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DJ Khaled Shows A Disabled Fan Some Love In More Ways Than One

The snapchat king continues to show love and support for his fans, and this one will blow your mind.

DJ Khaled is out promoting his Major Key album (July 29), and finally got a chance to meet one of his greatest fans of all time.

Christopher Alvarez has been a huge supporter of Khaled, and despite suffering from thanatophoric dysplasia, he still made his way out to go support the rapper on his business endeavor. Khaled was very appreciative of his love, and reciprocated that feeling. According to TMZ, Khaled gave him his chain, his personal phone number, and agreed to meet with him one on one at one of his pop up stores on Thursday (July 28).

Due to his severe skeletal illness, Christopher was told by doctors that he wouldn’t make it past the age of 5. Christopher is now a strong, smart 18-year-old, who was granted valedictorian of his high school class. He has dreams of becoming a broadcast journalist, and has already began conducting one-on-one interviews with some of the biggest celebrities in the game.

His story moved Khaled, as he now looks up to Christopher as a true inspiration. Look out for Christopher Alvarez, as he's currently blowing up on social media and perfecting his craft as a reporter.

@theywantca it was nice meeting u and thank u for so much luv!! Thank u for supporting me !! Fan luv!! I luv u!!! Enjoy your we the best chain!! U r a WINNER !! Keep winning more !!!!! U r a young 👑!!! Bless up!! I love your story! It's so inspiring !!!!!!!! Four years ago, when Chris Alvarez started ninth grade at the Henry Viscardi School, he already had his sights set on becoming high school valedictorian. "People underestimate me," said Alvarez, 18. "Doctors told me I would die at age 5, but I'm still here. I want to continue to show people that they shouldn't underestimate me because of my disability." At age 2, he was diagnosed with thanatophoric dysplasia Type 2, a severe condition causing skeletal underdevelopment in the chest, rib cage and limbs. He uses a wheelchair and breathes through a ventilator at all times to supply air to his lungs, which are also underdeveloped. Alvarez has lived longer than expected for people with this condition, and out of the six people in the world with this disorder, he is the second oldest. He has been accepted at Adelphi University and will begin taking classes in the fall as a communications major and a student in the College Science Advancement Program. He has also been named as a finalist for a talent scholarship through Adelphi's Department of Communications. Alvarez said he dreams of becoming a broadcast journalist, and at a young age he has already had significant experience in the field. Through an internship with a Spanish television channel, Alvarez has interviewed dozens of celebrities, many from the Hispanic community. Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, Selena Gomez, Enrique Iglesias and Maroon 5 are among those Alvarez has interviewed. 🙏🏽

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Is Expected To Make $64 Million Opening Weekend

Thanks to Us, Jordan Peele has another blockbuster on his hands. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the highly-anticipated horror flick starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex, is expected to have a $64 million opening weekend at the domestic box office.

Peele’s sophomore horror film earned an impressive $7.4 million on Thursday (March 21) night previews, and is forecasted to take in about $27 million from Friday sales. The film is also on pace to knock Captain Marvel out of the No. 1 spot at the box office.

Once final numbers are tallied, Us will likely snatch the third-best opening weekend record for an R-rated horror film behind It, which brought in a whopping $123.4 million, followed by Halloween’s $76.2 million opening weekend last year.

Aside from rave reviews and a genius promo run that included simultaneous screenings in major media markets, Us earned a 95 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film, set in the mid-1980s centers around a family of four who set off on a vacation that finds them confronting some familiar faces.

Peele recently spoke to VIBE about casting Duke (our April 2019 cover star) in the role of patriarch, Gabe Wilson. “I have to have somebody voice what the audience was saying,” he said. “In the case of Get Out, it’s Rod, like, ‘How have you not left yet?’ [In Us], Winston is largely that voice. There’s one moment where Lupita [Nyong’o] takes a step into the unknown, where black people [will think], ‘I don’t know.’ But to have Winston say, ‘Aaaand she left. Your mother just walked out of the car.’ That’s all we need.”

Duke also opened up about the intricacies of his character. “His function isn’t to see through the veil. His function is to tell the absolute truth how he sees it,” explained the 32-year-old actor. “He’s sometimes there to say the things that other people don’t want to say, but he’s also there to make fun of things to keep it from not getting too heavy, even though it’s real. That was my job. [Peele] respected that. I like to lean into functions. If I’m going to be your antagonist, I’m gonna really push you. If I’m gonna be your clown, funny guy, I’m gonna do that.”

Click here to read VIBE’s April 2019 cover story.

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Cardi B Explains Why She Wants To Trademark “Okurrr”

Cardi B hopes to secure as many “bags” as possible. In response to backlash and burning questions surrounding her decision to file to trademark “okurrr,” the 26-year-old rapper took to social media Friday (March 22) to defend her latest money move.

Since people tend to ask Bardi to use what has become her signature catch phrase, she figured that it was time to cash in. “You think I ain’t gonna’ profit off this sh*t? B*tch white folks do it all the motherf**king time,” she said. “So you gon’ be mad at me ‘cuz I want to get some motherf**king money?

“While I’m still hear I’ma secure all the fucking bags,” Cardi continued before adding that there are a “lot of ways to get rich” in 2019.

The Bronx native caught heat for wanting to trademark the word because she wasn’t the first to say “okurrr.” Cardi already revealed that she started using it after she heard Khloe Kardashian saying it, but the word was originally popularized in drag culture -- most notably by Rupaul’s Drage Race contestant Laganja Estranja, in 2014.

However, Rupaul attributed the word to Broadway actress, Laura Bell Bundy, who used it in YouTube skits dating back to 2010. In the skits, Bundy pretends to be a hairdresser named “Shocantelle Brown.”

Although Bundy caught criticism for her little character, which was deemed racist, she typically gets credit for bringing “okrrr” (different spelling) to the internet a full decade before Cardi made it mainstream.

No matter the origin, it looks like Cardi will be the only one profiting off of “okurrr.”


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Kanye West, EMI Working Towards Private Settlement

Kanye West and EMI could be close to settling their legal drama. Each party filed documents requesting a stay of the case to “explore the potential for a resolution,” The Blast reports.

West sued EMI in an effort to “gain freedom” from his contract, and to own his publishing. In the lawsuit, ‘Ye argued that his contract ended in 2010 under California law, which bars entertainers from being tethered to an agreement for more than seven years. The multi-Grammy winner, who signed the deal back in 2003, also accused the company of slavery because the contract doesn’t allow him to retire.

“Even if the contract were not lopsided in EMI’s favor (it is), even if its terms valued Mr. West’s artistic contributions in line with the spectacular success he has achieved for EMI (they do not), and even if EMI had not underpaid Mr. West what it owes him (EMI has), he would be entitled to be set free from its bonds,” the lawsuit reads.

EMI hit back with a countersuit filed in New York, instead of California. The suit pointed out that the 41-year-old rapper signed multiple contract extensions, in addition to accepting millions in advances.

According to The Blast, West and EMI now feel that putting a hold on the legal proceedings will be beneficial to both sides “and the Court by enabling the parties to engage in meaningful discussions in an attempt to resolve this action without having to incur the burden and expense of litigation and motion practice.”

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