Yanga is planning something special for Mother’s Day

South African rapper Yanga Ntshakaza, is premiering his brand new record titled ‘Mbali Yam’ soon. The track is scheduled for release on Mother’s Day, the 13th of May 2018.  The song which was written for his own mother has inspired the rapper to help other families across the country celebrate their mothers by fulfilling their […]

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Exclusive: Q & A with Being Bonang breakout star Pinky Girl

We simply couldn’t get enough of the breakout reality star Tebogo Pinky Girl Mekgwe in season 1 of Being Bonang. So when we found out that our favourite ‘mo-gal’ will be back for season 2, we just had to reach out to her for an exclusive interview.

Pinky Girl Being Bonang Season 2

 

GLAMOUR: In Season 1, we saw you go from Bonang’s cousin to Bonang’s Executive Assistant and reality star. How has fame or being on TV changed your life? 

Pinky Girl: I definitely get more recognition now, and people are more aware of who I am. I am not a celebrity, as yet, but it’s something that I’m working on. Being on TV has really opened new opportunities up for me, and I’ve been introduced to so many new great people, and have garnered attention from people in the industry who can definitely be of great value to me.

G: Your hair and makeup are always on fleek! Do you have any beauty tips for our GLAMOUR girls?

PG: A girl can never be caught slippin’! I grew up with girls, especially Bonang, so we would always play around with makeup and clothes. I still do that to this day. I will switch up my hair from a blonde wig to a pink wig. I think it’s very important to explore and have fun with your looks. I read up on trends and I adapt them to what suits me and my personality the best. I think that would be my biggest beauty tip. Just have fun with it and you will find what best works for you.

G: What has your ‘cuzzie’ taught you about slaying and the entertainment industry?

PG: She has taught me so many things, but the one thing that has stood out for me out of everything, is how to build up your profile and brand. She has managed to build and sustain an incredible profile and brand for herself; that is something I admire very much. She has also taught me that authenticity is your BFF. Being authentic is the best thing one could ever do for themselves. It makes everything else that much easier.

G: What’s in your handbag right now?

PG: Make-up LOL! A lot of make-up, and beauty products. I always keep lipstick and lip gloss in my bag, because a girl can never be caught with dry chapped lips. My bag always has to have make-up in it for touch-ups throughout the day. Also, some good hand cream and a good fragrance. These are really my staple handbag items. And a good pair of sunglasses!

 

G: What music are you listening to at the moment?

PG: I listen to a lot of House and Soul and a bit of Cardi B.

G: What can we expect from Pinky Girl this season?

PG: I will be taking viewers on my journey to finding my feet in this industry that I am so absolutely new to. I will be enlisting the help of some really amazing individuals and professionals who will assist me on this journey, and help me package my brand. You can also expect to see me working on some exciting projects that are in the pipeline. It’s going to be an amazing season. If you loved Season 1, this one will definitely be for the books.

G: Champagne or wine?

PG: Champagne! That’s my thing.

G: Where did you grow up? Have you and Bonang always been this close?

PG: Bonang and I are only a year apart, so we grew up together. I am an only child so growing up with her was like growing up with a sister; almost like a twin. We would always share clothes and we went everywhere together. Her father would always come get us from Pretoria, where I was based, and Joburg where she was based and take us to Mahikeng where we would spend our holidays together. We literally grew up with each other so yeah, we have always been this close.

G: What does a day in the life of Pinky Girl look like?

PG: Meetings. Meetings. Meetings. I am hard at work building my “Pinky Girl” brand and trying to get that off the ground. So, I’m always out on daily meetings with new and different industry people, and working on some pretty cool stuff.

G: Will we get to see more of your personal life in the new season? 

PG: This year is all about securing the bag! I have just recently turned 30 and I really want to focus all my time and energy on myself and my career. I want to focus on building something concrete and sustainable out of the opportunities that being on the show has afforded me, and turn them into a credible career path.

Being Bonang season 2 airs tonight, Friday 4 May, on 1Magic.

