Holding it down with an arrogant yet honest slogan, they are too cool for school!

We’re Black, We’re Nerds, We’re a Network 


I found BNN twitter profile and immediately fell in love with the idea. (Love Twitter)

According to their site they are inspired by the premise of African people being known to celebrate ‘a ghetto lifestyle’ therefore for BNN as a form of liberation decided to celebrate ‘Nerddom’, and even taking it as far asking people to question their understanding or perception of being black and being a nerd.  It really is one of the coolest ways yet – by throwing negative conceptions back at society without ‘adapting to the negative stereotypical behaviour’ themselves.

BNN grew their pride and created ‘nerd gear’ which can be found and purchased on their website. From Tees to Totebags, you too can join the movement.










And it all began with two guys who had an idea and followed through with it. Awesome stuff, fantastic concept and just ultra coolness.

What inspired me mostly is the fact that The BLACK NERDS NETWORK is ‘far more than just a political orator, it has a sense of humour that encapsulates everything it is to be a NERD irrespective of colour, with a keen sense of fashion, arts, music, style, current and future trends.’

This is definitely a brand to keep an eye out for.

Now, how do I get them into South Africa…. Hmmm…. Business partners??

You can also follow the Black Nerds Network blog; filled with fashion, music, art and all things creative.

 



SAMA nomination event

Last night SAMA hosted the event to announce the official nominees for the 2009 MTN South African Music Awards to be held in May in Sun City.


Mind you, because I am only a socialite in my head for now, I didn’t crack an invite, but the Internet tells one a lot.

For example I find out that they didn’t announce all nominees – why I couldn’t tell you. My twitter friend didn’t know either. She did however disclose that Bad Boy is a smooth host and his presence was very well received. The food was delicious and the drinks were flowing, the venue comfortable and everthing very well coordinated – or so they tell me.

Now just imagine how much more I could have told you had I been cordially invited (an sms to come through would have done ha ha ha) 

Anywhoo….Today the full nominee list was released; a bit fluffy to say the least and not as comprehensive as I would imagine it should have been – but then again that would defeat the purpose of awarding the ‘crème de la crème’.

As with all awards though everyone and their cat has an opinion on how things should have been done, and who should have been chosen. On the MTN SA music awards facebook group there are mixed reactions plastered on the wall and discussion forums, mostly leaning toward the negative side on the nomination list. Call it jealousy, call it rubbish, or call it  ‘I know it all’ mentality. Whatever, it is what it is. Most people just like to hear themselves talk or read what they write (excl me ofcourse)

All I say is – This too shall pass. The awards will happen, Miss Fabuloso’s such as myself will write about it,  TV and radio stations will report on it, artists will gloat or bitch and life will go on. So here is to another reminder that time keeps moving! My award is in the shape of a martini glass!

Cheers!

Here is the phototstream from last night

MTN South African Music Awards will be held on 2 May 09 at Sun City

Broadcast Live on SABC 1 at 20:00



SAMA nomination event

Last night SAMA hosted the event to announce the official nominees for the 2009 MTN South African Music Awards to be held in May in Sun City.


Mind you, because I am only a socialite in my head for now, I didn’t crack an invite, but the Internet tells one a lot.

For example I find out that they didn’t announce all nominees – why I couldn’t tell you. My twitter friend didn’t know either. She did however disclose that Bad Boy is a smooth host and his presence was very well received. The food was delicious and the drinks were flowing, the venue comfortable and everthing very well coordinated – or so they tell me.

Now just imagine how much more I could have told you had I been cordially invited (an sms to come through would have done ha ha ha) 

Anywhoo….Today the full nominee list was released; a bit fluffy to say the least and not as comprehensive as I would imagine it should have been – but then again that would defeat the purpose of awarding the ‘crème de la crème’.

As with all awards though everyone and their cat has an opinion on how things should have been done, and who should have been chosen. On the MTN SA music awards facebook group there are mixed reactions plastered on the wall and discussion forums, mostly leaning toward the negative side on the nomination list. Call it jealousy, call it rubbish, or call it  ‘I know it all’ mentality. Whatever, it is what it is. Most people just like to hear themselves talk or read what they write (excl me ofcourse)

All I say is – This too shall pass. The awards will happen, Miss Fabuloso’s such as myself will write about it,  TV and radio stations will report on it, artists will gloat or bitch and life will go on. So here is to another reminder that time keeps moving! My award is in the shape of a martini glass!

Cheers!

