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YouTuber deletes channels after forcing crying son to pose for video thumbnail

She had 500 000 subscribers before the backlash started.

Jordan Cheyenne, a well-known YouTuber, has deleted her channel on the video platform after fans gave her heavy backlash for forcing her crying son to pose for a video thumbnail photo.

Cheyenne has been making videos for the past 8 years. Her content mainly focuses on her daily activities and life as a single mother. She also made a selection of fitness videos that focused on workouts one can do at home.

Last week, Cheyenne posted a video explaining that her new puppy had been diagnosed with parvovirus, a condition common in unvaccinated dogs and puppies that can be fatal.

The video was titled “We are heartbroken”. It has since been deleted, but clips of it are doing the rounds on platforms like Facebook and Twitter. In the clip, Cheyenne is seen pulling her son Christian toward her and instructing him to “act like you’re crying,” to which he responds, “I am crying.”

Cheyenne can be seen giving her clearly upset son a series of instructions “for the video”, telling him how to pose, how to force his facial expression and where to look so that she can get the shot she wants for her video. Before shutting off the camera, she tells her son, “It’s OK, it’s OK, it’s over.”

In a later video, the influencer said after the negative response she re-uploaded the vlog without the footage of her telling her son to pose, before taking down the video altogether later that day.

After the release of the controversial video, she lost about 1,000 subscribers on Wednesday. The same day, Cheyenne posted a video titled “I am immensely disappointed in myself”. In that video, she told her subscribers that she watched the original video again and she was disgusted by her behaviour.

AKA slams Thabooty live on air

This happened after she asked the artist about Nelli Tembe’s death.

AKA gave a knee-jerk reaction after radio presenter Thando “Thabooty” Thabethe asked him about the events that led up to his fiancé, Nelli Tembe’s death.

The awkward moment happened on Thabooty’s 947 show when she had AKA and artist Costa Titch as guests. The duo was in studio to talk about their brand new album which was released to the delight of fans last week.

Thando asked the rapper to address “the elephant in the room”, referring to developments into Nelli’s case and any information AKA may have about it.

“We have to speak about the elephant in the room. You had a sit down with one of our own, Thembekile Mrototo, and a lot of people felt like you said nothing in the interview,” she said.

AKA clearly didn’t think her line of questioning was warranted at all. He immediately went on the defensive.

“Do you feel a need to say anything about the incident that happened?” asked Thando, to which AKA answered that this is not merely an incident to him, but something that happened in real life.

“You wanna call it an incident. This is my life, bro. To you it’s an incident,” he said.

“Speak to us about the experience,” said Thando, clearly still pushing her agenda to get the rapper to reveal something about the tragedy.

“Is it something you are never going to answer?” asked Thando

AKA replied: “It’s none of your business. It’s nobody’s business but my own. It is something I am living within my life. It’s none of your business.”

Before the interview ended, Thando gave AKA the middle finger but they then gave each other high-fives and laughed it off.

The Artscape Theatre is celebrating Heritage Month with free virtual performances

All the productions aim to spark a conversation about diversity in South Africa.

September marks Heritage month in South Africa, which is a time to reflect on the country, where we come from and where we are going. To celebrate this month, the Artscape Theatre has decided to host a virtual performance series, for free!

As with most of the Artscape’s concert series, these productions are all tied together through a central theme: that of diversity. The organisers have said that they hope the productions open frank conversations between South Africans about inclusivity. 

Which shows can you look forward to? According to the Artscape Theatre Centre’s website, the festival will kick off with Dance Can Dance, a production inspired by award-winning choreographer, Elvis Sibeko’s album Dance Can Dance The Spirit of Enchantment.

“Dance Can Dance tells native stories through cinematic orchestra music through an Afro-Fusion style of dance. Mantis and The Bee will also show at Artscape’s Heritage Festival. This children’s show will explore /Xam mythology in a humorous and comedic way. This show will be a thrilling comedy adventure,” the program reads.

The Kingdom of Ubuntu, written by award-winning dancer, Elvis Sibeko will also be on stage at the festival. Back in 2019, this very production was staged at the Artscape and theatre lovers praised it for its creativity.

Writer and academic, Richard Rive is celebrated in My World! Redesigning Buckingham Palace, another show to hit the planks during the virtual festival. It is described as “a salute to District Six, the heart of Cape Town ripped out because it stood out in the way of grand apartheid fantasies.”

The virtual Artscape Heritage Festival will take place between 16 September and 31 October and will be free for everyone to watch. All the productions will be available on the Artscape Theatre Centre website.

Love Island explains why they don’t feature LGBTQI+ contestants

The producers in the UK said it poses “logistical difficulties”

Fans of the popular British dating show, Love Island, have had a thrilling time watching the latest season of the program, which came to an end last week.

