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South Africa’s 5 Most Inspiring Celebrities – Youth Edition 2017!

From a TV personality with more than 5 television shows airing at the same time, to a self made digital media mogul, here’s 5 young SA celebs who are serving life inspo goals right now

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June marks Youth Month in South Africa, as we reflect on the brave acts of the 1976 youth who went out on the 16th of June that year to protest against unfair laws that enforced Afrikaans as compulsory in black township schools nationally.

500 youths were killed on that day.

But while the national holiday is a time we should all take to remember their brave acts against an evil system, it’s also an opportunity to shine a light on South African youth who are smashing down doors and inspiring young people to rise to the best expression of themselves.

And as we do every year, let’s take a look at young people making big and bold moves in South African showbiz.

TREVOR NOAH 

He’s only 33 years old, but Trevor Noah has already lived out his wildest dreams. The comedian and The Daily Show host recently beat out the likes of Ellen DeGeneres and RuPaul to snatch the gong for Favourite TV Host at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards. Then there’s the penthouse in Manhattan, the TIME cover… let’s not drag this on too much – you already know the deal with Trevz and history making ways…

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DJ BLACK COFFEE 

DJ Black features on Drake’s latest mixtape More Life. He also has, amongst other collaborative efforts we’ve seen emerge with international acts, worked with the likes of Alicia Keys.

He has a residency in Ibiza, Spain, this coming summer. Black Coffee will be jetting off to Ibiza to start rocking out Saturdays at Hï Ibiza as part of his first ever residency, from June 30th until September 30th. Read more of that HERE

Undoubtedly the highest paid DJ in the continent, DJ Black Coffee spends a lot of time playing for crowds around the world, and introducing them to the African house music sound.

READ: 10 HIGHEST EARNING SOUTH AFRICAN CELEBRITIES 

DJ SBU

DJ Sbu has accumulated so many titles throughout his massively successful career it’s not easy to pin him down to just one thing. Yet the 38 year old ‘Billionaire Under Construction’ , as his book is titled, proves with every unpredictable move that he knows no limits for himself.

Real name Sbusiso Leope, the multi skilled big dreamer has done everything from Radio to TV presenting and churning out multi platinum albums.

And just when many thought he’d reached the pinnacle of his success, the Thembisa bred entrepreneur moved on to retail business – starting his own energy beverage business – MoFaya. Just before releasing his book, Sbu announced that he will be launching his very own online radio station.

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TBO TOUCH 

Tbo Touch smashed many hearts when he announced his departure from Metro FM mid 2016, despite being paid over R2 million for his radio presenting duties at the controversial SABC radio station. Back then, most were not aware that Touch had been getting ready for the launch of his own online radio station Touch HD (formerly known as ‘Touch Central’)

Following a reported R28 million upgrade of the successful radio station, Touch roped in some of the biggest names in SA radio, including former Metro FM colleague Glen Lewis, who left the station after 22 years to join Touch HD.

Shooting this MEGA show on top of #TouchHD offices #whatatimetobealive

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CASSPER NYOVEST 

Cassper Nyovest’s latest album, Thuto, went Gold within a day, and then hit platinum in less than a month after being released. Tito Mboweni, the album’s lead single, tallied a million views in less than two weeks on YouTube, becoming the fastest South African music video to reach a million views over there.

Thuto also hit a 1 million streams on iTunes in a week. All of that came just days after announcing brand ambassadorship duties with Ciroc, which happened weeks after the Family Tree record label founder launched his merchandise store in Newtown, Johannesburg.

Most recently, the 26 year old rapper’s 2016 history making Fill Up The Dome Concert was availed for premium streaming on NetFlix.

There’s a lot happening in his career, each accomplishment more impressive than the previous. His highly anticipated concert at FNB Stadium, the biggest arena in Africa, will likely top everything else on his 2017 To-Do’s.

BONANG MATHEBA

Ever slay ready Queen B branded 2017 ‘The Year of the Queen’, and no wonder!

The media personality, fashion icon, face of Revlon and cognac brand Courvoisierbusinesswoman – with her own lingerie line at SA retailer Woolworths, has two TV show premiering on two different channels this July.

Being Bonang, a reality show chronicling the busy B’s life debuts on VUZU AMP (co-produced by her production company Bonang Matheba Entertainment) around the same time that the KFC Taste Kitchen, a cooking show she will be hosting on Mzansi Magic, will both appear on the telly at the same time.

The two shows are mere additions to Bonang’s ongoing television gigs as she is currently a presenter on Top Billing and Afternoon Express (SABC 3). All red carpets that matter also keep her trotting around for coverage, thanks to her red carpet shows on E! Entertainment.

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Just on TV alone, she reigns supreme.

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Thando Thabethe Slammed Over ‘Open Up The Industry’ Defiance

Thando Thabethe joins Lerato Kganyago in challenging #OpenUpTheIndustry

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She’s one of the hardest working women in the South African creative industry, and there’s no shred of doubt that a lot of hard work goes into juggling the many projects Thando Thabethe dabbles in.

