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RECAP of The Queen – TGOM Leaves A Power Vacuum

The lowdown on what happened last week on The Queen, including Gracious’ funeral.

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The death of Gracious has left a power vacuum. Although Goodness expected to step into the big shoes left by her mother, she found out that the drug business is not for the faint hearted. The Theron cartel, whose specialty is selling guns and ammunition, is temporarily under the leadership of the jaded looking Jasmine. This came as a shock since the Theron men are notoriously misogynistic.

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If you have been following The Queen since the beginning, you will know that Jasmine is the widow of Cassiem, the man who famously refused to work with Diamond Mabuza – “over my dead body” he said. Diamond of course obliged. He shot him and conducted business with the remaining members of the Big Five, over Cassiem’s body. I’m not sure who is deader, Cassiem or Jasmine’s acting. The sooner Harriet kills her, the better for everyone.

The wheel turns

Jasmine arranged a carjacking for Goodness, simply to demonstrate the younger woman’s vulnerability. Of course, Goodness was unmoved. “Over my dead body” she said. Jasmine arranged an accident for her. How the wheel truly turns. It was a Mabuza who killed Jasmine’s husband after he uttered the same words; over my dead body. Fortunately, Goodness walked away from the car crash with just a bloody nose.

Woman on top

Mziwoxolo Mabuza, sensing that his niece, Goodness, was in way over her head, approached Harriet for protection. But of course, Goodness is as stubborn as her parents, Gracious and Goldfinger. Skhumbuzo “Dollar” Zulu is also in Jasmine’s crosshairs. He too approached Harriet with a proposition for a partnership. But, Harriet laughed in his face. She would rather have Dollar working under her, a proposal that he finds unacceptable.

First rule of selling drugs

Siyanda has become a drug mule for Brutus. But she forgot the first rule of selling drugs; don’t get high on your own supply. She is tumbling down a cocaine sprinkled rabbit hole from which very few people return. Perhaps drug dealers should use their own product for first-hand experience. Maybe Kagiso would have noticed that his girlfriend has been high all the time.

Siyanda Doing Drugs - The Queen

Even the normally sharp-eyed Harriet did not spot Siyanda’s strange behaviour behind her perfect makoti act of baking cakes and buying gifts for the family. Only Dingane noticed Siyanda was high when he found her washing windows in the middle of the night. Siyanda’s daughter, Neo, has already lost one parent. Fingers crossed that Siyanda is not too far gone for an intervention.

Shootout

Harriet called for a meeting in an abandoned warehouse between her, Jasmine and Dollar. But in the history of television, nothing good ever came out of a rendezvous in a desolate warehouse. The meeting deteriorated into a gun fight in which Kagiso, as always, played the rescuer and whisked Goodness away to safety – eyeroll. What Kagiso doesn’t know is that while he was playing the retired soldier hero, his girlfriend Siyanda has become the poster girl for Don’t Do Drugs. To be honest, in the hail of bullets, I had hoped one slug to find its mark inside Jasmine’s forehead.

Shootout - The Queen

But Charmoné Blennies, who plays the very bored looking Jasmine, was only good for a part role – Cassiem’s widow – and even the greatest optimist would struggle to see her portraying Harriet’s arch-nemesis for longer than the Covid-19 lockdown. Jasmine escaped without even a broken fingernail, sadly. Perhaps Siyanda could share her next stash of cocaine with her.

If snorting a few lines does not perk up her character, fingers crossed, it might just kill her from an overdose. Back at the Mabuza house, Kagiso with gun in hand, scanned the perimeter for intruders before sinking into the sofa next to Goodness. It is at this point that Goodness’ stubbornness melted. She accepted Harriet’s offer for protection.

Goodbye Kea Khoza?

So soon after the character Gracious Mabuza was killed, there is talk of another leading actor being released from The Queen. Dineo Langa, who plays society girl, Keabetswe Khoza has parted ways with production company, Ferguson Films. She follows Zenande Mfenyane and Motsoaledi Setumo. Needless to say, the Fergusons trended on Twitter with most fans sympathising with Dineo Langa.

Shaka and Kea were central characters. The show revolves around the Khozas. No amount of improvisation can replace a family member as we have seen with SK Khoza’s Shaka Khoza role. Even with the inclusion of Dingane, The Queen has not regained the lustre of its previous seasons. We remain anxious to see how the Fergusons will re-inject the lost zest.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to land on Disney+ in February

Welcome to Wakanda!

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Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are in for a treat. Disney+ has announced that 1 February marks the arrival of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The blockbuster will be joining 16 other on the streaming platform.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, ruler of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, is now playing in theaters. 

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The Shocking Fallout of Black Motion

Tensions have reportedly escalated.

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They are one of South Africa’s most revered music duos.

Their discography packs both blockbuster club bangers and lush delights for lovers of House with a transcendental African sonic flair. And the explosive fallout of Black Motion, which has been splashed across the internet long before reaching the courts, has shocked many.

Loved for their electrifying live performances and awe-inspiring chemistry, Mörda and Smol have always seemed like musical soulmates. But that relationship seems to have reached a bitter end.

In 2022, rumours of their reported split triggered a frenzy on the internet. Following the uproar, the group’s members Bongani Mohosana, who now goes as Mörda, and Smol (real name Roy Thabo Mabogwane), jointly calmed fears that they had fallen out.

It had been said the break would be temporary, as Mörda moved to focus on the release of his solo studio album.

Far from it, it now seems. The parties have escalated things to court.

According to reports, Black Motions have confirmed that they had pressed charges against Mörda for alleged housebreaking and theft.

A court order by the High Court in Gauteng posted on social media has ordered Morda to “restore possession of a recording studio apparatus” to the group by 13 January, at 5pm. 

Black Motion shared snaps of the alleged damage caused by Morda – a broken door and stolen equipment.

 

It looks like we won’t be getting a new Black Motion album with Mörda anytime soon.

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Inside the Big Brother Titans Premiere!

South Africa and Nigeria unite under Biggie’s roof.

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Sunday, 15 February 2023, marks the roaring arrival of BBTitans.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW.

The highly anticipated social experiment brings under Biggie’s roof housemates from both South Africa and Nigeria. And for 72 days, we will be splashed with the finest in South African and Nigerian swag, banter, romance and all the trappings of a fun-filled, dramatic and – we’d hope – an entertaining show.

A first of its kind, the social experiment assembles the most colourful personalities from the two nations to outwit, outplay and outsmart each other in a bid to get their hands on a massive bag, life-changing bag!

In addition to a number of lofty prizes that will likely be on the line throughout the season, the winner of the show will also be walking away, a whopping grand prize of US $100 000 (over R1,7 million) is up for grabs for the one who trounces his Housemates to charm audiences across the continent.

That’s not all; the amount of social capital, celebrity and opportunities for lucrative brand deals after the show, all form part of the career-launching lift-off that comes with being on the popular franchise.

Both Big Brother Mzansi host Lawrence Maleka and Big Brother Naija’s Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will co-host this debut season.

Fans of Big Brother Mzansi and Big Brother Naija in the diaspora are not left out as Showmax will stream the show in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and about 50 other countries.

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