What We’re Watching on Netflix

I often get asked what’s on my streaming watch list, so I thought I’d write a series of posts for each streaming platform that I watch – starting of course, with everyone’s favourite, Netflix!

Besides discussing what’s just “dropped” I will also look at “golden oldies” such as Friends.  Can this series be considered that? I guess it can, since it celebrated it’s 25th anniversary in September 2019.

Please note that the below may contain spoilers!

First up – #BlackAF starring the creator, writer and executive producer of Black-ish, Grown-ish and Mixed-ish, Kenya Barris. By the way, Mixed-ish is my favourite of this trio, being mixed myself 🙂

The show is loosely based on his own family and life, in the sense that he plays himself, but apparently his character’s personality is the complete opposite of the real person. He has 6 kids (3 girls and 3 boys) with wife Joya (played by Rashida Jones) who is a former lawyer and never lets anyone forget that fact.

The 8 episodes cover their life and adventures as a family going through ups and downs, as only a wealthy Hollywood family can. The show is filmed “mocumentary” style and in reality format, where the characters do “diary sessions” (ala Keeping Up with the Kardashians and every other reality show). This is because the second eldest child, Drea, is using the show as her NYU Film School acceptance piece. The trailer showed the best and funniest bits, so I was expecting a lot, but at the end of the final episode, I kind of felt like I missed nothing. The only really memorable thing about the show is the opening sequence track by Jay Rock called “WIN” – which is now on my Deezer “Favourites” playlist.

That’s my 2 cents, but you can decide. Here’s the trailer:

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Season One of “Family Feud South Africa” Coming Soon

 

 

Last year, I attended the media launch of Family Feud, and now this popular show is finally going to broadcast on local screens. Read about the media launch post here and what Steve Harvey’s hopes were for the show, which have now come to fruition.

South African families are preparing to take each other on as the widely popular international television game show FAMILY FEUD makes its local South African debut on Sunday 5th April at 6pm on e.tv.

Hosted by award-winning entertainer, businessman and philanthropist STEVE HARVEY, who has been hosting the American version of Family Feud with enormous success since 2010, the debut of the 26-episode season is a dream come true for Mr Harvey.

“Bringing Family Feud to Africa has long been a dream of mine,” Mr Harvey said. “I believe Family Feud will become a household name for local South African families. This is just the beginning. I expect this show to lead to multiple media and business projects in and throughout the continent of Africa.”

Against the backdrop of a game show, FAMILY FEUD is really a family comedy with funny-man STEVE HARVEY embarking on a journey to learn about South Africa and its people, while two families compete to name the most popular responses to survey questions related to the country. The family that gains the most points walks away with the prize money.

The answers to the survey are locked into the game board and even if the contestants give a really good answer, if the answer is not on the board, it doesn’t count. Each correctly guessed answer is worth a certain number of points, which increase during the rounds. If a team fails to answer a question, they get a strike. After three strikes, the opposing family gets a chance to ‘steal’ the points on the board. After five rounds, the family with the least points walk away with their winnings, while the other family goes on to play ‘Fast Money’ in a bid to win the jackpot in addition to money won during the game.

You can expect fun and laughter all the way as fellow families win serious cash. And no-one walks away empty-handed… To show that even ‘feuding’ families can come together, headline sponsor KFC will give away a Finger Lickin’ Good bucket of R10 000 in KFC vouchers every week to the losing family.

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Marvel Universe Live! in South Africa

Marvel Universe LIVE! is a live performance unlike anything fans have ever seen before. Performing in South Africa only in the Sun Arena at Time Square, Menlyn Maine, Pretoria from Friday, 24 January through Sunday, 09 Feb 2020, this epic arena stunt show has become the adventure no one wants to miss. Tickets are only available from Computicket, the show’s exclusive authorised local ticketing agent.

Due to high demand, four new performances for Marvel Universe LIVE! have been added on Saturday, 08 February 2020 at 11am, 3pm and 7pm and one extra show on Sunday, 09 February 2020 at 2pm. Packed to the brim with some of Marvel’s most popular Super Heroes and villains, this new live performance is unlike anything fans have ever seen before.

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Tracy Morgan – No Disrespect South Africa Tour

Legendary comedian, Tracy Morgan, has announced his 2020 No Disrespect world tour which includes three back-to-back shows around South Africa – Cape Town on the 29th May, Durban on the 30th May and Pretoria on the 31st May.

