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John Wall Scores Big With Sean John

John Wall isn't just a beast on the hardwood. The Washington Wizards point guard can also suit up in style.

For Sean John's latest "Dream Big" campaign, Wall, alongside DJ Mustard, Troy Ave, Terrence J and TV personality Christopher B, are getting out their dreams and putting the Brand Puff Built back on the map.

As New York Fashion Week and All-Star Weekend competed with the city's traffic, Wall made an appearance at Macy's in Herald Square (Feb. 12) for one-on-one time with eager youngsters who fell in line to meet him.

"Man, I was pretty young. My mom bought me an outfit [from Sean John] and I had the opportunity to wear it so just seeing Sean Combs with it was really big for me," he tells VIBE when asked about his earliest memory of Diddy and the brand. "To have the opportunity to have a partnership with him, be on his brand and show my style with something he created is pretty big."

The 6-foot-4 All-Star already knows a thing or three about "big." The former University of Kentucky point guard has already bagged endorsements with Red Bull and Adidas, and even made this dance a countrywide phenomenon. Accolades aside, Wall only has one mission: "to be the greatest point guard to ever play in the game."

See more from Sean John's collection at macys.com and seanjohn.com.

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Moët & Chandon and Virgil Abloh celebrate the Launch of Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial Rosé c/o Virgil Abloh™ in New York City.
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Virgil Abloh Launches Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial Rosé In NYC

Fashion powerhouse Virgil Abloh has joined forces with Moët & Chandon to re-design two limited edition bottles of Moët Nectar Impérial Rosé champagne.

Launched on Wednesday (Oct. 17), the creative visionary and #1 best selling rosé champagne hosted an exclusive event at New York City's New Museum to preview the exclusive designs. Working closely with Moët to curate the experience, Abloh debuted a  3L jeroboam, available exclusively to the friends and family, as well as a 750ml “ready-to-wear” design at the high-profile event.

Marking the creative's first-ever liquor brand collaboration, Vice President of Moët & Chandon USA Renaud Butel and Abloh toasted to the “new wave” of  Moët & Chandon, nodding to Abloh's signature  “DO NOT DROP” styling.

The event was soundtracked by DJ Venus X, who provided energetic beats while guests enjoyed a four-course meal designed to pair with Moët Nectar Impérial Rosé champagne, with the final course being paired with two custom cocktails–“The New Classic” and “The Drop”–created specifically for this event.

The special and celebratory night ended on a high note, when the crowd was treated to a surprise DJ performance by Abloh himself.

A jack of all trades, Virgil Abloh has a passion for DJing and producing and recently debuted his own Beats 1 Radio Show on Apple Music dubbed 'Televised Radio." This latest collaboration continues a blockbuster year that has seen him become the artistic director of Louis Vutton menswear, and continued success with his series of collaborative sneakers with Nike and his company Off-White.

Originally announced in September, the 750ml "ready-to-wear" design is now available for $60 at retailers nationwide, as well as online at Clos19.com.

READ MORE: Virgil Abloh’s Moët & Chandon Collaboration Is Too Cool To Sip

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Colin Kaepernick And Dave Chappelle Honored With Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Award

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and beloved comedian Dave Chappelle were awarded by Harvard University on Thursday (Oct. 11) for their contributions to black history and culture.

The W.E.B. Du Bois Medal is crafted by the Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research at the Ivy League institution. In the past, the Hutchins Center has awarded the honor to various black celebrities including Nas, LL Cool J, Ava DuVernay, and our very own VIBE founder Quincy Jones.

The other honorees are Kenneth Chenault, chairman and a managing director of General Catalyst; Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Pamela Joyner, founder of Avid Partners, LLC; psychologist and author Florence Ladd; Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; and artist Kehinde Wiley.

Former Harvard professor Cornel West introduced Kaepernick in his speech saying, “He was not simply content with being successful, he wanted to be great.” Kaepernick reportedly requested that folks take no snapshots or recordings during his remarks.

The athlete turned black liberation activist shared a story about visiting a high school football team in Oakland, California. “One of these brothers says, ‘We don't get to eat at home, so we're going to eat on the field,’” Kaepernick said. He stated that remark stuck with him, sharing, "It's our responsibility ... to uplift them, to empower them. Because if we don't, we become complicit in the problem."

He ended his speech saying, “Love is at the root of our resistance. It will fortify everything we do."

