Makho Ndlovu

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Globe Trotting Glam: Terry Pheto SLAYS UK Red Carpet Appearance!

South African actress Terry Pheto pretty much shut down the red carpet last night. Wearing a multi-colored gown from designer Leopard Frock the beauty turned quite a few heads at the UK premiere of her new film A United Kingdom.

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Can we talk about her glam yet subtle makeup look though? She turned up and turned it out!

Directed by the brilliant Amma Asante, the romantic drama is based on the real-life romance of Sir Seretse and his wife Ruth Williams Khama in 1948. The pair married under strong opposition from their relatives and the British and South African governments.

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By the way, can we talk about how lovely Amma Assante looks? Wow!

The other stars who joined Terry at the premiere included David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and many others!
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I can't wait to see the film in the US, it will be released in February of 2017.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

"A new lens on African identity" : 5 reasons we should all go out and see Queen of Katwe!

I want to create opportunities for other people of color because I’m fortunate enough to have a platform to do that. That is why Eclipsed and even Queen of Katwe are so important, to change the narrative, offer a new lens on African identity.” - Lupita Nyong'o in Vogue Magazine

Disclaimer: I have yet to see the biopic but I know that I will absolutely love it.

After years of seeing way too many ignorant and downright disrespectful films set in Africa, I am ready for something new or better yet - just an accurate portrayal from Hollywood.

Look at this crazy screenshot from 'Out of Africa'
Black people as accessories in 'King Solomon's' Mines
Wall Street Journal
Hashtag Over It!

It's 2016 and it seems as if Hollywood is finally catching up and acknowledging that Africa is a vast continent that is rich and diverse. 

In preparation for the sports drama's nationwide release this Friday, here are 5 reasons we should check out Queen of Katwe.

1. It's Based On A True Story
Queen of Katwe is a Disney film that follows the journey of a talented chess prodigy (Phiona Mutesi) in Uganda. Starring Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo the inspirational movie is what happens when movie studios cast African actors in African stories. Pure magic. An added bonus? The film was shot entirely in Uganda and South Africa!

2. The Director Has Lived in Uganda
Indian-born filmmaker Mira, Nair has lived in the Ugandan capital of Kampala for 27 years – just a short distance from Katwe. 

She told the LATimes “Because I had one foot in Hollywood, somehow, if there were any films at all based in Africa they would usually come my way. And I would read these stories about a white woman having her neuroses in this faceless country with a sculptural warrior on the horizon and no one has a name and no one has a line. It's just about other people's lives set against the backdrop of Africa. And I got sick of all that, and thought, if we don't tell our own stories, really no one will.”

3. The Africa They Never Show You
Lupita Nyong'o told the Washington Post “This movie had everything I want as an actor. These are layered characters; they have real hopes, dreams, wants, concerns. And it is about an African woman that we just do not get to see.”

4. The Critics Say It's Really Really Good

"Irresistible" is one of those adjectives that critics should handle with utmost care. No matter how universally charming or winning a movie or a performance might seem to be, there is always a chance that somebody, somewhere, will be able to resist it. For all I know that may be the case with Queen of Katwe, but if there is anyone out there capable of remaining unmoved by this true-life triumph-of-the-underdog sports story, I don't think I want to meet that person.

A biographical drama, based on a true story, that vibrates with more colors—emotional as well as visual—than I can name.
Joe Morgenstern

Katwe” is a rare Hollywood film that never seets foot in the U.S and dosen't focus on a white hero to make that point of view more “universal.” It respects its characters's Chrisitan faith, without emphasizing religion in an attempt to rope in “faith-based ticket buyers. And it's a film about real people facing real problems, not pre-sold brands battling it out amid CG1-enhanced spectacle.

5. Box Office Sales Matter

Queen of Katwe was released in New York & LA this week but it will be in theaters all over the US on Friday. Ticket sales matter! Show business is a business after all, it fundamentally boils down to the all mighty dollar. If we go out en masse and support the film by buying tickets we are signaling to the studio executives that we want to see more movies like this.

So this Friday go and grab a few friends and go see what all the fuss is about.

Let me know what you think!

