Legendary rugby player Bryan Habana resigns

Bryan Habana is one of the most loved rugby players in Mzansi.

After 124 Tests, 67 Tries, 1 IRB Rugby Player of the Year and  3 SA Rugby Player of the Year living legend Bryan Habana has resigned. Habana who one of the sport’s most loved stars has been playing for South African national rugby team Springboks for over 12 years. Habana is currently with Toulon in France and will resign at the end of the season in June.

Habana announced his retirement on Instagram saying, ‘The inevitable moment has come knocking on my door and I’ve welcomed it in for a drink.’ 34-year-old Habana underwent knee surgery in 2017 and has since found it hard to play at Toulon.

‘To the fans, who make the game what it is.To the critics, not to prove you wrong but so that I could prove to myself I could. To the media, who take the game to households the world over. To the lessons learnt, through the good times and the bad. To the friendships made and experiences aplenty. But most of all to Rugby, because for me it truly is a game made in heaven. As a close friend once said: “memories are all we have.” And I’m immensely grateful for the memories I take with me into the next chapter.’

See Habana’s full statement below;

 

So it’s my turn to say Thank You: . The inevitable moment has come knocking on my door and I’ve welcomed it in for a drink. . It’s been more than a year of hoping, trying, pushing and willing to get back on the field for one last time, to taste the sweet victory or encounter that gut-wrenching despair. To hear the roar of the crowd or grab the pill out of the air. To make that last bone crunching tackle or score that last game winning try. But it’s unfortunately just not to be. I, like most, would have liked my career to have ended differently, but sometimes things don’t turn out quite the way we hope for. . So at the end of this season, it’s time to say goodbye and thank you to the game I so dearly love. . To try and sum up the past 16 years and how quickly they’ve flown by or even begin to describe how amazing the journey has been is impossible. . I would though like to express my gratitude: . • First and foremost, to God for blessing me with the talent to play this beautiful game. • To my wife Janine, Timothy and our newborn Gabriel, for your support, sacrifice and love to follow me to all corners of the earth so that I can pursue my dreams. • To my family and friends, far and wide, who wore their hearts on their sleeves as much as I did. • To the coaches, team-mates, medical and support staff in all the teams I was involved in. • To every opponent that made the battle tough and worthwhile. • To all my sponsors over the years who believed in me enough to support me on the journey. • To the fans, who make the game what it is. • To the critics, not to prove you wrong but so that I could prove to myself I could. • To the media, who take the game to households the world over. • To the lessons learnt, through the good times and the bad. • To the friendships made and experiences a plenty. . But most of all to Rugby, because for me it truly is a game made in heaven. . As a close friend one said: “memories are all we have.” And I’m immensely grateful for the memories I take with me into the next chapter. . With much respect . BH11

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Gigi Hadid celebrated the eve of her 23rd birthday with some Cocoa Krispies

Gigi HadidGigi Hadid knows how to live like a queen, and did so on the eve of her 23rd birthday — with a bowl of Cocoa Krispies.

Gigi took to Twitter to announce the sweet news on Sunday night (April 22). “As we close in on midnight, I would like to share that my final meal as a 22-year-old will officially be Cocoa Krispies. Thank you for your attention,” she wrote. Fans responded immediately, joking that she’s “snap crackling and popping” her way into 23, that she should totally be listening to Taylor Swift’s song “22,” and that she is, of course, a legend.

The supermodel also took to her Instagram account to share a series of nature photos, and to explain that each year, her birthday falls a day after Earth Day. She explained why nature means so much to her, and that she’s just a “little Taurus girl” who finds so much inspiration in being outside. “Every year, the day before my bday is Earth Day, and I’m still just a lil Taurus girl who finds so much happiness, contentment, and inspiration when I take a minute in nature and look around,” she wrote. “May we celebrate Mother Earth every day for all she gives and teaches us!”


Then on her actual birthday, Gigi shared a couple of old photos on her Instagram, including a “shoutout to my mamma.” One of the pics is from her first birthday, featuring Yolanda Hadid helping a baby Gigi blow out the singular candle on top of a birthday cake.

23 !! ++ shoutout to my mamma

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To celebrate her sister’s birthday, Bella Hadid also posted a series of throwback photos as she does every year saying on her Instagram story that April 23 is her “favourite day of the year” because it is the year her sister was born. She also mentioned that the two were best friends since the moment they met. Total aww moment.

 
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Happy birthday, Gigi!

