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Dwyane Wade's Chicago Has Talent Recap

 
This is the last of our coverage of Wade's World Foundation weekend and what better to spotlight than Dwyane Wade's Chicago Has Talent Showcase! You may have already seen the special live performances from Lupe Fiasco and Jeremih, but the event was really about showcasing the Chicago youth talent! The showcase was scored by Judge Greg Mathis, a talent scout, America's Next Top Model cycle eight winner Jaslene Gonzalez, and WGCI's radio personality Tony Sculfield. Acts ranged across everything you can think of: hip hop, R&B, dance, spoken word, you name it. Also there was never really a dull moment with hosts and comedians Damon Williams and Lil Rel to keep everyone laughing throughout. Check the video above to see the range of creativity, with even a dance group that dressed like Mortal Kombat characters! The winners however were two twin sister vocalists by the name of Namirajj, who took home the grand prize of a $1,000, weekend stay at Key Lime Cove, and an appearance on WGN's morning show.
 
The video above not only captures most of the Chicago talent, but you can also catch an intro from Dwyane Wade who of course was in the house at the Merle Reskin Theater downtown to kick off the event. And finally, peep a gallery of photos from the event below and the link to ALL of our coverage from Wade's World Weekend! Enjoy!
 
Wade's World Weekend Archive (features interviews with Common, Shawn Marion, Jaslene Gonzalez, Chicago Bears' Israel Idonije, performances by Lupe Fiasco and Jeremih, AND a photo recap at Enclave!)
 

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Shawn Marion interview with Gowhere Hip Hop

 
NBA all-star Shawn Marion walked the red carpet at Enclave for Wade's World Weekend in support of his former teammate and I was able to talk with him briefly as seen above! As a precursor to the interview and as a big fan of the NBA, I always appreciated Marion's game comin' up with Phoenix before bouncing around a few teams and finally settling with the Dallas Mavericks last season. He's seemingly always in Chicago during the offseasons as I even recall one where I found myself watching a pickup game with him, Andre Iguodala, Antoine Walker, and a few other NBAers. During that game, I saw Marion's athleticism on display first hand on a chase-down block that would have made LeBron James jealous.
 
Anyway, Marion was nice and appreciative the whole time, which was on display in the interview where I first tried to ask him about the big news of the summer with LeBron and Chris Bosh joining the star of the evening in Miami. He instead turned his attention to Wade's World Foundation, which is the real reason everyone was gathered at Enclave and throughout Chicago the whole weekend. I'm sure the players are tired of that question by now but it was the first thing that came to mind when we did this interview on the fly. After discussing Wade's foundation, I also asked Marion about his own foundation - The Shawn Marion Foundation - where he detailed his most recent event, which came in the form of poker. Not surprising as I recall he was one of the athlete/celebs who participated in this year's World Series, if I'm not mistaken. Finally, we got in a fun question on what the Mavs were listening to at the end of the season so stay tuned 'til the end to find out... And now I have an image of Dirk Nowitzki bobbin' his head to the adopted team anthem, haha.. awesome. Enjoy! 
 

PREVIOUS INTERVIEWS: Common // Jaslene Gonzalez // Israel Idonije (Chicago Bears) // Photo Recap

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Lupe Fiasco & Jeremih LIVE @ Dwyane Wade's Chicago Has Talent Showcase

Lupe Fiasco "Kick, Push" x "Superstar"
 
Jeremih "I'mma Star (Everywhere We Are)"
 
This past Saturday we ventured over to the Merle Reskin Theatre in downtown Chicago for the 2nd annual Dwyane Wade's Chicago Has Talent Showcase. D-Wade brought out special hometown guests Lupe Fiasco and Jeremih to showcase their world-renowned talent amidst the 13 up and coming acts that the city's youth has to offer (footage of the latter coming soon). Up top, Lupe performs his two most universally known songs "Kick, Push" and "Superstar" to conclude the show. It was a fitting ending that had the entire theatre standing and singing the Matthew Santos chorus, a capella. Stay tuned to the end of that video to see D. Wade and Lupe on stage together.
 
