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YOU Magazine releases the 2015 You Spectacular Nominations

YOU Magazine has released the finalists for their YOU Spectacular Awards. Deets inside

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After much deliberation, the YOU magazine team has finally concluded their nominations for this year’s YOU Spectacular awards. Released on Friday via their official website, the nominations are indeed interesting.

For example -and we love her with all our hearts – but Boity Thulo for Favourite Actress for her performance on Rockville?

FAVOURITE TV PRESENTER

Jonathan Boynton-Lee (Top Billing)
Katlego Maboe (Expresso)
Leanne Manas (Morning Live)
Lalla Hirayama (Vuzu)
Chester Missing (LNN)

FAVOURITE NEWCOMER

Rilee Rossouw (cricketer)
Cyprian Ndlovu (presenter, Club 808)
Tessa Holloway (actress, 7de Laan)
Jeremy Loops (singer)
Cassper Nyovest (singer)

FAVOURITE COUPLE

Elana Afrika and Ian Bredenkamp
Janez Vermeiren and Juliana Vasconcelos
JP and Sue Duminy
Lalla Hirayama and Chris Nkosi
Loyiso and Jennifer Bala

SEXIEST WOMAN

Bonang Matheba
Lalla Hirayama
Lee-Ann Liebenberg
Minnie Dlamini
Shashi Naidoo

SEXIEST MAN

Damian de Allende
Ewan Strydom
Jonathan Boynton-Lee
Lehasa Moloi
Lunga Shabalala

MOST STYLISH FEMALE CELEB

Jo-Ann Strauss
Minnie Dlamini
Pearl Thusi
Shashi Naidoo
Vanessa Carreira

MOST STYLISH MALE CELEB

Da Les
Faf du Plessis
Maps Maponyane
Janez Vermeiren
Siv Ngesi

FAVOURITE ACTRESS

Boity Thulo (Rockville)
Connie Ferguson (Generations: The Legacy)
Diaan Lawrenson (7de Laan)
Leeanda Reddy (Isidingo)
Masasa Mbangeni (Scandal!)

FAVOURITE ACTOR

Brighton Ngoma (Scandal!)
Jet Novuka (Isidingo)
Rapulana Seiphemo (Generations: The Legacy)
Shona Ferguson (Rockville)
Theodore Jantjies (7de Laan)

FAVOURITE SPORTS STAR

AB de Villiers
Dale Steyn
Duane Vermeulen
Hashim Amla
Schalk Burger

FAVOURITE MUSIC STAR

AKA
Beatenberg
Cassper Nyovest
Jimmy Nevis
Toya Delazy

FAVOURITE RADIO PERSONALITY

Anele Mdoda (94.7)
Darren “Whackhead” Simpson (94.7)
DJ Fresh (5FM)
Robert Marawa (MetroFM)
Xolani Gwala (702 Talk Radio)

SOCIAL MEDIA STAR

Boity Thulo
Bonang Matheba
Gareth Cliff
Minnie Dlamini
Trevor Gumbi

FAVOURITE SOAPIE

7de Laan
Generations: The Legacy
Isidingo
Rockville
Scandal!

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Boity Apologising for Her Throwback Homophobic Remarks Is A Good Start

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The surfacing of archived tweets containing homophobic sentiments by a slew of South African celebrities has opened dialogues about the toxic heterosexist landscape of the local entertainment business. 

Just days after her first ever Hip Hop joint set the streets ablaze and earned the media-personality-turned-rapper her first number one on iTunes, Boity has had to apologise for homophobic remarks she tweeted almost a decade ago. She also acknowledged that while her views have changed along with her growth, she used to be quite the outspoken homophobe back then.

The apology comes after a series of old homophobic tweets resurfaced. She was only 19 years old when she vented her hateful spleen towards the queer community, but she has grown a lot over the years. Her views on sexuality were “warped” back then, but she knows better now.

Tweeted Boity amid backlash; “A decade ago, I was naive, homophobic, young and didn’t know better”, she explained. ” I was 19 and my views on sexuality were warped. We grow, our views change and we do better. It’s gut-wrenching and embarrassing to see them now however I am not the same person I was 10 years ago.”