But, Thabooty ruffled feathers when on Wednesday, the multi hyphenate media personality and entrepreneur was ensnared in the throes of a public counter-blast following her tweets on the persistent #OpenUpTheIndustry movement.

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Thando, who feels that she’s “worked very hard” to get where she is, does not believe that there’s any capacity for her to open anything up, especially seeing she does not really call the shots. “I will be damned before I’m told to open up the industry!!!”, she wrote.

“Open it up for yourself like all of us did!!! To this day… I audition!!! I’ve worked very hard to get where I am…and I’m only just getting started.”

The actress followed with many more tweets expanding on her sentiment.

RELATED: OUR 5 MINUTES WITH THANDO THABETHE – INTERVIEW

Thabethe’s tweets sparked a dialogue about the rarity of opportunity vs. entitlement. Your thoughts?

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Nomzamo’s Activism Put On Blast on Twitter

Nomzamo apologizes for taking a picture with Arthur Mafokate at the ANC’s election manifesto launch in Durban.

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Black Twitter opened up the floodgates on Sunday to release a furore of attacks directed at TVs Nomzamo Mbatha for taking a picture with former 999 head Arthur Mafokate. Both were in attendance at the ANC’s election manifesto launch in Durban on Saturday where the picture was taken. The backlash was sparked in relation to the actress’ Cosmopolitan Magazine cover for the Activist issue. At the time when the issue dropped, there was much uproar in the Twitter streets as tweeps were of the opinion that she wasn’t deserving to grace the cover.

RELATED: NOMZAMO PUTS TWITTER TROLL IN THEIR PLACE

Twitter objected to Nomzamo’s picture, seemingly all smile with Arthur who has a history of women abuse.

Nomzamo was quick to defend herself, taking to social media to detail how the picture came about. The was also masses of fans that came to her defense, arguing that the picture shouldn’t cloud all the work that she’s done to advance women empowerment.

The ANC further distanced themselves from the disgraced Kwaito artist, stating that he was not invited to the manifesto. “The African National Congress condemns the conduct of Arthur Mafokate at its Manifesto Launch rally on 12 January 2019 when he stormed the stage uninvited and caused undue mayhem. While the ANC has worked with and supported Mafokate over many years, however, reports of his alleged abusive conduct towards a female accomplice go against the values and policies of the ANC which denounce gender-based violence,” the ANC said in a statement.

Will Black Twitter ever give Nomzamo a break? Is her apology accepted? Leave a comment below and continue the conversation.

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Nomuzi Slammed For Fake Car Crash Social Campaign

Nomuzi’s shocking fake car crash has been explained as an initiative aimed at raising awareness of the potentially fatal effects on drinking, texting and driving.

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Nomuzi Mabena's car crash was faked to raise awareness against drinking and driving
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Nomuzi Mabena found herself enduring throes of backlash on Friday.

The public counterblast followed a shocking publicity stunt staged by the V-Entertainment TV presenter and rapper, who on Thursday left fans chilled when her Instagram live stream appeared to end in a car crash.

The live stream features a decidedly inebriated Nomuzi interacting live with her followers as she announced that she would be soon accepting aspirant artists on her record label. The clip was taken in Nomuzi’s car after a date night with her boyfriend Sbu, who also happens to be her manager. The end of the ‘stream’ is a disturbing crash that left the country sending out prayers throughout the night and in the early hours on Friday.

While other fans reported having cross-nighted due to anxiety and fear for her life, Moozlie’s team kept mum for the better part of Friday. We now know that the silence was part of a carefully orchestrated campaign to shock fans and “spark a dialogue” about drinking and driving.

In what we now also know to be backpaddling from what was meant to be a full 48 hours of ghosting the nation, Mabena dished out an explanation of how the whole thing was a brand publicity move aimed at raising awareness against drinking and driving. Turns out the fake crash was a conceptual partnership between the rapper, Volkswagen and their Drive Dry campaign.

“We don’t want to see another year where thousands 0f lives are lost on our roads because of drinking and driving”, she wrote in a statement published on her social platforms.

But while the Vatel hitmaker explained that the intention of the traumatic clip was “never to distress any fans, friends or family”, the stunt was harshly criticised for being insensitive and potentially triggering for those who’ve had to recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that resulted from car accidents, those who’ve lost loved ones in tragic accidents under similar circumstances, and countless other instances where the advert could have opened have caused serious psychological harm.

The other side of the raging debate has focused on how the campaign has really championed a discussion about driving under the influence.

Your thoughts on the campaign?

Did they take it too far or was it a good initiative to talk about the very real, and very serious incidents of driving under the influence and allowing ourselves to be distracted by social media, thereby putting not only ourselves but other drivers in danger? Hit us up in the comments section below.

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