A lot of viewers have, however, in the past queried why the show does not do more to feature LGBTQI+ contestants. In a previous season, they did feature one gay contentant, but this is few and far between.

Speaking to RadioTimes about the upcoming season, ITV commissioner Amanda Stavri explained that the show wants to include a more diverse contestant pool, but that LGBTQI+ contestants pose practical difficulties.

“I think the main challenge is regarding the format of Love Island. There’s a sort of logistical difficulty, because although Islanders don’t have to be 100% straight, the format must sort of give Islanders an equal choice when coupling up,” she said.

ITV Boss Kevin Lygo also recently commented on the success of the show. He said he doesn’t think the show has even peaked in terms of viewership just yet. Speaking about the LGBTQI+ issue, he was sceptical about how this can be implemented on Love Island’s current format.

“Love Island is a particular thing, it’s about boys and girls coupling up so if you want to do a gay version, or widen it, it is discussed and we haven’t yet found a way that would make it suitable for that show,” he explained.

Season 7 of Love Island UK came to an end on 23 August. It was hosted by Laura Whitmore and featured contestants that ranged from OnlyFans stars to bloggers and teachers.

Somizi Mhlongo to be replaced by a celeb guest each week on Idols SA

The show confirmed he will not be coming back to the judging panel.

After vacating his seat on the Idols SA judging panel a month or so ago, the show’s producers have confirmed that Somizi Mhlongo will not return as a judge. In his place, a celeb guest will make a weekly appearance.

Idols fans are seemingly very excited for celebrities from all over South Africa to make appearances on the popular talent finding program. The guest judges will take their seats next to Unathi Nkayi and Randall Abrahams, who remain resident judges on the show.

“As the competition now advances to live auditions with the top 16 contestants left to sing it out for the coveted grand prize, the guest judges will be chosen from the infinite pool of Mzansi’s entertainment industry,” the statement read, clearly indicating that the producers are trying their best to keep the show’s panel as diverse as possible.

The judges will be announced weekly on Mzansi Magic’s social media accounts, leaving lots of room for speculation about who will be featured on the show each week.

“Their new voices are certainly going to add a new flavour to the feedback given to the ’Idols SA’ season 17 hopefuls”, read the statement.

Earlier, Mnet met with Mhlongo to discuss their relationship going forward. They reached a mutual decision to call it quits.

“M-Net and Mr Somizi Mhlongo met to discuss his role on ’Idols SA’ in light of the allegations made against him,” it was explained.

Currently, Mhlongo is facing allegations of abuse against his estranged husband, Mohale Motaung. According to Motaung, Mhlongo tried to kill him with a kitchen knife. When he tried to flee, Mhlongo chased him down with his car and tried to push him off the road.

Somizi has denied abusing Mohale and asked for privacy while he finalises his divorce.

Nadia Nakai says she has broken up with Vic Mensa

She revealed the news in a recent interview.

Although Nadia Nakai and Vic Mensa stole the hearts of local fans when rumours of their relationship first started surfacing last year, the couple have now broken up, according to Nakai in a recent interview.

Nakai made an appearance on Lasiswe’s YouTube show, “Drink or tell the truth” and she broke the news when asked about her relationship with the US rapper.

The duo were often referred to as a true power couple. They dated for a couple of months after creating a track together.

During the interview, a crew member asked Nakai how long she and Mensa had been an item for so far. She replied that “they broke up” and that it doesn’t really matter anymore.

The presenter of the show first asked her who she would rather have kids with. She immediately said she would have to say with Vic. From this, the crew member asked her about the length of her relationship with Vic, after which she dropped the bomb.

It was the first time that either one of the couple has officially confirmed they are no longer together.

Some fans did suspect there was trouble in paradise, especially because Nakai hadn’t shared a photo of the two of them together in quite some time. It is not clear, though, what the reason for their breakup is.

Vic has not yet commented on the fact that they have split.

In other news, he was recently recruited to feature in a film about ProKid’s life and career. It seems like Mensa is enjoying being recognised in South Africa.

Kanye West and Irina Shayk split up, according to reports 

They were first spotted together in France in June, celebrating his birthday.

According to a source that spoke to PEOPLE magazine, Kanye West and model Irina Shayk have called it quits. “It was never a serious thing that took off,” one source says.

“Kanye has been busy working and spending time with his kids. This is his focus. He doesn’t have time to date right now. He finds Irina amazing though,” adds a second source. “They remain friendly.”

Representatives for both Kanye and Irina have not yet responded to any publication’s request for comment.

