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The Year Of Shade: 10 Celebrity Twars We Won’t Forget in 2015!

It’s that time of the year when we get to reflect on the year that was and to kick things off, we take a look at the biggest Twitter celebrity fueds in 2015.

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Tradition dictates that November be set aside as a sacred time to reflect on the year that was – all the victories and fails. And what a crazy year 2015 was! So kick things off as we edge closer to the end, we shine a light on all the shade that took place in celebrityland on social media when they suddenly went off their PR checklists to reveal inner ratchedry.


ORLANDO PIRATES vs. CHICKEN LICKIN

Who would have thunk? Chicken Lickin pulled a Nandos (see what we did there?) on Monday afternoon when they suddenly offered Orlando Pirates some of their fried chicken to help them grieve their Derby loss this past weekend. But as a retaliation, Orlando Pirates politely declined the offer, adding that they prefer their ‘chicken without the hair.’ And then accompanied all that spice with a Nandos flyer. Okay now that hurts, we weren’t ready.

EUPHONIK vs. BONANG

They were once inseparable lovebirds, but these days Bonang Matheba and Euphonik don’t exactly flock together. This reality was made all that more explicit in August this year when the DJ got a bit salty. He weighed in on rife speculation that Nigerian heartthrob D’Banj had dumped the Queen B for an old flame. He posted shade plenty pics, one with some popcorn and another alluding to a certain person being a side chick. Though to be fair, he later came out to clear the air – saying he could not care less what happens in Matheba’s life. We believe him.

PEARL THUSI vs. BEYONCE’S DRESS

She is not one to pull any punches when it comes down to speaking her mind, so it could have been just another day in a life when Pearl Thusi was not sold on Beyoncè’s gown at the Met Ball earlier this year. She did not understand it. Which is one thing, but to speak ill of Bey in that part of the world is not always the smartest move, considering how protective they are of Mrs Carter. It soon degenerated into full on drag session between Thusi and Beyonce’s fans. Hilarious, yes. Check that HERE

MAPS MAPONYANE vs. BLACK TWITTER

Maps Maponyane was forced to admit that he just suffered a moment of stupidity recently when he dragged for a tweet he posted about the word xhosa meaning ‘angry man’ in the Khoi-San language. His epiphany was cut short when peeps were not impressed with the discovery. Well it all ended well after that admission at least.

UNATHI vs. STUDENT

Metro FM radio personality Unathi Msengana did not laugh back at all the sarcasm that stormed her timeline after she advanced an unpopular comment about black students protesting against Afrikaans at the University of Stellenbosch. They should have known what they were getting into, she opined. So she took a heated visit to a student’s DMs and gave her a piece of her mind. Amongst other things, she called the student a ‘psycho b****’, which got her suspended by the station. Read more HERE

OMUHLE GELA vs. K NAOMI

Omuhle Gela and K Naomi aired all their laundry for all sundry in May this year when they suddenly plunged into a spicy twar over Lunga Shabalala. Naomi flew into a rage and checked Gela. “Lunga isn’t mine”, she jotted. “You can’t have him, this time not during my relationship.” But Omuhle was not take the blows from the sideline. She fired back “DURING your relationship? Clearly you lacked something…not my fault.” Ouch!

They blocked each other. And then deleted the tweets. The end.

CASSPER NYOVEST vs. AKA

A certain gossip site known for publishing everything to the freshest tweet about this recurring twar probably has an entire archive on the most documented feud in the country, but we aren’t there anymore. When allegations of an assault transpired earlier this year, we called it quits on following the relentless strife between the rappers, who went through 2015 firing shots at each other online, in songs and probably in toilets. It just isn’t fun anymore. But then again it was a big twar, this one.

DINEO RANAKA vs. NTSIKI MAZWAI

The country woke up one Monday to find their timelines littered with jabs and shots between Dineo Ranaka and Twar Twitter regular Ntsiki Mazwai. It all began with a series of comments Mazwai made that morning about black women and weaves. Ranaka jumped in, pleading with Ntsiki Mazwai for a break from all the moaning. She also took the time to ask the fiesty poet to spend the time hitting the bathtubs. In retaliation, Ranaka was reminded of all the baby fathers she has. Check more of that tussle HERE

AKA vs. BLACK COFFEE

AKA’s shade detection device is quite on point, and will miss not a dagger that might possibly drag him. During the coldest days of 2015’s winter, the rapper launched a scathing tirade against DJ Black Coffee for insinuating that local rappers should start focussing on making music rather than busy themselves with the activities of ratchet Twitter. That is, greener pastures could be awaiting them if they brought down all the fighting on social media down a peg. All of that quickly degenerated into a full on war of words from AKA.

AKA vs. IfANI

He pulls not a punch on social media and elsewhere, but the shade he unleashed on Ifani earlier this year still managed to make headlines. There, Keirnan questioned Ifani’s claim that his album had gone gold in a day. AKA said at the time that he had never seen anyone with an actual copy of the album, and that an energy drink company had bought all the albums for promotional purposes. The energy drink company denied it. It was a whole mess. It’s HERE

NTSIKI MAZWAI vs. THE WRONG PEARL

What’s worse than launching an attack on someone based on facts you got wrong? Attacking the wrong celebrity because they share a first name and happen to work on the same station. Yup, that’s exactly what went down this winter when Ntsiki suddenly opened fire on Pearl Modiadie because she mentioning something about Ntsiki only having one song. At least when it was brought to her attention that she had dragged the wrong person into the brawl, she rectified her mistake…by launching yet another attack on the other Pearl (Thusi).

And it’s all because someone said she has one song.

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Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed

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We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.

When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.

A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.

The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.

This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.

Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.

Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.

After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.

Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.

In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.

After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.

Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.

THE ENDING

Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.

Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.

In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?

Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.

We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.

What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.

We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.

Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.

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First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’

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Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.

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First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe,  the world ready to let old baggage go.

The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.

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Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it

‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.

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The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.

While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.

Midnight Mass

“The LORD’s angel”‘s life giving blood comes scams locals into horrible mistakes on Midnight Mass.

When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.

With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.

It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.

We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.

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