Thank you Harvard University for honoring me tonight with the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal. I’m grateful for this recognition and to be amongst the other highly esteemed honorees that inspire me. Photo Credit: Amari Kenoly @foot_candles pic.twitter.com/plXOBuwBlF

— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) October 12, 2018

 

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Last night at Sanders Theatre, Colin Kaepernick, Dave Chappelle, Pamela J. Joyner, Bryan Stevenson, Shirley Ann Jackson, Florence C. Ladd, Kenneth I. Chenault, and Kehinde Wiley were honored with the distinguished W.E.B. Du Bois Medal.⠀ ⠀ The W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, named after the first African American scholar to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1895, honors those who have made contributions to African and African-American history and culture. Powerful, poignant speeches from presenters and honorees marked this year's ceremony. ⠀ ⠀ Human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson, M.P.P. ’85, J.D. ’85, L.L.D. ’15, who founded @eji_org, dedicated his award to “people who did so much more with so much less” and asked the audience to think of hope as “your superpower.” Comedian Dave Chappelle said he was humbled to be on stage with his fellow honorees: “You all make me want to be better,” he said. Athlete and social activist Colin Kaepernick said that people in positions of privilege and power have a responsibility to speak up for the powerless: “If we don’t, we become complicit. It is our duty to fight for them.”⠀ ⠀ Photo: Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer

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Miguel performs onstage during iHeartRadio LIVE and Verizon Bring You Miguel on October 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for iHeartRadio)
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Miguel Puts Fans First At Secret Show In Brooklyn: Recap

Catching a slight cold from recently closing out his two month, 26-date "The Ascension Tour," Miguel brought all his fuzzy guitar riffs, leather, sex appeal and electric energy to the Avant Gardner in Brooklyn on Thursday (Oct. 4).

The intimate show was exclusively for fans, with the 32-year-old star allowing the city that inspires him to call the shots. Fans were given the chance to vote on the songs they wanted to hear Miguel perform, curating an extremely personal setlist and unforgettable night. For those who missed Miguel on the road this summer, the surprise show was a treat.

VerizonUP and iHeartRadio sponsored the show, with VerizonUP members being treated to an open bar and special VIP sections.

Miguel promptly took the stage at 8 p.m., after an hour-long DJ set maintained the vibes. Wowing the audience with an incredible rendition of "All I Want Is You," the night was off to a great start, with the crowd synchronously taking the mic for the song's most chant-worthy moment.

For the first half of the show, Miguel alternated between live renditions of some fan favorites and speaking with iHeartRadio and 103.5 KTU's Carolina Bermudez to questions such as his favorite NYC memory (creating a majority of 2012's Kaleidoscope Dream) and the future collaborations he craves (pull up, Daniel Caesar and Jessie Reyez).

[email protected] asking #Miguel all the questions you’ve been dying to know!! #iHeartMiguel #Verizon pic.twitter.com/rLihFir9bH

— 103.5 KTU (@1035KTU) October 5, 2018

With psychedelic visuals to match his contagious colorfulness, Miguel kept the party going with an upbeat delivery of "Waves," a standout track on his 2015 release Wildheart. With a knack for air guitar and moves that kill, Miguel's suave demeanor bounced around stage, rockin' the crowd with his wild heart and glistening smile.

Miguel later turned down the lights and shed his leather jacket before performing soulful renditions of War & Leisure's "City of Angels" and "Banana Clip." It was on.

THAT VOICE 🎶🗣@Miguel #iHeartMiguel #Verizon pic.twitter.com/C5fVt5LYhA

— iHeartRadio (@iHeartRadio) October 5, 2018

Boasting a silky smooth voice, performing comes naturally to Miguel, who went on to gift fans with an amped up delivery of "Sky Walker," before breaking down the creative process of "Come Through and Chill," blessing fans with a sensual performance of "Caramelo Duro," and closing the show with "Pineapple Skies."

We ❤️ Brooklyn We ❤️ @Miguel We ❤️ #Verizon We ❤️ YOU #iHeartMiguel pic.twitter.com/hykOZnVxfR

— iHeartRadio (@iHeartRadio) October 5, 2018

[email protected] is leaving it all in #Brooklyn tonight! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 #iHeartMiguel #Verizon pic.twitter.com/XO2mnUTtzF

— Z100 New York (@Z100NewYork) October 5, 2018

Throughout the night, Miguel’s energy bounced around the room, with everyone singing along, finishing lyrics and bobbing their heads.

Dancing and drinking in Brooklyn tonight 💃🍸🍹🍺 #iHeartMiguel #Verizon pic.twitter.com/6Tp2Z8p86I

— iHeartRadio (@iHeartRadio) October 5, 2018

Though the set only lasted about an hour, the night was capped with some unforgettable moments and an excellent vibe.

Up next for Miguel is a full-length spanish album. Announced during Power 106 LA’s annual PowerHouse concert back in May, Miguel is gearing up to get in touch with his roots and bless fans with a full length latin LP and I'm ready.

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