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Recap: Chance The Rapper Proves Faith And Hip-Hop Go Hand-In-Hand At RapCaviar Live

Chance the Rapper, Shek Wes, Tierra Whack, and more lit up the house at Spotify's RapCaviar Live event on Sept. 29.

If you wanted to end your weekend on a high note and start a new week on the right foot, you should have been at Spotify's RapCaviar Live event last night (Sept. 29). The annual concert, which was held at Coney Island's Ford Ampitheater in Brooklyn, NY was the perfect blend of uplifting energy, good tunes, and a little bit of gospel. And the captain of good vibes last night, was none other than Chance the Rapper. Through a medley of hits – from his latest projects to the Grammy Award-winning album, Coloring Book – young Chano flawlessly demonstrated why hip-hop and faith can be a perfect match.

It's no secret that Chance is anchored in his faith. Both through music and public speeches, the Chicago native has been very open about his own ideologies. During his performance last night, his conviction came through in the form of dance and simply put, just a really good time.

Following engaging performances by Tierra Whack, Sheck Wes, and other surprise guests (Young M.A. and Jim Jones popped out during a DJ set), the lights dimmed once again, signaling Chance's long-awaited act. Soon after, Chance rocketed from the right-end of the stage as his live band began playing "All Night," the Kaytranada-produced single from 2016's Coloring Book. He then transitioned into "Angels" (which originally features Saba), where fans eagerly joined him in yelling his signature squawk – the one that kind of sounds like a mix between a bird's call and a person yelping after burning their hand on something really hot.

 

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When the praises go up, all the blessings come down. Are you ready for your blessing? #rapcaviar #spotify

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Chance really took fans to church during his performance of "Blessings." Sure, it's not really hard to feel moved with strong, organ chords playing in the background or lyrics like "I'm gon' praise Him, praise Him 'til I'm gone" echoing through the arena. Even so, the effect it left on the sea of fans seemed to be genuine.

It may have been that everyone in the audience was a diehard fan or that they all simply loved the song, but almost instantly, hands shot up to the sky, cellphone lights were twinkling and everyone sang as Chance delivered his 'sermon.' "When the praises go up, the blessings come down," fans sang, pointing their index fingers up to the pavilion-covered sky, before pivoting them down to their laps.

Chance's word shined through once again during his part of Kanye West's 'Ultralight Beams," which gained major attention on 2016's The Life of Pablo. The rapper joked that this may be the only song that some of the people in audience knew, which is probably why he ran through his verse twice. Unfortunately, the instrumentals were just a little too loud to hear Chance on stage at the time, but it didn't matter because fans filled in the blanks. As he built up to the middle of his long-winded preaching, more fans joined in, waving their arms in a fan-like movement towards the stage. "You can feel the lyrics, the spirit coming in braille Tubman of the underground, come and follow the trail," everyone exclaimed.

Chano also delivered upbeat renditions of his latest single "I Might Need Security," "Juke Jam," "Summer Friends," and more. And while his set only seemed to last an hour, he left the audience feeling rejuvenated and thankful to have made the journey.

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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.

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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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