Makho Ndlovu

Friday, August 19, 2016

My Experience at the Daily Show with Trevor Noah taping

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of attending a taping of the Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

The South African comedian is doing his thing y'all. He had an ease about him during the duration of the taping - he was funny, warm, engaging - a consummate professional. He came out a few minutes before the show started and took questions from 3 or 4 people in the audience. I've heard stories of hosts just talking to the audience only when the cameras are rolling but this was not the case at the Daily Show. He was so down to earth and humble.

I can just imagine how exciting it must be for the 32-year-old to land his dream job. That excitement just doesn't fade and you could feel that joy emanating from our boy.

With my Sis Erica waiting to get into the show

Here are 2 takeaways I gathered from the show

1) "You Make Time For Things That Motivate You"

Lebron James was the special guest at the taping I went to. I am stating the obvious here but he is TALL!

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The NBA Champ is a busy man but I didn't know he was *that* busy. Let us count the ways:

  • The 31-year-old father of three created a dope charity organization focused on early childhood 
  • He's producing several hit TV shows for Starz and CNBC
  • And let's not forget about his main job- playing basketball 

I love how he juggles many projects with equal passion spread across each initiative. His support system must be on fleek. When Trevor pressed him about how he manages his time, his answer was poignant. "You make time for things that motivate you" Lebron replied. I was so inspired by that!

2) Good Things Come to Those Who Hustle

Most people don't know that Trevor has been in the game for a minute. Folk, this is not an overnight success story by any means. It was surreal to see his name everywhere - on the streets, in the studio, on the buses passing by - our boy has made it.

 It's OK to dream but what's even more important is put in the work needed to get to the next level. "Dreams don't work unless you do'

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

#AfricaTheWorld: Lagos, Nigeria to be key focus of this year's Toronto Film Festival

"Quantico" actress Priyanka Chopra once said this about the term Bollywood: "I don't like the word, because we're not a miniature Hollywood. We are the Indian film industry, one of the most prolific producers in the world...It's a ginormous business."

You know what else is ginormous business? Nollywood - also known as the Nigerian film industry.

The Toronto Film Festival is shining it's spotlight on the bright city of Lasgidi. The festival just announced the 8th annual City to City program which showcases filmmakers living and working in Lagos, Nigeria.

"Hundreds of films are made every year in Lagos for a voracious audience around the world. Our City to City spotlight brings some of Nollywood's most popular filmmakers together with new voices who are introducing an alternative, indie spirit to Nigerian cinema," said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. "We're excited to share this unprecedented showcase of talent from Lagos with our Toronto audience."
Kemi Adetiba

 The audience in Toronto is in for a treat as they will get to see eight full length films as part of the series. First up? Kemi Adetiba's rom com "The Wedding Party." The highly anticipated film will get the special honor of being the opening night film. Major congrats to girl boss Kemi. She is such an inspiration! You can check out the film trailer's here.

In addition, Lagos based actors OC Ukeje and Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama will be included in the TIFF Rising Stars program.

And lastly, actress Genevieve Nnaji and actor and director Kunle Afolayan will also join audiences for a talk as part of the Festival's In Conversation With... program. 

Past cities featured in the program include London, Seoul, Athens, Mumbai, Buenos Aires, Istanbul and Tel Aviv.

I'm hoping that this will lead to more Nollywood films being released either theatrically or via DVD in the US and North America. Cant wait to see the red carpet pics!!


Tuelo Nguyuza's Bridal Collection is Everything! Here's Your First Look...

Designer Tuelo Nguyuza revealed his 2017 bridal collection via Instagram this morning and the gowns are just breathtaking.

The dreamy dresses speak to the modern African woman - fresh, fashion forward and super duper fly! What I love even more? The stunning accessories make the gorgeous creations just pop!

In the shots, we see the bridal line being modeled by popular South African celebs such as singer Bucie Wilson, actress Gail Mabalane and blogger Sarah Langa. The whole team - hair, makeup, photographer - they SLAYED this. So so good!!

Check out a few of the social media images.

All Hail Queen Gail!!

Red is so fierce on Sarah Langa.

Can't get enough of this sillhouette.

Slayer of note - Bucie Wilson

This dress wil have a lot brides re-thinking the color black on their big day.

I love the makeup here. So pretty!

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Tuelo has me saying yesssssss to all these dresses.

What do you think of the collection?

Friday, August 12, 2016

Jessica Nkosi STUNS in NYC. Check out her best Instagram looks from the Big Apple!

Actress Jessica Nkosi hit the streets of  New York City this week and home-girl looked as stylish as ever!

As you may know, Jess was selected to be the first South African Clinique Global Ambassador. MAJOR! As part of her collaboration with the beauty brand she's also a part of the Difference Maker campaign which seeks to: “to inspire confidence in women and empower them to make a difference in the world, either in their community or in their personal life, through the storytelling of six incredible women around the world: Gina Rodriquez, Erendira Ibarra, Victoria Pendleton, Jessica Nkosi, Nazan Eckes and Ning Chang”.