Tickets are available via Ticketpro.

Blu Blood has always been on the forefront of bringing quality entertainment to South African stages and we are extremely honoured to be adding Tracy Morgan to our portfolio.  Tracy is one of the most respected comedians in this field and he adds an exciting element to this year’s social calendar,” comments Blu Blood MD, Osman Osman.  

Tracy Morgan is best known for his appearances on Saturday Night Live and his role as ‘Tracy Morgan’ in seven seasons of NBC’s Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning, 30 Rock, opposite Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.  His film credits include Paramount’s rom-com film, What Men Want with Taraji P. Henson and The Longest Yard opposite Adam Sandler and he has also lent his voice to hit animations Rio, Rio 2 and the Oscar-nominated, Boxtrolls.   Across his career, he has had stand-up specials on Netflix, HBO and Comedy Central and has headlined comedy tours and festivals around the world.

Morgan can currently be seen in the second season of TBS’ The Last OG, which has recently been renewed for a third season.  He can next be heard voicing the role of Fox in Netflix’s Green Eggs & Ham, as well as Caption Caveman in the upcoming 2020 feature, Scoob.

Tickets for Tracy Morgan’s No Disrespect tour start from R350 and are available through Ticketpro.  The show carries a PG-18 age restriction.

Tracy Morgan: No Disrespect is proudly brought to South Africa by leaders in entertainment, Blu Blood in association with Comedy Central, East Coast Radio and KFM.

 

Tour Dates:

Friday, 29th May @ Grand Arena, GrandWest, Cape Town (8PM)

Saturday, 30th May @ Durban ICC, Durban (8PM)

Sunday, 31st May @ Sun Arena at Time Square, Pretoria (6PM)


Find Tracy Morgan:
www.tracymorgan.com
Facebook: tracymorgan
Instagram: @tracymorgan
Twitter: @realtracymorgan

Rick Ross in South Africa

South Africa’s premier lifestyle music festival, BLOCK PARTY, is bringing US rapper Rick Ross to South Africa, as part of its December two cities tour. The events hosted in partnership with MTV Base (DStv channel 322) will see Rick Ross first headline a Durban festival in partnership with GagasiFM at the Kings Park Stadium Outer Fields on Saturday, 21 December.  The following day, the “Gold Roses” hit maker will headline the East London, Buffalo Park Stadium on Sunday, 22 December.

Launched four years ago in Johannesburg with a simple idea of providing a world-class platform to celebrate local and international artists, the original Block Party has since become the most sought after ticket in the music scene. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, the events were headlined by Black Coffee and now, the Maybach Music boss, Rick Ross, will headline the Block Party.

Ross is renowned for his first global single, “Hustlin’,” which became a smash hit, due to the hypnotic line, “every day I’m hustling,” repeated throughout, which led the single to be certified gold. His music has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart on numerous releases gaining him positive “unexpectedly fantastic” reviews from The New York Times. His latest album Port of Miami 2, features 15 new songs that include hits such as “Gold Roses” featuring Drake, “Big Tyme” featuring Swizz Beatz and “Act a Fool” with Wale.

Port of Miami 2 started me on this journey,” Ross wrote on Instagram. “It’s only right that I bring it back to where it all started. For my day ones to the new ones, this album is for you.”

The Grammy-nominated rapper will bring his hypnotic performances to Durban on Saturday, 21 December and East London on Sunday, 22 December where the Rick Ross Block Party will feature over 20 local artists across house, gqom, amapiano and hip hop genres of music.

Tickets for the Rick Ross Block Party are available at www.webtickets.co.za and/or any Pick n Pay outlets nationwide with prices starting from R345 and doors open at 2PM. The Rick Ross Block Party is brought to you in partnership with MTV Base (DStv channel 322) and GagasiFM.

For more information on the Rick Ross Block Party visit www.blockparty.co.za and follow the conversation @BlockPartySA on social media on TwitterFacebook and Instagram using the hashtags #BLOCKPARTY #RRBP19.

Standard Bank Polo in the Park at Steyn City

Standard Bank and newly founded, African Deluxe Company, hosted the very first Polo In The Park event in Africa on Saturday 16 November. This spectacular event took place at the luxurious Parkland Residence, Steyn City. The new Polo Park, specifically built for this event, created a magnificent backdrop, with breath-taking views of Steyn City’s manicured parklands, overlooking the pristine Jack Nicklaus designed golf course and international award-winning clubhouse.

