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Seven Moments You Missed During NBA All-Star Weekend

Los Angeles brought us plenty of good, bad and Fergie moments to last a lifetime.

NBA All-Star Weekend had plenty to offer sports and music fans this year, as the reliable intersect brought us plenty of good, bad and Fergie moments to last a lifetime. Touching down in Los Angeles after a seven-year break, there was no doubt the events would be bigger than ever before.

Kicking things off was the Celebrity All-Star game with Michael B. Jordan Eric Killmonger, Justin Bieber, MVP Quavo, and Jamie Foxx. Despite his awkward interview walk-off, the Academy-Award winner was seen cracking jokes with his teammates during the game. Just hours later, Kendrick Lamar dominated the American Express Roadshow, presented by NBA on TNT.

Friday evening (Feb. 16) was an enjoyable precursor to the weekend with parties falling out of the sky. Over in West Hollywood, Nike and Revolve continued their creative collaboration for an intimate gathering at TAO, with guests Chanel Iman and Revolve founder Michael Mente. The House of Rémy Martin helped lead the turn up over at Avenue with their MVP Experience. Tristan Thompson, French Montana, James Harden and plenty of other celebrity guests jammed out to a performance by Travis Scott.

Anticipation for Saturday (Feb.17) was only heightened after rumors began of Kanye West’s secret performance. Just before that came into fruition at Adidas’ warehouse party with Kid Cudi, Thompson hosted Rémy’s watch shindig for the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest, with Hall of Famers Julius “Dr. J” Erving and Lisa Leslie paired with fans and fellow judges Chris Rock, DJ Khaled, and Mark Wahlberg.

Saturday evening was the night of stars back at Avenue, where it hosted the Beats party. LeBron James served regal looks with his wife Savannah Brinson, Killmonger partied with Angela Simmons and attendees said a prayer or two for their toes as “God’s Plan” virtually played on a loop in the very packed venue. No worries, it was still loved.

Sunday evening’s All-Star game was what Black Twitter’s dreams were made for, with a handful of viral moments almost overshadowing James’ warrant victory.

In between the winners and losers of the weekend, there were underdogs who essentially helped make this All-Star Weekend one to remember. From Jesse Williams and The Advancement Project’s special gallery pop-up to Dwyane Wade taking out time to chill with fans, here are seven lucky moments you may have missed.

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7. Grey Matter Transforms Into A Swanky Locker Room

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L.A. barbershop Grey Matter was the setting of Rémy Martin’s Locker Room event, also paired with Toronto’s Get Fresh Company. Thanks to the sounds from Wondagurl, guests enjoyed Rémy cocktails while scoring free cuts and custom tailoring at the grooming suite. Pieces on hand were the line’s collaboration with PUMA, like the GFC League Suit.

6. Dusse Palooza Makes Its Mark

Black excellence shined bright in the collective formerly known as Hennypalooza. The cross-country bash premiered their new pairing with Dussé Saturday (Feb. 17) evening at the Globe Theater. Legendary super producer Just Blaze kept the night going with guests Terrence J and Roc Nation’s Young Guru. More than just a party, Kameron Bennett, Rory Farrell, Kazeem Famuyide, LowKey, Chris Stylezz, Ravie B, Peeje, Dewayne, Austin Millz and Karl Lunsford developed a brand enjoyed by those who appreciate the power building an experience for music and spirits lovers.

Transforming from a basement party, the group gained fans all over the country and in the industry leading to past performances from Ty Dolla $ign, Wale, Cam’ron and Chance The Rapper. The tour helped to boost Hennessy's cool factor, despite their reluctance to the “strange music fest.” It also gained the attention of Lenny S. and JAY-Z, encouraging the brand’s powerful switch up.

