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  • Beyonce, Jay Z will give you free concert tickets ‘for life’ if you go vegan

    In an Instagram post on Thursday, Beyonce revealed that she and husband Jay Z are offering life-time concert tickets to those who them in going vegan for The Greenprint Project. "What is your Greenprint? Click the link in my bio for a chance to win tickets to any JAY and/or my shows for life," she wrote in the post. https://www.instagram.com/p/BtSNVwqAmXv/ If you follow the link in the star's bio, you'll be faced with the attractive, green landscape that is the Greenprint website. The site provides stats on how a plant based meal for yourself can help you save the world in various ways. "It...

  • It’s voter registration weekend, and political parties can’t shut up about it

    Political parties swapped megaphones for Twitter this week in the wake of the final IEC South Africa voter registration weekend. Between 26-27 January 2019, you can register to vote for the political party of your choice in the upcoming national elections, which still doesn't have a confirmed date. If you didn't yet know this, you probably haven't logged in to Twitter this week. Parties are, in their unique ways, are reminding South African citizens that voting is a right, and that they should totally exercise that right to vote for them. The EFF kicked off Friday morning with a lengthy Q&A thread, which...

  • Twitter remembers Zim music icon Oliver Mtukudzi

    Zimbabwean jazz musician Oliver Mtukudzi has passed away at the age of 66 after battling with diabetes. Mtukudzi rose to fame in the 1970s and was considered an icon in the Southern African music industry. Some of his most loved songs included "Neria", "Wasakara"and "Todii". He was also well known for his political activism and was a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in Africa. In the wake of his death, musicians, celebrities and fans took to Twitter to post their favourite memories with Mtukudzi. https://twitter.com/DJFreshSA/status/1088090858379988992 https://twitter.com/Blaklez/status/1088086928736616450 https://twitter.com/M_Letsholonyane/status/1088115339584512000 https://twitter.com/jsomethingmusic/status/1088162966439165953 https://twitter.com/Bfacemwape/status/1088129500272037892 Mtukudzi died exactly a year after his friend, South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela. https://twitter.com/thembandala/status/1088082905367265280 The president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa...

  • ‘Leave Chris Brown alone’ rings across Twitter after Paris arrest

    Recording artist Chris Brown has been detained in Paris on the suspicion of rape, according to French officials. The 29-year-old singer, as well as two other men, on Monday were detained after a 24-year-old woman filed a rape complaint in the French capital. Within an hour since the news broke on Tuesday, the star's name began to trend on Twitter. The social network wasn't kind and was quick to point out Brown's history, and likened him to another recording artist currently in the press. https://twitter.com/jcsepjj/status/1087672950210351105 https://twitter.com/impishkerfuffle/status/1087685087901220867 https://twitter.com/East_from_Eden/status/1087669487325904896 https://twitter.com/EnosseMakinta/status/1087698482213933058 https://twitter.com/MissGinaDarling/status/1087691771872571392 https://twitter.com/barneyhw11/status/1087670425184886784 Though the singer has a well known history of violence, some are still on his side. "Leave Chris Brown alone"...

  • The internet just loved last night’s ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ eclipse

    Now that's quite the mouthful. On Monday morning, the first full moon of 2019 coincided with a total lunar eclipse that many across the western and northern corners of globe could afford to witness. It was named the Super Blood Wolf Moon, because it was just that fabulous. In South Africa, we have to settle for coverage on social media, but at least users' images don't disappoint. Early on Monday, #eclipse began trending across the United States, and with it, a flood of snaps emerged. https://twitter.com/jcfphotog/status/1087215627725549569 https://twitter.com/paix120/status/1087209946301771776 https://twitter.com/azarely/status/1087218550060863488 https://twitter.com/joangrande/status/1087211586681520128 https://twitter.com/Mikel_Jollett/status/1087214536346615808 https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1087224401223856128 And for those of you who prefer video, the AFP's got you covered. https://twitter.com/AFP/status/1087251862611406848 Pretty, yes. But why is this particular...