“Since inception, Steyn City has set out to create the space for families and friends to spend time together, doing what they love best,” comments Tammy Menton, Group Head of Marketing and Events, Steyn City Properties. “Polo in the Park is a perfect example of this, an event which speaks to our own ethos, which revolves around providing a lifestyle that’s unrivalled by anything else in South Africa.  Of course, given facilities like our world class equestrian centre, it goes without saying that many of our residents are equine enthusiasts!”

Mishkah Roman-Cassiem

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South Africa Wins the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Hello Everyone

I created a short video that sums up the euphoria after South Africa’s Rugby World Cup 2019 win!

Enjoy!

 

#RWC2019

#TeamHeineken

@Heineken_SA

@rugbyworldcup

#StrongerTogether

#RWCFinal

@Springboks

#SiyaKolisi

Standard Bank Jo’burg Polo in the Park

African Deluxe Company is proud to announce its inaugural event, the Standard Bank Polo in the Park, set to take place on Saturday 16th November 2019, at Steyn City Parkland Residence, in Johannesburg.

Headlined by Standard Bank, Park Polo is a first of its kind concept for Africa. This is a modern form of action polo, forming part of a new global polo movement focused on creating exciting ways to play polo in and around urban centres, where space is often limited. Rules are simplified, teams change ends only at half time rather than after every goal, and the polo field is smaller, so this makes the game quicker and simpler, and it brings the spectators closer to the action by way of an arena-style polo playing field, which for this event, Steyn City built from scratch.

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Enjoy the Rugby World Cup with Heineken®

I can’t say that I am the world’s best rugby fan, mainly because I don’t understand the rules of the game. But that does not mean that I cannot enjoy the match! I am certainly looking forward to the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday, 2 November, now that I know South Africa has made it through, after they beat Wales 19 to 16, yesterday. So, England plays South Africa in the final this Saturday. Fingers and toes crossed for us!

But what fun activities can one have till the final match?

Heineken® has launched the #TeamHeineken Experience, an interactive activation set to thrill rugby and non-rugby fans ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2019™knockout phase.

The activation was unveiled at the Rosebank Mall in Johannesburg, demonstrating that everyone can enjoy the spirit of the tournament, whether they know the rules of the game or not.

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Jason Goliath’s new comedy show “Manstruation: Surviving a Wife”

I attended the media launch of Jason Goliath’s new one-man show, called “MANSTRUATION: Surviving a Wife” on 1 October. The show is on from 2 to 12 October 2019 at the Auto and General Theatre on The Square at Sandton City, Johannesburg.

Jason is one of the very few comedians fondly known for getting away with making audiences laugh at life’s uncomfortable truths. Now having married the love of his life, audiences can prepare themselves for brutally honest and uncomfortable truths around relationships and a whole lot of laughter!

MANSTRUATION is a perfect night out. Whether you are in a short-term or long-term relationship, engaged, married, divorced or single, the show is a must see. Not only does he talk about what he has learned as a married man of 8 months, Jason also weaves in little nuggets of knowledge that he has picked up from strangers at car washes, about the sanctity of marriage.

Jason promises that his show it is not a story about the battle of the sexes. The very construct of the show is unbiased as it makes light of either side in the Jason Goliath way – hilarious and thought provoking. His authenticity and energetic personality will win you over and more than likely, leave you gaping at a thought, then immediately breaking into raucous laughter.

The content of the show talks to various types of relationships, but also the various stages of relationships, the relationships one should stay in and relationships one should get out of.

What should audiences expect? I thought the show was 90 minutes of humourous advice about how to love and treat your partner. It started out with a fair amount of toilet humour but quickly picks up to the more “serious” side of things when Jason starts to talk about marriage and the beauty of relationships.

“After leaving my show, I want people to better understand their situation and start thinking about what they want and where they are going. I want people in amazing relationships to “get out of their own way”. More often we take things too seriously, we have become too sensitive, we over-analyse and have become so selfish. My show offers a deeper understanding and a solution in the way I know best – being funny”.

 

Ticket Price:           R150 via Computicket

Venue:                    Auto and General Theatre on The Square, Sandton City

Dates:                     2-12 October 2019