The Son Of A Charleston Shooting Victim Has Been Drafted To The Chicago Cubs

"I always say, I don't want to let my mom down, and today I think I'm definitely not doing that," Chris Singleton said about his big endeavor. 

Chris Singleton's future is looking rather bright. Shortly after losing his mother in the Charleston Massacre at AME Church, Singleton has beed drafted to the Chicago Cubs.

The Post & Courier reports Singleton was the final pick for the team during the drafts for the MLB amateur draft. The news came to Singleton on Wednsday (June 14) while he was operating his pool-cleaning business, Moore Clean Pools. After losing his mother Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton by the hands of white supremacist Dylann Roof two years ago, Singleton continued to play as a junior outfielder for Charleston Southern Univeristy. He also would routinely spread words of love as he continued to take care of his younger siblings.

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Singleton, who has also lost his father, has high hopes his parents are proud of him. "It's not really a sad thought at all," he said. "It's more of a happy thought. I always say, I don't want to let my mom down, and today I think I'm definitely not doing that."

Stuart Lake, a coach of Singleton's during his time at CSU, says the student earned his position with the legendary team. "It felt like one of my own kids was drafted," he said. "I'm so proud and happy for Chris. He and I have gone through so much together. We talked today and he thanked me for giving him a chance. But I've got a whole lot more to thank him for. He'll always be a part of me and my family just as a person. From the moment everything happened with his mom, baseball was an escape for him," Lake added. "It was something we talked about a lot: Use it the right way, but always let baseball be fun."

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Other teams like the Yankees sent messages of love on social media. Singleton was a former Hope Week honoree and had the opportunity to meet members from the team in 2015.

Jason McLeod, vice president of player development and amateur scouting, tells the Chicago Tribune Singleton is a "top-10 caliber talent.""With what’s happened, obviously there's some national tragedy," McLeod said. "The story is unavoidable for him. (But) first and foremost, he’s a talented player on the field, and we had him evaluated really as almost like a top-10 caliber talent. He’s very athletic, a plus runner, plus defender, a base stealer, and played all three years at Charleston Southern and in the Collegiate Summer league last year."

During the latest CSU season, Singleton has stared in all 51 games, acing 18 steals, 38 runs scored and four home runs. The athlete says he's more than ready to play with the Cubs. "This is really just the beginning," he said. "I'm prepared to work very, very hard and work my way up each and every day."

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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.”

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Cardi B Explains Why She Wants To Trademark “Okurrr”

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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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“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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