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Monday, September 26, 2016

My Experience Meeting the Cast of ABC's Quantico at the Private Screening!

Gosh, yesterday was just down right spectacular. Where do I even begin?

Let me rewind a little. A few months ago, I met the fierce Pearl Thusi in the most serendipitous way.

Selfie Things with Pearl Thusi

On July 10, I essentially broke the news of the South African stunner being cast in Quantico Season 2....after  I did a bit of Instagram stalking. My discerning eye spotted the beauty on Priyanka Chopra's Instagram account and that was all the confirmation I needed.

Remember that?  It was so incredible, I even trended in South Africa because of that lil nugget of info. You can refresh your memory here, if you forgot how that went down.

Pearl last night at the screening!

As luck would have it, we were eventually introduced by a mutual friend in New York shortly after her casting was revealed. And we immediately clicked.

So when Pearl invited me to Priyanka Chopra's private residence (I can't believe I just typed that out) for the premiere party, I couldn't say yes fast enough.

As soon I was walked into the soiree, I was greeted by a bevy of smiling faces. Everyone was so nice! We were served mouth-watering Indian food while the DJ spinned some class R&B tracks on the rooftop. All of this action happened a few hours before the show kicked off. The ambiance was just perfect. A few minutes before the show started, I followed the cast down to Priyanka's place to see the show!

While I anxiously waited for the season premiere, I have to tell you who I met first?  Blair FREAKING Underwood .


Swoooooon! He is so fine y'all. Wouldn't it be accurate to call him everyone's Male Crush Everyday. Would you believe me if I told you he was even better looking in person? And that he is so polite? I loved that about him!

Trying to maintain my cool with the Quantico cast

I can't say enough great things about Priyanka Chopra. She is GODDESS! So unbelievably gorgeous yet so personable - I was truly star-struck. She was the ultimate hostess with the mostess making sure all of her guests were pampered and looked after.

Peeps, can I speak from the heart for a second?  I am just so EFFIN' proud of Pearl.

Even though we are new friends, it feels like we've known each other for a lifetime. She's incredibly successful but yet she is so down-to-earth. I've seen how hard she works so her accolades are no fluke. I am so inspired by her - seeing her flourish reminds me of God's grace and favor. Pearl is living proof that anything is possible with hard work and perseverance!

On my way out, I spotted Nigerian-born actress Tracy Ifeachor. Isn't she fly? Her sister designed the lovely two-piece, you can see more of her pieces here. Also, don't you just love her character on Quantico? I can't wait to see more of her!

Tracy & Blair hamming it up for the camera!

I had a great time at the premiere party. Thanks for the invite Pearl!

p.s I made it on to Priyanka's Instagram account. I couldn't help myself standing next to Blair! Check out the video below!

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Did you watch the show last night? If so what did you think? I don't want to spoil it for those of you who haven't watched but I have to say is OMG! The Quantico writers are not playing around.

Monday, September 19, 2016

My Favorite New MakeUp Foundation! I Can't Believe How Affordable It Is....

Hey Hey! How is everyone? Happy Monday :)

So fam, I just discovered this new beauty product and it's giving me so much LIFE!

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For the longest time, I've been a MAC girl - it's been my beauty staple for YEARS. But because I love trying new products, I decided to check out another foundation just for fun. Why not right?

I have hit the jackpot here my friends. This product is too great, not to share!

Folks, meet my new jam - the L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation!

There are so many reasons why I love this product. It's super affordable (you can buy it at Target for just $14.99) and it's incredibly versatile.

Our luminous refreshing formula creates sheer to medium coverage. Tap a little for a fresh natural glow, tap on more to build a new level of luminous coverage. Liquid foundation and tap on applicator puff gives convenient-on-the-go coverage

You control how much you want to use based on the look you're going for! Genuis!

To ensure that my foundation has that long-lasting effect - I also use a primer that hydrates my skin. My personl fave is from Honest Beauty, it gives my skin a bit of a glow while ensuring my makeup won't smudge or dissipate during the day.

Have you tried this L'Oreal foundation before? Let me know what you think if you decide to give it a go!

Btw, this is not a sponsored post, just sharing my personal faves with ya!