September 30th, 2015 was the date. Lenny S called @lowkeyuhtn and myself to come to his office. He wanted to shoot us as a part his #GoldStandard photo series. He introduced us as "the Henny sippers" followed by "we gone change that." Fast forward to February of 2016, and the good brother @taxstone called me and said that D'usse wanted to meet with us. He said those were words straight from Hov himself. After 10 minutes of telling Tax he was a liar, he connected me to @baxelrod and the D'usse family. I'm a firm believer in timing and it wasn't quite the right time yet. We went on to body an international tour for the next two years as #HennyPalooza. Then this past summer, 4:44 was released and my favorite rapper kept encouraging to start your own, support your own, and invest in your own. As a believer in timing, I couldn't ignore the signs that were in front of me. There was a golden opportunity right in front of us. Around this time, people kept asking what's next for #HennyPalooza. It was time for us to elevate the brand, and there was one clear way to do it....alignment. People were/are shocked every time I tell them that the other brand would have nothing to do with us. Who could possibly understand where we were coming from? We're a self-made group of friends in business that were just looking for an opportunity, sound familiar?! Not only is the opportunity here, but we now have the PERFECT partner in D'usse/Hov/Roc Nation. When I said Terminal 5 was the last #HennyPalooza, I meant it. I'm proud to announce that we've officially partnered with @dussecognac to bring you all #DussePalooza!! Same crew. Same energy. New Rules.

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5. Girl Scouts Are The Real MVPs

Yes, it’s easy to get caught up in the celebrity presence of All-Star Weekend, but it wasn’t hard to miss the Girl Scouts of America. The tiny members of the organization were the first people you saw while leaving the Celebrity All-Star Game on Friday as they sold their classic cookies with big smiles. The fact that they now take Venmo was just the cutest and a nice ode to their business savvy.

4. Adidas Literally Owned All-Star Weekend

With multiple spaces rented out all over the city, adidas provided fans with space to shoot hoops while enjoying performances by N.E.R.D., 21 Savage, Playboi Carti and Lil Uzi Vert. Their celeb basketball game at 747 Warehouse was perfect as 2 Chainz and Snoop Dogg went head-to-head with some help from their friends. We were also treated to this hilarious celebratory dance by Uncle Snoop.

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But of course, adidas owned the weekend after hosting a performance by Kid Cudi and a surprise performance by Kanye West. On Sunday, the brand teamed up with Rémy Martin for a cozy, but lit finale at Poppy, with Slam Dunk champion Donovan Mitchell present to celebrate.

3. Kickasso Makes Custom Kicks For Andre Drummond In 30 Minutes

Budweiser's two-day event helped bring light to the wonderful world of custom kicks with Troy “Kickasso” Cole. The designer helped host the brand’s LIVE event with an art exhibition and performances from T-Pain, Smino, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, and MadeinTYO.

Guests also had the chance to hang out with Tracy MGrady and LaMarcus Aldridge in between art presentations by graffiti master Madsteez, and art by Vyal One, Morley, Brett Crawford, Taylor Kinahan, Blake Barash, B Street Shoes and Nina Palomba.

But the coolest moment arrived when Detroit Pistons’ Andre Drummond took the shoes off his feet and gave them to Kickasso to revamp. The designer got the job done in 30 minutes, proving his artistry has no limits.

2. Dwyane Wade Kicks It With Fans While Being Presented His Limited Edition "Moments" Shoe

Speaking of shoes, Wade hosted the unveiling of his extremely limited All-Star Weekend “Moments” colorway of his "Way of Wade 6” performance basketball shoe by Li-Ning. The shoe was made directly with the people in mind so it was only right that Wade and teammate Udonis Haslem spent time with fans.

1. Jesse Williams Presents “Justice x Just Us” at The Underground Museum

The fight for equality didn’t stop this weekend. The Advancement Project, a multi-racial civil organization, hosted a special pop-up to change the narrative of policing. Board member and actor Jesse Williams was on-site at the Underground Museum filming #FreeandSafe testimonials in which actors, designers, and musicians shared their experiences with police.

Participants included 2 Chainz, designer Waraire Boswell, Uber Chief Brand officer Bozoma Saint John and actress Alexandra Shipp. The videos will live on social media and also serve as a means of education to those unaware of the proper practices of policing, especially in black and brown communities.

Learn more about The Advancement Project here.

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10 Most Memorable Episodes Of 'The Wayans Bros.'

