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The 10 Best Events You Missed At Art Basel Miami 2017

These are the best events you'll be mad you missed at Art Basel in Miami. 

Those who hit the streets of Wynwood annually to witness the madness of Art Basel in Miami knows all too well that the struggle to attend every eye-popping function is always real. With hundreds of events announced just days in advance of the art world’s most anticipated week of the year, it’s easy to pick which momentous events to attend, but it becomes difficult to actually follow the intended schedule when certain events happen at the same time, or its simply impossible to find parking.

Every year, Art Basel in Miami gives visual artists and prominent musicians an opportunity to collaborate for rare art shows and events fans will remember for ages. Connoisseurs of fine art, music, and photography from around the world flock to the 305 to examine refreshing works of art from famed visual artists, and enjoy performances from some of the most iconic musicians in the music industry, especially hip-hop.

Swizz Beatz brought ‘The Dean Collection’ back to Miami and invited all of his superstar homies to come through and bless the stage at ‘No Commission.’ KRS-One and Fat Joe curated the ultimate VIBES while celebrating visual artists and photographers like Jonathan Mannion. If you missed the chance to experience this epic celebration of art and music, don’t sweat it. Here are the best events inspired by fine art, hip-hop & R&B that went down at Art Basel 2017.

10. 'The Flea Market' starring Prez P & More

Over a decade ago, flea markets like the late Carol Mart were essentially landmark in hip-hop, especially after Rick Ross shot his “Hustlin’” video there back in 2006. In the digital era of online shopping, Miami’s beloved flea markets are on the road to extinction. While tourists from around the world come to South Florida in search of culture during Art Basel, one event in particular aimed to school outsiders about Dade County’s OG marketplaces before they all disappear. Host OhRawkC and Redbull teamed up for an event dedicated to Miami’s urban culture called ‘The Flea Market’ at Rico’s Burgers & Hot Dogs, which culminated music and photography with the elements of flea markets in Miami.

Photographers Kovalski Jacques, Esdras "Photo Tea" Thelusma, Aaron J. Jackson, and Smith "Smitty" Durogene contributed rare photos from inside Carol Mart when it was alive and well plus other photos that were inspired by flea markets around Miami. Numerous clothing brands, accessory lines, and even a tattoo artist all had stations around the event while DJ’s like 99 JAMZ’s DJ Lucky C kept the event lit with classics from the crib from Trick Daddy, Rick Ross and more. Afterwards, rappers Sam Stan and Prez P performed live and put on for the new generation of Miami’s hip-hop culture.

9. Rémy Martin’s ‘MVP Experience’ w/ Tory Lanez, OT Genesis & More

The House of Rémy Martin blessed Art Basel with an exclusive event that really doesn’t happen often. The Rémy Martin MVP Experience was a joint venture with 13-year professional basketball veteran and former Miami Heat player, Roger Mason Jr. Mason Jr. The brand enlisted international visual artists and graphic designer Matt W. Moore to convert The W South Beach’s basketball court into an unforgettable mural filled with every color of the rainbow.

Along with the humongous mural, the opening reception inside one of the W’s classic bungalows also featured a life-size sculpture of a black and gold basketball as well as a sneak peek of Rémy Martin's latest collaboration with luxury custom sneaker designer, Kickasso, and Rémy Martin's latest limited-edition, the 1738 MVP sneaker box. Afterwards, Rémy Martin hosted a celebrity basketball game with Tory Lanez, OT Genasis, Ben Baller, DJ Irie, DJ Stevie J, DJ Steph Floss, Prince of ‘Love & Hip-Hop Miami’ and more. It was truly a unique event that fused art and basketball together in a way not many people get to experience.

8. Basel House featuring 50 Cent, Statik Selektah & More

Basel House was a true celebration of street art. SWARM and Effen Vodka’s mural festival put the spotlight on over 40 creations painted on the walls of the Old RC Cola Plant in Wynwood, but they had more to offer than just murals. Food trucks, pop-up bars sponsored by Effen, and cotton candy courtesy of Lyft kept guests fed as they roamed around the block admiring the huge murals.

