Makho Ndlovu

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Let 'Em Know: Lupita Nyong'o schools Vogue Magazine on her TRUE natural hair inspiration

Actress Lupita Nyongo was without a doubt one of the BEST dressed at the Met Gala this past Monday. Wearing a dazzling emerald colored Calvin Klein dress she SLAYED y'all!

The Oscar award winning thespian nailed this year's theme of merging fashion and technology like a red carpet veteran. What stood out for me was her hair - EVERYONE was talking about that glorious gravity defying mane. But when people talk, they often get it wrong. Like very wrong.

Take for instance Vogue Magazine, this is what they said about Lupita's hair.

Via Vogue:  "The sculptural style is also reminiscent of the updo Audrey Hepburn sported in a 1963 Vogue shoot with Bert Stern. And the similarities between the two ingenues extend beyond hair; both, like Hepburn’s famous incarnation of Eliza Doolittle inMy Fair Lady, have mastered the art of transformation, from head to toe."

Oh shame, How did this happen? Lupita even told Vogue's Andre Leon Talley that her beautiful hairstyle was inspired by "sculptural hairdos from around the continent" as well as the iconic singer Nina Simone. So how did they get Audrey Hepburn from that? Do they not remember when Lupita once said "Our hair is like clay. You can mold it into whatever you want it to be!"

Lupita's classy clapback is brilliant -short, concise and to the point. She tagged Vogue Magazine and responded via Instagram detailing her true influences.

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PREACH Lupita!! Why are people so adamant on erasing our culture? #FixItJesus

Even though it's a continual struggle against ignorance, I am just so happy to have gorgeous black women such as Lupita and Danai Gurira showing the full breadth and spectrum our beautiful African culture.

 They are so inspiring! School 'em Queens.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Being a writer, presenter or model shouldn’t be complicated. 3 quick tips to help you elevate your game!

Shhhh I have a secret to tell you. You ready? Lean in real close! OK here goes- contrary to popular belief, the entertainment industry is not as glamorous as it looks. Can I give you the real tea? It's a lot of freaking hard work. Someone said this to me recently "an overnight success is 7 or 8 years." Sobering isn't it?

Earlier today, I was on Twitter and saw the hashtag #OpenTheIndustry and became intrigued. In a nutshell, people were tweeting about the challenges facing actors, presenters, directors and writers in Mzansi. Initially, it seemed some of the tweets were directed at the talent that continue to land the top jobs in South Africa but the conversation evolved into a more holistic view of the entire industry. Are people getting booked for gigs based on their social media followers? What role do the channels and production companies play in who we see on TV? Does having an educational background in TV really make a difference?

As a freelance reporter for the past 4 years, I have worked with Africa Magic, BET Africa, Global Grind, SABC 3 etc... so I had a lot to say on the matter. Sometimes a 140 characters isn't enough. So to that end, I wanted to put my spin on the convo. If you are just starting out in this industry, here are 3 immediate steps you can take to get you to the next level.

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1. Relationships are Everything

In this game, your network is your net-worth. It's all about who you know AND what you know. Building genuine relationships means connecting with people beyond a superficial level. For example, if you are at an industry event, it's important not to just dish out your cards - the goal is to trade cards. So what happens if you can't get in the room with the people you want to meet with? Herein lies the beauty of social media. Follow them on Twitter and go a step further by engaging with them. Desperation reeks - even in the digital space, people can smell that funkiness a mile way. Build a relationship first, ask for favors later.

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2. Work On Your Craft

Truthfully to really REALLY make it in this industry, you have to be talented. Once the talent is there it has to be developed and constantly worked on. The presenters and actors we see on TV killing it prepare like crazy. They are not winging it folks! It's that preparation that makes it look effortless. I took a hosting class recently and it changed my life. I blogged about it here. So forgot about the hair, makeup, wardrobe and fame- DO THE WORK first!