  • Twitter shames Erykah Badu for praying for R. Kelly

    A video of R&B singer Erykah Badu publicly airing her views on the R. Kelly drama has surfaced on social media. In the clip taken by an concert goer in Chicago this past weekend, the singer can be heard saying a prayer for the known sexual abuser. https://twitter.com/CWest426/status/1087067890627604482 Unfortunately for Badu, many fans believed that the gesture was a form of defence for R. Kelly. A slew of users then took to Twitter to shame her. https://twitter.com/ThatsSoAshtynn/status/1087041761573257221 https://twitter.com/TheJessieWoo/status/1087011518670090240 https://twitter.com/meechskates/status/1087009607619411971 https://twitter.com/majistiii/status/1086927806720811008 https://twitter.com/hardollas/status/1087015785686540290 https://twitter.com/nuffsaidny/status/1087004135201873923 Some even attacked her spiritual beliefs, calling her "fake-deep" and "actually quite stupid". https://twitter.com/Ronse325/status/1087063919758319617 https://twitter.com/alysSAWRAH/status/1087020136630865920 https://twitter.com/TheThrillmonger/status/1087016443370192903 Badu did take to Twitter in the wake of the incident, and tweeted "I...

  • Brexit takes a break on UK Twitter after Prince Philip survives car crash

    Husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, was on Thursday evening involved in a car accident, according to reports by the BBC. The prince 97-year-old prince, who was driving himself, came out of the accident unhurt despite his Land Rover turning over onto its side. As a break from Brexit, the people of the internet could not let such an opportunity slide for some healthy online debate. https://twitter.com/chrisrwright/status/1086169960450347008 Some wonder if the Prince is too old to be driving. https://twitter.com/KrisRapley94/status/1086165576559546368 https://twitter.com/Nick_BLM/status/1085979131144269824 https://twitter.com/gorbalsgoebbels/status/1085966285215858688 https://twitter.com/BimSooz/status/1086175122770276352 Others are just marveling at the fact that he survived. https://twitter.com/RossMcCaff/status/1086011848326107136 https://twitter.com/Shazza14648643/status/1086167000131555328 https://twitter.com/africasnas/status/1086167675510894597 https://twitter.com/hangbitch/status/1086026989071405057 From a political point of view, many British citizens are angered. "With all that's going on in...

  • Cardi B’s rant on US government shutdown goes politically viral

    Just hours after releasing the music video for her song "Twerk", hip-hop artist Cardi B took to Instagram to share her views on President Donald Trump and the US government shutdown, which is now entering its 27th day. In the Instagram clip, the rapper admits that she is "scared" and believes that something needs to be done. She also remarks that America's currently a "hell hole". https://www.instagram.com/p/BstmkvDFGAm/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link With over 8.6-million views and multiple shares across social networks, Cardi's rant got people talking. "I think this Cardi B should give the State of the Union instead," wrote George Takei on Twitter. https://twitter.com/RealLifeKaz/status/1085754234216349696 https://twitter.com/GeorgeTakei/status/1085683389955563521 https://twitter.com/behindyourback/status/1085681967369240581 https://twitter.com/FolukeFiasco/status/1085708773006569473 https://twitter.com/RosaF1800/status/1085811473417412608 https://twitter.com/Matoke_/status/1085805935682031622 Even US politicians debated...

  • Gillette ad addressing toxic masculinity draws heavy criticism online

    On Tuesday, personal care company Gillette posted a short film titled "We Believe: The Best a Man Can Be" to YouTube, which has sent the internet into meltdown. The ad addresses issues of sexual harassment, toxic masculinity, bullying and abusive behaviour, calling for men to hold themselves and others accountable for their actions. The video seemingly sends a message of respect and togetherness, addressing real issues in today's society. Despite this, the video has almost 250 000 dislikes on YouTube, while the hashtag #Gillette remains trending at number one on Twitter. And for all the wrong reasons. The brand is now facing...

