Photo: Michael Brandy You may recognize Tuma Basa as the creator of Spotify’s popular RapCaviar playlist or in his current position as Director of Black Music and Culture at YouTube or in any of the many roles he has occupied at media organizations like MTV and BET as the digital revolution has changed the way we encounter and interact with music. The pathways to success have shifted. In February, he helped launch the #YouTubeBlackVoices Fund, a grant program honoring over 130 gifted Black creators internationally; it was borne out of last summer’s racial reckoning, when YouTube revealed a $100 million fund dedicated to nurturing greater variety and creating more opportunities for its users. Basa speaks of the big picture in the optimistic terms you might expect to hear from a music-media fixture who has had speaking engagements around the world, but when you break through that and into his backstory — born in Congo in the ’70s, he split his formative years between Zimbabwe and America’s Midwest, where his dream of becoming a rapper was complicated by the fact that these areas hadn’t yet built the necessary hip-hop industry infrastructure to make such a thing very easy — he seems less like an optimist and more like someone who’s now using his pull to smooth and pave roads that weren’t open to him in his youth. His excitement about the future is infectious, though I can’t help feeling as though we’ll eventually bungle it. Over the last 20 years you’ve worked at BET, MTV, Revolt, Spotify, and now YouTube. In that span of time, Black music has pushed its way to the forefront of American pop culture. In what ways do you feel that the music business has gotten better about handling Black artists and their careers, and what improvements do you think are still necessary? In the past, there was always a question about whether you could turn a profit on a Black film with a Black cast and a Black writer and director, when all it took was just the chance to … [Read more...] about Tuma Basa Changed Spotify With a Playlist. YouTube’s Next.
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Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Nomzamo Mbatha is already a bona fide South African star, but she still “geeked out” when she first saw Coming 2 America actress (and Real Housewife ) Garcelle Beauvais on set: “The first time I saw her, I did a face because I was so in shock. I was like, ‘Wow, you’re stunning. You’re so beautiful. I’m gonna keep quiet now.’” Mbatha stars as new love interest and royal barber Mirembe in Coming 2 America , the long-anticipated sequel to Eddie Murphy’s 1988 film of nearly the same name. It’s her breakout American role, but 30-year-old Mbatha has been busy since her college days, starring in the popular South African series IsiBaya , serving as a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. refugee agency, and becoming Neutrogena’s first South African celebrity face. Recently, Mbatha sat down with Vulture to discuss all things Coming 2 America , finishing her degree late (just like her “future husband,” Drake ), and bonding with co-star Jermaine Fowler at Whole Foods. I saw you graduated from the University of Cape Town with a degree in accounting. How’d you get into acting in the first place? I was at the University of Cape Town, and I was pursuing my Bachelor of Commerce accounting degree and after four years, I just felt so unhappy. I just felt that each day was the same as the other days, and I wasn’t fulfilled. I knew that this is not what I want to do for the rest of my life. So around July , MTV was hosting this nationwide competition, and they were looking for their next presenter. A friend of mine was like, “You need to enter this.” I was like, “No, I have no charisma. I do not want to embarrass myself. There are too many good-looking people here. No way!” And he was like, “Trust me.” Before I knew it, I made it to the top ten in my city, then top ten in my country. And then I was like, top three, and we were on TV doing all these different challenges. Every week, I’m like, “Hey, guys! Can … [Read more...] about Nomzamo Mbatha Could Be Your Accountant
March 04, 2021 - 07:27 GMT Gemma Strong Carole Middleton reveals she is a 'hands on' grandmother as she shares sweet family details about her grandchildren, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis Carole Middleton might be an incredibly successful businesswoman – but her proudest role is that of grandmother. The 66-year-old is a grandparent to four children through her daughters, the Duchess of Cambridge and Pippa Middleton : Prince George , seven, Princess Charlotte , five, Prince Louis , two, Arthur Matthews, also two. (Pippa is currently pregnant with her second child). And in a revealing new interview in Good Housekeeping , she spoke about their precious family time together. MORE: 7 times Kate Middleton and mum Carole proved they are mother-daughter goals Loading the player... WATCH: Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte are hair twins! Describing herself as "hands-on", Carole shared: "I want to run down the hills, climb the trees and go through the tunnel at the playground. As long as I am able to, that's what I'll be doing. I cook with them, I muck around dancing, we go on bike rides." MORE: Kate Middleton's £4.7million family home where Prince William stayed is rural heaven In the interview, Carole also spoke about her company, Party Pieces, and her strong work ethic, admitting: "I'm not someone to sit on the sofa for a long time. I have a lot of energy and enjoy my work. I grew up watching my parents, who both worked extremely hard. MORE: Pippa Middleton shows off blossoming baby bump on family day out with son "My father was a builder, and my mother worked part-time in a jewellery shop and later, would go to work in a factory. I remember them working hard to make ends meet and give us a lifestyle." MORE: Carole Middleton looks just like Kate in Mother's Day Instagram photo Asked what a typical day at her company … [Read more...] about Carole Middleton reveals fun activities with Kate Middleton and Pippa’s children
