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26.6.15

#BETAWARDS 2015: The 5 Performers We Can't Wait To See On Stage


The 2015 edition of the BET Awards are taking place this weekend. Literally all the celebrities of African descent, are in LA, to prepare for the awards and have a great time. Hosted by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, the awards are bound to be a hoot- as they mostly always are. 

The best thing about the BET Awards is how awesome the performances are. Our favourite performances from recent years include:


Beyonce in 2007

Chris Brown in 2012
Kelly Rowland in 2011

Janelle Monae ft. Erika Badu in 2013

Now this year's list of BET Awards nominees include Beyoncé, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Jhene Aiko, The Weeknd, Trey Songz, Young Money, Tinashe and Rae Srummund. 

The performers list is similar to this too. Here's our list of the performances we can't wait to see

Silento (Whip/ Nae Nae)

Janet Jackson  Tribute( Ciara, Tinashe and Jason Derulo)

Omarion (Post To Be just because of Jhene)


Empire Cast ( Keep It Movin' & Money For Nothing)

Janelle Monae (Yoga)


The BET Awards 2015 will premiere across Africa on BET (DStv channel 129) and BET2 (DStv channel 135) on Tuesday 30 June at 20:10 CAT.

Good luck to AKA, The Soil and Cassper Nyovest! Let's hope one of you brings back the award! 

Spoiler-alert culture is taking all of the fun out of television

Kit Harrington as Jon Snow in HBO's Game of Thrones
This article doesn’t contain any spoilers whatsoever for Game of Thrones, Season 5, Episode 10, Mother’s Mercy.
Alexa Scarlata
By now you probably know that Season Five of Game of Thrones ended with the shocking … no, wait, we can’t talk about that. But it was days ago! Surely we can … No, we can’t. We just can’t.
Perhaps even more traumatic than witnessing the season finale – for those who have – is the inability to talk about it for fear of social recrimination. Spoiler-alert culture is taking all of the fun out of watching and talking about television.
For a long time we all watched TV together. Audiences gathered around the box to consume an appointment-based viewing schedule of programming. They consulted weekly TV guides to see when and where their favourite shows would screen. If they were missed, they simply would not be seen. Plot twists were news because they happened to everyone at the same time.
Now, with popular foreign programs being screened direct from the US on subscription television, and made immediately available via streaming services and (albeit illegitimate) peer-to-peer downloads, content is frequently available concurrently around the world.
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This article first appeared in The Conversation. The writer, , is a PhD Candidate in Television Studies at University of Melbourne

12.6.15

Cassper leads SA's nominees at the #MTVMAMA2015

South African artists have scored a total of 24 nominations from 70 nominees across 13 categories. The nominees were revealed at Harem, nightclub in Johannesburg last night. Attendees included nominees Cassper Nyovest, Black Motion, and Bucie amongst others.

 
Leading the SA pack is Cassper Nyovest with three monitions. In Best New Act, Best Hip Hop and Song of the Year. Cassper has won a total of 16 awards so far for his debut album, Tsholofelo. He cleaned up at the Channel O Music Video Awards, the Metro FM Music Awards and walked away with a SAMA in April. Will his award count increase on that night?


Tailing close behind Cassper Nyovest, is rapper, K.O. industry stage name, who bagged two nominations: Song of the Year for Caracara and Best Hip Hop. Caracara was a massive hit in 2014, with the video boosting close to two million views.


AKA has also matched the King of Skhanda rap, also bagging himself two nominations respectively. The self proclaimed prince of Hip Hop lost out this time by not securing the Best Hip Hop nom, instead he is up for Best Male and Best Collaboration.

Only two female South African artists will be repping SA at the award ceremony, to be held in Durban ICC on the 18th July. The queen of rachetness Busiswa Gqulu (she literally has t-shirts she wears on stage emblazoned with the word 'ratchet') popularly known as the Kalawa Chikita is up for the "Best Female"gong. Busiswa shot to fame with her hit song Nguko.


Tagging along with one nomination songstress Bucie, who is also up for the Best Female title. The 28-year-old's "Easy To Love" single peaked at number 9 on South Africa's official music chart.