  • Trump serves McDonald’s at the White House amid government shutdown

    The US government shutdown continues into its 25th day, but that seemingly hasn't impacted the White House's dinner plans too badly. On Monday, President Donald Trump welcomed the NCAA football champions Clemson Tigers to his lodging, where a banquet of sorts was held. https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/1085028803762622466 "Great American food," as Trump calls it, was fed to the players to celebrate the team's triumph against Atlanta last week. But the athletes didn't seem too keen on the idea. "I thought this was a joke," mouths one of the players as others heaped Big Macs, pizzas, French fries, and McNuggets onto plates that were far too small. "The...

  • Game of Thrones’ final season trailer doesn’t look good for the Starks

    HBO has released a new teaser trailer for the final season of Game of Thrones as well as an official release date. The trailer focusses solely on three of the four remaining Stark children as they walk through the crypts of Winterfell. Echos from their relatives follow them as they turn to face their very own statues. We assume the trailer is, in true Game of Thrones style, full of foreshadowing. It might not be a good season for the Starks, if that is the case. Fans across social media are breaking down every inch of the teaser, with the hastags #GameOfThrones and...

  • Twitter thinks SA rapper Nomuzi Mabena staged a car crash for publicity

    South African musician and entertainment personality Nomuzi Mabena has been accused of staging a car crash by the people of Twitter. In the live Instagram video, which can now be found on YouTube, the artist is seen making an announcement after a night out when the car she's in seems to crash. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81K3r-Ocr8c Fans immediately took to Twitter to express their concerns but quickly found the footage and lack of news coverage suspicious. Thus sparking an ongoing debate. https://twitter.com/AdvBarryRoux/status/1083595765338071040 https://twitter.com/sibusiso_lukele/status/1083520181928898561 https://twitter.com/KevinsHeart3/status/1083489723820240899 An image circulating the platform suggested that the video was part of an awareness campaign for drunk driving. https://twitter.com/Daiters/status/1083549136136351745 Yet there are some who don't buy that...

  • These are the highlights from Kanye’s tweetstorm about Drake

    Kanye West has tweeted more than 120 times in the past 12 hours, as the simmering rivalry between the Chicago-born rapper and Canadian rapper Drake reignited. And yes, it's a long story. The beef itself stems from Kanye West's production involvement in Pusha T's recent album in which the latter spits acid over Drake's unannounced child with a former adult actress, and his newfound angry guy persona. In Kanye's tweetstorm, he tells Drake that he did not "tell Pusha about your son" and that he's been "trying to meet with you for 6 months". But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Kanye later...

  • Twitter just loves Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s African Content Movement

    It's pretty fashionable to launch your own political party in South Africa nowadays. The latest public figure to do just that is former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Today, the African Content Movement (ACM) lurched into being just a few days after former Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille launched her new party, called GOOD. But de Lille's party received nothing but good puns on Twitter. (That good pun was entirely intentional). Motsoeneng's was met with a bevy of opinion. A swathe of users were defiantly "nope". To think the will be people voting for him 🚶🚶🚶#HlaudiMotsoeneng pic.twitter.com/ALR3JnH1yu— Lerato Mjali (@LeratoMjali) 13 December 2018 https://twitter.com/Penuel_N_Nkosi/status/1073144242636234757 While...

  • Love was in the air all over Instagram this year

    Instagram has released its 2018 trends, and its hearts all around, sticking true the platform's recent efforts to spread "love and kindness".  "We hope this roundup inspires you to use Instagram to spread joy and kindness this holiday season," said Instagram on its blog.  The most used emoji on the platform was the heart emoji, which was used over 14-billion times. Even the most used Giphy sticker was a heart. In particular the Heart Love sticker by Arata, which features a little Instagram heart bouncing around. The Heart Eyes face filter on Stories was also the most used Face Filter on the platform. Other...