She proceeded to apologise to everyone she has hurt in the old tweets.


The tweets in question were published over different occasions. In one, she is upset by what she perceives to be a surge in the representation of black gay male romance in local TV soapies.

In another scathing tweet, she leaves no shred of doubt about how she feels about the queer community.  
Boity’s apology was met with further debates about the unaddressed homophobia that goes on unchecked in the South African entertainment business.

Despite increasing visibility, what with the likes of Somizi and, amongst other Nakhane Toure proudly shining the spotlight on the existence of gay people in the creative industry, there’s no doubt the business remains rigidly heterosexist.

Tweets allegedly published on Nadia Nakai and Rouge’s Twitter years ago have also attracted some interest, but the two rappers are yet to take actual ownership. That remains to be seen.

While polarising, Boity’s apology has been embraced by many as a good start at acknowledging the pain she has caused many people. She herself was young at the time, and how many of us wish we could have expressed ourselves differently ten years ago.

 

 

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Bonang Covers GQ’s “Power Issue”!

Bonang has become the first female South African celeb to get a standalone GQ cover, ever! Details on the “Power” Issue

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Our Queen Bonang has become the first female South African celebrity to feature as a stand alone on the cover of GQ Magazine

The men’s lifestyle publication on Thursday unveiled Bonang as the cover girl for their September “Power Issue”. In it, the media Queen tackles the role of power in “the year of the woman”, touches on her hopes for the future and also chats, ironically, about stuff you will never hear her talk about.

And although the issue hits the stands this Monday on the 27th, we wonder if that list includes her highly publicized relationship with her former boyfriend AKA, with whom she split earlier this year.

She threw some subtle hints on how that relationship has shifted her approach to romance on her reality show Being Bonang; revealing at the time that she has not intentions of dating anyone, anytime soon.

She’s also pleading the fifth on her fallout with former BFF Somizi, with whom she’s said to have settled old scores at the recent DStv Viewers Choice Awards announcements private function. Bonang is said to have been polite to Somgaga, despite the recent shade he tossed her way during an appearance on Pearl Thusi’s television show.

Moving beyond all that drama with a kind of grace that she’s become known for, Bonang has been moving on to even bigger wins in her career. Amongst those is her co-hosting duties at the looming Global Citizen stage, where she will be sharing the spotlight with the likes of Dave Chapelle, Trevor Noah and amongst others Oprah Winfrey.

The Power Issue features Bonang striking a bose pose in a black cleavage bearing blazer, which has hints of lightweight rose gold shimmer

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Boity Has Her Eyes Set On Dropping Some Music

Boity is set to be working hard to launch a music career, with a Nasty C collaboration in the works to kickstart it all!

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Boity usually raises temperatures with her consistent supply of stunning snaps on her social media accounts. But one picture was accompanied by a caption that left fans debating amongst themselves.

The 28-year old media personality appears to be announcing a single, but didn’t follow up with details around premiere dates and things of that nature. Known mainly for television presenting, her beauty business ventures and some acting, the announcement caught many off-guard.


But, she’s reportedly serious about launching a successful music career. An insider claims that she’s so advanced in her plans to take over the charts that she’s now eyeing an entire album.

In fact, Boity has been publicly toying with the idea of pursuing a music career for years now. Having teased fans with what appeared to be pics of recording sessions with Nasty C last year, Boity finally confirmed last year she had hopped in studio with him to work on a duet.

And back at Cassper Nyovest’s Fill Up Orlando Stadium in 2016, she treated Tsibipians to a few bars of her own, a mini session which had attendees with a lot to chat about.

Boity now joins a long list of television personalities who expanded their portfolios to take on the music business and vice versa. The likes of Naak Musiq, Thembi Seete and Zola 7 are a few names that transitioned between acting and presenting to being successful recording artists.

SLIDE RIGHT MORE OF HER HOT STILLS WITH AUSTEN MALEMA 

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