It was one of the most successful American sitcoms of the late 1970s and 1980s and made Gary Coleman and the often repeated line “What you talkin’ about, Willis?” famous with television viewers around the world.
Diff’rent Strokes’ focused on two black kids from Harlem, Arnold Jackson and older brother Willis, who are welcomed into the family of wealthy New York businessman Philip Drummond and his daughter when their mother, his housekeeper, passes away.
Its three young stars – Coleman, Todd Bridges and Dana Plato – soon became wealthy but the real cost of their childhood fame is revealed in Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Diff’rent Strokes which airs on True Movies (DStv Channel 138) on Tuesday, March 29, at 20h45.
And it isn’t a cute, pretty or funny story as both Coleman and Bridges reveal in the film, giving their sides of the story. Continue reading
Sony Pictures Television Networks announced the launch of a free app to help users capture and post images of a better world. The app supports Picture This, the company’s global campaign to preserve and protect the environment.
The Picture This campaign began in September 28th, 2015 in 30 languages as an effort to bring attention to environmental issues in the networks’ footprint of 178 countries around the world including South Africa. Forty-five networks are participating, using their resources – from on-air and social media campaigns to community events – to bring attention to the issues affecting their regions, and together make a global impact. Learn more at www.sptpicturethis.com Continue reading
e.tv viewers can look forward to another brand new cutting-edge rural drama this April. The Kingdom- uKhakhayi, set around the intriguing AmaBhaca tribe who predominantly reside in uMzimkhulu and the surrounding areas, premieres on Tuesday, 5 April at 9:05PM on e.tv.
The Kingdom – uKhakhayi is a rural drama series based on a royal AmaBhaca tribe that was led by Chief Zwelakhe, who is now deceased. The kingdom is currently under the leadership of a paramount chief, Jezebomvu. The drama explores the quest for power by the ruthless and cunning paramount chief. This power struggle leaves the family divided into two camps, one camp is led by the matriarch of the house and the other by Jezembovu. Stories of power struggles, fights for leadership, betrayal, loyalty and backstabbing make for compelling viewing.
Johannesburg, 23 March 2016: This week’s edition of Top Actor Africa (BET, 19:30CAT Tuesday 22 March) saw 23-year old Sabelo Sibeko from Johannesburg and 20-year old Hendrik Lombard from Pretoria in the hot seat.
In tonight’s episode, the contestants were given a memory class by top memory coach, James Jooste, before readying for the main ‘theatre’ challenge. While Alex and Lorraineput on their best performances, Sabelo struggled to impress the judges and Hendrikforgot some of his lines, leaving them in the bottom two. Continue reading
The arrival of the Easter holidays signals a well-earned break for many families as they head off across the country. Make safety your first priority, using these safe driving tips from Midas
Johannesburg, 22 March 2016 – The Easter holidays represent a welcome respite for many families as they take a break from work and school to make the most of South Africa’s great summer weather before autumn arrives. However, it also means a marked increase in traffic volumes, particularly heading out of the major cities towards SA’s popular coastal towns and inland destinations.
Sadly, this also translates into a massive spike in road accidents and fatalities, with over 14 000 people losing their lives on our roads each year – most of which is concentrated around the peak holiday periods during Easter and Christmas. Continue reading
As the topic of race continues to make headlines in South Africa, MTV South Africa got social media buzzing around the globe on Human Right’s Day (21 March) with its #LetsTalkColour campaign.
The TV and social media campaign achieved an estimated 22.7 Million impressions on Twitter as the channel and all its affiliated social media accounts made the symbolic gesture of turning black and white for 24 hours.
Among the high profile figures and organisations who voiced their support to the campaign were Trevor Noah, The Nelson Mandela Foundation, Gareth Cliff, AKA, Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Sport and Recreation, Julius Malema, CNN, Unathi Msengana, Poppy Ntshongwana and Khloe Kardashian. Continue reading
The 20th anniversary celebrations commences on the Easter Weekend , MTN Joyous Celebration is undoubtedly the most successful musical group in the Country , and it will be embarking on the tour which will be launched at Carnival City from the 25th – 27thMarch 2016 ..
MTN JOYOUS CELEBRATION LAUNCHES JOYOUS 20
Date: Friday, 25 -27 March 2016
Venue: Carnival City
Gates open : Friday 17:30 PM
Show Time : 19:30 PM
Gates open : Saturday 17:30 PM
Show Time 19:30 PM
Show Time : Sunday 17:30 PM
Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) Minister Nomvula Mokonyane kicked off National Water Week recently by stating: “As government we are very concerned about this situation and we are making a call to all South Africans to adapt their lives and face the reality that water is a scarce resource that has no substitute.” Today, as we recognise World Water Day to inspire action on water issues, we cannot forget the tremendous toll that our eating habits take on our water systems. This is particularly pertinent in South Africa, as we face our “worst drought in years.”
According to the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs, the demand for water is already outstripped in Gauteng since 2013, and will be in the whole of South Africa by 2025. 60% of water supply is used for agricultural use (including irrigation), 18% for environmental use, 11,5% for urban and domestic use, and 10,5% for mining and industrial use. Continue reading
Pivothead South Africa has appointed Smile 90.4FM radio presenter Bobby Brown as its new brand ambassador. Available in South Africa for the first time, Pivothead puts the camera where your eyes are, letting you capture hands-free video and still images from your own point-of-view.
Known for his much acclaimed Tech Report on radio, Brown is a self-confessed geek. “I’m delighted to be appointed as brand ambassador. I love all tech, especially innovations. Pivothead is the perfect amalgamation of new tech, innovated into a brilliant new application. It’s one of those gadgets that make you wonder why nobody has thought of this before. So to join the group was a bit of a no-brainer”
His current profile is very much about Science, Technology, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.). “I’m about to launch a YouTube channel that goes back to my journalism roots of engaging human interest stories. My Pivothead glasses are going to come in very handy in this regard.” Continue reading
It was on September 22, 1976, when the first episode of Charlie’s Angels aired in the US. The show was produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg who had already produced that other TV hit show Starsky and Hutch.
The original title of their new police drama was The Alley Cats which followed three women Alley, Lee and Catherine (Al-Lee-Cats) and was designed as a star vehicle for actress Kate Jackson.
As the series evolved with Jackson’s input, it developed into a series about three women working for a faceless man who gives his employees assignments over a speakerphone.
Then Jackson saw a painting of cherubs in Spelling’s office and suggested calling the series Harry’s Angels. As there was already was a series running on television called Harry O, the title became Charlie’s Angels and history was made. Continue reading