DJ’s like Statik Selektah and DJ Laz provided the vibes each night and kept everyone at the mural festival partying until the early hours of the morning. At the peak of the festival, Effen Vodka's notable brand ambassador 50 Cent pulled up to scene and spent some time in the Effen tent, but he's not the only veteran rapper who appeared at Basel House. Along with the abundance of graffiti art, the #HappyKanye zone, which is an adult bounce house in the shape of a rainbow with Kanye West’s face on it, brought joy to parents and kids alike. Kanye wasn’t the only one to make a cameo at Basel House.

7. VIBES 305 with KRS-One and Fat Joe

After all the pre-Basel events throughout the week, all roads led to the Toejam Backlot to see iconic art and witness hip-hop veterans perform live at Vibes 305. The line outside the venue stretched down the street as mobs of people made their way through the unique indoor/outdoor gallery. Presented by 305 Films, Vibes 305 featured artwork from veterans in the art game like Jonathan Mannion, Rob Prior, and Martha Cooper just to name a few. Paintings inspired by rappers like the special guest of honor Fat Joe, risqué sculptures, and rare photos from Mannion’s vault covered the walls while the party continued outside by the stage.

Hosted by Felisha Monet of 99 JAMZ, numerous DJ’s like Tom La Roc, DJ Heron, and more came through to keep the spirit of hip-hop alive with mixes featuring old school jams and today’s trending MC’s. Later on, everyone surrounded the stage as Joey Crack and the Teacha himself KRS-One grabbed the mic and spit intricate rhymes like it was the ’90s. It was an epic night of mind-boggling art and classic hip-hop.

6. REVOLT & Cadillac’s ‘Art of Daring’ starring BJ The Chicago Kid & Saya Woolfalk

Over the last four years, REVOLT has never failed to come through with a bold approach to Art Basel. Upon walking into the MAPS Backlot in Wynwood, guests were greeted by the sounds of Ted Smooth at the DJ booth on the technicolor stage, which was designed by the artists of the night Saya Woolfalk and BJ The Chicago Kid.

Art and soul heads got to marvel at Woolfalk’s psychedelic pieces that served as the background to the white, glossy Cadillac Escalade, and decked the walls of the spacious gallery. As the various flavors of Ciroc made its way into everyone’s cup, BJ The Chicago hit the stage in an all-white outfit to perform a handful of his personal hits. Woolfalk’s kaleidoscope inspired creations danced in the background as BJ owned the mic with his band.

5. 1800 Tequila x SoundCloud 'Blank Canvas' w/ Dave East, Mick Jenkins & MadeINTYO

1800 Tequila and Soundcloud hosted a popping exhibition of music and art called ‘Blank Canvas.’ The corner of 26th Street and 5th Ave in Wynwod was jam-packed with people eager to watch artists SNARKITECTURE and Nick Thomm bring their creations to life to the sounds of Mick Jenkins, Dave East and special guest MadeINTYO.

As the tequila-based cocktails floated around the venue, multi-colored pieces of art from the featured artists began to flash in the background while all three rappers performed on stage. Mick Jenkins opened the show before surprise guest MadeINTYO appeared. The venue was at maximum capacity by the time Dave East hit the stage to close out the event. It wasn't as elegant as the other art shows in Wynwood, but it was definitely one of the most popular events of the night.

4. Bombay Sapphire’s Artisan Series Finale Hosted by Issa Rae

Issa Rae may have created the most popular television series of the year, but she’s also a major fan of fine art. Bombay Sapphire’s annual Artisan Series concluded at Art Basel with an elegant wrap party inside Villa Casa Casuarina -- the former Versace Mansion -- on South Beach. The “Insecure” creator brought out her fellow cast members, Broderick Hunter and Sarunas Jackson, along with musicians like Mark Ronson and movie stars like Eva Longoria to celebrate the extraordinary work of the program’s 16 finalists.

