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Excellence Under 25: These Youngins Are Not Here To Play!

Kicking off youth month: We take a look at the biggest names under the age of 25 in the country

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At just 25 years and younger, the celebrities we have featured in this list have achieved things peers twice their age can only envy. And since today marks the first day of a month South Africa dedicates to the youth, we have decided to zoom in on these young movers and shakers who are boldly devoting their lives to their careers for their greatest dreams. With one intention – be inspired to live your best life and believe in your dreams.

CASSPER NYOVEST – 25

Cassper Nyovest

Cassper Nyovest is the true definition of a ground breaker. The 25 year old rapper has done everything from selling two platinum albums while being an independent artist, filling up the Dome without initial corporate backing, getting his own phone, starting his own label and now looking to crack the global market – all done at the tender age of 24. Way up.

READ: 15 INSPIRING SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN TO TAKE TIPS FROM!

NOMZAMO MBATHA – 25

Nomzamo Mbatha

Nubian Princess Nomzamo Mbatha is being touted the industry’s ‘it girl’, which she seems to defy. For one thing – the ‘it girl’ tag has a sell-by date. But with Ma-Mbatha’s smarts, her strong work ethic, her diverse portfolio and her evident ambition, this is a timeless girl. She’s just returned from the Cannes Film Festival to continue her multiple gigs, bag more endorsement deals and look hot AF while doing all of that.

READ: 10 TIMES NOMZAMO MBATHA OWNED HER HERITAGE

ANATII – 23 

Anatii

At just 23, Anatii’s supreme production skills have been commended for their role in bringing Hip Hop at the forefront of the mainstream South African music industry. The SAGA rapper and music producer has created some of the greatest songs local Hip Hop has seen, for the likes of Cassper Nyovest and AKA, amongst others. Anatii has just returned from some globetrotting duties in the US, where he says he went for work. Key word, WORK.

READ: WATCH OUT! GLOBAL IS THE NEW PLAYGROUND FOR SA CELEBS

NOMUZI MABENA – 23

Nomuzi Mabena

It’s hard to believe that Skhanda Queen is just 23! The former MTV presenter is so bold that her presence in showbiz seems longer than it really has been. Now a presenter on VUZU and Channel O, the rapper and fashion icon is determined to capture global audience with as much finesse as her icon, Brenda Fassie.

DJ SPEEDSTA – 24

DJ Speedsta

He turned 24 just the other day, but DJ Speedsta’s name has been popping for quite the minute now. The club DJ  turned record producer, TV and radio presenter has sure nailed the juggling act, and seems to be good with squeezing all of that with some side globetrotting in all these islands. He’s cute too, but really that’s besides the point.

BOITY – 25

Boity Thulo

All that drama on Twitter a few weeks back when Boity posted snaps of her new mansion (that she bought cash, with receipts for your peace of mind) is because  -‘How can she be buying herself such at 25?’.

But that selective thinking blinded participants in that thread from the fact that Ms. Thulo has been pushing her hustle for eons. With TV shows, presenting duties, modelling gigs, endorsement deals and being Boity (we imagine even that is a job sometimes), it’s hardly a shock that the girl has so much buying power. She’s winning. Move on.

NASTY C – 19

Nasty C

He’s too young to gain entrance in many clubs, but that doesn’t stop his hits Juice Back or Hell Naw from being on repeat in every club. He is being touted as the emerging king of South African Hip Hop, a title he doesn’t seem to rejecting too violently. Now though, we all await that meeting that is reportedly on the pipeline with Roc Nation. Next stop: world domination.

READ: OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH NASTY C

MINNIE DLAMINI – 25

minnie dlamini

The more interesting question would be – what hasn’t Minnie done? She’s still got a couple more weeks to enjoy being the massively successful media darling that she is in South Africa, but Minnie has mentioned that her next step is venturing into the African turf to see what lies there for her. Girl, go get your coins in Africa.

EMTEE – 23

Emtee

Emtee’s been sweeping awards left right and centre, but he is 23. The Avery rapper is one of the country’s leading rappers, which says a lot when the game has been lifted so dramatically. Now eyeing a massive night at the SAMAs, Emtee can only starting prepping to cement his impact with a sophomore album.

READ: OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH EMTEE

The proof is in the pudding, young South Africans have a killer instinct when it comes to fetching their destinies.

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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.

The House of Dragon

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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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