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Langa in a Skirt was a Sloppy Moment – ‘Gomora’ Review

This could have been a teachable moment for the culture.



One of the reasons to love ‘Gomora’ is that the relatively new telenovela has been so effective in tackling a vast field of social themes and topics without placing judgment on the characters.

Granted, the ‘fall from grace’ narrative, which continues to haunt black characters, remains on this particular South African TV Show with Thathi. But even that was handled rather well, as audiences got to follow a richly layered and complex storyline that finds her testing the limits of her own concept of morality.

Not so thoughtful were the scenes of Langa in a skirt. They were weird and awful.

They also came without the reflective treatment they deserved. That is, we never actually got to understand why the popular Mzansi Magic telenovela decided the best way to discipline this young man was by wearing a skirt. Surely in 2020, a boy child being called names for wearing a skirt can’t be portrayed as just another funny moment?


Yet Thathi’s youngest became the butt of jokes for wearing a skirt. It was because he lost a bet with his sister and had to come clad in what attracted a slew of new nicknames, such as ‘Nomalanga’ and ‘Slay Queen’.

The gag is, such slurs form the experience of many learners who are perceived as feminine on the spectrum.

And while it’s understandable how schools are in many ways hostile spaces in which the enforcement of heterornomativity thrives, a few of the adults (What the hell Zodwa?) joined in laughing at the boy wearing a skirt. Because that is the most offensive thing that can happen to a boy, right?

You’d think by now that emasculation wouldn’t be used as a cruel tactic to ‘humble’ characters who are perceived as being arrogant. Yet after a few episodes of Langa displaying a big head for being so good at the school debates, we see him being brought down a peg by wearing a skirt.


We waited patiently for a deeper dive into the negative mindset that informed the echoing laughter and cruel jokes, to no avail. What could have been a great opportunity to explore social attitudes about performative gender and sexuality fizzled out into an outdated and tone-deaf attempt at a funny moment.

Langa definitely suffered a panic attack, which indicates that this was a traumatic experience for him. And instead of allowing us the opportunity of exploring the ‘why’, he came back the following school disciplined and humble.

The only way out of this low moment for the telenovela is if we are still yet to delve deeper into what happened last week. After all, this wouldn’t be the first knot that is still loose; Everyone is still yet to find out that Langa is Melusi’s son, and that Ntokozo is the one who murdered Thathi’s husband.

Gomora airs Mondays to Fridays at 19:30 on Mzansi Magic, channel 161.

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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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