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Local actress Connie Chiume confirms Black Panther role

Connie Chiume confirms Black Panther role

South African actress Connie Chiume has confirmed that she will be starring in the upcoming Marvel superhero movie, Black Panther. Black Panther is the most anticipated movie of 2018 and stars Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Basset and Forest Whitaker.

The former Rhythm City actress also confirmed that she will attend the premiere in Los Angeles next month.

Speaking to IOL, Connie said “I play the mining elder in the movie, I auditioned for it right here in South Africa actually but the entire movie was shot in Atlanta in the USA so that’s where all the fun happened.”

Connie Chiume said that she got to interact with all her co-stars, including Michael B Jordan, Chardwick Boseman and Oscar winners, Lupita Nyong’o and Forest Whitaker.

“I am very excited to be apart of this be production, it truly has been an inspiration working with such big stars and being directed by a young and talented man like Ryan Coogler.”

Other local stars in the film include John and Atandwa Kani.

She said she was proud to be 1 of 3 South Africans cast in the movie. “I am extremely proud, working with John Kani and his son Atandwa was great and for us to represent Africa like this is amazing.”

See her tweet below:

Source: IOL



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A Brief History of the Afropunk Festival

Afropunk Festival History

According to TV Over Mind, Afropunk refers to a community of people from many backgrounds and their choices in music, movies, art, sports, and other activities. If you break down the word, you can get a general idea of who it represents: Afro refers to the African heritage of an Afropunk, whereas punk can refer to the rebelliousness, DIY, underdog nature of this subculture. The Afropunk Festival is a gathering of those who wish to celebrate the unity of Afropunk culture through music, art, movies, and skateboarding. This year, it started on Saturday, December 30th and ended on Sunday, December 31st in Johannesburg, South Africa.

It has come a far way from its humble beginnings. The Festival originally was not international, instead taking place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music exclusively. However, cities on the roster in the past couple of years include Atlanta, London – and of course, Johannesburg. 2017 is the first year that South Africa is included in the Afropunk Festival. The Festival finds its roots in James Spooner’s documentary film, Afro-Punk. The 2003 release explored the lives of black people within a white-dominated punk subculture. Spooner first realized the need for this film when he was examining the punk scene in New York City. After noticing that there were few people of color in the punk community, Spooner decided to research further.

Afropunk Festival 2017

The film followed the lives of four African Americans who consider themselves inseparable from punk rock culture. In addition, James Spooner scored exclusive interviews with some punk bands, including the Dead Kennedys and Fishbone. These interviews helped to expose the issues faced by non-whites in a subculture that is almost wholly dominated by whites. Spooner’s film was featured at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Pan-African Film and Arts Festival, and the American Black Film Festival. It received many awards and other recognition, bringing Afro-Punk to international prominence. Spooner then decided to start a website based on the film that focused on black punk rock culture. Much of the conversation that took place on the website surrounded the band Stiffed and their lead singer, Santi White.

Santi White’s manager, Mathew Morgan, was contacted by James Spooner in late 2003. Spooner wanted to get Stiffed to perform after one of the screenings of Afro-Punk. Morgan decided that it would be a good career move – and the show ended up being very successful. So, shortly thereafter, Spooner and Morgan collaborated to create the Liberation Sessions (a party that promoted black artistry).

Afropunk Fest

Later, Spooner and Morgan worked together again to start the first Afropunk Festival in 2005. The festival was designed to be a place for black punks to enjoy freedom of expression and a sense of community. The subculture tends to ignore their presence, so this was a boon for Afropunks. However, as time went on, and the audience of the festival began to increase, the performances started to drift toward other genres (such as neo-soul).

This drift actually caused co-founder James Spooner to leave after the 2007 festival. He left due to the increasing presence of mainstream culture, and the dwindling attendance of actual punks. Spooner felt that the festival had deviated too far from its original values, and he elected to not be involved in 2008. However, Jocelyn Cooper took his place in 2009. Since then, the festival has grown quite quickly. Many sponsorships, better marketing, and international involvement have followed Cooper’s – an ex-Universal executive – involvement in the festival. In fact, attendees increased from 2500 in Brooklyn alone, to over 90,000 in multiple cities!

Afropunk Festival 2017 South Africa

The Afropunk Festival, which has featured performers such as Suicidal Tendencies, Lauryn Hill, Eve, Lolawolf, Lenny Kravitz, and Gary Clark, Jr., will likely continue to grow as more people hear their message. After this year’s festival in Johannesburg, the sub-subculture will continue to be brought more into the public light, giving a voice to those who were once ignored. James Spooner may not be involved, but we must thank him for planting the seed for this awesome festival with his documentary back in ’03.


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Desmond Dube joins King Kong cast

Desmond Dube King Kong

South African singer, actor, mime artist and entertainer, Desmond Dube, will join the King Kong cast, as from 2 January.

Desmond Dube is known for his work in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Hotel Rwanda, Friends Indeed, Suburban Bliss and Joburg Blues.