One thing is for certain, the 26 year-old made an unforgettable splash in the US. Let's a look at some of her gorgeous outfits from her trip.

 Kicking things off with my favorite look of the week. I'm green with envy guys! This figure hugging jumpsuit shows off the star's curves and accentuates all the right things. You better slay Guuuurrrlll!

 The following day she donned this stunning Khosi Nkosi dress.

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Jessica was hobnobbing with Hollywood's biggest stars while she was here. In the image below, she's with "Jane The Virgin" actress Gina Rodriguez and Erendira Ibarra. Clearly in her element, she writes
"Spent my Womens Day in the presence of these beautiful ladies. Meeting up with my fellow Ambassadors of our Global Campaign with @clinique@erendiritas and @hereisgina ... 🌸🌸🌸#DifferenceMaker God how do I even begin to put into words... The strength they exude, the power,the grace, the resilience of these beautiful women..." 

Who looks this beautiful makeup free? Jessica that's who! I love this dress because it's sexy without being over-the-top.

So chic!

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Now that's how you make a statement in the Concrete Jungle! This fiery red color is fantastic on her.

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Can't wait to see what she wears next!!


Minnie Dlamini Surprised Her Mom with the Most EPIC Gift Ever!!

Awwwww, this made me tear up a little bit. What a sweet surprise!

South African TV personality Minnie Dlamini shared an endearing moment via social media and it's too good not to share with you all.
Minnie Dlamini

Just this morning, the 26-year-old took to Instagram to share a video clip of her giving her parents a major surprise. A BMW SUV to be exact. #Goals

Her clearly shaken Mom was initially under the impression that the new ride was for her daughter, but to her surprise Minnie informs Mama that the car actually belongs to her instead.

Overcome with emotion Minnie's Mom's reaction to the heartwarming gift is just priceless. It literally brings her to tears. Watch the clip below:

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Nandi Mngoma Confirms She’s Going to Be a Mom: “My Heart Is Beyond Happy!”

2016 has been quite the year for the gorgeous South African singer, model and TV Personality!

Life is about to get a lot more interesting for Nandi Mngoma and Zakes Bantwini. Not only did the stylish duo confirm their marriage today- it seems they're also expecting a baby!

Nandi took to Instagram to confirm the news writing: "We still very much believe in the African way. As excited as we maybe about certain things, culture and tradition dictate that we must wait until the time is right to divulge such sensitive news as pregnancy"

You can read the full post below:

Nandi is clearly not letting the baby bump slow her down.  The pregnant star's fashion label debuted at Johannesburg Fashion Week yesterday and while the clothes were absolutely stunning - her pregnancy glow stole the show!

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The notoriously private couple will probably stay mum on the details, including the baby's sex and name - but I am just BEYOND happy for them.

Congratulations to the Madida's!


When will Mariah Carey's reality show air in South Africa? Here's the premiere date!

Mariah Carey is a national treasure.

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In an interview with Complex Magazine recently, the chanteuse was asked about turning 46 in March and her response was epic! "I don't have a birthday. I was just dropped here. It was a fairyland experience." LOL! I love her so much!

Mimi is heading back to TV and I can't wait! Viewers will get an exclusive glimpse into the star's life as she plans her weddings and tours the world in her brand spankin new reality show "Mariah's World." This is going to be glorious lambs!

The eight part docu-series will premiere in the U.S and Canada on Sunday December 4, 2016 and air in South Africa on December 11. Here's a little snippet to whet your appetite. 


#AfricaToTheWorld: 'Classic man' Jidenna set to tour Nigeria & South Africa

The "Classic Man" is going back to his roots.

It was revealed today by that singer Jidenna will tour South Africa and Nigeria in a series of exclusive shows and album release parties. His label Epic Records will work with Sony Music South Africa and Sony Music West Africa in a "groundbreaking alliance" for the launch of Jidenna's debut album "Long Live The Chief"

Per the press release:

“Never before have our divisions collaborated on something of this magnitude, but we are a global brand with a deep commitment to celebrating artists on the continent and throughout the African diaspora,” says Sylvia Rhone, President of Epic Records.  “And we are so excited to begin this journey with someone as uniquely talented and as special as Jidenna.” 

First up? Nigeria where the singer will host an exclusive album launch with TRACE TV. Shortly thereafter he will travel to Johannesburg for a promo tour which will include interviews with Top Billing, 5FM, YFM, GQ Africa
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An added bonus is that his whole trip will be filmed for an exclusive documentary that will air on BBC International. Born in Wisconsin but raised in Nigeria, Jidenna is truly global citizen. I've always loved the post below about his upbringing.

My name is Jidenna, which means “to hold or embrace the father” in Igbo. It was my father who gave me this name and who taught me countless parables, proverbs, and principles that made me the man I am today. These same principles helped me to write the record “Classic Man.” When I brought home a 98 percent on a test, my father would say, “ah ah, where are the other two points? Go and get them, then bring them back.” My father and Nigerian culture has always stood for excellence.

 South Africa and Nigeria, make sure to catch all the action when Jidenna hits your country late August!
© Makho Ndlovu

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