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“Stranger Things” Star Caleb McLaughlin Talks Self-Love and Confidence

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When Caleb McLaughlin wakes up in the morning, he stares straight into the mirror and says, “hey, good looking.” OK, maybe the Stranger Things star was joking about that, but Caleb is all about self-love, so much so that he started a couple hashtags to spread that attitude.

With #EmbraceYourFace and #BeYourBiggestFan, which he started a little over a year ago, Caleb not only talks about his own self-confidence and love, but he’s given fans an opportunity to share their own stories. His Stranger Things cast mates have even joined in on the movement. The hashtags, Caleb told Teen Vogue, are about loving yourself right where you’re at, but that isn’t always easy. Everyone has their own insecurities that may prevent them from greeting themselves with a “hey, good-looking” in the morning.

That’s precisely why we caught up with Caleb to see why he started these hashtags, and how he copes with moments of self-doubt. He also opened up about how he learned to embrace his own face, and how he works on keeping up his self-confidence.

Teen Vogue: How did you come up with #EmbraceYourFace and #BeYourBiggestFan?

Caleb McLaughlin: My parents always told me to be my biggest fan since I was young. When no one else is your fan, you have to be your own cheerleader. I wanted to show people they have to love themselves and embrace that. I wanted to let them know I’m here for them and spread the love. I’ve always had #BeYourBiggestFan. As far as #EmbraceYourFace, I had a really bad acne day … and my mom and I were going to a supermarket. I had pimple cream all over my face. [I went in like that because] it’s fine, I’m a teen, it’s the process. Everyone goes through these things. People are really insecure about how people think about how they look, so I went on [Instagram] Live and I said, ‘guys, embrace your face.’ Not everyone is the same, not everyone’s perfect. Embrace who you are because there’s no one else like you in the world.

#TB to ST2 😂 fun times #BeYourBiggestFan #EmbraceYourFace

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TV: How do you practice self-love and embrace your face?

CM: I just tell myself, ‘hey, good looking, have a great day!’ I don’t know, I just try to stay confident in myself — not in a cocky way but in a humble way. Just love people. When you spread love, you feel good about yourself.

TV: Have you ever struggled with feeling good about yourself?

CM: Many times. I wouldn’t have these hashtags if I never didn’t feel confident. It wasn’t to the point where I had major issues, just a little stuff. If I didn’t have any problems with myself I don’t think I would have this hashtag.

TV: Do you have any times for others who might be struggling with confidence?

CM: Definitely. It’s easy to say ‘be your biggest fan,’ but you have to really tell [people] ‘love yourself.’ There’s something you can do that no one else can do, and embrace that. I’d tell them I love them and keep going and spread the love. One person at a time.

#Embraceyourface#BeyourBiggestFan ❤️

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TV: Have any stories or posts from fans using your hashtag stuck out to you?

CM: This lady stood up and told me once I started it that before I started #EmbraceYourFace, she said she [was having suicidal ideation]. Once she saw my Instagram post, she said she didn’t want to do it anymore because she said, ‘Caleb is his biggest fan, I’m gonna be mine.’ She got pretty teary, I was pretty emotional.

TV: How do you and the cast of Stranger Things practice being each others’ biggest fans and encourage self-love?

CM: After every take, we’re like, ‘good job guys, let’s go eat.’ We have fun.

This interview has been edited lightly for length and clarity.

Taken from Teen Vogue US. Read the original here.

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Christina Aguilera to release song produced by Kanye West?

Christina Aguilera is reportedly set to release a song produced by Kanye West “this week”, according to a source.
The ‘Beautiful’ hitmaker is said to be planning on dropping the “tribal-like” track produced by the 40-year-old rapper “this week”A source told The New York Post’s PageSix Column that the song “is produced by Kanye [West] and that “It’s very tribal-like, with heavy drum samples . . .”

The insider also teased that her first single from her forthcoming record, thought to be called ‘Liberation’, will feature another “big” artist and her album is a complete new direction for Christina who has given her image an overhaul with the help of a new manager.

They added that “the first proper single from the album will be a big duet, but her team isn’t ready to announce the other singer — yet.

