Makho Ndlovu

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Details on the swag bag and seating arrangements at the 2016 #VMA's

A few days ago, I had a chance to check out the seating chart at the MTV Video Music Awards.

The highly anticipated awards air tomorrow in the USA at 9pm. For my peeps in Africa you can watch the show on August 29, 2016 in South Africa. 

You won't want to miss the show's opening with pop goddess Rihanna. According to the show's executive producer Jessee Ignjatovic, Rih will be performing a slew of her biggest hits. He told Billboard “I can tell you it’s going to be one of those holy crap VMA moments ... She’s not playing. She’s bringing it.”

Kim & Kanye aka #Kimye  are sitting in the front row. 

Britney Spears is also sitting front row with Jaden Smith just one row behind her

Ahh the coveted Moon Man. I have a feeling Beyonce will be taking a LOT of these home tommorrow. MTV has not confirmed her attendance but I have a feeling she will be there.

Jidenna will be performing at the pre-show so make sure you don't miss that!

Other performers at the show include: Britney Spears, Future, Ariana Grande with Nicki Minaj, Nick Jonas with Ty Dolla $ign and the Chainsmokers with Halsey. 

MSG looks pretty amazing. It looks MTV is going all out for the awards. 

Oh and here's the gift bag that the celebrity presenters and perfomers receive. The swag bag includes:

  • Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones - Bose® QuietComfort® 35 wireless headphones are engineered with world-class noise cancellation that makes quiet sound quieter and music sound better. So you can just listen, with nothing in the way. 

•    Crane & Co. Engraved Correspondence Cards – Since 1801, heads of state and stately households alike have chosen Crane to celebrate and commemorate life's grand occasions, both large and small. Made in the Berkshires by a team of expert craftsmen and women for over 200 years, our passion, expertise and experience are part of every box of stationery we create.  

•    Crush by Rihanna – Crush by Rihanna reveals her flirty yet mysteriously sexy, provocative side. Sensual woody notes pair with playful red fruits and pink musks to create an addictive floral oriental fragrance with an undeniably fun, feminine twist. 

•    Dooney & Bourke Large Roxy Bag – Raleigh bags deliver chic style and reliable performance day in and day out. Best combinations of Italian calfskin paired with Vacchetta leather trim, satin gold tone hardware and a soft leather lining to evoke thoughtful design. 

•    Indochino  – A one-of-a-kind made-to-measure suit. An Indochino style guide will meet with the celebrities to select a fabric, get expertly measured and customize their suit for a perfectly fitted, personalized look. 

•    JW Marriott Essex House New York – A work of art among Central Park hotels, JW Marriott Essex House has served as an icon in the NYC skyline since 1931 and features a luxury collection of guestrooms and suites with breathtaking park views. This certificate entitles each guest to a complimentary two night stay in one of the deluxe accommodations at the JW Marriott Essex House New York, inclusive of JW Executive Lounge access with a daily breakfast buffet and evening hors d'oeuvres. 

•    Kinross Pure Cashmere – Kinross creates comfortable, natural, soft and beautiful apparel that you’ll want to “live in.”  Designed to bring a touch of luxury to each and every day. 

•    Langham Place, New York – Langham Place, New York is centrally located at 400 Fifth Ave., at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 36th Street; its 214 guest rooms and suites are some of the largest in the city. Guests will receive a certificate for a one-night stay plus a 60-minute spa treatment. 
•    Marc Jacobs – In celebration of the Resort collection, Marc Jacobs highlights the iconic MTV logo on an exclusive tote and a tee. The latest from Marc Jacobs Beauty (Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara) is also featured. 

•    MCM sunglasses by Marchon Eyewear – Designer Eyewear.  

•    Nobu Hotel Miami Beach – Masterminded by Chef Nobu, Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Hollywood producer Meir Teper, the brand new Nobu Hotel Miami Beach will deliver a fun, luxury experience with 203 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, world-renowned Japanese restaurant Nobu Miami and farm-to-fork dining destination Malibu Farm. Nobu Hotel Miami Beach’s relaxing getaway features a two-night stay in the hotel’s deluxe room, valid for one year from November 1. 

•    Perpetual Shade – Perpetual Shade is the first-of-its-kind premium sleep mask brand to properly bridge the gap between luxury and comfort. Inspired by cultural icon MTV, Perpetual Shade Luxury Sleep Masks designed a custom edition mask in tribute to the origins of music video culture. 

•    Rosalie Bay - Rosalie Bay is a sanctuary amid the wilds of Dominica — the Nature Island in the Caribbean; Nestled at the foothills of the Morne Trois Pitons, anUNESCO World Heritage Site, on the southeast coast, our Dominica hotel sits on 22 verdant acres at the intersection of the ever-changing Atlantic Ocean and crystal clear Rosalie River. Stunning natural beauty and modern touches work together in perfect harmony to create a vacation where you feel rejuvenated, relaxed and reconnected. 

•    Scuf Gaming – Custom designed 2016 MTV VMA Infinity 4PS controllers forPlaystation 4  are  hand crafted by technicians at the US Scuf Gaming headquarters. Also included are high-end accessory packs containing a protection case, charging cable, precision thumbsticks, ring and lock kit, GamerGrip and drawstring bag.


Lupita Nyong'o, Tiwa Savage and more shine at Janelle Monae's inaugural #FemTheFutureBrunch

“I’ve seen the future and the future is female! She is bold, she is fearless and she is a god" - Janelle Monae
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Songstress Janelle Monae hosted her first ever #FemTheFuture brunch and based on the images on social media it looked pretty EPIC. The intimate soiree featured a bevy of who's who in media and the sole purpose was to discuss the importance of more women in entertainment. According to tweets - Janelle will launch a musical collection and festival series created, lead and run by women.  I can dig that!

Let's get into some pics of a few of the fabulous attendees:

Tiwa & Lupita Nyong'o representing Nigeria and Kenya! #AfricanWomenRock

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Classic Man Jidenna was also in the house! I would love to see a collab between these two!

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Fam, can we talk about Janelle's hair? BEAUTIFUL!!

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Love the attention to detail. Food for thought.

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The hostess with the mostess

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African Queens!!

Africans #FemTheFuture

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This event looked like it was amazing and all the guests truly shined. Can't wait to hear more about this exciting initiative!

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!

© Makho Ndlovu

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