5.6.15

#SABC3Strictly kicks off tonight for Season 8. Meet the cast

From left: Bridget Masinga with Dennis Sifiso Maseko; Stanton Fredericks with Erin Musson;  Sureshnie Rider with Obed Mokokodi Mofoleng;  Pearl Modiadie with Grant Grant Louis Esterhuizen; Leigh-Anne Williams with Johannes Radede; Slikour with Michelle Leigh Oppenshaw; Gary Botha with Jeanné Michelle Swart; Jason Goliath with Samantha Bele Viana and Karlien Van Jaarsveld  with Devon Leigh Snell.
PICTURE: SABC 3
Fridays are going to be cool again with the new season of the always excellent, Strictly Come Dancing. If you haven't had a chance to find out who the contestants are this season, fear not. Here they are:

Bridget Masinga with Dennis Sifiso Maseko
Stanton Fredericks with Erin Musson
Sureshnie Rider with Obed Mokokodi Mofoleng
Pearl Modiadie with Grant Grant Louis Esterhuizen
Leigh-Anne Williams with Johannes Radede
Slikour with Michelle Leigh Oppenshaw
Gary Botha with Jeanné Michelle Swart
Jason Goliath with Samantha Bele Viana 
Karlien Van Jaarsveld  with Devon Leigh Snell
Nkululeko Tshirambula & Nombulelo Hlathi

Nkululeko Tshirambula & Nombulelo Hlathi
May the best dancer win! 

1.6.15

@SABC3's @StrictlySA returns for the 8th season. See who will be taking part. #SABC3Strictly




Bridget Masinga, Nkuli Tshirumbula, Slikour, Stanton Fredericks, Gary Botha, Jason Goliath, Leigh-Anne Williams,Karlien van Jaarsveld, Pearl Modiadie and Sureshnie Rider. These are the names of the celebrities who will be taking part in SABC 3's 8th season of Strictly Come Dancing. 

Exclusively broken by Thinus Ferreira of TV With Thinus, the names of this season's competition include some of the most popular TV and radio personalities right now, some rising stars, a former model and actress, singers and a two former sportsmen. The show starts this Friday at 8pm

Samantha Peo, Michael Wentink and Tebogo Kgobokoe 

Debashine Thangavelo, who writes for our sister newspaper magazine, Tonight, also reported this morning about some of the personalities we can expect to appear on the show. Production company, Rapid Blue continue producing the show, while the judges and the hosts also return. Hoping for more zingers and barbs from the judges and less 'absolutely's' from the hosts- specifically from Roxy Burger. 

Katlego Maboe and Roxy Burger. 
It must be noted though that it's getting increasingly difficult to get information about shows out of the SABC. It's a worrying trend, actually. It's like they don't care so much about the PR for their shows because they know people will tune in, anyway. It's alarming. 

Anyway, let's hope it's going to be a good season. And may the most talented dancer, who excites us on the dance floor, win. Not like previous seasons when the most famous or sexiest person won. 

Oh and also, I hope for the results show, the judges and hosts change their clothes, so we can at least believe that the show is being screened to us live? It's terrible having to watch the results show a day after and see the judges and hosts in the clothes they wore the previous evening and have us believe the show is 'Live'. 

Tune in on Friday, on SABC3 at 7.30pm

2015 Critics Choice TV Awards- The Winners

Taraji P. Henson with her Critics Choice Award for Best Actress in a TV Drama Series for her role on Empire as Cookie Lyon.
The 2015 Critics Choice Awards took place in Los Angeles  last night and while they are sadly not precursors for the people we can expect to win or be nominated at the upcoming 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in September, they still celebrate the best performances of the past TV season. 

It was a big night for Amazon's Transparent, HBO's Silicon Valley and AMC's Better Call Saul, all three winning two awards each. HBO's Olive Kitteridge walked away with three. It was great to see Bessie walk away with the Best TV Movie and what a triumph for Taraji P. Henson, finally getting an award for her brilliance, after her amazing turn as Cookie Lyon on Empire. 

Here are the rest of the winners

Drama

Best Actor, Bob Odenkirk, with his Critic's Choice Award for his role on Better Call Saul
BEST DRAMA SERIES
The Americans (FX)
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Taraji P. Henson – Empire (FOX)
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul (AMC)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Lorraine Toussaint – Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul (AMC)
GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES
Sam Elliott – Justified (FX)

Comedy

Mike Judge with the cast of Silicon Valley

BEST COMEDY SERIES
Silicon Valley (HBO)
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon)
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
T.J. Miller, Silicon Valley (HBO)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Allison Janney, Mom (CBS)
BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A COMEDY SERIES
Bradley Whitford, Transparent (Amazon)

Mini-Series and TV Movie

The cast and crew of Bessie
BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Bessie (HBO)
BEST LIMITED SERIES
Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
David Oyelowo – Nightingale (HBO)
BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
Frances McDormand – Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
Bill Murray – Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)

Reality
Cat Deeley
BEST REALITY SERIES
Shark Tank (ABC)
BEST REALITY COMPETITION SERIES
Face Off (Syfy)
BEST REALITY SERIES HOST
Cat Deeley – So You Think You Can Dance (FOX)

Miscellaneous 
BEST ANIMATED SERIES
Archer (FX)
BEST TALK SHOW
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
CRITICS' CHOICE LOUIS XIII GENIUS AWARD
Seth MacFarlane


Pictures: Vince Bucci for AP