Earlier, it was reported that Irina was upset about previous breakup rumours that haunted the couple. Apparently very much still invested in their relationship. “Irina is so upset at the lies about her and Kanye,” the source said at the time. “They are very much still dating.”

Kanye and Irina were first seen together in June celebrating the rapper’s 44th birthday at Villa La Coste in France. Kanye started pursuing Irina before this, however. They hung out in New York City where she lives on multiple occasions. “He invited her to France and she happily accepted,” the insider said to PEOPLE. “They are not officially dating, but there is interest from both sides.”

Later that month, it was understood that the duo would try a long distance relationship. Kanye was to stay in Los Angeles and had no plans to move to New York City to be closer to Irina – his new love.

Kim Kardashian, who filed for a divorce from Kanye, was apparently aware of his relationship with Irina for weeks. Sources have said that Kim is not too phased about the fact that Kanye started dating again. Her only concern is the kids and she wants him to continue spending time with them. 

Kanye West has also been spending hours on end working on his long-awaited (and much-delayed) album, DONDA.

Prince Kaybee’s views on masculinity have caused a stir 

His tweet has caused heavy backlash.

Local music producer, Prince Kaybee recently shared his views on masculinity by publishing a controversial tweet. Now, he is facing heavy backlash and criticism from fans.

In his tweet, he addressed the “gents” and his main goal was to let people know that, according to him, there is nothing toxic about masculinity. “You need that trait as a man to thrive, protect yourself, your loved ones and be successful. No one must ever tell you to tone it down so that you appear equal.”

Twitter users responded by saying that this kind of thinking is exactly what makes toxic masculinity so dangerous. They argue that views like this perpetuate the very thing that society is trying to change. 

One user responded by saying that this kind of tweet lacks critical thinking that is desperately needed to create a more inclusive society.

Others challenged Kaybee’s view by asking him why he thinks men need “that trait” to “survive”.

After seeing that his tweet didn’t go down as he would have hoped, the “Charlotte” producer then followed his initial statement up by posting: “I’m not a rapist or an abuser, in fact I think I have OPENLY advocated for women more than any other Dj in SA.

“There’s men and women that kill, rape, abuse and molest, MEN AND WOMEN. Masculinity is a component of being a man, we need strong men to protect women,” he tweeted.

However, his rescue efforts didn’t go down well either. Fans reacted saying that toxic masculinity feeds into violence against women.

Thuli Phongolo says she is not dating Master KG

Fans assumed they were in a relationship after she replied to one of his tweets.

Thuli Phongolo’s love life has been a hot topic of discussion throughout the weekend. She replied to a tweet that Master KG published, asking if it is okay for guys to always fall for older people. Phongolo replied that it is indeed perfectly fine!

This response stirred speculation from her fans that she and Master KG are dating, because she is older than him and seemed very keen to get her reply in. At the start of this week, however, the former Generations: The Legacy star shut down these rumours. 

“Apparently, I’m dating Master KG because I commented on his tweet! Guys, please respect me!” she wrote.

She went on to say that she loves Master KG, but that they are only friends. She urged her followers to stop spreading baseless rumours, clearly being a little fed up with all the fake news about her relationship status that has been doing the rounds. 

Last year, the actress again had to put an end to rumours about her love life when people assumed she was dating Duduzane Zuma. Phongolo profusely denied knowing the son of ex-president Jacob Zuma at all.

Some of her fans were upset by the fact that Phongolo denied the claims of a relationship between her and Master KG. Clearly, some twitter users are eager to see the duo get together in a romantic sense.

Master KG has not responded to these rumours or to the recent tweets by Phongolo about the fact that they are indeed not a couple.

Airlines have rerouted flight paths to avoid airspace above Afghanistan

This comes after the Taliban have taken control of Kabul. 

Major airlines like British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and others have decided to reroute flight paths to avoid Afghan airspace. This comes as a direct result of the Taliban taking control of Kabul, effectively taking control of the whole country. 

Airlines said that currently, the situation is just too uncertain and they fear that having a Western flight company in Afghan airspace might have severe consequences. 

Although it is not specifically mentioned which flights will be affected, it is understood that flights between the USA and India are most likely to be rerouted, leading to slightly longer flight times.

The Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) said Monday that it had released the national airspace to the military, and advised all transit aircraft to find new routes, Reuters reported.

In Kabul, people are living in extreme fear as the extremist group now governs over them. They managed to take the capital city in a matter of mere hours, with minimal casualties and shots being fired. The Taliban said that it planned to declare an Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the Associated Press reported, citing an unnamed Taliban official.

On social media, videos emerged showing hundreds of people at the airport in Kabul, trying to flee the country. This was, however, to no avail as the Taliban had already managed to ground flights and keep people abay.