If you're a product of hip-hop, the '90s was a glorious time for television, with a plethora of shows being introduced to the public that helped inform and reflect the culture, from music to fashion and every aspect in between. One program that embodied the raw essence of hip-hop was The Wayans Bros., which made its debut as the first sitcom to air on the newly launched network, The WB, on January 11, 1995. Created by Marlon and Shawn Wayans, Leslie Ray, and David Steven Simon, The Wayans Bros. put the focus on the two youngest brothers in the Wayans clan, both of whom had tasted fame alongside their elder brothers when their appearances on In Living Color and in films like Mo’ Money putting them on the radar. Set in Harlem, the show revolves around the Williams brothers' ill-advised attempts at turning a quick buck, maintaining their romantic relationships, helping out their father, Pops Williams (John Witherspoon), and assisting friends and family in their own times of need.

While Lela Rochon (Lisa Saunders), Paula Jai Parker (Monique), and Jill Tasker (Lou Malino) were all main cast members at some point during the show's first two seasons, the core cast was comprised of both Wayans brothers, Witherspoon, and Anna Maria Horsford as Deirdre "Dee" Baxter, the latter of whom made her debut appearance midway through the show's second season. Recurring characters included Thelonious "T.C." Capricornio (played by Phil Lewis), White Mike (Mitch Mullany), Dupree (Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins), and Grandma Ellington (Ja'net Dubois), all of who left their own imprint and were instrumental in some of the show's most memorable moments. In addition to the core cast, The Wayans Bros. also presented additional star power in the form of cameos, with athletes (John Starks, Kenny Lofton, Hector Camacho) actors (Bernie Mac, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Elise Neal, Shari Headley, Gary Coleman, Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, Monica Calhoun, Garrett Morris, Garcelle Beauvais, Richard Roundtree, etc) and musicians (Busta Rhymes, Keith Sweat, En Vogue, Missy Elliott, Paula Abdul) all appearing on the show, as well.

The Wayans Bros. show's run would be cut short after five seasons, with its final episode airing on May 20, 1999, marking the end of an era. However, the show has continued to entertain a new generation of viewers through syndication and is one of the definitive television shows from the '90s that spoke to and for the culture. In celebration of the show's 25th anniversary, VIBE looks back at ten of the most hilarious and entertaining episodes of The Wayans Bros. Show that made it one of the most beloved sitcoms of the hip-hop generation.

Season 1, Episode 1 "Goop-Hair-It-Is"

Our introduction to the zany hijinks of The Wayans Bros. came via the show's pilot episode, which found Shawn and Marlon attempting to cash in on a half-baked foray into the world of cosmetics. After accepting a proposition to become the manufacturers of a new hair product called Goop, Hair It Is, Marlon creates a homemade concoction that appears to work wonders for his follicles, prompting Shawn to create a scheme to sell it via an infomercial. Enlisting the help of Gary Coleman, the brothers and their new pitch man go live on air to wax poetic about the goop, but their presentation goes awry when Coleman's new hairdo goes ablaze, resulting in an impromptu fire drill that gives "Stop, Drop & Roll" a whole new meaning.

Season 2, Episode 4 "Two Men and a Baby"

Brotherhood may be second nature to Shawn and Marlon, but fatherhood is a whole different story, which we find out during the course of this classic from the show's second season. After discovering an abandoned baby that's supposedly Shawn or Marlon's kin outside of the front door of their apartment, the bros get into a heated rivalry over who's the biological father of the child. With little background information other than a note from the child's mother to go off of, the Williams' take matters into their own hands, stepping up to the plate to provide a nurturing environment for the newest member of the clan. The responsibility of parental duties prove to be too much for either brother to handle on their own, but they’re bailed out when the mother returns to recover the child after realizing a mix-up in her delivery process.

Season 2, Episode 5 "Loot"

The fortunes of the Williams family are on the brink of changing for the better after Shawn, Marlon, Pops and the rest of the gang discover a garbage bag filled with $100,000 in cash. A police report is filed, but the Williams' keep their fingers crossed that they'll be deemed the rightful owners of the money when the goes unclaimed. This doesn't stop the members of the family from counting their chickens before they hatch, as extravagant plans and pricey purchases are made in the ensuing days. Greed nearly causes the Williams' to turn on one another, but when an elderly woman shows up to recover her belongings, their dreams at a come-up are quickly dashed, putting the family back at square one.

