Sunday, 24 August 2014

3rd Annual Dance Day South Africa

3rd Annual Dance Day South Africa
What’s hot this summer is the much anticipated 3rd Annual Dance Day South Africa. The event that will be taking place on the 06th of September between 12h00-17h00 at Newtown Mary Fitzgerald Square with an entrance fee of only R30.00

The Business Education & Arts Mentorship "BEAM" in partnership with Joburg Arts Alive International Festival, City of Joburg and Southern African Association of Youth Clubs will be hosting their 3rd Annual Dance Day South Africa at the 2014 Joburg Arts Alive International Festival supported by National Arts Council, Converse, Stage and Company and Carry on Projects.

The aim of the day is to celebrate dance and use dance as a communication medium and convenient wagon to a healthy life style, also to create national awareness for dance which, through festivals such as Joburg Arts Alive International Festival has proven its value in bringing individuals from all walks of life together.
The non-alcoholic family day will be celebrated by all dancers, lovers of dance and general community members of all ages through a flash-mob which will be created by SA Top Choreographers including Quintus Jansen (Strictly Come Dance and So You Think You Can Dance ZA Choreographer) Tumi Trent Tladi (So You Think You Can Dance ZA choreographer and Redbull beat battle judge), Sello Modiga (internationally acclaimed Pantsula choreographer) Charlie Van Rooyen, Nosiphiwo Samente (both So You Think You Can Dance SA season 3 finalists and choreographers), etc.

During the event while enjoying the event. Choreographers will teach all attendants a simple, fun and energetic routine in between performances from various dance companies such as Prophelaz (2013 Redbull Beat Battle winners), Freeze Frame Crew (2014 Redbull Beat Battle champions) internationally acclaimed Pantsula dance company Real Action Pantsula and many more. The day will be directed by the talented Shelton Forbes VUZU presenter, choreographer, actor and singer as an MC/Program Director.

Other activities will include clothing stalls where designers like Danki San, Déjà vu designs, etc. will be exhibiting and selling their products and surprise product give away from CONVERSE. Information Centre for those who wish to participate in the Arts or enroll their children to study dance, the Centre will have info packs from The National School of the Arts, Business Education and Arts Mentorship and other institutions.
For more information check out
Annual Dance Day South Africa
Joburg Arts Alive International Festival



Monday, 18 August 2014

Recent celebville news

On the recent celebville news,
Trouble stirs-up at Generations as striking actors fired.

MMSV Productions, following consultation with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), have today terminated the contracts of the striking actors on the SABC1 soap drama, Generations. such as Anga Makubalo (MJ), Atandwa Kani (Samora), Katlego Danke (Dineo), Mandla Gaduka (Choppa), Menzi Ngubane (Sibusiso), Nambitha Mpulwana (Mawande), Patrick Shai (Patrick), Slindile Nodangala (Ruby), Sophie Ndaba (Queen) to mention a few.

However the Generations Actors Guild have written an open letter to their audience apologizing and taking about their concerns. and here's the open letter.

Dear Fans and Generations Viewers:

By now, you would have heard that we, the principal cast of Generations, have made a decision to embark on a strike, and walk off the set of Generations.

First of all, we want to apologise for the inconvenience that this may cause you, as our loyal viewers and fans. Please believe that it is not a decision we came to lightly. However, in light of the SABC and the MMSV Productions continued refusal to engage with us, and our grievances, we felt that reviving the strike was the only course of action available to us.

We wanted to take this opportunity to explain to you exactly what led to this drastic action, and give a full context of the events to date.  It is also important for us to state that before we went on strike, we made a point of communicating our unhappiness to MMSV Productions, to no avail.

We live in a country that is notorious for artists living and dying in a state of poverty, tragically,  never managing to earn what is their due, despite being associated with a number of successful projects.  We have made a decision, as dedicated professionals working on South Africa’s most successful TV show, that we will not be part of this painful statistic.  There is no reason, whatsoever, that we should live as ‘struggling actors’ when our show generates an incredible income for the production house and broadcaster.

We have tried repeatedly, to accommodate the SABC and MMSV Productions – whenever they requested an extension to examine the issues, we agreed. When, in November 2013 they asked us to end our original strike while they reviewed our demands, we agreed.  They committed to reverting to us with their responses to our demands – instead, they have issued us with threats to dismiss us if we don’t return to work. We regard this as a breach of trust, and working in completely bad faith with us. We also consider their insistence on not paying us our fair due as a disturbing flouting of fundamental labour practices, and a perversion of the South Africa we are trying to build – a South Africa where labour is compensated fairly and appropriately.  The cast remains open to negotiating and working out a solution, and hopes that the broadcaster and production house respond to this sentiment.

We thank you for your patience with us, and hope you understand our difficulty and stand with us in this troubling time.

