Oratilwe Hlongwane is only two years old but has taken South Africa by storm showing off his DJ skills”Your dreams are valid,” this was a quote brought home by Kenya’s hollywood star Lupita Nyong’o when she won an oscar for her role in the much acclaimed movie ”12 years a slave.”This quote and many more inspiring quotes are what is pushing the boundaries for many including a 2 year old ambitious DJ who is causing waves in South Africa.Oratilwe Hlongwane, otherwise known as DJ AJ. is only two years old, and has already become a sensation for his jaw dropping skills as a DJ.So how did the little Oratilwe get to become a DJ ?Sample his skills here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiMr3WyuNn0It all began with his father Glen Hlongwane buying him an iPad before he was even born.The iPad was loaded with educational apps to boost Oratilwe’s education. His father also downloaded a DJing app for himself. After excelling at the regular child development apps at only a year old, Oratilwe began playing with the DJ app.Oratilwe then began to replicate the sounds he created on the DJ app using real DJing equipment.The young boy is still learning to put together words but the toddler is already able to select and play music from a laptop.His mother, Refiloe Marumo, credits his father’s decision to buy an iPad for his then unborn son.At about a year old, DJ AJ learned how to manipulate the gadget. Not satisfied with number recognition games, he began to fiddle with his father’s DJ app.The parents were blown away when their son, still in diapers, repeated what he had learned on the app on actual DJ equipment, playing with sound effects and bouncing between songs. A cellphone video of him playing went viral and now DJ AJ has nearly 25,000 Facebook fans.His newfound fame has brought special appearances and sponsorship deals many older DJs dream of.But celebrity has also brought some criticism as some accused his parents of abuse and profiting from their child’s precocious ability.“I’m not going to exploit my kid,” said his father. DJ AJ’s parents will not allow him to play in clubs or at parties.Hlongwane and Marumo are adamant that they will not force their son to be a DJ when he grows up, but say they believe his affinity for electronic equipment will probably decide his future.
Houston came up with the right package of prospects to appease Detroit, then had to help sell Verlander on the idea of relocating to Texas. He talked with several people in their organization, Manager A.J. Hinch and pitcher Dallas Keuchel among them, before agreeing to the deal just before the Aug. 31 deadline closed.Flash forward a few months, and the Astros sit one win from their first World Series title while the Dodgers are trying to force a Game 7. A pitcher straight out of central casting, the hard-throwing, award winner with a fierce competitive streak will try to close the deal for Houston while working a stone’s throw from Hollywood.With both bullpens feeling the effects of a World Series that has seen a record-setting 22 home runs (with at least one game still to play), both managers might be inclined to lean on their starters a bit longer in Game 6, and that could play to Verlander’s strengths.The former AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner is no stranger to heavy workloads. He threw at least 110 pitches 13 times during the regular season and once this postseason – 124 in a complete game in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Yankees. Beyond that, the ALCS MVP seems to thrive on the postseason atmosphere. In three career games in which his team had a chance to clinch a postseason series, he is 3-0 with a 0.46 ERA (two starts).“The level of focus and intensity does go up, especially in the playoffs,” he said. “That’s something that you just can’t sustain that over a full season. You can’t focus that much mental energy and physical drain on hanging on every single pitch that way and the crowd and the intensity, that it all encompasses, you just can’t do that every single day out for 34, 35 starts. But as soon as the postseason starts you’re living or dying on every single pitch, and your whole team is living or dying on every single pitch. It changes everything.” THE PITCHERSDODGERS LHP RICH HILL (12-8, 3.32 ERA in regular season)vs. Astros: 3-1, 2.58 ERA (seven starts)At Dodger Stadium: 9-6, 2.23 ERA (22 starts)Postseason: 1-2, 3.72 ERA (seven starts)Hates to face: Josh Reddick, 2 for 3, double, walkLoves to face: Marwin Gonzalez, 0 for 6, four strikeoutsASTROS RHP JUSTIN VERLANDER (15-8, 3.36 ERA in regular season)vs. Dodgers: 2-0, 4.05 ERA (three starts)At Dodger Stadium: 0-0, 4.50 ERA (one start)Postseason: 11-5, 3.07 ERA (20 starts)Hates to face: Joc Pederson, 1 for 2, HRLoves to face: Justin Turner/Yasiel Puig, 0 for 6Related Articles Guest analyst: Dodgers vs. Astros, Game 6 Miller: Dodgers, Astros wearing their emotions on their sleeves … and pretty much everywhere else Astros edge Dodgers in walk-off thriller, lead World Series 3-2 Will the Dodgers’ dreams of ending their 29-year World Series drought be dashed by a player whose first choice was to come play for them or can curveball wizard Rich Hill help them extend this unpredictable, entertaining series to its limits?“These (big games) are what it’s all about,” Verlander said. “These are the moments that you want to be a part of as a baseball player. It’s everything you could ask for. It’s going to be pretty intense.”— Staff reportsWORLD SERIESDODGERS vs. ASTROSWhen: Tuesday, 5:20 p.m.Where: Dodger StadiumTV: Fox/Ch. 11THE LINEUPS Whicker: World Series pitchers have become victims of modern playoff baseball Whicker: Bullpen roulette backfires on Dodgers in bizarre Game 5 loss What intrigue, drama is left for Dodgers in World Series Game 6? THE BACKGROUNDThat Justin Verlander is pitching for the Houston Astros and not the Dodgers on Tuesday night is a story unto itself.Verlander, who had full no-trade protection thanks to his service time with the Detroit Tigers, knew the team badly wanted to trade him this summer as part of a rebuild.Knowing it was probably in his best interest to leave too, the 34-year-old right-hander told them his first choice was the Dodgers. He and fiancée Kate Upton have a home in Beverly Hills, and he knew the Dodgers were well-situated to contend for years to come. The Dodgers, who acquired Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers in July, weren’t interested in adding another frontline starter. An LA freeway bridge is really rooting for Dodgers to win World Series Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error