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The first pics of royal baby number three are obviously adorable

Royal baby number three has officially arrived—and now so have the first photos. The duchess of Cambridge and Prince William welcomed their third child, a boy, on Monday (April 23) at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. Shortly after, Prince George and Princess Charlotte stopped by the hospital to meet their new sibling. And now that the whole family has said hello, the world gets to see the baby. The duchess emerged from the hospital on Monday afternoon with Prince William by her side and her new son in her arms. The photos and videos, naturally, are delightful.

Check out footage, below, of the duchess and Prince William walking outside for the first time with their son. They were greeted by hundreds of cameras and adoring fans, of course.

For this debut, Catherine wore a red dress with a white lace neckline. Prince William kept things simple and classic with a powder blue button-down under a navy blazer.

Here’s your first look at the newest prince up close. Such a cutie!

Look at him all swaddled up in this white cocoon. So cozy. A total mood.

Who are Prince William and Middleton waving to up there? Are there royal family fans on the hospital roof?! That’s devotion, if so.

One more pic of the three of them. Beautiful, iconic, etc., etc.

Kensington Palace shared a pic of Kate and Prince William with their son on Twitter too. “Welcome to the family,” reads the tweet.

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Have you heard about Strangers on Facebook Watch?

So, Facebook Watch has a scripted series starring Rachel Kylian. At this point, you might be asking: ‘What is Facebook Watch?,’ ‘What’s the name of this scripted series?’ and ‘Who is Rachel Kylian?’

To answer your question: Facebook Watch is Facebook’s new video platform (kinda like Youtube, but on Facebook); their scripted series is called ‘Strangers’, and Rachel Kylian is an actress who stars in the series’ second season.

In an effort to get you clued up on the series, we had a chat with French actress Rachel Kylian about her role in the Refinery 29-produced show, her life in LA and how she feels about being a woman of colour in the entertainment industry.

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So how does a girl from France get to Hollywood?

I came on vacation when I was young and fell in love with Los Angeles. There was something special about the city, the energy attracted me, and I remember telling myself if one day I have the opportunity to live in America, I would move to Los Angeles. I happened to win the “green card lottery” diversity immigration program in 2010 and decided to go to Hollywood.

Are you allowed to tell us which role would you be playing in the new season of ‘Strangers’?

I’m not sure I can share that, but I can tell you I am in season 2 episode 1, playing a new character.

What did you do to prepare for the role?
I did a lot of research about the show, to understand the story and the other characters. The show is an all-woman super team – female lead actresses, female creator, and a female director.

How does it feel to be a woman, and a woman of colour, in Hollywood within the current climate?

To be a woman of color has its ups and downs. I felt that in France being black was a disadvantage in the industry; in contrast, Hollywood embraces diversity, and I have been very lucky to work on many projects. Hollywood has opened its doors to me, and although I feel that there are more male than females roles, I think there are roles for everyone, no matter their colour.

However, I must say, that I have noticed a shift in the industry, and there is currently an increase in demand for “diversity”.  Many projects such as the Black Panther movie have proven that actors of colour are able to explode box office earnings.

The storyline and the cast of Strangers are quite diverse and inclusive; why do you think this is important for TV or Web series?

I believe that art helps educate people; it is necessary for all types of people to be represented on TV. There is a huge community of homosexual/bi-sexual individuals in California, and I am sure they are very happy that this show was created.

I think that TV has to be representative of the reality of the world we live in, and this show is an excellent example of the current society in America.

Which words do you live by?

Love. Give. Try.

Are there any French beauty secrets that you can share with our readers, or could you offer your personal beauty tips?

French people don’t wear a lot of make-up but we do wear perfume. I wear Flower Bomb by Viktor & Rolf,  I find that it is very sexy.

My personal beauty tips include getting enough sleep, working out (I do hot yoga). I believe in drinking water, eating healthily, and I don’t smoke or drink alcohol. I also make time to go to the spa; I love pampering myself.

 

‘Strangers’ Season 2 will air on Facebook Watch later this year. For now, watch the first episode of ‘Strangers’ Season 1, below:

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Kanye West ‘hand producing’ collaboration with Nas

Kanye West has claimed he is ‘hand producing’ five new albums as he revealed he is also collaborating with Nas.

 

The ‘Gold Digger’ hitmaker previously announced on Twitter he would be releasing a new album in June, along with several collaborative records, and now he claims to be fine-tuning them all himself.

