204: Getting Away with Murder opens today

I think I live in a bubble… in a very naive, happy-go-lucky bubble. I know there is crime in the city and country that I reside in and I know that there are fraudulent deals going on around and probably a lot closer to me than I think. When it comes to the dark, underground, gangster world, I’m a little puppy dog in and amongst a pack of destructive and dangerous wolves. What am I talking about? Well there’s this new documentary film out today called, 204: Getting Away With Murder and it takes a look at this very dark world. Mining magnet Brett Kebble was killed in 2005… The build up to and the circumstances around his death are depicted in this story – and the filmmakers have done so with exclusive interviews with the likes of Mikey Schultz, Nigel McGurk and Faizel “Kappie” Smith Jackie Selebi, Glenn Agliotti and Roger Kebble, to mention a few. Schultz is the self-confessed hit-man, who pulled the trigger (after several attempts) on Kebble. The way he openly talks about shooting Brett is nothing short of scary. This is someone who ended another person’s life! Yes it might’ve been at Kebble’s request, but still… The way he talks about that night is like me explaining to a friend how I went for a run this morning.  Anyway, it’s fascinating to hear about this world and how these people are all around us. Makes you watch your back a lot more, that’s for sure. I think I’m quite happy with my middle class, somewhat boring life ;)

I went through to the screening earlier this week and shortly afterwards, Director Warren Batchelor and co-producer Tony Migeul chatted to guests and media about the five long years of putting this together. Check it out below:

What’s quite weird is that Schultz has been ‘quiet’ for a while now, but just last week he made an appearance in the Pretoria High Court at the Oscar Pistorius Trial. It’s believed he was there to support a friend, who may have been called to the stand, but there was a few words exchanged between Schultz and the Pistorius family and then they left. Maybe getting people talking about him again, so that the public will go and watch the film? Possibly!!!

For One Night only – Jill Scott

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Any Jill Scott fans out there? Well best you get your Christmas bonuses ready or put aside some of your extra cash because the star is returning to South Africa this December. Airey Scott, together with Kaya FM, Mzansi Magic and Tsogo Sun are bringing Jill to the Coca-Cola Dome on the 13th of December. Limited tickets for the seated concert are available at Computicket now. These range from R390 to R1020.

 

To stay up to date with all the latest from the gig, follow

@AireyScott on Twitter

Airey Scott Facebook page  

Airey Scott Instagram account.

 

#BBHotshots Hangouts with Esther, Sabina and Lilian

If you’re a Big Brother Hotshots fan, you may be surprised by not one, not two by the three evictions that went down on Sunday evening. Housemates Esther, Lilian and Sabina were all booted out of Africa’s most watched house, making them three of five Housemates now out of the game… All five are women too, so what is up Africa? Why you booting all the ladies out? Anyways it shows that you need to vote to keep your favourite in.

I’ve started by annual Google Hangouts with the Housemates again. The Hangouts happen every Monday between 12 and 1pm. If you missed this week’s edition, check them out below:

Esther and Lilian… The crazies who sang for me. Watch:

Want to see Nigeria’s Lilian twerking? Well I got her to:

Don’t forget to visit the official site for all the latest news, videos and views: http://bigbrotherafrica.dstv.com/ or watch all the action on channel 197 and 198 on DStv.

Lee-Ann Liebenberg gets bold on bald You cover debacle

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Lee-Ann Liebenberg is breaking over silence over the widespread backlash attached to the You Magazine cover that is currently on shelves. The star is sporting a bald look on the cover, in support of raising awareness and funds for cancer research, as well as to show support for those lost or suffering from the disease. Liebenberg was one of six celebrities asked to be apart of the campaign, which I believe was endorsed by the CANSA. While initially a lot of people, myself included, thought she and the others had shaved their hair for the campaign, it turns out the pictures were shopped and that caused a massive outcry across the country. Lee-Ann took to Facebook to share her thoughts on the issue in a very frank, open, honest and respectful manner. Have a look at what she has to say:

I’ve lost my beloved grandmother Marina to cancer and like mentioned in the article (which I know most of haven’t even bothered to read), stood by while my Dad, Allen battled lymph and then lung cancer, and my grandfather is currently undergoing treatment, so YES, I do know and understand the devastating effects of Cancer.
I am a big girl and I can handle criticism but I won’t take false accusations that my heart isn’t in the right place lightly.

When I was approached to be part of this Cancer awareness campaign, I knew it was a very sensitive issue and I could have decided not to get involved, BUT like Aristotle said “Do nothing, say nothing and be nothing” and that’s definitely not who I am or what I am about. I want to help, I want to inspire and I want to make a change.

I have been involved with many amazing awareness campaigns over the years that have made incredibly positive impacts and this particular campaign gave me the opportunity to share my family’s journey and hopefully give someone courage not to give up the great fight…

Using the platform I’ve been given, to raise funds for those in need or to raise awareness for various causes,is my privilege.
I live a beautiful life with the most incredibly supportive husband, two amazing children and the most loyal family and friends that I’m extremely grateful for.
Imagine if I, like so many others, decided to only focus on my life and turn a blind eye to all the shit that surrounds us and NOT to get involved and try help out where I can?Where would that leave us?
I don’t want to be that cynical person…I really passionately want to help and touch lives where I can.