Guests got to sip on tasty, Gin concoctions like the “Epiphany” while admiring an extraordinary collection of art and jamming to the sounds of DJ Heron Preston. Towards the end of the night, Rae dubbed Vancouver’s Vanessa Lam as the Grand Finale Winner of the 8th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series competition. Along with Lam, Rae announced the second place winner Ariel Vargassal from Los Angeles and People’s Choice winner Charity White from Chicago.

3. Laolu’s ‘Sacred Art of the Ori Yoruba’ at SCOPE Art Show

SCOPE Art Show is always filled with unforgettable artwork, but this year an unsung hero in the art world made waves unlike any other artist in the building. In partnership with the Bronze Kingdom gallery, multifaceted artist Laolu “NYC” Senbanjo, who's artwork was featured in Beyonce's Lemonade film on HBO, has made a name for himself by embracing his family’s Yoruba roots from Nigeria to create Afromysteric pieces on everything from clothing to the human body.

After spending the last year curating exhibits from coast to coast, Laolu returned to Art Basel to put his ‘Sacred Art of the Ori Yoruba’ on display, which includes an extraordinary piece featuring ‘Orange Is The New Black’ star Danielle Brooks. Brooks poses nude but is completely covered with unique designs in white paint. Another amazing work of art that stood out from the rest was the beautifully complex ‘Dreamscape’ piece, which fuses colorful, urban art with his unique Yoruba style.

2. iii Points Art Basel Concert Series Presents Wu Tang Clan

iii Point has a tendency to bring out the legends for their Art Basel Concert Series, and this year they tapped the Shaolin Warriors to take over Wynwood for their iconic show. Mana Wynwood was jam-packed with thousands of loyal fans of the Wu-Tang Clan, who came to see the Staten Island OG’s reunite in Miami for a once-in-a-lifetime performance. Before the show, bright, yellow lights flashed all around the venue as fans were greeted at the doors with a Ketel One bar dispersing free samples. Wu’s iconic logo hovered above the ever-growing crowd as they snapped flicks of the Shaolin-inspired buildings made of bricks on stage.

Once the entire venue faded to black, the entire clan walked out to roars of cheers that Ol’ Dirty Bastard could hear in the heavenly skies. RZA, GZA, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, U-God, Masta Killa, Cappadonna, and the Method Man sent the room into a frenzy once they established that Wu-Tang Clan ain’t nothing to f*ck with. Although they just dropped their new album The Saga Continues, Wu-Tang focused on bringing their classic recorss to life like “Bring Da Pain”, “C.R.E.A.M” and plenty more.

1. Swizz Beatz & Bacardi’s ‘No Commission Miami’

After traveling around the world with a team of revolutionary artists, Swizz Beatz and Bacardi brought ‘No Commission’ back to Miami to celebrate the 2-year anniversary of ‘The Dean Collection.’ With his wifey Alicia Keys by his side, the seasoned artist and producer enlisted a squad of critically acclaimed visual artists like Derrick Adams, Michael Vasquez, and Renee Cox to curate the most popular gallery in Wynwood. SoHo Studios was transformed into a mecca of art and rap for three days while a wide range of performers hit the stage, including Swizz himself.

After DJ’s like Virgil Abloh kicked off the epic art show, the island theme was in full affect when reggae icons like Chronixxx and Stone Love hit the stage on Friday. ‘No Commission Miami’ had no choice but to close out with a bang with Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz on the playbill. Other special guests like A$AP Rocky, Busta Rhymes, DJ Nasty of We The Best, and DJ Khaled also made the show unforgettable with their impromptu performances.

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Six Things To Know About The Mysterious Death Of Tamla Horsford

Georgia officials have officially closed the case of Tamla Horsford, citing no foul play in her mysterious death.

But the case of a mother of five who died at an adult sleepover has raised a vast amount of questions due to the nature and behavior of those present. The mysterious death of Tamla Horsford caught the eye of the public this month, but the 40-year-old was found dead at a friend’s home in Cumming, Georgia in November 2018.

