Showbiz, Arts & Culture

Showbiz, Arts & Culture

The late Charles Mungoshi

Charles through the eyes of David Mungoshi

Memory Chirere Blogspot When I accepted the invitation to stand in for Charles Mungoshi, it was with the confidence of knowing that he would be glad to know that I had done so, but understandably, and in accordance with social etiquette. I shall, of course, have to report back to him what I have done

Newly premiered movie, ‘The Letter’ revisits 2015 Zim job cuts

By Paidashe Mandivengerei A NEW local film ‘The Letter’, which captures the desperate situation during which thousands of Zimbabwean workers lost their jobs on three-months’ notice in 2015, premiered in Harare last Friday. The movie is a collaborative effort between top producers, Daves Guzha and Joe Njagu. It highlights the despondency that ensued in 2015

Luke Perry

‘Beverly Hills’ star Luke Perry dies at 52

Hollywood Reporter Luke Perry, the Riverdale star and actor best known for his role as Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210, has died, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Monday. He was 52. Perry had suffered a massive stroke, his rep Arnold Robinson told THR. “He was surrounded by his children, Jack and

Oprah Winfrey

Winfrey to interview Jackson accusers in post-film special

By Associated Press LOS ANGELES: An Oprah Winfrey interview with two men who say Michael Jackson sexually abused them as boys will air immediately after a documentary on the men. HBO and the Oprah Winfrey Network announced Wednesday that the special, “Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland,” will air simultaneously on both channels Monday at 10

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Ghanaian American writer wins $75,000 award from PEN America

By Associated Press NEW YORK: A Ghanaian-American’s debut collection of stories has won a $75,000 prize for a book of “originality, merit, and impact.” The literary and human rights organization PEN America announced that Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s “Friday Black” had received the Jean Stein Book Award. It was presented during a ceremony Tuesday night in

ITV, BBC in concluding talks for new UK rival to Netflix

By Associated Press LONDON: Britain’s ITV said Wednesday it is in the final phase of discussions with the BBC to create a new on-demand video platform to rival the likes of Netflix in the U.K. The service, called BritBox, will provide a home for British-made shows, offering television box sets and original series in one

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson to launch Las Vegas residency in May

By Associated Press NEW YORK: Janet Jackson is heading to Las Vegas. The pop icon announced Tuesday that she’s launching a residency in Sin City later this year. Jackson will have 15 shows in May, July and August at the Park Theater at Park MGM resort. Tickets for the residency, called Metamorphosis, go on sale

Jamaican reggae star Busy Signal in Mugabe praise song

By Paidashe Mandivengerei JAMAICAN reggae dancehall sensation, Busy Signal has penned a song praising Zimbabwe’s former President, Robert Mugabe whom he described as a great man who stood for human rights. The track, entitled “Great men”, was released earlier this February. In the song, the artist also pays tribute to long gone American civil rights


Spanish court summons Shakira to answer tax evasion charges

By Associated Press MADRID: A Spanish court investigating Shakira for possibly evading 14.5 million euros ($16.4 million) in taxes has called on the pop music star to testify in mid-June. Prosecutors charged the singer in December for not paying taxes in Spain between 2012 and 2014, when she lived mostly in the country despite having

ZAA founder Conrad Mwanza

Zimbabwe Achievers Awards International launches Canada Edition

By Diaspora Correspondent ZIMBABWE Achievers Awards (ZAA) International has added C­­­­­anada to the growing franchise, organisers confirmed this week. The north American country becomes the fifth country to join the awards since they were first launched first in 2010. ZAA chairman, Conrad Mwanza, said the awards were a personification of the growth of the brand

Spike Lee holds up brass knuckles reading "hate" and "love" from his iconic film "Do The Right Thing" as he arrives at the Oscars on Sunday

President Trump goes after director Spike Lee after Oscars speech

By Associated Press WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump is going after director Spike Lee, who used his Oscar acceptance speech to urge mobilisation for the 2020 election. Trump tweeted Monday that Lee did a “racist hit on your President.” Trump claimed that he had “done more for African Americans” than “almost” any other president. Lee won

R Kelly

Lawyer enters not guilty plea for R. Kelly in sex abuse case

By Associated Press CHICAGO: R&B star R. Kelly’s attorney entered not guilty pleas on the singer’s behalf Monday after Kelly was charged with sexually abusing four victims dating back to 1998, including three underage teenagers. Kelly, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, walked into a Chicago courtroom wearing an orange jail jumpsuit

Entrepreneur And DJ – Oskido on Why Brazil Is His Favourite Place

By After traveling the world and the concomitant culinary outings that come with it, kwaito (South African music genre) pioneer, DJ and businessman Oscar Bonginkosi Mdlongwa, popularly known as Oskido, counts Brazil his most favourite overseas destination. In enjoying the fruits of his success, Oskido has come far. He was born in Brits, a

R Kelly

R. Kelly’s granted $1 million bail in sexual abuse case

CNN A judge in Chicago set bond for R. Kelly at $1 million Saturday on charges the singer sexually abused four females from 1998 to 2010. Under the terms of his bond, Kelly must surrender his passport and may not have contact with anyone under 18. The singer, whose full name is Robert Kelly, was

Dorothy Masuka

Zimbabwe born Jazz legend Dorothy Masuka dies aged 83

City Press South Africans last night mourned the passing of jazz legend Dorothy Masuka, who died at the age of 83. Singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka told City Press that Masuka had died from a stroke. “Her music will always live on. She was among the greatest. Very sad,” Chaka said. In a Twitter post, Arts