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Lil Wayne, Kevin Hart, OT Genesis & More Invade Miami Beach For IRIE Weekend

Lil Wayne, T.I., OT Genesis, Kevin Hart and more made IRIE Weekend '17 another unforgettable

When DJ IRIE throws a party in Miami, the best of the best in music, sports, and film comes through, and this year was no different. The Miami Heat's official DJ has spent the last 13 years raising funds for at-risk youth during his series of charity events. However, this IRIE weekend, which went down June 29- July 2, was even more special for the Miami legend.

Day one of IRIE weekend kicked off with the IRIE Foundation's #InspIRIE kids golf clinic, which gives kids pro golf lessons by LGPA legend Paula Pearson Tucker. Later on that night, IRIE pulled up to the One Beat #InspIRIE Dinner Gala in full Miami fashion as he made his entrance in a turquoise and black tuxedo.

"This is so so next level," IRIE told VIBE on the Gala's red carpet. "Everything feels right about it and I'm really excited. This is something that we've wanted to do for a very long time. We know how strenuous it can be, but the most important thing is that I want this event to take on a life of its own. Not only that, but I really want to represent Miami with the vibe, feel and look."

Although he arrived to serve as the host with the most and raise money for the kids, IRIE wasn't prepared for a major surprise the city had for him. After 13+ years of doing the most for the community, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine finally presented IRIE with the key to the streets city.

The weekend-long celebration continued at LIV with a special appearance from Lil Yachty followed by IRIE's annual Sea-B-Q, which is basically the biggest pool party of the summer in Miami. Major acts like T.I., Nelly, and OT Genesis hit the stage to perform in honor of IRIE's charitable endeavors. Not only was the pool packed out with fans, but the VIP section was filled with special guests like 305 mainstays Luke Campbell aka Uncle Luke, Christina Milian, Guy Fieri and more.

"IRIE Weekend is dope man," OT Genesis told VIBE after his performance. "We chilling and having a good time. I get to hang with all the fans and chill with the crowd. We're in Miami so you know it's a great atmosphere. A whole a lot of women and playas kickin' it while poppin' bottles with their feet in the sand. Relaxing. I love it."

READ: Jamie Foxx, B.o.B, T-Pain & More Turn Up At ‘IRIE Weekend’ In Miami Beach

As if IRIE Weekend couldn't get anymore lit, Future flew into to town to shut down Club E11even in Downtown Miami with a special performance in the middle of the club. In case you're wondering, no, the party didn't stop there. The final day of IRIE Weekend began with a special birthday brunch for special guest Kevin Hart, and ended at LIV with an impromptu performance from Lil Wayne.

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Exclusive: Omari Hardwick Believes Jay-Z's NFL Deal Can Take Kaepernick's Mission To New Heights

The conversation around Jay-Z's NFL deal has been heard from newsrooms to barbershops. While there are many perspectives to take into consideration, Omari Hardwick believes we should consider what Mr. Shawn Carter's move can do to bring Colin Kaepernick's mission to the next level.

Speaking Swaggy Sie's SiriusXM show The Heat Wave on SiriusXM's The Heat this week, the Power star opened up about the parallels of activism and where Jay stands with his decision to partner with the organization.

"Jay-Z's point which I really understand is that of 'How how long do we simply pledge in a hazing way of taking a knee and there not being necessary productivity from it or not a conclusion from it (when is there ever conclusion from it) or steps to be closer to a conclusion?'" Hardwick said. The actor, who is a friend of the rap icon, says Jay's deal can help broker new opportunities for people of color.

As previously reported, Jay's deal with the NFL provides him with the title of "live music entertainment strategist" which includes a partnership with Roc Nation and the businessman consulting on entertainment, specifically the Super Bowl halftime show, and contributing to the league’s activism campaign, Inspire Change. Other social-justice efforts were left unspecified but as mixed reviews rolled in, it was later rumored that Jay was also looking to take ownership of an NFL team.

Supporters of Kaepernick have slammed Jay for his decision but Hardwick believes there's more to be discovered.

"With Jay-Z, with all of his power, all of that with it (50 would be the same way) to not act on it and go, 'Listen Goddell, listen, Commissioner and team, being from the hood and now going to the heights of life that I made it to, these are some steps I think could activate that which Kaepernick and others like him want to activate as opposed to simply going, 'I'm protesting.'"