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Yaaas! Nigerian vlogger Patricia joins the L'Oreal Beauty Squad!

The glow-up is real!


One of favorite You-Tubers Patricia Bright just landed a HUGE cosmetics deal!

The London-based beauty is now a part of the illustrious  L’Orรฉal Paris BEAUTY SQUAD.

Deets via the L’Orรฉal site:

 L’Orรฉal Paris have teamed up with 5 of the UK's most influential and inspiring beauty YouTuber fanatics to be their digital faces and create always-on content for the mega brand across its cosmetics, skin and hair categories.

The Nigerian vlogger left her investment banking job a few years ago and she hasn't looked back. I am so happy for her success. The past few years have been amazing for her - a baby, a husband and now a major endorsement deal. Go girl!

Congrats Pat!!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Cassper Nyovest, Lira & Zonke to be featured in E! VIP Series

E! Entertainment Television has mastered the art of reeling us in with compelling footage. Be it America or Africa, they have us in the palm of their hands.

Today the network announced that their locally produced show E! VIP will be back on E! Africa on Monday October 24th with seven brand spanking new episodes!

Last year we saw likes of Tiwa Savage, Bonang Matheba, Mafikizolo and an array of other top talent from Africa on the show -  but who do they have lined up this time around? From the press release:

The second part of the series will kick-off with a walk on the wild side of the hip-hop industry, as Cassper Nyovest shows off his digs and demonstrates the “Fill up the Dome” phenomenon for which he’s famous. And who could say no to a dedicated half hour with Ghanaian on-screen beauty Joselyn Dumas, Mozambique’s musical sensation Lizha James, or South African songstress Lira.

Get the scoop on how ProVerb’s been taking over the music scene sans manager. Meet the members of Kenyan afro-pop sensationSauti Sol, and listen as songwriter-slash-producer Zonke speaks of her experiences writing for a range of artists from Mafikizolo to Black Coffee and opens up about motherhood.

Those are some big names!

This should be really good! E! VIP takes viewers into the fabulous lives of our favorite African stars and in each episode, they give us behind the scenes footage from the celebs homes and personal lives. I can't wait!

E! VIP returns to E! Entertainment Television (DStv Channel 124) on Monday, 24th October at 7PM CAT. 
Will you be tuned in?


Monday, September 12, 2016

Mafikizolo announces US tour!

Iconic singing group Mafikizolo is embarking on a US tour and it's about to be so lit!

The megawatt artists are hitting up Indiana, Dallas, New York and many other cities. I learned about the tour on the 'gram and I am still trying to confirm all the other dates - so if I missed anything please holla at me!

Check out the flyers below for more info about the duo's upcoming tour!

Eish guys, which city will you be hitting up?

Mafikizolo has so many hits so you know it's about to be a great show! Tag me in your pics from the show, I would love to see them!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Dark and Lovely's natural hair care line - Au Naturale - is heading to South Africa!

It's about to go down!

Awesome news for South African naturalistas. Dark & Lovely's Au Naturale line is heading your way!

I've been a proud member of the natural hair community (#TeamNatural) for the past 4 years and in that time-frame, your girl has tried a ridiculous amount of products. Some I loved, some I gave away and some of them I trashed with the quickness.

One of my absolute faves though - has got to be the Dark & Lovely Au Naturale line. Why do I love it so much? Let me count the ways!

1.The combination of mango oil & bamboo milk smells amazing! It's light but yet fragrant, just the perfect amount. In picture below, I used the Super Quench Leave in Spray and did a twist out to get my curls popping.

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2, Looking for a product that's ultra hydrating on your afro? This will be your new BFF. You know how our hair gets in the winter sometimes - dry and brittle? The Au Naturale line combats that dryness and provides serious moisture.  Especially when you use the L.O.C method. So bomb.

3. It does the job! Based on my experience it works on all hair types. I have what they call the 4C hair but I have recommended this brand to my friends and they love it too.

By the way this is not a sponsored post by Dark & Lovely - just keeping it real with ya! I am just a fan of the products. The Au Naturale line will available at Clicks and other retailers in October - that's just a few short weeks away. Hooray!

After you try it out, please let me know what you think!
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