Dube will be playing the central role of Pop, a role previously played by Sne Dladla, and will appear on stage from 2 January.

The award winning actor revealed to John Maytham, Cape Talk’s radio host, that he looked forward to stepping into that role. Pop, is a role previously played by Sne Dladla, who according to Desmond, played it very well.

“Sne Dladla was fantastic and he told the story the way Sne Dladla would tell the story,” he said.

King Kong is a hit production of the popular Cape Town’s Fugard Theatre which is currently playing until 18 February 2018.

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Dayo Amusa has an important message for single ladies

Nigerian actress and singer Dayo Amusa

Nigerian actress and singer Dayo Amusa has a very important for single ladies out there. A few weeks back, Dayo gave advice to those who body-shame people. It looks like it’s not only in South Africa where fans or internet users body-shame celebrities.

in her post, Dayo Amusa shared important tips that women can learn a thing or two.

“Being single is not a disease, when did being single become some sort of disease that everyone wants to get rid of? Why does everyone think that being in a relationship or married is superior to being alone? If you’re single and unhappy about it, let’s have an interactive session with these few points.” – she said.

See here full post below:

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BEING SINGLE ISN'T A DISEASE When did being single become some sort of disease that everyone wants to get rid of? Why does everyone think that being in a relationship or married is superior to being alone? If you’re single and unhappy about it, Let’s have an interactive session with these few points. * Things can change. And they will – I don’t care if you’ve been single for several decades or several days. Remember, anything and everything is possible. You just need to get out of your own way and start believing that. * Have standards – Don’t just date someone because you don’t want to be alone. You need to have the mindset that anyone who doesn’t want you is a fool, and so you wouldn’t want them anyway. * Use this time to learn about yourself – Often, people use being with others as an escape, an escape from themselves. If you’re with others, then the focus is on them, not you. But how well do you really know yourself? Being single is a precious time that can be used to really get to know and love yourself. So spend the time getting to know you. Discover new things. Work on personal growth. * Don’t chase anyone – And I mean it. Don’t even think about it! If they have to be chased, then they don’t want you. If someone is showing you that they would rather not be with you, Shrug your shoulders and move on. It’s their loss not yours. * Learn to love your own company & be focus – You’re awesome! You’re cool! If you don’t believe me, then you are wrong. Everyone is perfect in their own way. The problem is many people especially single people don’t believe it. Focus on your great job, wonderful friends, your health, your car, food on your table — you name it. When you focus on the good things, your vibration will change to being positive. Other people will pick up on it and want to be around you even more than they already do. * Keep busy with things that make you happy – Do you like running? Do you love to read or Do you like to go to happy hour with your friends? Do it! The more you keep busy, the less you’ll focus on the negatives of being single ( Keep busy and have fun, you never can tell who is watching. #JMVwithdayoamusa

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Pearl Thusi sizzles on the ‘Scorpion King’ set

Pearl Thusi and Mcgowan Zack Scorpion King Book of Souls

Pearl Thusi is set to star alongside Hollywood actor Zach McGowan in Scorpion King: Book of Souls, the fifth instalment of the Scorpion King Franchise.

Shooting for the film, which is set to be released on DVD in late 2018, has already begun in Cape Town.

Zach, who is well known for his roles on Shameless and Black Sails, is clearly loving the mountain. And we’re loving the view.

Pearl, who plays the part of the Warrior Princess, looks every bit the part. She posted a video of herself with Zach and the two have clearly hit it off.

“Scorpion King: Book of Souls truly raises the bar in terms of action, suspense, and thrills, making it an impressive addition to the infamous Scorpion King saga,” said Glenn Ross, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Universal 1440 Entertainment.

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Skeem Saam actress Innocent Sadiki bags a new role in an upcoming movie Thembi

Skeem Saam actress Innocent Sadiki upcoming movie Thembi

Skeem Saam actress Innocent Sadiki is excited to show off more of her acting talent in an upcoming film, called Thembi.

“I shot this movie two years ago and it’s been such a long wait that I was beginning to lose hope but I got the call yesterday that the wait is over. And, man I am so excited that people are going to see my range as an actor,” Innocent Sadiki told TshisaLIVE.

In here recent interview with the publication, Innocent said that she found out about the movie by coincident because she had been auditioning for a presenting job but was spotted by the executive producer. After her audition, she was told later that she was being considered for the lead role.

“This will be my first official film and first lead. It’s amazing in that when I found out by accident. The role that I eventually got was someone else’s originally but when I was called I rehearsed as the lead and its been such a long journey. I play Thembi, who has a mental illness and it was very challenging,” Innocent Sadiki said.

The feature film, which is not a horror movie, focuses on the life of a woman called Thembi, who is suffering from a mental illness that sees her “existing” in two different worlds and time zones.

