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South African Film ‘The Wound’ Shortlisted For Oscar Nomination!

Award-winning South African film The Wound was announced as one of nine international films that have been shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the upcoming 90th Annual Oscar Awards.

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It is certainly one of the finest works to have emerged from this part of the world.

And on Friday, the award-winning South African film The Wound was announced as one of nine international films that have been shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the upcoming 90th Annual Oscar Awards.

The John Trengove directed film explores traditional African masculinity and sexuality through the story of two men who develop a romantic bond while at a Xhosa initiation ritual.

The nine films were selected from a list of no less than 92 titles that were submitted for the prestigious award.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the shortlisted nine films will now screen for committees in New York, Los Angeles, and London. The committees will then vote for their film of choice, with the final cut to nominees to be announced on the 23rd of January, 2018.

The Shortlist:

Chile, A Fantastic Woman, Sebastián Lelio, director
Germany, In the Fade, Fatih Akin, director
Hungary, On Body and Soul, Ildikó Enyedi, director
Israel, Foxtrot, Samuel Maoz, director
Lebanon, The Insult, Ziad Doueiri, director
Russia, Loveless, Andrey Zvyagintsev, director
Senegal, Félicité, Alain Gomis, director
South Africa, The Wound, John Trengove, director
Sweden, The Square, Ruben Östlund, director

The event will be taking place on March 4th, 2018.

 

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Funniest Reactions To New Load Shedding Lows

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It’s no secret that South Africans generally make it a habit to deploy humour and laughter as a coping mechanism during some pretty messed up times.

Following the announcement of imminent stage 5 and 6 load shedding on Tuesday, Black Twitter produced some of its finest work. Obviously, everyone is pretty frustrated that we will all be fumbling in the dark, quite literally, for far longer than previously feared.

And while there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel (see what we did there), there’s at least ample opportunity for the creative minds to unleash some funny reactions to what is otherwise a pretty sad situation. Here’s a few from the lot;

 

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Bonang’s House Of BNG Is Finally Here!

Bonang premiered her highly anticipated ‘House of BNG’ MCC at a glitzy celebrity packed affair.

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Bonang Matheba continues on her winning streak. The 31 year old media personality finally gave her highly anticipated range of Methode Cap Classique (MCC) the sparkling treatment we’ve come to know from her. And true to her reputation, Matheba becomes the first black woman to boast this feat.

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Triumphant! Bonang Matheba will now bank on her famous quotable – ‘Champagne darling!’ Photo Credit: Bonang via Instargram

It showed on Monday when she looked triumphant in a burgundy plunging gown at her exclusive launch party. The shindig, which was attended by a considerable celebrity electorate, came days after Queen B first announced that her very own ‘champagne’, would be hitting the shelves within the month.

 

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A glammed up troop of South Africa’s most recognisable faces was assembled to celebrate the unveiling House of BNG.

The A-lister guest list included Somizi, whose appearance thrilled fans and triggered a social trend as fans could not revelling the plot twist. The two once inseparable buddies seemed to have put behind their long history of feuding behind, choosing instead to laugh it all in front of photographers.

House of BNG will be available at Woolies and online first before seeing other retailers. Photo Credit: IOL Lifestyle, via Twitter

We can’t stop but wonder if these scenes will make it on a potential crossover episode of Bonang’s Being Bonang, or Somizi‘s Living The Dream? After all, Legend Manqele, the executive producer for both shows, couldn’t stop gushing about the iconic reunion of Mzansi’s most loved celebrity chomies.

The House of BNG launch comes just days after Bonang debuted her new Cosmopolitan cover.

Bonang Matheba Cosmopolitan 2019

Mo’ge embraces her well publicised love for the pink hue, as she dons a cute pink number for the ‘Boss, Babe’ issue. It also took place not long after the people’s returned from her stay in New York, where she’s said to have been filming her looming reality show – Bonang, Coming to America. 

The House of BNG will be available exclusively at Woolies and online for a while, before being sent to other retailers. Both bottles of Brut and Brut Rose (750 ML) will cost you as… little as R399.00 each.

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How To Guarantee A Valentine’s Gift This Year

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If you are reading this you probably didn’t get a valentines gift and you are wondering why? Are you are that girl every year that finds herself waiting for that surprise gift that never shows up? Or have you just given up entirely on Valentine’s Day because your partner thinks it’s pointless and he always has to go to the “men’s conference” this week.

You try to avoid it, but deep down you want those random flowers sent your office accompanied by that cute creepy teddy bear, chocolates (even though you on a diet) and a note that reads: “Be ready by 8, I am taking you somewhere special. Love, your lover”.

And then you end the lovely night with some old school R&B music on that Bold & The Beautiful love making. Pretty much seems like the perfect cheesy date you’ve been dreaming of. Or maybe you not that fussy and all you are asking for is just flowers, or even a rose ‘nje’. But still ‘dololo!’

With all efforts you make, to remind him of the big day coming, by hinting via WhatsApp stories, still no gift? All you end up getting is a lame happy valentines text or better yet for those that are single NOTHING except for WhatsApp stories of other people being spoiled rotten while you stare at your screen at work. Which ends up ruining your entire mood and making you become the biggest advocate for anti valentines days.

So, now, how do we fix this?

Do we buy ourselves flowers and post them? Do we ship our boyfriends to boyfriending academy? You are probably waiting for 6 fire tips to getting those gifts but unfortunately I don’t have them, what anticlimax huh?! But I will help you enjoy this Valentine’s Day differently, with no expectations.

There are a few things you can do this Valentine’s to not feel so alone, like:

WEEKDAY MAYHEM

You can spice things up by taking you and your girls on a night out clubbing, karaoke night, singles party, speedy dating etc. what ever rocks your boat.

GIFT EXCHANGE

I would suggest you get all your friends that didn’t get a gift to come over to your place with an item from their closet that doesn’t fit or they don’t want and exchange simultaneously. You would be surprised what treasure you would find in someone else’s trash and you could bond over some wine too.

‘WE GOT NO GIFTS’ DINNER

Call anyone you know for a cosy dinner laughing at your silly Valentines expectations

CHEAT DAY!

Buy yourself those guilty pleasures treats just this once because you deserve it. That’s your love language moes.

GAMES NIGHT

Call your friends over for game night, it gets your mind of things.

Be creative have fun with it, make it a day to look forward to every year. Take this as an opportunity to remind those you love, how much you love them. This Valentine’s Day amplify your love. Always remember love exists within yourself, others just amplify it. Go on and express your love language.

#LoveLanguage #LoveLivesHere

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