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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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Tone Loc Detained After Confronting Family Over Confederate Flag Hat

West Coast rapper Tone Loc was reportedly detained at the Midland International Air & Space Port in Texas on Sunday (Mar. 24). He was reportedly handcuffed by airport security after aggressively confronting the parents of a teenage boy who was wearing a Confederate flag hat, CBS7 reports.

The incident reportedly started when the 53-year-old– born Anthony Terrell Smith– confronted a teenager who was wearing the controversial hat at baggage claim.

"How are you going to wear that in front of a black man?" Loc asked the boy, according to witnesses.

The teenage boy's parents reportedly stepped in and reprimanded the rapper for talking to their son in such an aggressive tone. The rapper apologized but continued to state that the boy should not be wearing the hat.

The argument didn't stop there though. The family and Loc continued the heated altercation outside. In a video obtained by an NBC affiliate, the "Wild Thing" artist could be heard shouting: "F**k all that Confederate sh*t."

Authorities were later called to the scene where they separated both parties and detained Loc. Once the situation de-escalated, the handcuffs were removed, and Loc was permitted to leave. No criminal charges were filed.

Watch a clip of the incident below.

 

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Chicago Mayor Calls Jussie Smollett Charges Drop "A Whitewash of Justice"

If you've been keeping up with the twists and turns in the Jussie Smollett case, then you may have thrown your hands in the air Tuesday morning (March 26) when prosecutors announced all charges against the 36-year-old actor were dropped.

The shock reverberated online and through the Chicago Police Department who accused the former Empire actor of staging the crime. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson were prompted to offer their reaction to the outcome.

"This is without a doubt a whitewash of justice," Emanuel said at a news conference. "There is no accountability. It is wrong, full stop."

Johnson, who was reportedly furious over the outcome, learned about the prosecution's decision while attending a police academy graduation with the mayor.

"I'm sure we all know what happened this morning," Johnson said.  "Do I think justice was served? No. What do I think justice is? I think this city is owed an apology."

Johnson stands by his belief that Smollett made up the whole thing and also suggested a deal was made to keep Smollett out of prison.

"At the end of the day, it's Mr. Smollett who committed this hoax, period," Johnson said. "I heard that they wanted their day in court ... so America could know the truth, and they chose to hide behind a secrecy of a brokered deal to circumvent the judicial system."

The mayor was beside himself after the news, insisting he learned about Smollett's outcome when everyone else did and questioned where are the actor's morals.

“A person using hate crime laws that are on the books to protect people who are minorities, and you turn around and use them to advance your career?" Emmanuel said. "Is there no decency in this man?"

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T.I. Honored By Georgia State Senate For Philanthropic Work

T.I. was recognized by the Georgia Senate for the good deeds the Atlanta-based rapper has done throughout the years, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports.

The “Mediocre” artist was honored at the Georgia State Capitol on Friday (March 22) for the positive influence he’s had on the community. The ceremony was led by State Sen. Donzella James (D-Georgia), who praised Tip for his stellar non-profit, Harris Community Works, which offers help to the disadvantaged and marginalized, and For The Love Of Our Fathers, which caters to those living with Alzheimer's and Dementia.

Previously, the 38-year-old has been involved in various initiatives that empowered the greater ATL area, like collaborating with Walmart to give away 300 tickets so that people could see Black Panther on its premiere date last year.

He’s also establishing a project designed to help create affordable housing for those being affected by the city’s rapid gentrification. In partnership with Dynasty Real Estate Development and APD-Urban Planning and management, the company flips buildings to create cheaper housing in areas where rent has significantly increased.

Additionally, he’s contributed to the arts in curating a trap museum in Atlanta in commemoration to the now ubiquitous hip hop sub-genre.

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