The rapper’s revelation that he will also be releasing a new album with ‘N.Y. State Of Mind’ hitmaker Nas was previously unknown.

Kanye appears to be promising fans five new albums to be released in just two months time, including collaborations with Kid Cudi, Pusha T, Teyana Tayor and Nas.

He previously revealed he has formed a supergroup with fellow rapper Kid Cudi called Kids See Ghosts.

He has also tweeted pictures of Japanese graffiti which apparently inspired the name for the group, and some artwork which he captioned: ‘Murakami vibes’.

This presumably in reference to Japanese artist Takashi Murakami who designed the cover to Kanye’s 2007 album, Graduation.

Kanye was spotted hanging out with Cudi last year, sparking rumours of a collaboration. The pair are thought to have recorded their top secret tracks together in Japan.

Kanye – who reactivated his Twitter account earlier this month – has not released an album since 2016’s The Life Of Pablo.

The hip-hop star was admitted to hospital suffering from exhaustion during his Life Of Pablo tour in 2016.

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Here’s why Maps Maponyane is still on top his game

Maps has ‘that thing’ .

When television presenter, actor, model, philanthropist and entrepreneur Maps Maponyane started to gain popularity, there were a couple of naysayers. Some probably thought, he was another pretty boy, with no talent, getting by because of his looks. It didn’t take long for Maps to change people’s minds to admit that Maps, indeed has that thing. And by that thing we mean, he has the x-factor, and that’s the reason why brands go to him to be their ambassadors, he is front row at fashion shows, makes it to every best-dressed men list and he, of course, is dating the woman many dream of just saying ‘Hi’ to.

It’s been almost 10 years since 28-year-old Maponyane first modelling campaign and as the years’ pass, this man seems to get even better. If you are still a naysayer when it comes to Maponyane, here are a few reasons why you need to reconsider your stance on him.

He got major game

I was going to start with all the great stuff he does, his brand associations and philanthropy, but I thought, screw it, let’s talk about how his girlfriend is one the hottest women we know, Nomzamo Mbatha. The two have been dating for over three years but didn’t officially come out until sometime in 2017. Nigga got game for days, if he can get Nomzamo, we know, he knows his ish. Hats off bro.

He got style for days

Whether he is going to the Veuve Cliquot, chilling or at some event, Maponyane knows how to put his best foot forward. He makes a suit look like it was sewn on his body. He always looks on point, and he probably puts in an effort, but from our end, it looks effortless.

Brainiac

Over the years Maponyane has flexed his creative muscles as a creative consultant for various brands. In 2016 Maponyane partnered with Investec to become their Private banking brand ambassador, this was a step in the right direction, as this cemented Maponyane’s brand association with investment and corporate.

Grooming god

If there is a male celebrity who can take us all through a grooming 101 course, Maponyane would be the one. He is a grooming god to the T. He is always well groomed from head to toe. Even though he doesn’t post it on social media we are certain Maponyane does get manicures and pedicures. We definitely, take a few grooming tips from him.

Amateur comedian

Perhaps we are taking it too far calling Maponyane a comedian, but some of tweets and clapbacks have left us literally ‘laughing out loud’. After a troll went for him on Twitter about his post, Maponyane didn’t hold back ; ”Mère’ means ‘Mom’ or ‘Mama’ in French – So next time check and ask your ‘mama’ to teach you manners before o phapha; you uncultured swine’. We were left shook but laughing at the same time.

Crossover effect

Now this, Maponyane has managed to do pretty well. He is one entertainer who has followers from all races. That has made him be just as popular on mainstream television as he is in niche markets. This takes a skill of being able to position one’s brand well and he has done it well.

 

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Sbahle backs her boo on IG

Health: Sbahle MpisaneOver this past weekend, rumours were flying left, right and centre that Sbahle Mpisane had been cosying up to a mystery man. Sbahle caught wind of the rumours and took to her social media (as one does) to shut down the rumours once and for all. Earlier this year Sbahle was adamant that her and soccer player Itumeleng Khune were “just friends” but it seems there was a whole lot more going on. But her social media posts that she uploaded today let the people know loud and clear that things are going strong between the couple.

She took to her Insta stories and posted things like, “We remain strong…not everyone is gonna be happy for you…but it’s so much better to get through life’s BS when you have someone who loves you by your side,” and then this was all followed by a very cute video montage of special moments spent between the two.

See all the posts here:

I heard it’s Monday 👅#MCM

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#Couplegoals anyone?

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