Arts in Brief: Mr. Mercedes returns to Charleston, Drake surprises S.C. native

Drake gave South Carolina native Destiny James a $50,000 scholarship toward her college education at the University of Miami.

Destiny James’ destiny changed when rap superstar Drake visited her current school, the University of Miami, and gifted her a $50,000 scholarship.

James, who is originally from Denmark, South Carolina, not only received the scholarship, but it was hand-delivered in person by Drake, to her bewilderment.

“Drake told me that he has read great things about me and appreciates how hard I’ve worked through so many trials and decided to give me $50K for my tuition,” writes James.

“@champagnepapi THANK YOU SO MUCH!!’ You don’t understand what this means to me! I would’ve never imagined this happening to me. I’m just a girl from Denmark, SC that wants to MAKE IT and be somebody and for you to see my hard work means the world. Thank you so much. God I thank you. You are so great and amazing! Thank you for blessing me when I thought my hard work was going unnoticed. I’m living out my dreams.”

This comes after the record producer, singer and entrepreneur surprised students at Miami High School by filming a music video for his new song “God’s Plan,” and leaving the school $25,000, according to Tweets and Instagram posts.

In addition, Drake reportedly spent $50,000 buying Miami residents’ groceries on Tuesday at Sabor Tropical Supermarket. He posed with people in the store for selfies during his generous act.

I guess you could say Drake is helping people who “started from the bottom.” Now we’re here.

—Kalyn Oyer

Stephen King’s ‘Mr. Mercedes’ filming 2nd season in Charleston, extras needed
Mr. Mercedes is filming a second season in Charleston.

Based on the Stephen King police thriller novel, “Mr.Mercedes” is gearing up for a second season to begin filming Monday, Feb. 12 in Charleston. Filming is expected to last into late June.

The show is calling for paid extras for the second season, which will feature returning cast members Brendan Gleeson (“Assassin’s Creed,” “Braveheart”) and Harry Dreadaway (“Penny Dreadful”), Jharrel Jerome (“Moonlight”), Scott Lawrence (“Avatar,” “Into the Storm”), Breeda Wool (“AWOL”), Justine Lupe (“Cristela”) and Holland Taylor (“Legally Blonde,” “Two and a Half Men”).

New cast members include Jack Huston (“Ben-Hur,” “American Hustle,” “Kill Your Darlings”) and Maximiliano Hernandez (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “The Avengers,” “Thor”)

The first season of the show followed a demented killer played by Harry Treadaway who taunts a retired police detective played by Brendan Gleeson with a series of letters and emails. A private crusade thus begins to bring the killer to justice before he can strike again.

The series, which will be aired on DIRECTV, U-verse TV and the AT&T AUDIENCE network, is in need of people all ages and all ethnicities to be paid extras. For more specifics on how to submit and what to include in your submission, visit facebook.com/TWbackground or send an inquiry email to TWcasting.inquiries@gmail.com.

—Kalyn Oyer

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