“Christina has changed her look, her management has got her great new artists and consultants to work with, she’s in a great place.”

The 37-year-old star teased the record’s title during a concert in Azerbaijan last weekend.

During a short interlude, a video was shown which seemed to tease the star’s upcoming eighth studio album

A fan recording of the video was posted on Twitter by fan account Xtina Daily, and shows a series of shots of the megastar whilst her voice lists a series of words beginning with “ex”.

Christina says in the video: “Ex. Xtina. Exhale. Explore. Express. Experiment. Exploit. Exclusive. Exist. Expire. My existence has no expiration. This is my liberation. This is our liberation. Be liberated with me. It’s time for liberation. As one, a liberated nation.”

The video concludes with the words “Xtina, liberation” repeated several times.

‘Liberation’ will be Christina’s first album in six years, with her last studio venture being 2012’s ‘Lotus’.

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Adwoa Aboah embraces her family roots in new Burberry campaign

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Adwoa Aboah felt “emotional” returning to Ghana for new Burberry campaign where she starred alongside her family members for a series of intimate photographs promoting the new collection.

The 25-year-old model was born in Britain but her father, Charles Aboah, was raised in the African country and she embraced her family roots when she art-directed a shoot for the upcoming new Burberry range – casting her friend British model Sonny Hall to feature with her in the photographs which were shot at her family home in Accra.The catwalk star admits if felt very “special” to be able to integrate her family into her career.

She said: “I tried very hard not to be too emotional about this trip, but it’s so special for everyone to see where the story started. To be in Ghana means coming home. I’ve been able to bring close friends of mine here, and my grandma and my family have had a taste of what the other part of my life is like”

The series of images feature Adwoa with her Ghanian relatives including her great-auntie Mary Asare, cousin Kensemaa Aboah, grandmother Gladys Aboah and her auntie Tina (Ernestina Aboah) who designed one-off custom outfits from the classic Burberry Vintage check, especially for the shoot, embracing a mix traditional and modern designs.

Speaking to Vogue.com about her trip, she recalled: “I just remember telling my auntie what we wanted her to do, and she was so excited. This is what she does in Ghana, and for her work to be seen on an international scale was so exciting for her. None of us wanted to take our outfits off, because they were so different and cool, modern but very much traditional.”

Never have I been more proud of something. The last part of my series with @burberry Art Directed by myself, shot by #juergenteller Styled by @poppykain. Make-Up by @celiaburtonmakeup Outfits by my Auntie Tina. Featuring my cousin @kensemah My Grandma, Auntie Mary, Auntie Tina and my skrillion @sonny_hall .Thank you to everyone who made this possible, for listening to Juergen and I when we came up with this mad idea. This is what it’s all about, do something different, think outside the box and create something iconic. #juergenxadwoa – Going home, back to the motherland. A place where I felt like an outsider but always wanted to belong. Growing up differently, never knowing the mother tongue. Patronized by the world, one sided images of famine and underdevelopment. Culturally appropriated, continuously stolen with no respect or return. The world knowing nothing about the magic that Ghana is, the beauty and chaos. Where my father was born, the other half of my British blood, Accra. Home away from home with the church and the swing and grandma and grandad, aunties, Kente cloth, fufu and buckets for washing. Memories, so many memories of 6 hour journeys to visit my other half. The last chapter and I want the world to know that there are two families, both that mean the world to me, two sides to my story. I want the world to see the beauty and Ghana to have that moment in the light, one that it has always deserved. I have been claimed by Ghana, told to go and show the world, make them proud. I belong. So that’s what this is, a message of love and pride to my family and the people of Ghana.

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Kanye West Said Slavery Was a Choice in a TMZ Interview

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Kanye West has not stopped embracing controversy. Following on his politically charged return to Twitter, he stirred up the TMZ offices in an interview on TMZ Live Tuesday morning.

Asked by TMZ founder Harvey Levin about his signed Make America Great Again hat, Kanye said, “It was really just my subconscious; it was a feeling I had.” He continued, “People: we’re taught how to think, taught how to feel, we don’t know how to think for ourselves, we don’t know how to feel for ourselves. People say ‘feel free,’ but they don’t really want us to feel free. I felt a freedom in, first of all, just doing something that everybody tells you not to do.”