Fredi Walker-Browne and friends at NYTW’s benefit. Photo: Jon Burklund/ZANNI Productions New York Theatre Workshop punches far above its weight. The gutsy little theater on East 4th Street, just in recent seasons, has produced shows like Slave Play, Once , and Hadestown, all of which later traveled uptown to play successfully on Broadway. Its primary impact on the theatrical Zeitgeist, though, struck way back in 1996, with the super-blockbuster Rent , Jonathan Larson’s rock adaptation of Puccini’s La Bohème. To celebrate the show’s silver anniversary, NYTW organized its annual fundraising benefit as a kind of birthday celebration. Between solicitations for donations, it invited current workshop collaborators to talk about Rent ’s impact on their work, Zoomed with old cast and crew members to share their memories of making the show, and presented new interpretations of a few Rent songs by the current crop of Broadway stars. Daphne Rubin-Vega videoed in, looking divine, to reminisce fondly about calling Larson a dork, while Anthony Rapp and Idina Menzel talked about the smash-cut adjustment of going from obscurity (he at Starbucks, she singing at bar mitzvahs) to working on the decade’s buzziest musical. Original cast members Rodney Hicks, Aiko Nakasone, and Fredi Walker-Browne all talked about their abiding love of the material. It was, to put it mildly, an emotional evening. Twenty-five Years of Rent: Measured in Love was broadcast live on March 2, but streaming passes are still available through March 6 — so here’s your Vulture guide to what did and didn’t light our candle. HIGH: Christopher Jackson’s “One Song Glory” The show started with the usual benefit business — though in pandemic times, this means footage of founding artistic director Jim Nicola walking into his own theater for the first time in a year. There, he chatted with Rent director Michael Greif, and the audience was offered a bit of introductory history, including … [Read more...] about The Highs and Lows of NYTW’s
October 06, 2020 - 15:03 BST Hannah Hargrave Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson delighted fans with the announcement of her children's book series, Bella the Brave, debuting next year Rebel Wilson is already looking forward to 2021 and revealed exciting news on Tuesday of a major arrival next year. The Australian actress , 40, sent fans wild with her latest announcement on Instagram which she couldn't wait to share with her followers. "Just started work with @hachettekidsanz on my first children's book series called BELLA THE BRAVE for Australia and New Zealand, kids aged 3+," she wrote. "Coming late 2021." MORE: Rebel Wilson shares swimsuit selfie inside garden of her LA home Loading the player... WATCH: Rebel Wilson's first-ever surf lesson has to be seen to be believed Rebel is over-the-moon with her new career path as a children's book author and told fans she'd been upstairs in her Los Angeles home working on drafts. She revealed details of her Bella the Brave books and said: "It's about lessons I've learned in my life and what's turned me into the person I am today." Her followers quickly flooded her comments section with words of encouragement. MORE: Rebel Wilson makes major announcement after health transformation RELATED: Adele looks unrecognisable after huge weight loss Rebel has been on a mission to overhaul her health One wrote: "Can't wait to see what you produce. I'm sure it will inspire," while another declared: "Best news ever, congrats my girl." Others begged her to release her books in America too, and said the premise of her books sounds "adorable". Rebel has had a busy few months working on her new project and her body too. The star has shed over 40lbs during her "year of health" during which she's strived to make her wellness a priority. MORE: Rebel Wilson shows off her royal wedding outfit Rebel … [Read more...] about Rebel Wilson thrills fans with news of exciting arrival in 2021
Photo-Illustration: Vulture, Addison Rae/TikTok and Bryce Hall/TikTok It’s season two of the teen drama we can’t stop watching. The celebrity teens of TikTok are embroiled in yet another cheating scandal, this time between “ bad bleep ” Addison Rae Easterling and bad boy Bryce Hall. Addison Rae, 20, asked her 36 million Instagram followers for “ privacy ” on Wednesday night, as rumors from over the weekend went viral. “Sharing my life with y’all makes me happy, but some things I choose to handle offline,” she wrote on her story. “When and if I want to share, I will make that decision.” The whispers began after 21-year-old Bryce Hall went on a weekend trip to Las Vegas on February 27, because nothing stays in Vegas when a bunch of influencers are involved. On Monday, March 1, drama YouTuber and chaos-bringer KeemStar uploaded a video adding to the allegations with alleged screenshots from 22-year-old model and adult-film star Dana Wolf. He included alleged text messages between Wolf and a friend where she claims she “fucked” Bryce Hall in Vegas. KeemStar reached out to Hall, who denied the allegations. Hall also tweeted a very convincing “ I didn’t cheat on Addison ” on Monday. Fans also accused another influencer who was on the trip, Saiviantha (real name Samantha Salvador), of being the other woman. On Instagram Stories Tuesday, she denied hooking up with Hall, explaining that she was with Hall and his friends until about 2 a.m., but “it was a business, networking type of thing.” Right, while He’s All That star Addison Rae is known for making deals, like her clean beauty line, Item, Bryce Hall is known for throwing COVID-19 ragers and getting in fights with wait staff . Trust that as soon as Kris Jenner is done with the Kimye divorce, she’ll handle whatever’s going on here. … [Read more...] about Addison Rae Asks for ‘Privacy’ Amid Bryce Hall Cheating Rumors