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.
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
February 25, 2021 - 10:03 GMT Nichola Murphy UK holidays with private hot tubs: See the best holiday lets and cottages you can book for April, when COVID-19 restrictions lift. Who else is excited for 12 April? That is currently the date UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said one household will be allowed to stay at a cottage or holiday let. RELATED: Is it safe to book a summer holiday & when can we book? And with UK staycations set to remain popular in 2021 even after restrictions have eased, we predict holidays will be selling out fast in the coming months. So if you're ready for a weekend getaway where you can let your troubles melt away in a warm hot tub, we've done the hard work for you and rounded up the best holiday lets you can book for April (hot tub included!). Pick your favourite… Devon BOOK NOW Set in North Devon’s Tarka Country is this cute little woodland cabin called Little Silver Fox, which comes with its own private hot tub. One of three luxury shepherd's huts, it offers a king-size bed topped with Egyptian cotton, a wood-burning stove and a Nespresso machine, while the North Devon coast is less than a half-hour drive away. For more information visit sykescottages.co.uk MORE: 7 incredible UK vineyards every wine lover should staycation at this spring READ: 24 UK hotels you need to visit for a post-lockdown weekend getaway Brighton BOOK NOW Looking for a spot of luxury on the south coast? This four-bedroom house in Brighton boasts separate living spaces for adults and kids, as well as views over the sea. So you can relax in the hot tub while gazing at the beautiful ocean – what's not to love? For more information visit vrbo.com Cheshire, Hampshire, Norfolk and more BOOK NOW From Hampshire to Norfolk and Cheshire, book one of the stunning Golden Oak cabins from Forest Holidays situated up and down the … [Read more...] about Best UK holidays with hot tubs for April – hurry, they’re selling out
March 04, 2021 - 12:12 GMT Hannah Hargrave Firefly Lane star Katherine Heigl opens up about baby number four and why she’s ok with her daughter being angry with her in a new interview with Parents magazine Katherine Heigl is already a proud mother-of-three and when it comes to adding to her brood, she just made a surprising confession. The Firefly Lane actress has two adopted daughters and a biological son with her husband, Josh Kelley, and she was all set on becoming a mum again - until recently. MORE: Katherine Heigl shares glimpse inside her incredibly wholesome homelife with children Katherine revealed to Parents magazine that she and Josh had initially "thought that we needed one more child to complete this home," and they were considering whether that would be biologically, via adoption or foster care. However, when the COVID-19 pandemic struck they did a U-turn. MORE: Katherine Heigl's refreshing take on post-pregnancy weight loss Katherine and Josh already have three children "I have completely changed my mind," Katherine said. "I am very content with my three!" The couple live in Utah, after leaving the bright lights of Hollywood behind, and while they love their country life, parenting isn’t without challenges. Katherine - whose youngest son Joshua is four - admitted her oldest, Naleigh, 12, doesn’t have a phone, which is a source of contention in her home. MORE: 8 emotional celebrity adoption stories SEE: Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley's most precious family moments Katherine and Josh have been married since 2007 "I know she thinks I'm being a tyrant, but I worry about the effect of social media on kids her age," the actress said. "I watched The Social Dilemma . So I'm like, 'Go ahead and hate me. I'm trying to save you!' " As for how she navigates the conversations with her daughters about their origins - they … [Read more...] about Katherine Heigl opens up about baby number four with surprise confession
February 19, 2021 - 19:40 GMT Jenni McKnight Helena Christensen wowed her fans as she put her model figure on display in a plunging swimsuit for a haunting new photo Helena Christensen put her model figure on full display in a haunting new photo for her staerkandchristensen line. The 52-year-old looked phenomenal in a deep, plunging swimsuit as she posed against a woodland backdrop in the black and white photo. MORE: Helena Christensen rocks plunging bodysuit inside her quirky home Helena was modelling 'The Knot Body' from her range with good friend Camilla Stærk, which they describe as "dark romance fashion, interiors, architecture and film". Loading the player... WATCH: Helena Christensen takes a dip in freezing cold waters wearing a red swimsuit Needless to say, Helena's followers were blown away by her beauty – and seemingly ageless appearance. "Girl! You need to write a book sharing your secrets for your youthful beauty," penned one impressed follower. "Haunted beauty ," chimed another. A third said: " Just beautiful!" MORE: Helena Christensen reveals secret behind toned figure READ: Supermodel Helena Christensen confuses fans with baby photo - details View this post on Instagram A post shared by STÆRK&CHRISTENSEN (@staerkandchristensen) Helena looked beautiful in this haunting photo Earlier this month, the supermodel stunned her followers with a magical winter snapshot on Instagram. Helena looked sensational in a pretty, purple two-piece as she elegantly tip-toed through a snowy setting near her mountainous home in the Catskills, NY. With the sun shining down on her, Helena showed off her lean legs - and ability to withstand the cold. She captioned the picturesque images alongside a chilly-looking river: "Ice hole search," which prompted a barrage of responses from her fans. … [Read more...] about Helena Christensen looks phenomenal in plunging swimsuit for haunting new photo