Jay Z ascends to billionaire status.

NEW YORK – Jay-Z is officially hip hop’s first billionaire, Forbes declared Monday, founding his kingdom on entertainment but also reaping earnings from liquor, art and real estate. The rapper born Shawn Carter, who grew up in one of Brooklyn’s most notorious housing projects, “has accumulated a fortune that conservatively totals $1 billion, making him one of only a handful of entertainers to become a billionaire — and the first hip-hop artist to do so,” the magazine said in a new […]

Sama25 fever sweeps the nation.

JOHANNESBURG – Bob Mabena and Melanie Bala will be hosting the 25th edition of the South African Music Awards this weekend in Sun City. The Samas revealed that the pair along with Twasa Seoke, Nomzamo Mbatha, Khuli Chana and Mpho Popps will be taking viewers down memory lane with a host of some of the greatest musical moments from the 90s, the early 2000s and the now. Radio and television presenter Hulisani Ravele will host the untelevised night of the awards. […]

Malema: We still love Trevor Noah.

BRAAMFONTEIN – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema urged South Africans to continue to love Trevor Noah and to laugh at his jokes. The South African-born Daily Show Host sparked anger from EFF followers on social media, after he compared Malema with US President Donald Trump. In the video tweet, which he later deleted, Noah said, “If you think Trump is bad, wait until you see how Julius treats the press”. He later played video clips of Malema speaking about not killing white […]

Disney takes full control of Hulu under deal with Comcast.

WASHINGTON – Walt Disney Co. said on Tuesday it had reached an agreement to take “full operational control” of the streaming television service Hulu, effective immediately, under a deal with Comcast, which holds a 33 percent stake. The deal gives Comcast, a media and cable giant, an option to sell its stake to Disney at fair market value within five years, with Hulu’s equity to be valued at no less than $27.5-billion (R391-billion). The agreement enables Disney to step up […]

Moses Mabhida pitch almost ready for Nedbank Cup final.

JOHANNESBURG – With days to go until the Nedbank Cup final between Kaizer Chiefs and TS Galaxy, there are concerns about the state of the pitch at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium. The stadium recently hosted the Monster Jam event, a successful Motorsport production which came to South Africa. While the spectacle thrilled spectators, it left the playing surface in need of repairs. Stadium management’s Vusi Mazibuko says they’re working hard to ensure the pitch is ready. “Preparations for the Nedbank Cup […]

Who’s who on the Cannes film festival jury.

CANNES, France – After a female-majority jury last year when the festival was dominated by the #MeToo movement, five men and four women will decide this year’s winner of Cannes’ top Palme d’Or prize. – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – He may now have five Oscars under his belt for the likes of “Birdman” and “The Revenant”, but it all began for the Mexican director at Cannes way back in 2000 with “Amores Perros”. A regular on the Croisette since that staggering […]