Showbiz, Arts & Culture

Showbiz, Arts & Culture

Bill Cosby

Court says no bail as Cosby appeals sex assault conviction

By Associated Press PHILADELPHIA: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected a request from Bill Cosby to be released on bail while he appeals his sexual assault conviction. The order from the court issued Friday does not elaborate on the decision. Cosby filed an appeal earlier this month saying that Pennsylvania trial Judge Steven O’Neill had


Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira

By Associated Press MADRID: Spanish prosecutors have charged pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014. The Colombian singer denied the charges. The charges published Friday allege that Shakira listed the Bahamas as her official residence for tax purposes during


AKA sets the rules on his roast: Cassper and Queen B are welcome

TimesLive Rapper AKA is the latest big name star to be roasted on Comedy Central and ahead of the event early next year, he has set down some guidelines. It was announced on Thursday morning that the Supa Mega would face the firing squad on February 21. Although the people who will be on the

Cardi B

Cardi B: ‘Offset split isn’t about publicity’ Cardi B has slammed rumours she split from husband Offset “for publicity” in a heartfelt Instagram Live video. The 26-year-old rapper, who announced last week (end09Dec18) that she and her Migos star spouse had ended their relationship, took to thesocial media site on Sunday night to set the record straight about the break-up. Insisting

Makamba excited as Joy TV station back on air

By Robert Tapfumaneyi LOCAL television viewers can look forward to more exciting local, regional and international TV programmes as the country’s first privately owned Joy Television is back on air. Joy Media Incorporated (JMI) is coming back in partnership with the ZimbabweBroadcasting Corporation (ZBC) and will be re-launched within the first quarter of 2019.  

Oprah Winfrey (right)

Oprah Winfrey praises Toni Morrison at dinner gala

By Associated Press NEW YORK: Oprah Winfrey was in town to praise one of her idols, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. “It’s impossible to actually imagine the American literary landscape without a Toni Morrison,” Winfrey said Tuesday night during a dinner gala in downtown Manhattan hosted by the Center for Fiction, which named Morrison the winner

Study finds female-led films outperform male ones

By Associated Press NEW YORK: A new study that analyzed four years’ worth of films found that female-led movies have consistently outperformed those in which men get top billing. The study analyzed the 350 top-grossing films worldwide released between January 2014 and December 2017. Researchers found that in films with small, medium and large budgets, all

Beyonce! Hillary! India revels in a very big wedding

By Associated Press NEW DELHI: In a season of big Indian weddings, the Wednesday marriage of the scions of two billionaire families might be the biggest of them all. The bride, Isha Ambani, is the Ivy League-educated daughter of industrialist Mukesh Ambani, thought to be India’s richest man. Forbes estimates his net worth at over

UK gospel group Friends in Christ pull-off Christmas celebration despite low attendance

By Tidi Kwidini I had the pleasure of attending the Friends in Christ Christmas concert over the weekend. As always, the UK-based gospel ensemble put their hearts and souls into organising the event and performing. We even got ‘jolly’ with renditions of some Christmas classics, including Come let us adore Him. Wholly sponsored by Friends

Mr Eazi

Nigerian Mr Eazi takes talent support project to Zimbabwe

By Music in Nigerian act Mr Eazi has taken his EmPawa project to Zimbabwe. The project seeks to find and support up-and-coming artists across Africa, including acts from Ghana, Zambia, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania. The process of selection will take place mainly via Instagram, with Mr Eazi and other industry figures judging the entries. Each of the selected

Michelle Obama

Obama extends tour as sales for ‘Becoming’ top 3 million

By Associated Press NEW YORK: Sales for Michelle Obama’s memoir have topped 3 million and the former first lady is extending her book tour into 2019. “Becoming,” published four weeks ago, is among the fastest-selling nonfiction books in history and already among the best-selling political memoirs of all time. Live Nation and Crown Publishing announced

Spice Girl Mel B cancels event after severe injury, surgery

By Associated Press LONDON: Spice Girl Melanie Brown has suffered an unexplained injury in New York that required surgery to prevent her from losing her hand. Brown said online Monday she needed three hours of surgery to repair damage to her hand. She also said she suffered two broken ribs. She posted a photograph on

Daphne Maxwell Reid

‘Fresh Prince’ star Reid focuses on a creative life

By Associated Press LOS ANGELES: When Daphne Maxwell Reid filmed a scene that required her to dash through woods and across streams, the younger actors scrambling alongside her were surprised. “You’re keeping up with us?” was the sentiment, said Reid, 70, who played Aunt Vivian opposite Will Smith on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and

Winky D

Winky D says Zim artists not free to express views on human rights

By Idah Mhetu MULTI-AWARD-winning dancehall singer Winky D on Monday said local artists were not free to express views on issues concerning human rights without being labelled political. The dancehall chanter said this during a media brief by HIFA and the Netherlands Embassy while commemorating the Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the


Beyonce performs at billionaire Indian tycoon’s daughter’s wedding party

The Hollywood Reporter Beyonce flew into India and dazzled guests at the pre-wedding festivities of Isha Ambani, daughter of India’s richest person Mukesh Ambani, on Sunday in the historic city of Udaipur. The Lemonade singer performed some of her biggest hits including “Crazy In Love,” “Naughty Girl” and “Perfect” for guests at the glitzy event

Thomas Mapfumo

Mukanya caps fine Bulawayo show

By Showbiz Reporter UNITED States of America (USA) based Chimurenga music guru, Thomas Mapfumo on Saturday dished out a lifetime scintillating performance during his first Peace Tour show at the large city hall in Bulawayo. Mapfumo, whose Gweru show failed to take off in Gweru on Friday evening due to power connection challenges, proved that

Buju Banton

Jamaican dancehall star Buju Banton released from US prison

CNN Jamaican dance hall reggae artist Mark Anthony Myrie — popularly known as Buju Banton — has been released from a federal prison in Georgia. The federal Bureau of Prisons updated its inmate locator to show that he was released Friday from the McRae Correctional Facility in Georgia. Banton was convicted of federal drug charges

Cardi B

Cardi B learned about Grammy nominations while leaving court

Cardi B discovered she had earned five Grammy Award nominations from reporters as she left a New York courthouse on Friday (07Dec18). The rap sensation was summoned to appear before a judge in Queens to face two misdemeanour charges for reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct after she was threatened with arrest for skipping her original

Vanessa Ponce de Leon

Mexican volunteer crowned Miss World

AFP A Mexican model and volunteer was crowned Miss World at a glitzy event on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan on Saturday. Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon, 26, has a degree in international business, volunteers for “Migrantes en el Camino” and is on the board of directors of a rehab centre for girls,

Kevin Hart

Hart steps down as Oscars host over his past anti-gay tweets

By Associated Press NEW YORK: Just two days after being named host of the Academy Awards, Kevin Hart stepped down following an outcry over past homophobic tweets by the comedian. Capping a swift and dramatic fallout, Hart wrote on Twitter just after midnight Friday that he was withdrawing as Oscars host because he didn’t want