I am extremely sorry that the message I was trying to convey with this awareness campaign was interpreted the wrong way. Never ever EVER was there ANY ill intent.
The wonderful CANSA association endorsed this awareness campaign because ALL involved did it with the uttermost respect, integrity and love.

Unfortunately I CAN NOT SHAVE MY HEAD due to complicated currents contracts. Does this mean I shouldn’t get involved with a cause so close to my heart because I can’t shave my head? And does ONLY shaving my hair show commitment to cancer awareness? Please believe me, with my heart & soul, that I’m 100000000% committed to raising awareness, with OR without hair.
I can only imagine that losing your hair during chemotherapy is utterly devastating. I wanted to show compassion and I wanted to show that BALD IS BEAUTIFUL!
Question?Would an ordinary pretty simple “chocolate box” photo of me (hair et all) supporting the fight against cancer have made the same impact?
Get real. HEART vs hair….

Interestingly enough I did a Woman Abuse campaign in a very respectable magazine a few years ago where my face was also “photoshopped” to look like I’ve been physically abused and no said a word? Hmmmm……
On the YOU magazine cover the word Shave is in inverted commas, but maybe the word “photoshop” should have been added to the cover to avoid confusion to those who didn’t even bother to read the accompanying article…Is that a reason to disregard the integrity of all those involved?
I’ve read a few disturbing comments about people “claiming” that I’m not a cancer awareness supporter because I didn’t shave my hair. REALLY?!?! Are you kidding me??? What have we become that we cannot see good intentions even if it slaps you in the face?!? “We see things not as they are, we see things as WE are”, and if you can turn something inspiring, uplifting and supportive into the opposite of what we intended,well then I think you should take a step back and examine your outlook.

Imagine if everyone who had something to say, made a contribution to the CANSA foundation instead, to fight the beast that is cancer,instead of fighting with me(or yourself) our future would be a little brighter and OUR world a little happier…
Imagine if we could support each other, and those TRYING to make a positive change instead of bashing people who attempt to make YOUR world a better place…just imagine.

I have taken the time to go onto some people’s profiles who had something to say about this campaign, and sadly NOT ONE profile advocated Cancer awareness…that’s sad.

My ways mays not please you, but I have not been placed on earth to please everyone.

I am simply trying, the best way I know how to raise awareness and if that insulted you, IM EXTREMELY SORRY. Please know that it was never my intent to hurt.

I don’t mind standing alone for what I believe in…I’d rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I am not.

Thank you to ALL of you beautiful special souls who sent me positive comments, messages and the many inspirational mails, it’s been heartwarming to hear that this campaign has given you hope and courage and made you feel a little less alone!
Remember, CANCER CAN BE BEATEN!

All My Love & Respect,
Lee XOXO

I commend Lee-Ann for breaking her silence and for being honest enough to explain her reasons as to why she didn’t/ can’t shave her hair off. She is in the business that revolves around image and she has a very powerful brand that comes with both its perks and complications/ restrictions. I’ve met and interviewed Lee-Ann on several occasions and let me tell you she’s not one to fake it. She’s always been real and friendly, caring and willing. Her heart is in the right place. Yes, it would be nice to see her and others go bald for the cause at some point and I’m sure she’d jump at the opportunity if she could. Never say never though. The fight against cancer is an ongoing one and it wont just end tomorrow.

 

This is a platform for you to voice your opinions too, so share yours… negative, positive or constructive.

Listen to Gwen Stefani’s Baby Don’t Lie

The queen of this season of The Voice aka Gwen Stefani has just dropped a new single. It’s called Baby Don’t Lie and you can listen to it below:

LOVE the single. Gwen, we thank you for the new music… Bring more. Follow her on the social networks:

http://www.gwenstefani.com
https://www.facebook.com/gwenstefani
https://twitter.com/gwenstefani
http://instagram.com/gwenstefani

IdolsSA top six song choices

I can’t believe we’re already down to seven (on Sunday it will be six) contestants in this season of Idols. It has been a great season and the talent this season is really strong, but speaking of strong… the big dogs are really starting to shine and without mentioning their names, you know who I’m referring to. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at what the contestants will be singing this week, bearing in mind one of them wont be lucky enough to sing their chosen song for the week

Bongi Silinda (24)- Mafikizolo “Happiness”.

JVB thinks… this is a good choice. It’s a very popular song and the duo that is Mafikizolo is hugely popular. Looking forward to this one.

Demi Lee (24)  Florence and the Machines “Dog Days Are Over”.

JVB thinks… I hope she has fun with this one. It’s a good song and very suited to her style and voice.

Kyle Deutschmann (27) John Newman’s “Love Me Again”.