Season 2, Episode 8 "Head of State"

During the second season of The Wayans Bros., Dee Baxter (Anna Maria Horsford) replaces Lou (Jill Tasker) as the Neidemeyer Building's security guard for the remainder of the series. When the President of the United States comes to Harlem during his campaign trail, Pops' Diner is designated as the location where the prez can relieve himself, which the family considers an honor. With Pops eager to reap the benefits of having the leader of the free world pass through his establishment, and Marlon determined to shake the President's hand, the visit is a pretty big deal to the family However, the Williams' world is flipped upside down when the Secret Service lock down the diner due to safety concerns, infringing on their privacy. In the end, Pops' gets an uptick in business, Marlon gets to shake the President's hand, and Dee gets to experience a bit of sexual tension in her debut appearance.

Season 3, Episode 1 "Grandma's in the Hiz-House"

When Grandma Ellington (Ja'net Dubois) stops in town, Shawn and Marlon are ecstatic to see the family matriarch, even making room for her to stay in their apartment. The decision is one that the brothers will quickly regret, as Grandma Ellington begins to infiltrate their life, from ruining their clothing to chasing away their dates. Shawn and Marlon decide to make things uncomfortable in hopes that she will leave, but the plan backfires, with Grandma Ellington’s discovery of the ruse putting a wedge between her and her grandsons. Realizing the error in their ways, the brothers attempt to win their grandmother back over and get back in her good graces.

Season 3, Episode 9 "The Return of the Temptones"

Pops gets a blast from the past when Shawn and Marlon decide to round up the members of his old group The Temptones for an epic reunion after thirty years. While the gesture is well-intended, things fall apart when the members let bad blood get into the mix, which puts The Temptones' upcoming performance in jeopardy. As Pops and the crew struggle to find common ground, Shawn and Marlon stand-in for the missing members, resulting in a hilariously horrendous rendition of The Temptones' hit, "Bang, Bang Bang." However, the original members of the group decide to put their differences to the side for the sake of the group's legacy, tearing down the stage in one of the more memorable moments in The Wayans Bros. history.

Season 4, Episode 9 "Can I Get a Witness?"

After finding himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, Marlon becomes an eyewitness to a bank robbery and identifies the criminal in a police line-up. This results in the Williams' being put in protective custody until the case is resolved, but when word gets out that the culprit's brother is on the hunt for them, it appears as if they cannot avoid meeting their eventual fate. However, the criminals' thirst for vengeance gets thwarted just in the nick of time, keeping Marlon, Shawn and Pops in the clear and out of danger.

Season 4, Episode 19 "Talk is Cheap"

Shawn and Marlon are summoned to The Jerry Springer Show to see just how close their relationship is, which leads to a few secrets between the two being revealed. When Marlon finds out that Shawn had paid his girlfriend a visit at her apartment, the two begin to bicker with one another in front of the studio audience, with Pops and Dee getting involved from the comfort of the crowd. As things get heated between the two, the bros resort to throwing blows, hurling insults and embarrassing one another. While the pair eventually come to their senses and patch things up, their dust-up and Jerry Springer's appearance made for classic television.

Season 5, Episode 7 "The Kiss"

Dee Baxter catches up with old friend Missy Elliott, who gives her a pair of tickets to her concert later that night. Deciding to take Shawn as a guest, the two enjoy one another's company to the point that they wind up kissing after a long night of drinking before passing out. Waking up half-naked and in the same bed with one another, it appears as if the two had slept together, making for a string of awkward encounters between the two. However, the potential lovebirds discover that they were victims of a prank by Marlon, which brings Shawn and Dee's friendship back to normal.

Season 5, Episode 18 "Hip Hop Pops"

Shawn and Marlon gather Pops' closest friends and throw him a surprise party to celebrate his 50th birthday. However, while the brothers' efforts were meant to put Pops in good spirits, they actually put him in a depressive and reflective state due to his age and fear of death. Looking to infuse a little fun into their father's life, Shawn and Marlon takes Pops out to the club to help make him feel young again, but the experience inspires Pops to change his wardrobe and slang in an attempt to hold onto his youth. From engaging in freestyle battles to donning iced-out chains, Pops' new style rubs Shawn and Marlon the wrong way, forcing them to cook up a plan to get him to revert back to the man they used to know.

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Everything You Need To Know About Tensions Between Iran And The U.S.