3. The Internet Is Here....

Speaking of work, work, work, work...thank God we live in the Internet age. Be clear, it takes a lot of time to start making money in this industry. Lord knows I wish my pockets were fatter but for now my focus is on my hustle. If you want to work in TV, film or commercials there are instant resources that you can take advantage of. Here are 3 quick examples

1 You want to work in radio? Start a podcast or get an internship at your local radio station. Think outside the box.

2.  Want to be a host? Make sure your YouTube page is poppin with your reel and other relevant work, Getting on the red carpet and hamming it up with your favorite celebs is difficult and takes time. But in the interim, you can start with interviewing people on the street and start building your reel/following that way.

3. Oh you want to act in movies, TV and commercials? Look up agents in your area that represent people that look like you and find out how to get signed for representation.

My point is where there is a will, there is a way. Again, forget the illusion of an overnight success.

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Claire Sulmers is the brain behind the amazing blog Fashion Bomb Daily. The style maven is celebrating her tenth year as a successful blogger this year and she said something poignant that stuck with me - "sometimes it's just a game of endurance and just sticking it out for the long run..."

"And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."- Paul Coelho


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

PICS: Mariah Carey's "Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour" hits Cape Town

Mariah Carey's lambs in South Africa must be just over the moon. Mimi's Sweet Sweet Fantasy tour hit Mzansi just last night and based on the reviews I spotted on Twitter, people seemed to have LOVED the show.

Here are some of the tweets from the iconic singer's show:

Apparently during the show Mariah was joined onstage by her adorable twins Monroe and Moroccan. Isn't that just too cute?  Cue the collective awwww's folks, here's the video of the trio onstage:

So sweet! I have to say, Mariah looks great. The Queen is back Hunty!

The tour continues on over the next few days with stops in Johannesburg and Durban. Details here. Will you go to see Mimi in concert?

Details on the 'African influences' from Beyonce's visual album 'Lemonade'

Shortly after Beyonce's stunning visual album 'Lemonade' aired on HBO this past Saturday, my heart and mind were racing. I was emotionally spent after watching the hour long special. Image activist Michaela Angela Davis summed up my emotions perfectly via a single tweet. She wrote:

Amen Sister amen!

Beyonce's new album is nothing short of amazing. Raw, real, revealing, riveting - it is in short perfection. Even though I am still digesting the material on 'Lemonade' what has captivated me thus far has to be the striking hair and outfits from the visual album.

Let's get into the various looks.

''Pray You Catch Me'

Beyonce's stylist Marni Senofonte told the New York Times "If you look at the visual album, you will see an African influence that touches on her heritage, where she comes from. There is that vibe, and then we were talking about New Orleans and the plantations in Louisiana and whatnot"

"Beyoncé told me that in New Orleans — I don’t know what the year was — black women were not allowed to show their hair. So that’s where those head wraps came from. So you make these beautiful creations as kind of like, “O.K., you don’t want us to show our hair, watch what we are going to do.”


Beyonce's long time hairstylist Kimberly Kimble broke down the Nefertiti look in 'Sorry', dishing to the the Cut she said  "Braids are big in this section. This look was inspired by Nefertiti, Egyptian culture, and royalty. The look is of braids stacked on top of each other to make a crown."

"Hair is a woman’s crown. Beyoncé is like royalty when it comes to music, business, being a woman, and being a mother.

"She is the creme de la creme."

There is no doubt that Beyonce is at the top of her game! So what about the body art used in 'Lemonade'?

That would be the handiwork of Laolu Senbanjo. He is a Nigerian born - New York City based artist.

On working with music superstar he told ABC News that "Beyoncé is the first one in and the last to leave, and her energy is just on another level. She gets everyone working on their A-game, and you just feel motivated to do better than what you think is your best. I also got to connect with a lot of other people from the set who also had Nigerian roots or Yoruba roots, and it was beautiful talking with them."

It really is amazing to see Beyonce's transformation. I love how she is paying homage to her African and Southern roots throughout the entire visual album. 

Lastly, on the Victorian inspired hair featured in 'Redemption', and 'All Night' her hairstylist says "Back in the day, women of color didn't press and relax their hair."

