Reactions to Nelson Mandela’s passing

Bonang secures a deal with Revlon


Much respect goes out to the incredible, Bonang Matheba. She is by far the biggest celebrity in South Africa. She’s done it all, radio, TV, web, print. Brands continue to use her to grow their respective brands and in turn, the Bonang brand continues to grow bigger, better and brighter. It’s incredible to watch such a young, talented woman score all these major deals and accolades and the latest one she can add to her name is with beauty house Revlon. Matheba was named as the South African ambassador yesterday, joining the likes of Halle Berry, Emma Stone and Olivia Wilde.

Big up to Matheba! See the full press release below:
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President Obama heading to SA

American President, Barack Obama and the First Lady will be heading out to the African continent next month. They will be traveling to South Africa, Tanzania and Senegal from the 26th of June to the 3rd of July.  Read the full statement of the trip below:

“President Obama and the First Lady look forward to traveling to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania from June 26 – July 3.  The President will reinforce the importance that the United States places on our deep and growing ties with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including through expanding economic growth, investment, and trade; strengthening democratic institutions; and investing in the next generation of African leaders.

The President will meet with a wide array of leaders from government, business, and civil society, including youth, to discuss our strategic partnerships on bilateral and global issues.  The trip will underscore the President’s commitment to broadening and deepening cooperation between the United States and the people of sub-Saharan Africa to advance regional and global peace and prosperity.”

I got to see Michelle Obama back in 2011, while she was out here for some work. She was graceful and lovely, everything we expected. I’m sure he’ll be as charming when he heads here too. Looking forward to it.

For more info you can check out the White House website.

You can also follow all the latest tweets from the US Embassy Pretoria: @USEmbPretoria.

Did BeyoncĂ© lip-sync her way through The Star-Spangled Banner?

Barack Obama Sworn In As U.S. President For A Second TermI don’t think so – and here’s why:

BeyoncĂ© Knowles has been accused of lip-syncing her way through her performance at President Barack Obama’s inauguration on Monday. The star had the duty of singing the American national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner. What an honour and there is no better person in my opinion to have than BeyoncĂ©, to sing it.

The Halo singer does the anthem, and true to form, she nails it. On stage it looked like the star was having some issues with feedback or interference, so she removed her earpiece mid-set. She carried on like a true pro and in my opinion, it was the best version of the anthem I have ever witnessed. Then someone from the Marine Corps puts out a statement saying both the band and BeyoncĂ© weren’t live and that the Grammy winner lip-synced her way through the song.

So here are a couple of questions for you:

– Do you care?

If you don’t care, that’s cool but I do. I’m an entertainment journalist, a lover of music and I admire and respect BeyoncĂ© like no other.

– Is it a big deal?

Yes, it is a big deal. With a global audience focused on you for that performance and the trust the President has in you to sing the anthem, it is a big deal. While many artists don’t sing their songs live (we know this), the one time an artist really shouldn’t lip-sync is during the national anthem. It is possibly the highest honour one can get and it means you have the talent to pull it off. It is also the one time you really get to show that talent off in a raw, but impressive way.

I can understand artists having a back-up recording available for a number of reasons; be it stage fright, forces of nature or being sick, but come on. This is Beyoncé, one of the greatest singers and performers of our time.

So the big question then is did she or didn’t she? I really don’t believe she did. I’ve watched the clip a number of times and it looks clean to me. Sure, she had a bit of a hiccup with her earpiece and it sounds like there’s a bit of an echo or some feedback (maybe the recording), but she really looks to be singing – and well. If she did lip-sync, it is by far the best lip-syncing performance I have ever seen in my life. The famous BeyoncĂ©-isms were there and it was a well rehearsed and flowed really nicely. It was incredible.

There is no official statement from BeyoncĂ©’s peops, but E! Online has a statement from the US Marine Corps Media Officer. Read it here. So there you have it, I don’t believe she lip-synced, but I guess time will tell.

Your thoughts?



Pic: Lira performs at the Inaugural Ball

Pic: Robin Kohl
Pic: Robin Kohl

Rise, Africa! Rise America… Miss Lira is in the house and she’s letting you know!! Man, how beautiful does she look and when she’s singing she’s just the bombdizzle! Lira, alongside many other big names, performed at President Obama’s Inaugural Ball last night.