On Wednesday (Feb. 20), Major Joe Perkins with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office told reporters in a press conference that none of the 40-year-old's injuries were aligned with foul play. “It was a party. They were drinking,” 11 Alive reports. “She was drinking. Most of the partygoers had gone to bed at that time, and she was on the deck alone.”

It was initially reported that Horsford accidentally fell off a balcony on Nov. 4, where she was attending a “Football Moms” sleepover with seven other mothers and three men. Local news site WSB-TV shared an early coroner’s death certificate that listed Horsford’s death as an accident but the fall from the deck caused “multiple blunt force injuries” and “acute ethanol intoxication,” known commonly as alcohol poisoning which might have led to the fall.

But friends and the internet sleuths believe there are other layers to the story as it never reached public attention until it was reported that court employee Jose Barrera was fired for illegally accessing documents related to the case. Barrera is also the boyfriend of the woman who owns the home.

Horsford’s best friend Michelle Graves who wasn’t at the party also believed foul play took part in her friend’s death. “It’s impossible to get the injuries that she had from one fall,” Graves said. After speaking to the WSB-TV about the case, she claimed her personal information was released by Barrera and sent to five of the women who were at the party. Only during an investigation into Graves claims it was revealed that Barrera accessed court documents related to Horsford’s case as well as a stalking incident involving his girlfriend.

On Wednesday (Feb. 20), more details were released about the case in the form of a 911 call made by Barrera the day Horsford’s body was found. While Barrera's 911 call was made at 8:59 am, Horsford’s body was discovered at 7:30 am by the homeowner’s aunt. Hashtags with Horsford’s name and videos shared by popular activists like Chakabars who have helped bring the story to public knowledge.

With so many layers to uncover, here’s what you need to know about the mysterious case of Tamla Horsford.


1. Tamala Horsford Was Found Dead At “Football Moms” Sleepover, But Men Were Present

In a video sent to WSB-TV from the adult sleepover, Horsford is all smiles while singing “Happy Birthday” with friends. What’s also seen in the video are three men, including Jose Barrera who made the 911 call. Many have wondered why men were present if the witnesses claimed it was a sleepover meant for women.

2. Her Wrist Was Cut, But Attendees Believe She Fell Off A Balcony

In the 911 call released Wednesday (Feb, 20), Barrera is heard pointing out a cut on Horsford’s wrist. "She's lying in the yard, basically on the patio downstairs. She's not moving one bit. She's not breathing," he told dispatchers. "I'm noticing a small cut on her right wrist. She's not breathing whatsoever. I don't know if this cut was self-inflicted."

As mentioned above, an original coroner’s report claimed there was blunt force trauma to Horsford’s body from the fall, but close friend Michelle Graves says the family hired another medical examiner who reportedly found multiple abrasions on Horsford’s body. "We're glad we're not the only ones who feel there's something awry with the story and with how she lost her life," Graves told Mike Petchenik of WSB-TV.

3. Boyfriend Of Homeowner Where Horsford Died Was Fired For Accessing Court Files On The Case

In December 2018, Barrera, who worked as a pretrial services officer within the Forsyth County Court system was placed on administrative leave for using his position to “access confidential files on a current investigation surrounding a death in which you were a witness.”

Forsyth County News reported he was later terminated in a letter where Court Administrator Robin S. Rooks wrote he lost confidence in Barrera’s ability to do his job. It wasn’t until February 1 that an incident report was written mentioning Barrera’s actions. In addition to the findings, Graves claimed Barrera stated in the same report that the Georgia native exposed her “work and cell phone numbers, home address, work address and driver’s license, along with information about her height, weight and extended family.” Graves stated the information was given to the other women who were at the adult sleepover.

He denied the accusations but alluded that anyone’s information can be found publically. “For her to believe that her information was leaked by me is grossly incorrect and I will believe that until the day I die,” Barrera told FCN. “Anybody can be found.”

