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Lupita is a Goddess—Homeboy is TRASH

Seven images of Lupita Nyong'o that prove the haters are wrong.

Hi, Chinedu here again. I'm the soon to be Pulitzer winning journalist who brought you great works like "23 Things We Like about R. Kelly" and "Inside Trump’s Secret WhatsApp Group with African Dictators."

This week a certain individual who we won’t mention had the gall to call Queen Lupita ugly, let that marinate for a second before we embark on a slow roasting of this nameless individual. You know that saying, no such thing as bad press, well he won’t be getting any press here.

There are people in this world who suck, people who are the perfect definition of trash—basura! If trash were made in a laboratory, adding them to the equation would make the perfect specimen of trash. The sort of trash that makes Donald Trump look like Desmond Tutu. The sort of lame ass trash people who are as insignificant as a new Kid Rock or Brittany Spears single. The sort of highly concentrated trash that Dr. Emmett Brown used to power the DeLorean in Back To The Future.

What we do know however, is that Lupita is a Goddess of outer worldly proportions. May your eyes feast on these my people, may they enjoy the heavenly sights of divine beauty. Of and did we mention that she’s starring in the soon to be greatest superhero movie ever next year—Black Panther.

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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