There will be more pics and stories to come in the next couple of hours or so, so stay tuned.

Relive BeyoncĂ©’s inauguration performance.

BeyoncĂ© Knowles the incredible. She wins… again!! It’s going to B a big year for Bey no doubt. The Star-Spangled Banner at President Obama’s inauguration and the Superbowl next month. Destiny’s Child album coming next week and her much-awaited solo album since the birth of her daughter, Blue Ivy… 2011 might have been the Year of 4, but 2013 is definitely going to be the Year of Bey (and JT) 🙂

Ne-Yo in South Africa with Malibu Red

This week has been good. I got to chat to the guys from Mi Casa ahead of their big performance for President Obama on Monday. I also got to chat to Ne-Yo, who happens to one of my favourite artists. He’s super talented and let me tell you, in person, he’s so awesome. Friendly, forthcoming, intelligent and just the sort of dude you’d like to hang out with.

He was here in his capacity as Creative Director for the new range of Malibu called Malibu Red. Last night I hit up the red carpet event at The Venue in Johannesburg. Some of SA’s finest were in attendance walking the carpet as was Ne-Yo. Check out the highlights above – and stay tuned for more on my one-on-one interview coming soon (when I can finally convert the format to something workable).

12 dead, 38 injured in Denver Theater Shooting

What started out as just another night at the movies turned out to be one of the darkest nights of the year. Some deranged imbecile walked into a movie house whilst fans were watching the final installment in the Batman franchise, The Dark Knight Rises, and opened fire. The person killed 12 innocent people and injured dozens more. Police then apprehended the suspect in a parking lot nearby, where two weapons were found in his possession. It’s believed there were others weapons found in the cinema.

This is too sad for words. This movie is one of the biggest releases of the year and its impending release is now marred by some inhumane act of violence. My thoughts and condolences go out to the families of the deceased and injured. I hope justice prevails, and quickly.

UPDATE: President Obama has released the following statement:

“Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado,” Obama said. “Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my Administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time. We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded. As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come.”

– The Paris premiere has been cancelled following this shocking incident.

– Republic presidential candidate Mitt Romney has also released a statement:

“Ann and I are deeply saddened by the news of the senseless violence that took the lives of 15 people in Colorado and injured dozens more. We are praying for the families and loved ones of the victims during this time of deep shock and immense grief. We expect that the person responsible for this terrible crime will be quickly brought to justice.”

– Celebs are starting to share their thoughts and views on the incident. American Idol host and radio personality, Ryan Seacrest said, “Thinking about the families who were affected by this horrible incident in Colorado. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.” Morgan Freeman who plays the role of Lucius Fox said, “Sometimes this world can truly be a horrifying place. They just wanted to see a damn movie”.

– I shared this link on Facebook last night. It’s a chilling account of sport blogger Jessica Redfield’s close call in Toronto in June this year. The blogger was there on vacation. She wanted sushi for lunch, but changed her mind at the last minute. That decision might’ve saved her life. Unfortunately though, yesterday wasn’t her lucky day. She was one of the victims gunned down in the Aurora Theatre. So terribly sad and moving.

Osama Bin Laden is dead

Last night in the USA, President Barack Obama addressed his nation and the rest of the world confirming what many have wanted to hear for a long time: One of the world’s most wanted (and hated) terrorists, Osama Bin Laden is dead. An operation by the American Navy was carried out in Pakistan yesterday, which killed the 54-year-old and several other al Qaeda members. Bin Laden was responsible for the 2001 September 11 attacks, in which more than 3000 people were killed in a senseless terrorist attack. Now almost ten years on, the world’s most deadly terrorist is dead. According to CNN, Bin Laden’s body has already been buried at sea in accordance with Islamic tradition.

Americans have been celebrating throughout the night in Times Square and outside the White it is believed, but citizens abroad have been warned to be on high alert in fear of a retaliation by al Qaeda forces. I hope this marks the end of the reign of terror.

2009 highlights…. in a video! Brilliant!

Here’s a montage, auto tune style of what went down in 2009 including Kanye West “immaletchu finish Taylor but…”, Balloon boy, octo mom and more. Wicked!