Tension between the U.S. and Iran came to a head on Friday (Jan. 3) after a U.S. drone killed the head of Iran's Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iran-backed militia organization, Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF).

The strain between Iran and the U.S. date back to the 1953 overthrow of Iran's Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, and has been ongoing, which resulted in Americans being held hostage at the U.S Embassy for 444 days by Tehran protestors.

In 2013, shortly after Iran's President Hassan Rouhani took office, former President Barack Obama extended an olive branch to Iran. After 30 years of tension, Iran and the U.S. agreed to have diplomatic relations with a long-term nuclear program. However, in 2018, President Donald Trump abandoned the nuclear deal and reinstated sanctions against Iran, including countries that trade with the Western Asia country.

Over the past few months, the tension between Iran and the U.S. continued to escalate. Below is a timeline of events leading to the death of Qassem Soleimani.

BREAKING: Pentagon statement from Defense Secretary @EsperDoD on strike against #Iran’s Soleimani in #Iraq pic.twitter.com/YAuLlkid01

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Saudi Arabia Oil Attack In September 2019, an oil facility in Saudi Arabia was attacked. Houthi rebels took responsibility for the charge while threatening more onslaught if the country fails to lift its blockade on Yemen.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the attack, and Trump instigated the situation by saying that the U.S. was "locked and loaded” and ready to respond with possible military action.

Saudi investigators said the weapons used in the attack came from Iran, but it remains unclear on where the weapons were launched from.

Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2019

Iran and U.S. Spies The attacks on the Saudi oil facility came shortly after Iran arrested 17 spies, who were allegedly recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

According to several news reports, spies had been taken into custody, sentencing some to death. Trump, and Pompeo (a former CIA director), said Iran’s claims were false.

The Report of Iran capturing CIA spies is totally false. Zero truth. Just more lies and propaganda (like their shot down drone) put out by a Religious Regime that is Badly Failing and has no idea what to do. Their Economy is dead, and will get much worse. Iran is a total mess!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2019

The Launch Of Airstrikes Iraqi leaders claimed that the U.S. violated Iraqi sovereignty by killing 24 people in retaliation for the death of an American contractor. The airstrikes also wounded 50 people in addition to the 24 people killed.

The U.S. said the strikes were a response to the more than 30 rockets launched against an Iraqi military base, killing one American and wounding four others.

“In response to repeated Kata'ib Hizbollah attacks on Iraqi bases that host @CJTFOIR forces, U.S. forces conducted precision defensive strikes against 5 KH facilities in Iraq & Syria [to] degrade KH's ability to conduct future attacks against @coalition forces.” [email protected] pic.twitter.com/g2hmTD4Eqw

— OIR Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III (@OIRSpox) December 29, 2019

 

 

March on U.S. Embassy The airstrike came after Pro-Iranian militia members marched on the U.S. Embassy, holding American diplomats hostage for more than 24 hours. President Trump blamed Iran for the protest. The statement also said that "General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”

"At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization," the statement reads.

Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019

Iraqis — Iraqis — dancing in the street for freedom; thankful that General Soleimani is no more. pic.twitter.com/huFcae3ap4

— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) January 3, 2020

The Killing of Qassem Soleimani An American drone hit two cars carrying Qassem Suleimani and other officials backed by Iranian militias as they were leaving the Baghdad International Airport.

The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed Soleimani's death in a statement by calling the murder "decisive defensive action." Trump tweeted a picture of the American flag, insinuating a victory for America.

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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2020

 

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25 Best Music Videos Of 2019

As major networks continue to phase out the practice of airing music videos, visuals for some of our favorite songs have found a platform through the internet. Just like last year, music videos this year have pushed the limits on how creative these artists can get. From the comedic relief in DaBaby’s “Pony” and “Suge” videos to the emotional weight in videos from Joyner Lucas (“Devil’s Work”) and IDK (“Digital”), there’s a little bit of something for everybody to take away from these clips.

Music videos are a gold mine for artists to team up with other creatives and bring to life the music they’ve worked so hard on. When an artist and director are able to perfectly intertwine their ideas and skills together, the end result is magical. The videos in 2018 proved that point but those in 2019 may give last year’s selection a run for its money.

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