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Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi Crowned Miss Universe

South Africans celebrate Zozibini Tunzi's victory.

Today, Zozibini Tunzi got crowned Miss Universe at the 68th instalment of the global beauty pageant. The event took place at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta Georgia on the 8th of December.

Catriona Gray from The Philippines crowned her successor Zozibini Tunzi at the end of the event which was hosted by Steve Harvey as has been the case in the last five years.


Tunzi made the shortlist of 20 semi-finalists after South Africans went out in their numbers to vote for her online in the last few weeks.

Tunzi has impressed not only because of her physical appearance, but her answers to the questions the contestants were asked during the event impressed many people and the judges. For instance, when asked, "What is the most important thing we should teach young girls today?" her answer was, "Leadership."

The 26-year-old from Tsolo in the Eastern Cape was crowned Miss South Africa 2019 in August and has been a big newsmaker, if not for her humanitarian work and the strides she's taken in her career, it's discussions around what her success means for how we view beauty.

A reasonable number of people on social media criticized Tunzi's appearance after her crowning, with some saying, "She looks like a boy." She responded in an Instagram post in September stating: "Society has previously been programmed in such a way that there's nothing beautiful about being black. The furthest you are from being fair skinned the uglier you are. That unfortunately has been the universal standard of beauty and it is very difficult for some people to unlearn it."

She added that she was hoping her participation in the Miss Universe pageant would "shatter whatever misconception and stereotypes people have of beauty."

Meanwhile social media has been abuzz with praises and congratulatory messages since the crowning of Tunzi as Miss Universe. Ordinary South Africans and the country's celebrities such as Bonang Matheba and Trevor Noah have expressed their elation for the victory which is as much for Tunzi as it is for the whole country and continent.

Tunzi is the third South African to win the title of Miss Universe, and the first black woman since Angola's Leila Lopes, who was crowned Miss Universe in 2011. Former Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned Miss Universe in 2017. Margaret Gardiner was the first South African to be crowned Miss Universe in 1978.







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Rocking The Daisies is celebrating its 15th year of existence this year. The popular music and lifestyle festival recently announced they have added four new names on the bills—UK's Stormzy and Col3trane alongside US rapper YBN Cordae and the singer Ari Lennox.

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The artist shared the news via Instagram on Friday, writing that he and 31 people on his team decided to get tested after returning back to Lagos from abroad. While he and the rest of his team received negative results, Rowland's test came back positive.

"Unfortunately, my fiancé's results came back positive while all 31 others tested have come back negative including our baby," wrote Davido. He added that they both showed no systems, but would be self-isolating as a safety measure.

"We are however doing perfectly fine and she is even still yet to show any symptoms whatsoever. She is now being quarantined and I have also gone into full self isolation for the minimum 14 days," he added. "I want to use this opportunity to thank you all for your endless love and prayers in advance and to urge everyone to please stay at home as we control the spread of this virus! Together we can beat this!"

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Juls Drops New Music Video for 'Soweto Blues' Featuring Busiswa and Jaz Karis

The Ghanaian-British producer heads to South Africa for the music video for the amapiano-inspired track.

Heavyweight Ghanaian-British producer Juls shares his first offering of 2020, and it does not disappoint.

The producer enlists South African music star Busiswa and London's Jaz Karis for the jazz-inflected "Soweto Blues," which also boasts elements of South Africa's dominant electronic sound, Amapiano. The slow-burner features airy vocals from Karis who features prominently on the 3-minute track, while Busiswa delivers a standout bridge in her signature high-energy tone.

"The song dubbed "Soweto Blues" is a song depicting the love, sadness and fun times that Soweto tends to offer its people," read the song's YouTube description. The video premiered earlier today on The Fader. "The energy is amazing, the people are lovely and I've found a second home — especially the vibrancy of Soweto," the producer told The Fader about his trip to Soweto for the making of the video "Jaz Karis is singing a love song, which is symbolic of my new love of Soweto and I'm honoured to have worked with Busiswa whom I have been a fan of for a long time."

Fittingly, the music video sees Juls traveling through the township, taking in its sights and energy. The video, directed by Nigel Stöckl, features striking shots of the popular area and its skilled pantsula dancers.

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