"My father says this, 'When the gun sounded, we of brown color knew what direction to run. If the gun sounds now, we'd be running into each other,'" he added.

"If [Jay's] view is of that, it is arrogant to assume people without that view would understand what Jay-Z is always doing. Jay-Z's view and his description of being past that don't necessarily mean that it's understandable by the people who are not at the same of view of that, but he's not forgetting them. His objective is to get the lowest common denominator of those who are brown to a better place. Half the league if not more than half the league is brown."

When it comes to Kaepernick, the actor says it's time for the athlete to play football again. "I feel like Kaepernick has to be given some sunshine in terms of playing ball," he said. "He's still young. You're telling me someone who is second or third-string player out there that shouldn't be second or third-string? Definitely not over Kaepernick."

Watch the interview below.

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Lil Uzi Vert Reveals That His Grandmother Suffered A Debilitating Stroke

From the outside looking in, it may appear that Lil Uzi Vert is living the good life, but the 25-year-old Philly native admitted that he has been masking his pain. In a string of tweets posted Thursday (Aug. 22), Uzi revealed that his beloved grandma was on her way home after spending “months” in the hospital following a stroke and more health struggles.

“I’m scared excited happy and sad but mostly thankful,” he tweeted. “Today my grandma is coming home she was in the hospital and rehab for months she cannot walk. She cannot talk all the way but I feel her [getting] better by the second.

“My grandma been in the hospital for MONTHS man, she had a tumor over her eye the [doctors] removed half of it when she finally woke she had a stroke on her entire left side and cannot move it,” Uzi continued before revealing that his grandmother raised him. In another tweet, Uzi confessed to “flexing so hard and buying the world because deep down I’m hurt.”

He went on to explain keeping the family matter quiet from his millions of fans. “I know you beautiful ladies and successful gentlemen [probably] saying ‘he should of been told us' but I never been threw this I needed privacy I needed Family comfort because I just didn’t understand.”

Read his emotional tweets below.

I love you grandma you got this ♥️

— Uzi London 🌎☄️💕® (@LILUZIVERT) August 22, 2019

I’m scared excited happy and sad but mostly thankful. So Today my Grandma is coming home she was in the hospital and rehab for months she cannot walk. She cannot talk all the way but I feel her gettin better by the second ♥️

— Uzi London 🌎☄️💕® (@LILUZIVERT) August 22, 2019

My grandma been in the hospital for MONTHS man she had a tumor over her eye the Doctors removed half of it when she finally woke she had a stroke on her entire left side and cannot move it . IF YOU DONT KNOW THATS WHO RAISE ME

I love my grandma more than Clothes

— Uzi London 🌎☄️💕® (@LILUZIVERT) August 22, 2019

I Know you beautiful ladies and successful gentlemen prolly saying

He Should Of Been Told Us but I never been threw this I needed privacy I needed Family comfort because I just didn’t understand.

— Uzi London 🌎☄️💕® (@LILUZIVERT) August 22, 2019

I Been Flexing So Hard And Buying The World 🌍 Because Deep Down I’m Hurt ......

— Uzi London 🌎☄️💕® (@LILUZIVERT) August 22, 2019

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Dave Chappelle To Reportedly Host Ohio Block Party Honoring Victims Of Mass Shooting

Dave Chappelle will reportedly be helping to raise the spirits of residents in Dayton, Ohio following a mass shooting earlier this month. Chappelle is set to host a free block party in the city this weekend, Page Six reports.

The “Gem City Shine” benefit concert will be held in the city’s Oregon District, and is aimed at is honoring “the lives lost and to reclaim the community’s favorite places to shop, dine and enjoy time with family and friends,” according to a Facebook events page. Tickets are free but are only available to residents of Dayton and surrounding areas. The 45-year-old comedian has lived in Ohio for several years with his wife, Elaine, and their three children.

On Aug. 4, a gunman opened fire outside of a bar in the Oregon District, killing 10 people and injuring 17 others. Additional victims were hit by police bullets. In total, more than two dozen people were left injured. The gunman was killed by authorities.

“Gem City Shine” goes down Sunday (Aug. 25) from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m.

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