An open letter to Bonang ‘Beat Face’ Matheba

This is an open letter to Bonang ‘Beat Face’ Matheba, Slay Connoisseur, Fleek Assassin. Dear Bonang, Having searched the lengths of Instagram and breadths of Snapchat, your flawlessness remains a mystery. You have achieved super saiyan fleek. Every picture you post is evidence of your commitment to the absolute annihilation of the game. https://www.instagram.com/p/BVKjahohlVf/?taken-by=_trueafrica HowContinue reading “An open letter to Bonang ‘Beat Face’ Matheba”

Beyoncé announces twins and we imagine what the Hive would say

Dear Taiwo and Kehinde, We were all overjoyed to hear of the news of your impending arrival today. Forgive me if my address is too forward. Where I come from, twins are blessed with these names so, on behalf of the Hive, I’m going to run with them for now, until the perfection that isContinue reading “Beyoncé announces twins and we imagine what the Hive would say”

Hlomla Dandala starts Twitter storm with questions about sex, family, and sex with family

South African actor Hlomla Dandala decided to have a little fun online, and the results were pretty spectacular. Hlomla’s Twinterview became the stuff comedy gold is made of. And we got to enjoy it for free. On this amazing blessing called Twitter. We are not worthy. It all began when he tweeted a few innocentContinue reading “Hlomla Dandala starts Twitter storm with questions about sex, family, and sex with family”

Nigerian socialite chains women in public: ‘It is all about empowering the women’ he says

After Fonzworth Bentley departed from our screens, you might have thought the era of grown men twirling umbrellas in public was over. We had a peaceful few years without parasol-bearing negroes. But where there is peace and quiet, you know we Nigerians always have some shit to say. Enter Pretty Mike. https://www.instagram.com/p/BOcT1DyAxEo/?hl=en Owner of ClubContinue reading “Nigerian socialite chains women in public: ‘It is all about empowering the women’ he says”

Furious rapper tweets out his wardrobe after fan disses him for shopping in sale

What do you do if you’re a sensitive, light-skinned rapper minding his business, and a stranger from across the world comments on your shopping habits? No, not you Drake. Like a true boss, South African rap superstar AKA decided to share detailed photographic evidence of his holiday spending spree with his Twitter followers, all becauseContinue reading “Furious rapper tweets out his wardrobe after fan disses him for shopping in sale”

And the Golden Globe Goes To… #BlackTwitter for #HiddenFences

Fresh off the heels of last night’s Golden Globes, many were basking in the well-deserved success of black talent. Viola Davis, Donald Glover and Tracee Ellis-Ross all took home awards for their performances over the past year, not to mention numerous other wins and nominations received by other performers of colour. It was like theContinue reading “And the Golden Globe Goes To… #BlackTwitter for #HiddenFences”

Is Britain ready for its first black princess?

It’s true what they say about never giving up on people. Well, except in Lil Wayne’s case. That man is gone for good – the drugs can have him. I wish him nothing but lumpy shea butter and unresponsive edges. Still, a silver lining in the cloud of lost causes came through today in formContinue reading “Is Britain ready for its first black princess?”

From Wizkid to Temi Dollface and Alika: the MOBOs gave young talent a chance to shine

This year, the MOBO Awards are celebrating a major milestone – turning 20 years old. A week before the big event, the MOBOs held a pre-ceremony gala on 27 October 2016 where the awards for Best R’n’B/Soul, Best Gospel, Best Jazz and Best African acts were up for grabs. As you can imagine, the stars cameContinue reading “From Wizkid to Temi Dollface and Alika: the MOBOs gave young talent a chance to shine”

Inside the weird and wonderful world of diaspora beauty pageants

If I had to list the top things my countrymen are known for, I might mention jollof rice, stew, afrobeats, Nollywood and parents’ absolute refusal to buy you take-away meals because ‘there is rice at home’. Pageants would certainly not have crossed my mind. Yet, there I was at a Nigerian beauty pageant in London,Continue reading “Inside the weird and wonderful world of diaspora beauty pageants”