"The hair is a reflection of the time. The era was inspiration. It's very antebellum and vintage- you can see it in the clothes too." On a related note, I must find details on that ankara dress. It's so beautiful!

And just in case you were wondering how Bey & co. came up with the title 'Lemonade', here's an explanation. Towards the end of the visual album we see Jay Z's grandmother Hattie White giving speech at her 90th birthday last year. Talking to crowd we hear her say "I had my ups and downs, but I always found the inner strength to pull myself up. I was served lemons, but I made lemonade."

Bravo Queen Bey, Bravo!

Thoughts on all the looks?


Meet The Hosts of MTV Africa's 'Ridiculousness'

MTV's hit show Ridiculousness is heading to South Africa. In fact the show will not only get a local Mzansi version but four other markets will get localized content as well - Spain, France, Italy and the Netherlands/Belguim.

Let's meet the new hosts of MTV Base Africa's version:
Comedian Basketmouth
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Actor Thomas Gumede
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TV Host Boity

Such a great cast!
They all have great personalities so I know they will all gel well. According to the Hollywood Reporter "The new versions of the show, which features funny, bizarre and extreme online videos." 

The local version of Ridiculousness is currently being recorded in Spain as we speak. Congrats All!!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

#BlackGirlMagic: Naomi Campbell's GORGEOUS afro!

Now this is how you SLAY an afro. With tons of confidence and sass to boot.

The supermodel just celebrated 30 years in the fashion industry by releasing a new book that features a 3-D cover that resembles Campbell’s bust. The book costs $1,750 and  includes a collection of her portfolio, autobiographical text, magazine covers and never-before-seen photos.

But this particular shoot was for the first ever issue of Magazine Fashion & Arts and photographed by Nico Bustos

What a beauty!  She will be 46 next month and seriously look half her age. I hope she rocks this look for awhile. 

The Art of Beauty: 5 African Makeup Artists to Follow On Instagram

Makeup is just not for Hollywood stars and high fashion models - women like me and you are taking inspiration from the red carpet and rocking it in our every day lives. Mastering how to apply makeup is damn tricky but it's not impossible. To keep from looking cray, I have been literally stalking all the makeup gurus on my must follow list below.

To go from blah to BAM - read on for my top 5 African make up artists to follow on the gram

1. Jackie Aina is the go to girl when you want to step your makeup game up a notch. The Nigerian beauty has close to a million followers on YouTube but her tutorials make you feel like she hasn't lost touch with her subscribers. She is that awesome.

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2. Bimpe Onakoya is really one of the best in the makeup. Rarely does an artist move like this but Bimpe blows me away every single time. It's no surprise that she is the Artistic Director for Maybelline New York in Nigeria. Follow her on Instagram for tips from how to go from basic to bomb.

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3. Zimbabwean makeup artist Jackie Mgido is a woman after my own heart. She successfully launched her makeup line Vault cosmetics in Zimbabwe and is now at the forefront of the beauty industry in that region. She has vision. My new go-to shade is Diva lipstain from her line. It's one of the colors that works in the day time but also transitions well into an evening color. So dreamy! Shop Vault Cosmetics here. 

4. When it comes to prepping for the big events in your life - Vuyo Varoy is your man. Chances are if you spot a South African celeb looking extra radiant on the red carpet it's the handy work of the makeup maestro.

5. I love a natural, barely there look in my everyday life. There's nothing more stunning than makeup that looks like your skin. Kenyan superstar Kangai Mwiti gets that and that's why I am such a fan of her work. Sometimes makeup is just about handling the face with just a light touch.

Whether you are chilling at home with friends or getting ready for a fun night out: I hope these makeup artists will help you achieve your perfect look. Who are some of your favorites?

Why I’ll Be Using Dove Quench Absolute On My Natural Hair

Truth be told, finding the perfect hair care products can be quite the struggle - and that might be a good thing. Over the past four years of being a naturalista, I've had the opportunity to really learn about what works on my hair.

That could be why I am always down to try out new products. You just never know what you'll get.

Enter my new favorite jam, the all new Dove Quench Absolute line. Read more after the jump

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