“I feel so proud of my work and I’ve done so many things that never made it to see the light of day so I’m so grateful that people will my work. It’s an authentic story that I get to be a part of telling and I hope it also opens more doors for me.”

The movie will premiere on November 27.

Source: TshisaLIVE

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Vuyo Dabula shares a rare photo of himself

vuyo dabula Shaft46664 movie

South African actor, Vuyo Dabula, best known for his role as Gadaffi in the SABC1 soapie Generations: The Legacy has shared a rare photo of himself. We are not used to seeing Vuyo with beard and big hair.

Although Mr Dabula has been in the entertainment industry for almost 10 years, many people started noticing him when he bagged the role of Kumkani on Generations.

Vuyo also starred as the lead role in the SABC2 mini-series Monna Wa Minno – the untold true story of Mike ‘Ntate’ Masote, the inspiring founder of South Africa’s first black youth orchestra The Soweto Youth Orchestra, which gave birth to the internationally-acclaimed Soweto String Quartet – in 2012.

The actor showed off his new look for a movie role in Shaft46664.

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South Africans slam ‘Kani to star alongside Beyoncé’ headline #TheLionKing

John Kani Beyonce the lion king

Following the recent a reveal of the epic cast of remake Disney’s ‘The Lion King‘, which includes Mzansi’s veteran actor, director and playwright John Kani.

The new live film action Disney’s 1994 animated film also features singer and actress Beyonce Knowles, actor James Earl Jones and comedian John Oliver.

Kani plays Rafiki, while Beyonce plays Nala, and Alfre Woodard voices the character of Simba’s mother Sarabi.

The Lion King Beyonce

Directed by Jon Favreau, the movie follows the storyline of the 1994 animated film, in which a young lion named Simba grows up on the African savanna after his uncle Scar conspires to usurp his father Mufasa’s place as king.

John Kani Beyonce

However, it was this headline that really got Mzansi’s tongues wagging on Twitter “Kani to star alongside Beyonce in ‘The Lion King”:

Actor, model and television presenter Maps Maponyane took it upon himself correct the headline:

Source: IOL

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Vuyo Dabula to star in local mining film ‘Shaft 6’

Vuyo Dabula Shaft 6 policeman

Generations: The Legacy actor Vuyo Dabula is set to add to his film career with a lead role in a local mining thriller‚ Shaft 6, set to hit cinemas next year.

According to reports, Vuyo will play the role of a policeman called to a small mining town after the discovery of a dead body in a mining shaft sparks an uprising among miners. Vuyo and his colleague investigate and try to diffuse the situation.

Delon paid tribute to Vuyo Dabula and said that he fitted the role to the tee.

“He is an incredible actor and from the moment we saw his audition we knew that he was the one we wanted for the role. He had such a strong presence that very few other actors have and immediately drew us in. He has taken to the film really well.”

Although Vuyo Dabula was not available for comment‚ his management said that the star was excited by the project and the challenges his role brought.

“He is extremely excited to be part of the film and has loved his time filming on it. He was thrilled with the opportunity to play such a challenging role and has been working hard. He is embracing the challenge‚” Wesley Mark Gainer told TshisaLIVE.

Source: SowetanLIVE

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Kagiso Lediga to premiere two films

kagiso lediga

Stand-up comedian and actor Kagiso Lediga’s film ‘Catching Feelings’ will premiere locally at the Cape Town Film festival on 17 October.

Lediga has come a long way since his SABC TV show, Pure Monate. Not only has he been busy with stand-up comedy, but he has also caught the directing bug. Catching Feelings is his debut film as a director.

The movie, which has premiered at the Urban World Film festival in New York and at the Los Angeles Film Festival, was written by Lediga and he stars in it.

Set in a chic and middle-class part of Johannesburg, Catching Feelings is a tale of how life, love and art intersect in uncontrollable ways. It’s the story of a jaded academic (Lediga) and his journalist wife (Pearl Thusi), whose lives are turned upside-down when a celebrated and hedonistic, older writer (Andrew Buckland) unexpectedly moves in with them.

Despite their love for each other, their relationship is no longer exciting. Max now spends his time at dinner parties and other social events, musing over his frustrations with his key conspirator and sounding board, Joel (Akin Omotoso), who has his hands full with an illicit affair.

Speaking about the movie Lediga says: “I wanted to make a fun film about Johannesburg. It is a place full of contradictions. It is Africa’s business capital and culturally diverse with a very messy recent history. I find it fascinating that the 30-something, black, middle-class characters portrayed in this film never existed 20 years ago because it was essentially illegal to be black and middle class and I guess it would also be impossible to engage in angst-ridden, existential navel gazing when you’re fleeing tear gas and rubber bullets from the Apartheid cops – although it is rumoured that the 30-something-year-olds of Apartheid times had a greater sense of purpose.”

The film also features Zandi Tisani, Precious Makgaretsa and Kate Liquorish.

Lediga’s second film, Matwetwe Wizard, will be premiering on 18 October.

Source: Destiny Connect

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