pattern in American life -- this case does not fit that pattern,” attorney Frank Hogue said. “The full story, to be revealed in time, will tell the truth about this case.”

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Quavo Talks Earning His High School Diploma At 29

Quavo officially belongs to the class of 2020. The 29-year-old Migos rapper announced that he graduated from high school on Friday (May 22).

“Finally can say I graduated high school class of 2020,” Quavo captioned an Instagram post of himself sporting a blue cap and gown.

 

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Finally Can Say I Graduated High School Class Of 2020 We Lit 🔥 Now What College Should I Go To? 🧐 And To Celebrate We Gonna Drop SMASH TONIGHT 🔥🌊 BERKMAR HIGH NAWFSIDE BABY

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Now that he's a high school graduate, the Georgia native is considering attending college, as he shared in an interview with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Radio alongside Migos members, Takeoff and Offset. During the talk with Tunechi, Quavo expounded on his decision to get his diploma.

“I was doing stuff for the community and schools… always involved and just me being considered like a dropout you’re not really like an alumni,” he said before explaining that one of his former high school teachers is now a principal and encouraged him to get a diploma. “He hit me up like 'you should go back and get it.' I went back and got it.”

Quavo added that Weezy was, “definitely one of my inspirations for going back to school.”

The rapper, whose birth name is, Quavious Keyate Marshall, attended Lilburn’s Berkmar High School, where he was the starting quarterback for the 2009 season. Quavo dropped out of high school in his senior year.

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