Here is the phototstream from last night

MTN South African Music Awards will be held on 2 May 09 at Sun City

Broadcast Live on SABC 1 at 20:00



Word on the street has it that industry hot boys, and best friends, Sizwe Dhlomo and Siya Ngwekazi will be hosting a radio show on youth radio station
Yfm 99.2 from 4 April


Pronounced ‘Season Scoop’ according to the Facebook group is the hottest new sound on Radio in SA… 

Sizwe (Siz),  of MTV Africa fame,  and Siya (Scoop), the fresh faced enigmatic presenter of local popular gossip programme Real Goboza (RGB), have so much international and national lifestyle experience under their belts – this is rumoured to be a show of note. 

Info is still under raps at the moment on content and time slot for now. 
I’m not particularly a fan of Y, but this might change my mind…

UPDATE (24 March):
So it seems that I along with a few people let the cat out of the bag too soon, but thankfully so, because more info has come to light. 
Time Slot on Yfm: Saturday and Sunday 9 – 12. From April 4
Lets see what the boys have for us. 

Celebrate Life magazine is an innovative and touching installation brought to you by the creators of Studio83 creative lifestyle MAG. 



An initiative inspired by a one in a million angel; the late Lelethu Lumkwana. An amazing woman who in everything she did Loved and Celebrated Life. 

If you do nothing else; read this magazine. Be motivated to live your life to the fullest and fill your heart with everything that excites you. 

Live Now | Celebrate Life:
‘You have one life to live and if you do it right, once is enough.
Never ever give up on what you believe and dream of
Demand to be remembered forever’

With contribution from greats such as Kabomo, Nokuthula Maseko, Vuyo Lutseke and Lelethu herself, you’ll be hard pressed not to rethink Life and be enthused to Celebrate it/



It’s that time of the year again when the worlds greatest pull into to South Africa and Jazz it up at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 09. 

Every year is an experience like no other, even included on the line up are artists that aren’t traditionally Jazz musicians; so I guess you could call it a Great Music Experience weekend. A few years ago, I was blown away by South African hip hop artists HHP and International RnB songstress Leela James. (For Leela, had to leave a previous show early so I could run to her venue and stand right in front of the stage)

Here’s the 09 Line Up:



This time I’m extremely excited to see, amongst many others these three:

Brooklyn born rapper, actor, poet extraodinaire Mos Def – eish the hotness that is this man. (Mos, I drip for you…BC we go hard!)

He’ll be doing the last show on the last night at the aptly named Bassline hall at the International Convention Centre. 

340ml – Mozambiquan Afrodub Jazz foursome. They recently released their second album ‘Sorry For The Delay’ almost 4 years to the day after their first. They hook up freestyle dub, drumming, echo organs, guitar bass and of-course Pedro’s drifting vocals. I’ve seen them before, but they way they bring it – disappointment is a state I won’t know. 

Zap Mama believes through sound and beat, people discover culture and world unknown, which is something I think truly personifies what the festival is about. ZM performing in French and English, an explosion of Jazz, RnB, Cabaret, Soul and beatboxing with strong African influences all in one. 

This should be a weekend to remember – and it’s so close to my birthday!! 

check the website for more information, artists profiles and costs. 

 












I know my girl Tumelo will be there in full force and hopefully give us a review when she gets back…
(I can’t promise she won’t run backstage and kidnap Mos Def and disappear into the sunset) tl tl tl 


Word on the street has it that industry hot boys, and best friends, Sizwe Dhlomo and Siya Ngwekazi will be hosting a radio show on youth radio station
Yfm 99.2 from 4 April


Pronounced ‘Season Scoop’ according to the Facebook group is the hottest new sound on Radio in SA… 

Sizwe (Siz),  of MTV Africa fame,  and Siya (Scoop), the fresh faced enigmatic presenter of local popular gossip programme Real Goboza (RGB), have so much international and national lifestyle experience under their belts – this is rumoured to be a show of note. 

Info is still under raps at the moment on content and time slot for now. 
I’m not particularly a fan of Y, but this might change my mind…

UPDATE (24 March):
So it seems that I along with a few people let the cat out of the bag too soon, but thankfully so, because more info has come to light. 
Time Slot on Yfm: Saturday and Sunday 9 – 12. From April 4
Lets see what the boys have for us. 

Celebrate Life magazine is an innovative and touching installation brought to you by the creators of Studio83 creative lifestyle MAG. 



An initiative inspired by a one in a million angel; the late Lelethu Lumkwana. An amazing woman who in everything she did Loved and Celebrated Life. 

If you do nothing else; read this magazine. Be motivated to live your life to the fullest and fill your heart with everything that excites you. 

Live Now | Celebrate Life:
‘You have one life to live and if you do it right, once is enough.
Never ever give up on what you believe and dream of
Demand to be remembered forever’

With contribution from greats such as Kabomo, Nokuthula Maseko, Vuyo Lutseke and Lelethu herself, you’ll be hard pressed not to rethink Life and be enthused to Celebrate it/



It’s that time of the year again when the worlds greatest pull into to South Africa and Jazz it up at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 09. 