Barrera previously worked as a probation officer in Hall County from March to November 2017 and earlier as an officer of the Department of Community Supervision in Cumming County. He was fired for the latter position but alleged it was an unlawful firing due to an “interoffice disagreement over a relationship with a coworker.”

4. Public Curiosity Believes There Are Racial Undertones To The Case

Friends and relationships exist outside of color lines all the time, just see an episode of Grey’s Anatomy or studies on the population increase of non-white people in America. But Horsford’s case has raised eyebrows because she was the only woman of color at the party. Forsyth County’s history with black people isn’t the most favorable as it was a popular gathering of white supremacists as recent as 1987.

In a segment on the early days of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the former talk show host took a trip to Cumming, where she talked with residents about their disdain for “race mixing” the LGBTQ+ community as well as the difference between “blacks” and “ni****s.”

Weird history aside, the case didn’t get national attention until two months later. History has proven deaths of black women are often overlooked and while this case was heading that way, Black Twitter and black Georgia natives tried to rewrite it.

A GoFundMe was also made for Horsford’s family but hasn’t raised much since it’s creation on November 27, 2018.

5. Homeowner And Other Attendees Of Party Have Received Death Threats On Social Media

Marcy Hardin, Jeanne Marie and Nichole Renee Lawson are reportedly some of the women who were at the sleepover at the time of Horsford’s death. As the story gained traction, the group has been the target of death threats accusations that they played a role in their friend’s death.

Law firm Banks, Stubbs, and McFarland LLP, who is representing the homeowner, issued a statement maintaining their innocence.

“At this time, each of the partygoers and their families have received death threats on various social media postings," it reads. "The threats need to stop. This tragic accident is exactly that, an accident. It is unfortunate, sad, and unbelievably heartbreaking to her family and friends. However, certain very vocal friends and family members of Mrs. Horsford have been describing this accident as a “murder.” Nothing can be farther from the truth."

6. The Case Has Been Officially Ruled An Accidental Death

On Thursday (Feb. 20),  Horsford's case was officially closed, 11Alive reported.

“The State of Georgia has ruled the death accidental and consistent with an accidental fall,” said Major Joe Perkins with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. “None of the injury patterns noted were consistent with foul play.” After speaking to the attendees' police said Horsford's death happened when she accidentally fell from a deck at the house.

None of the attendees saw the fall because they were reportedly sleeping when it happened. “While the injuries sustained appeared to have been likely received in a fall, detectives awaited toxicology and medical examiner reports to verify the findings,” Perkins said.

Horsford’s body was taken to the GBI medical examiner for an additional autopsy report. Her family has told reporters that they aren't ready to speak the public about the case and are hoping to have family photos of Tamla Horsford removed from social media.

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Solitary Alignment: 5 Self-Affirming Reads For Single Ladies On Valentine’s Day

Ahh, the Feast of Saint Valentine—the Hallmark holiday that strikes us with its arrow each year, for better or for worse, depending on your bae status. While the romantic holiday is adored and celebrated by many, if you’re still reeling over, say, your ex’s refusal to commit, chances are Feb. 14 is more of a heartache for you than anything.

But as a wise woman once said, “If they liked it then they should’ve put a ring on it.” So whether V-Day has you scared of lonely or sulking over a lost love, as another wise woman once said, they “would be SUPER lucky to even set eyes on you this Valentine’s Day. That’s it. That’s the gift.” Shout out to The Slumflower.

Sure, having a bae on Valentine’s Day is cool, but so is reminding yourself why you’re just fine without one (cue Webbie’s “Independent”). In fact, single folks have better relationships overall, according to the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. You know how the old adage goes: love yourself before loving someone else.

For this Valentine’s Day, VIBE Vixen rounds up a nourishing list of books for our sisters doin’ it for themselves. Consider this your reminder of how badass you are—because you are! Oh, oh, oh. *Beyoncé voice*

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Young M.A. onstage during the BET Hip Hop Awards 2018 at Fillmore Miami Beach on October 6, 2018 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images for BET)
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Young M.A., Boogie And Summer Walker Make January's #MusicMonday List

Last year was vibrant and diverse with the number of memorable songs and albums that were released, and now, music fans are looking forward to seeing what 2019 has to offer. With this new series, #MusicMonday, the VIBE staff will be sharing our favorite songs released from the previous month. Below, see our standout songs released during January 2019.