Jeremih was an energetic opener for the entire showcase as he also had the crowd moving to last year's hit single "I'mma Star (Everywhere We Are)". The crowd also sang along to a song that was fitting for the talent showcase. Below, we caught Lupe and Jeremih on stage together showin' some Chicago unity. All in all, this was an excellent event that concluded the charitable and uplifting Wade's World Weekend and we look forward to presenting even more of the talented acts of the Chicago Has Talent Showcase in the near future right here at GWHH. Enjoy!
 
lupe fiasco x jeremih.JPGLupe Fiasco x Jeremih
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Wade's World Foundation Photo Recap @ Enclave

Thumbnail image for Dwayne WadeDwayne Wade @ Enclave - Wade's World Foundation

If you've been up on your Gowhere since early Friday morning, you undoubtedly have noticed some of our video interviews and coverage from the first nightly celebration of Wade's World Foundation weekend at Enclave. Dwyane Wade is in Chicago this weekend, hosting panel discussions and fun events for the children to raise money for a good cause. At nighttime, Wade is continuing the hosting, in addition to these photos from Enclave; he was at the Crimson Lounge last night and will be at Tantrik tonight after the Chicago Has Talent Showcase.

Check the gallery below for photos of D-Wade on the red carpet, flanked by celebrities and athletes like Common, Shawn Marion, Israel Idonije, America's Next Top Model winner, Jaslene Gonzalez, George Daniels, and much more!

PREVIOUSLY: Video interviews with Common, Jaslene Gonzalez, and Israel Idonije (with more to come!)

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Israel Idonije interview with Gowhere Hip Hop

 

In quite possibly the first ever tongue twister involving words that start with 'I', it's the Israel Idonije interview with Gowhere Hip Hop. I had the pleasure of talking with the humble Chicago Bears defensive lineman at the Enclave red carpet the other night. We first discussed the charitable contributions of Dwyane Wade's World Foundation before proceeding to discuss Israel Idonije's own foundation: the... wait for it... Israel Idonije Foundation. In all seriousness, Israel Idonije's foundation assists families around Chicago and globally who have suffered from the decline in the economy. With school already in session, Idonije details some plans his foundation has to get involved with the Chicagoland schools.

Of course, we also had to ask about the pigskin as Israel talks about what he has been doing individually to improve and help fill the void created by the departure of Alex Brown. And finally, we wrapped up on a fun question where Israel shares what artist he listens to to pump himself up before a game. Hint: He was the first black artist to have his video air on MTV. I'm sure then that Idonije will have a little "Jam" session before tonight's preseason home opener as DA BEARS host the Oakland Raiders tonight at 7:30. No pre-game moonwalking though, it seems. Enjoy!
 
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Jaslene Gonzalez interview with Gowhere Hip Hop

 

You may know her as the winner of Cycle 8 on America's Next Top Model... the beautiful Jaslene Gonzalez joins Sgt. Tibs on the red carpet at Enclave for a new exclusive interview! Jaslene, born in Puerto Rico and grew up in Humboldt Park, IL, first talked about the positivity of celebrities and role models uniting for a great cause, exemplified by Dwyane Wade's World Foundation. We also had to ask Jaslene for her most memorable experience from America's Next Top Model and some educational advice for aspiring models. Her words can really be applied to any of us today, no matter what aspiring goals we have so be sure to keep it tuned in through the end of the video for that. Finally, enjoy a gallery of photos of Jaslene on the red carpet and some of her professional work as well. Let her know what you think on Twitter @jaslenegonzalez. Enjoy!

 

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Common interview with Gowhere Hip Hop

 

Common was one of many stars to grace the red carpet at Enclave here in Chicago last night for the first night of Dwyane Wade's World Foundation weekend takeover. Naturally, he talked about his support for Just Wright co-star Dwayne Wade's Foundation event before moving on to talking about yesterday's video premiere of "Wake Up Everybody". In fact, Tibs broke the news to Common that the video had been released! After that humorous realization, Common shared a memorable story from the set before one final question about the upcoming album, The Believer. We can expect "soulful music... and... good stuff"! Unfortunately, those were all the comments we were able to grab from Common about the album since he was being pulled off the red carpet - literally! I do believe that we'll see some more of that G.O.O.D. Music from The Believer in the near future and that Common will continue his successful music and acting career in the rest of 2010 and beyond. As a bonus, if you're like Common and missed the video premiere of "Wake Up Everybody", watch it below and stay tuned for more coverage of Dwyane Wade's World Foundation in Chicago this weekend! Enjoy!

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John Legend & The Roots "Wake Up Everybody" f/ Melanie Fiona & Common
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