Every year is an experience like no other, even included on the line up are artists that aren’t traditionally Jazz musicians; so I guess you could call it a Great Music Experience weekend. A few years ago, I was blown away by South African hip hop artists HHP and International RnB songstress Leela James. (For Leela, had to leave a previous show early so I could run to her venue and stand right in front of the stage)

Here’s the 09 Line Up:



This time I’m extremely excited to see, amongst many others these three:

Brooklyn born rapper, actor, poet extraodinaire Mos Def – eish the hotness that is this man. (Mos, I drip for you…BC we go hard!)

He’ll be doing the last show on the last night at the aptly named Bassline hall at the International Convention Centre. 

340ml – Mozambiquan Afrodub Jazz foursome. They recently released their second album ‘Sorry For The Delay’ almost 4 years to the day after their first. They hook up freestyle dub, drumming, echo organs, guitar bass and of-course Pedro’s drifting vocals. I’ve seen them before, but they way they bring it – disappointment is a state I won’t know. 

Zap Mama believes through sound and beat, people discover culture and world unknown, which is something I think truly personifies what the festival is about. ZM performing in French and English, an explosion of Jazz, RnB, Cabaret, Soul and beatboxing with strong African influences all in one. 

This should be a weekend to remember – and it’s so close to my birthday!! 

check the website for more information, artists profiles and costs. 

 












I know my girl Tumelo will be there in full force and hopefully give us a review when she gets back…
(I can’t promise she won’t run backstage and kidnap Mos Def and disappear into the sunset) tl tl tl 



We loved him for his storytelling abilites and just being himself… Introducing Christopher George Latore Wallace

In memory of B.I.G. passing on 9 March 1997 at 24 years old and the Notorious movie’s recent release, MTV Base are throwing a Notorious Party tonight @ Moloko in lower Rosebank. 

Looking forward and not at the same time – for some reason tribute parties never quite hit the spot, but we’ll see. Should be fun if not for the eye candy of tonight’s MC’s – The fun, energetic and absolutely gorgeous MTV VJ’s Fikile and Sizwe.


The Film: I watched the movie and wasn’t totally impressed – felt like there was so much not being said and a lot more swept under the rug, too many apologies and a million excuses. I’m not particularly a BIG fan (keep the pun), and I know just enough about his life but I thought the film would at the very least shed some more light than what we’ve heard in his music and what the media had to say. I mean, his best friend Puffy and mom Ms Wallace were producers; surely we should presume they knew a lot more than we did and share it. 

A while back I’d seen a documentary on Big’s death, and what I remember was a few guys being interviewed in front of a store Big and his boys apparently used to spend most of their afternoons. These guys were telling their theory on why or how he was killed – which was that Puff had something to do with it. For a while that conspiracy was on everyone’s lips. What surprised me though was that not a single person I was with mentioned this documentary after watching the movie. Had people already forgotten? Were Lil Kim’s bouncing breasts while punishing and polishing Biggie that much of a distraction?  I wonder? I wish I could remember the title of this documentary. 

Lil Kim apparently isn’t very happy with movie. The brooklyn born lyricist was upset that she wasn’t invited to be more involved in the making of the film, even going as far saying the accuracy of the script is not quite right. An example being the nickname the late rapper gave her not being Big Momma, instead actually being Mookie. 

I’m not sure I have a lot of respect for Lil Kim personally: There’s just something that aint right with the lady. 

Read this interview found on rapradar about her thoughts on the movie and who she would have cast to play her role. 

I personally loved ex 3LW singer, Naturi Naughton in the movie; she did a great job portraying the slick tongued sexy brooklyn hustla (or is it Diva?) 

But I’ll forgive Kim for that little bitching session. 

The part that kills me though is where she says Notorious comes to her in visions and in her dreams – furthermore, she has on authority that he doesn’t love the movie. 

Here’s a bit:

 Switching gears, you’ve been publicly unsupportive of Notorious. If Biggie were alive, do you think he would’ve been pleased with the film?

I’m a very spiritual person and he’s come to me many of times in my dreams. But, I don’t think he’s happy at all, at all! Because Ms. Wallace doesn’t know Biggie at all and she barley knows Christopher, if you know what I mean. At all! And I was around. Even before he blew up so crazy, so I know how he felt about his mom. And Biggie was so much more than what they put him out to be in that movie. And to be honest with you, I know for a fact he’s not happy. He’s not satisfied at all. At all. And regardless of the fact, everybody who is involved in this movie, he has love for. Everybody. But at the end of the day, he knows who’s who and what’s what. Believe that. And let me tell you something, the way he’s feeling is going to come out. Like, trust me. Everything is going to come out later. You’re going to see who he really loved and the ones that’s standing up for him the right way is the ones representing him the right way.

Read more right here