With love, and respect

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

What's Hot This summer: 3rd Annual Dance Day South Africa

The Business Education & Arts Mentorship "BEAM" in partnership with Joburg Arts Alive International Festival, City of Joburg and Southern African Association of Youth Clubs will be hosting their 3rd Annual Dance Day South Africa at the 2014 Joburg Arts Alive International Festival supported by National Arts Council, Converse, Stage and Company and Carry on Projects. 
make sure you are there!

Monday, 11 August 2014

Silent Blogger I am HIV positive

Hey, sorry I cant reveal my identity I am a girl am 20yrs old and I am HIV positive I have been living with this sickness for the past six years my mum is the only person that knows about it I contracted the disease when I was raped by two men in oshodi market.

my main aim of writing now is to share with you guys what happened not quite long I was raped again by my so called close friend I begged him to use a condom but he asked me not to worry that he is clean little did he know that I was only pleading to save him. After the first round I sat close to the bed crying but he came up again and raped me for the second time he even poured on me .

I summon courage and asked him when was the last he check his HIV status he rolled over to the drawer and brought out his result ALAS he was negative until he raped me .the other day I went to a certain so called God fearing man and asked for help but he said he won’t assist me until I service which I did without any remorse knowing fully well that he is now own heartbreak is my mum she has been praying and she thinks am no longer positive little did she know that HIV takes 10yrs before it shows.

Any Advice?

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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Silent Blogger Living in the closet (Gay)

By: Silent Blogger
Living in the closet (Gay)

I grew up in a very religious family, with both parents who are fully committed to Christ, from an early age I always knew that I was different from other boys, however I always pushed the gut feeling under the carpet because I grew up in a society that has already set expectations of how a male and female should behave and conduct themselves.

Everything started when I reached the puberty years I therefore realized that I was attracted to the same sex, it was hard to accept how I was feeling emotionally, mainly because my parents stressed the idea of me getting married and blessing them with grandchildren. In a society where its not common for men to date each other, I did my best to shove the feelings inside the Bible hoping that Christ, who in his word is against homosexuality, would deliver me from my demons(as they referred in church).

Also the idea of my family finding out that I am gay would bring shame to the community. NB My parents are highly respected in my community, therefore I decide to distance myself from friends and family in fear of rejection, and  discrimination, I suppressed my feeling in every possible way I could. I had no one to talk to, not even the pastor who was suppose to comfort and guide me. I was alone in my struggle, had suicidal thoughts each and every second. I felt rejected by the Bible itself, that was meant to teach love.

I didn't understand why it had to be me, who endured so much suffering and pain, why could I not be normal (as society phrase it). One thing I knew is that I didn't chose to be gay. I kept looking for answers without any success, I felt like a sinner, who did not deserve Gods grace, a disgrace to the world.

I moved from one church to another, in hope that I might get deliverance and be normal, but as years went by the urge only grew stronger I needed to be loved. Everything about homosexuality that is condemned wrong in the bible, felt right in my soul, I therefore came to a realization that I need to start pleasing myself and not try to change me for the world that wouldn't accept me anyway. Yes it took time and a lot of soul searching to come to a conclusion about my sexuality.

But after that, I had another assignment to do (To tell my family), however the decision wasn't planned I remember I was in a taxi during holidays going back home, when  I had the thought of telling my parents about my sexuality. When I got home, I found my mom cooking and my dad just went to visit his friends. I informed my mom to set up a family meeting when my dad comes back, because there is something I want to discuss with them.

When my dad arrived, we all gathered in the living room and everything else is history. All I can remember was my dad crying hysterically, like his hopes were broken. I cried too the whole night, my mom tried to be strong to comfort the whole family, but I could see the pain in her eyes. But all they said, that till this day I wont forget is "We love you just the way you are".

The moral of the story is : Nothing comes easy in life and we must take one step at the time, when dealing with real people and real feelings. the only thing that matters is how you see yourself and If you love yourself enough to be who you are.

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Are women Gold Diggers

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The notion about love and money in relationships according to the historical records have long existed in Africa, whereby women depended on their husband for financial resources, but nowadays it’s easy to find people being judgemental about women's love for marital things in her relationship. Well according to the research our great grandmothers were always searching for boyfriends who were hard working and had the capacity of building a stable home.

Evidently the historical records prove that men were always providers since the beginning of time, therefore love and money was always hand in hand, with men obliged to provide for their girlfriends. Men were using their gifts and wages to attract women in the past, their ability to acquire financial resources meant they could get any women they wanted.

Saying women are "Gold diggers'' is an understatement without understanding the history of provider love. Men must provide for their women and that’s a fact (according to my understanding), times have changed and things are now more expensive, therefore women demanding more money to “survive” and satisfy their needs. But with the ever changing time women are taking the initiative to become educated and look after themselves.

HENCE the answer is Women are not gold diggers, but they looking out for themselves in your expense (If I may say)

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