JVB thinks… If he survives the vote, he might doing a different arrangement of this song. I love John Newman and this is one of my songs of the year so I’m interested to see how he interprets this one.

Lize Mynhardt (21) –  Jason Derulo’s “In My Head”.

JVB thinks… She’s pushing the boundaries and going out of her comfort zone a lot, which is good. I just don’t really know what sort of music she would like to produce and make herself. I think she’ll do a fair job here.

London Louw (24) “Problem” by Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea

JVB thinks… Hmmmm, not sure about this one. It’s a tough song choice because Iggy and Ariana are so different in their styles. It’s an upbeat track so the performance side of things will be good, but the singing bit I’m a bit concerned about. Your thoughts?

Musa Mashiane (27) – Jamiroquai’s “Love Foolosophy”.

JVB thinks… Fun, fun, fun. I’m sure he’ll enjoy himself and in doing so, so will the audience.

Vincent Bones (29) “Pluto”, from DJ Clock featuring Beatenberg.

JVB thnks… Arguably the biggest song of the year, so this is a smart move. Audiences will love it too, purely because of its massive appeal to all demographics. It will be nice to see him lighten it up a bit and have some fun.

Catch the show on M-Net and on Mzansi Magic at 17:00 this Sunday. I will also be Hanging out with the outsted contestants on Monday. Keep an eye out for that too ;)

Tips to a healthier lifestyle

Functional food brand, Futurelife together with well being site, HealthInSite have been hard at work putting together the South African Health Review. Over 6000 participants from different walks of life formed part of the sample, in which the researchers aimed to to find the correlation between healthy behaviour and multiple healthy habits. I’d love to get a copy of the review to read the full report and findings, but for now I’d like to share some tips and tricks that Futurelife Dietician Lara De Santana has put together. The purpose of these tips is to ensure that healthier nutrition can improve one’s lifestyle significantly.

·         Choose dairy – Not only is dairy a great source of protein and low GI carbohydrates (making for a great snack on the go, effective for weight management and even a post-exercise recovery meal), it also contains tryptophan, which as it is metabolized is converted to mood-boosting serotonin. Plus, its calcium, magnesium and potassium content may help keep blood pressure down.  Yoghurt is also a great option as its’ added probiotics aid in gut health and therefore immune support. Futurelife High Protein and Futurelife Zero already contain a milk powder, ensuring that you get the benefits of dairy but keep in mind that the entire range can be enjoyed with milk or yoghurt too.

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Nike releases new lightweight, breathable collection

Have you seen Nike’s new Breathe Collection running shoes? If you’re like me, and you’re training a fair amount, you’ll know that having light trainers is always a must. We sweat a lot more now because of the hot temperatures that we have come to enjoy in this part of the world. So it’s also become important to have a shoe that is breathable too. So the new Breathe Collection from Nikie might just be the perfect fit (and possible Xmas gift) for you and yours this summer.

Inspired by the humid and hot temperatures in Brazil, the Nike team put their thinking caps on. They combined the Nike Air Max and Nike Roshe Run sneakers to create the new Nike Air Max Lunar 1, Nike Air Max 1 and the Nike Roshe Run ranges. These new shoes are light and breathable and come in a whole range of different colours for the guys and girls. They go on sale on the 20th of this month, so four days to go folks. Has anyone had the chance to try these yet? If so, let me know what you think. Here’s more info on the three types available in this range:

Nike Air Max Lunar1

Nike Air Max Lunar1 is the definitive union of lightweight cushioning and flexibility. This season, the beveled ribs of Lunarlon foam are highlighted by a colored window that complements the mesh upper.

Nike Air Max 1

Stripped of its traditional leather, suede and synthetic overlays, the Nike Air Max 1 Breathe sheds weight and improves breathability. A dynamic fit tongue ensures the foot stays secure and moves with the body, while an updated Phylon tooling makes the sole ultra-light and super comfortable.

Bold piping offsets the gray mesh to give this season’s Air Max Breathe an updated look.

Nike Roshe Run

The definition of cool style, bright colors dominate this season’s Nike Roshe Run. The men’s colorways boast vividly hued outsoles, bringing a strong contrast to the neutral uppers. The women’s looks take the opposite approach, with white outsoles supporting vibrant uppers and accented with a white Swoosh logo.

At this stage, I’m looking for a shoe that is light, breathable but also caters to my excessive pronating. If the experts out there have suggestions or recommendations, get in touch.

 

Gallery: Something’s Cooking launch in Johannesburg

Are you a fan of MiCasa’s J’Something? Do you follow him on Instagram? Well if you are, you’ll know his new project (a cooking show) is just days away from launching on Mzansi Magic. It’s called Something’s Cooking and after almost two years of hold slog and getting to this point, the star and the rest of the team are ready to go. The show got its green light last night in Johannesburg. Some of J’s closest friends and industry peers were invited to the SMEG headquarters in Jozi. Check out the gallery above and don’t forget to watch the show next Wednesday on Mzansi Magic, channel 161 on DStv.