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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Shannon Esra

Fun facts about actress Shannon Esra!



You might recognise her as the brunette bombshell who stars on SA television as the quick-witted lawyer, Sandra Stein. Her character holds the unparalleled distinction of having appeared in Mzansi’s big four telenovelas; The Queen, The River, The Throne and, most recently, Gomora. She is none other than the beautiful Shannon Esra. But, there is more to actor than meets the eye.

1. Shannon the artist

When not cross-examining witnesses in court, Shannon Esra loves to paint. Here is one of her abstract paintings titled Morning Star.

sharron esra painting

2. The writer

Due to the rigorous demands of television, Shannon has shelved a screenplay that she has been working on for three years. But, the Still Breathing actress is using the Coronavirus lockdown to finish this project. Alongside her writing partner, Rob Hobbs, Shannon is also developing a television series which has been six years in the making. Hopefully, it involves a role for the much adored Sandra Stein.

3. Songbird

What’s the first rule when a drug dealer is arrested? As Sandra Stein will tell you; don’t sing like a canary. Keep quiet until your lawyer arrives. Unlike her screenplay, Shannon knows how to hit a note.

4. What’s your star sign?

Aquarians are reputed for intelligence, uniqueness, independence, progressiveness and they defy categorization. Shannon Esra is born under the air sign, Aquarius. No wonder why she is such a shape-shifting personality.

Sharron Esra

5. Adrenaline junky?

Whether you leave her on a film set or underwater, you will find Shannon Esra… Still Breathing. The former child film star, who has a role on Mnet’s latest offering, is an avid scuba diver.

6. Natural brunette

It has often been said a woman’s hair changes like a chameleon. Did you know that brown is Shannon’s natural hair colour? We have baby pictures to prove it.

7. Wine lover

What do you get for a woman who has everything? A bottle of Glen Carlou chardonnay.

8. The dog lover

It’s a good thing that Shannon’s booking phone does not stop ringing. With a large pack of dogs to feed, the actress needs all the money she can get. Her house is home to a Dachshund, a Jack Russell and a pitbull so stalkers beware!

9. Dance, dance, dance!

If she decides to call time on the acting career, Shannon could always become a dancer. Her footwork may not be public knowledge, but she’s nifty with the two-step.

10. Abracadabra!

Just when you think she has nothing else to offer, Shannon Esra whips out her trump card and deceives you with sleight of hand. She is nifty with card tricks, which she uses mostly to entertain children. There you have it. Shannon Esra in a nutshell.

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

Welcome to Wakanda!




Black Panther Wakanda Forever

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.


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.




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.




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


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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