Young M.A., “Bake Freestyle”

Outside of R&B singers like Jacquees, it’s no longer the trend for artists to take on a well-known beat and make it their own anymore. But Brooklyn’s Young M.A. bodied the instrumental for Jay-Z’s “Dynasty (Intro)” in 2017, and she’s outdone herself with “Bake Freestyle,” her shot at The Neptunes’ iconic beat for the Clipse hit “Grindin’.”

Young M.A. weaves in, out and around of the table-pounding percussion with an acrobatic flow that differs from others who have tackled the beat in years past. Young M.A. is flexing talk of money, baddies, and guns as always, but the quotables are at one of the highest clips we’ve ever heard from her. “White car brown seats, look like a Henny Colada / Made the Audi matte black, license plate say Wakanda / My b*tch said she mad at me, I just bought her designer / And some 30-inch Brazilian, now she thinks she's Chewbacca.” The video is even better, showing a cocky, smirking Young M.A. walking around a fly crib with text and small animations acting as adlibs. “Was looking for a reason to even keep rapping, and finally I found one,” she says near the beginning of the song before pushing her foot on the pedal. That’s good news for rap fans. — William E. Ketchum III

Summer Walker, "Riot"

What initially started out as an Instagram post of Summer Walker crooning over an electric guitar has turned into the addictive lead track from her latest EP, CLEAR. While the song's name is the definition of anarchy, Walker's careful delivery of each word places her delicate yet piercing approach to singing on full display. The criminally short song not only leaves the listener yearning for more, but also the Atlanta native's need to satisfy her passion. "You said you want love, babe/ You said you can give it to me just how I, I yearn it/ And you think of roses and daisies/ And I think of passion and fire like Hades." It's the 2019 version of Melanie Fiona's fevered "Give It To Me Right" with lyrics that demand a love that's delivered on an orgasmic platter every single time the two bodies meet. — Camille Augustin

Boogie, “Skydive II”

Anthony “Boogie” Dixon—not to be confused with his sing-songy East Coast namesake, A Boogie wit da Hoodie—is easily one of the most promising penmen hip-hop has right now. From The Reach to Thirst 48, Pt. II right on up to his Shady Records debut, Everythings For Sale, the Compton torchbearer has been consistent in pairing potent, on-the-sleeve reflections with soulful melodies that seep deep into the skin. (He already told us that he’s got a soft spot for R&B.)

“Skydive II,” arguably one of the album’s most entrancing songs, is as much of a poster child for this musical marriage as any. For one, he taps 6lack to be a Frank Ocean plug-in of sorts (in the best way possible). The Atlanta singer’s trippy rap-sung intonations, akin to Mr. Breaux’s on Blonde’s “Nikes,” complement Boogie’s rugged tones. Alongside his decent crooning over airy background vocals, Boogie’s gentle pacing and bittersweet poetry about the fallout of a relationship puts him at eye-level with his listeners. “Mother of my skies, why you always gotta intervene?/Father of my Time, don’t you got some more to give to me? Anything?” Ever the thoughtful emcee, he’s unafraid to let the proverbial tears fall where they may. — Stacy-Ann Ellis

Lil Duval and Ty Dolla $ign, "Pull Up"

While his first hit single “Smile (Living My Best Life)” went further than expected by hitting the Billboard Hot 100, Lil Duval’s music career doesn’t appear to show any signs of slowing down. While I’m not a fan of his by any means, I do have to say, his feel-good track is guaranteed to put me in a great mood. The infectious beat and the incredibly well-placed vocals of featured artist Ty Dolla $ign makes the intoxication of the nearly-four-minute song undeniable. It’s too early and (too brick outside) for a summer anthem, but had this dropped months from now, this could have been a front-runner. — J'Na Jefferson

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