“I just love Trump. That’s my boy,” Kanye continued, going on to address Trump’s previous reputation in the hip-hop community. “So many rappers — you’ll look at a video of Snoop Dogg loving Trump, but then he gets into office and they don’t love him.”

Trump is one of rap’s favorite people,” Kanye said. He went on to address his identity as a member of the hip-hop community and the black community, but he also says he represents “the world.” He then veered into comments about the history of American slavery. (On Monday, Kanye received a lesson about Abraham Lincoln and the Republican party courtesy of John Legend and Charlamagne Tha God.)

“When you hear about slavery for 400 years — for 400 years! That sounds like a choice,” Kanye said with a laugh. In actuality, black people really didn’t have a choice. Historians have documented how some African slaves were captured following battles or kidnapped, while others were sold into slavery due to debt or as punishment. And contrary to popular belief, Abraham Lincoln didn’t set out to free slaves during the Civil War; the then president himself also harbored racist views against black people.

“It’s like we’re mentally in prison,” Kanye continued. “I like the word prison because slavery goes too direct to the idea of blacks.” He also made a hasty analogy between slavery for blacks and the Holocaust for Jews before saying, “So prison is something that unites us as one race, blacks and white being one race.” Kanye added, “We’re the human race.” Critics have argued that creating an equation between American enslavement of Africans and the Holocaust of Jews is an oversimplification of two tragic but different historical situations, especially when those comparisons are used to play down the difficulties black Americans now face.

Video from TMZ’s newsroom then shows Kanye asking the assembled staffers, “Do you feel that I’m being free and I’m thinking free?”

“I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything,” TMZ staffer Van Lathan replied. “I think what you’re doing right now is actually the absence of thought. And the reason why I feel like that is that, Kanye, you’re entitled to your opinion, you’re entitled to believe whatever you want. But there is fact and real-world, real-life consequence behind everything that you just said.”

“While you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives,” Lathan continued. “We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said, for our people, was a choice. Frankly, I’m disappointed. I’m appalled. And, brother, I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something, to me, that’s not real.

“Bro, you gotta be responsible, man,” Lathan concluded. Kanye approached him saying, “I’m sorry I hurt you, bro.”

Watch Kanye’s rant below:  

Taken from Teen Vogue. Read the original here

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Kylie Jenner admits there were ‘better’ names for daughter than Stormi

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Kylie Jenner has confessed there are probably “better” names for her daughter and that she is “not sure” how she and her partner Travis Scott arrived at Stormi. The 20-year-old beauty has confessed that she is not sure how she and her partner Travis Scott arrived at the unique moniker for their first child, though Kylie thinks her four-month-old baby “picked her own name” and it was just meant to be.

Speaking to her sister Kim Kardashian West for ES magazine, Kylie admitted: “I really don’t know how we thought of Storm. Her dad insisted it was him, but I feel like it was me.

“And that kind of just stuck with us.

“And then I didn’t really like just Storm – I didn’t feel like that was her name.

“So then it became Stormi. And it just stuck. I feel like there were a lot of other names that I might have even liked better to be honest, but I feel like Stormi picked her own name, like it was just her name.”

The beauty businesswoman hopes that her daughter will grow into a “strong” and “independent” female.

She said: “She’s going to have her own challenges. I just hope that she’s strong and independent and confident.”

Kylie also admitted that she doesn’t know whether she wants Stormi to be filmed for the family’s show, ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’.

She said: “I have thought about it but I haven’t come to a conclusion yet.”

Whilst Kylie doesn’t have a problem with her family being in the spotlight, she admits she sometimes has fantasies about what it would be like to be a normal person. Asked by Kim if she wishes she was born into a “non-famous family”, she said: “I don’t wish I’d changed my family, because I love my family. I do think about if I didn’t have to be famous. And it’s like a fantasy sometimes, but there’s really not one problem I have. You figure out how to deal with it.”
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