1. Luke Cage
Commitment: Approx. 10 hours
Luke Cage is obviously a Marvel product, but it’s also the product of its creator, Cheo Hodari Coker, and its cast, including Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, and Erik LaRay Harvey (plus appearances by Frankie Faison, Ron Cephas Jones and, of course, Method Man): The series has more flexibility in addressing its subject matter thanks to its platform, but it’s hard to imagine that it’d speak as loudly or as boldly even on Netflix without Coker driving the narrative forward. Even though he stumbles during the show’s midsection, his errors don’t add up to more than an inconvenience: Luke Cage blends its source material with a wide range of influences, from jazz to rap to horrors ripped straight from the headlines, and churns out a yarn that’s as powerful as it is irresistibly poppy. Andy Crump
2. Dear White People
Commitment: Approx. 4 hours (season 1); around 8 if you binge season 2 as well.
Based on creator Justin Simien’s 2014 indie, Netflix’s original series—narrated by Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul’s Giancarlo Esposito—replicates the pungent humor of the film without ever seeming stale, or static: Its knives are sharp, and they’re pointed in every direction. Though its primary target is white privilege, in forms both egregious (blackface parties) and mundane (calls to end “divisive” politics), Dear White People, set on the campus of a fictional Ivy League university, is even funnier when it turns to the details of the black students’ personal and ideological choices, transforming the notion of the “problematic fave,” from the McRib to The Cosby Show into the engine of its entertaining, incisive comedy. Matt Brennan
Throughout the first season’s run, some writers and critics seemed dead set on finding some kind of flaw to pounce on with the show, zeroing in on how the minority characters are represented. This may be a wild generalization, but I think this was a natural reaction to one of the most overtly feminist sitcoms ever produced. Kimmy Schmidt is most certainly upsetting the natural order of your typical network sitcom. The show’s titular character is defining her life on her own terms and by her own standards. For some reason that still freaks some people out so they dismiss it or find some way to poke holes in the vehicle for that idea. That is what makes the prospect of a second season so exciting. Just as the show can go in a myriad of different directions, so too can Kimmy Schmidt. Now that she has put the awful time in the bunker to bed, she can face a new day with that infectious smile, bubbly attitude, and enthusiastic embrace of life experience. Sorry nitpickers and network executives; Kimmy Schmidt is going to make it after all. Robert Ham
4, Sense 8
Commitment: Approx. 23 hours
This globe-trotting and glitzy sci-fi series, drops us into a world where eight strangers in different parts of the planet are somehow psychically and emotionally linked. Through the first season’s 12 episodes—and the recent Christmas special follow this assortment of confused and beautiful people as they try to understand this connection, use their newfound abilities to help one another, and engage in not one but two blissfully queer orgies. As wacky and over-the-top as Sense8 can often get, the series remains important as it deals with issues of sexuality and gender identity through the work of trans actress Jamie Clayton and performers Miguel Silvestre and Alfonso Herrera’s portrayal of a gay couple in Mexico City. Robert Ham
A nearly unrecognizable Alison Brie (credit the ‘80s hair and eyebrows for her transformation) stars as Ruth Wilder, an aspiring actress who finds her perfect role in the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. What she lacks in skill, Ruth makes up for in pluck. Her frenemy, former soap star Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin), becomes her perfect foil. Marc Maron is hilarious as their world-weary producer and Sydelle Noel is a stand out as stunt woman-turned-trainer Cherry Bang. Come for the ridiculous costumes, makeup and hair. Stay for the surprisingly poignant show about female empowerment. Amy Amatangelo
In the series premiere of Chewing Gum, Tracey (Coel), raised fundamentalist and still a virgin at 24, asks her best friend to give her a makeover “like Beyoncé’” to convince her deeply religious (and just as deeply closeted) fiancé to finally have sex with her. He rejects her for being openly desirous of sex, saying she looks like if a Barbie doll “rolled around in the mud then turned into a negro.” When that fails, she falls into bed with a new, white boyfriend, Connor (Robert Lonsdale). Tracey leans into and explores a sexuality that’s weird, cartoonish, and ultimately doesn’t even involve penetrative sex—Chewing Gum is instead preoccupied with the awkwardness and anxieties of sex, ignoring whether it’s unflattering and uninterested in whether or not it’s empowering. It’s about honest sexual expression and the joy of learning not to care when you can’t meet a lofty standard, and there’s real pleasure in discovering Tracey’s sexual absurdity. Season Two comes to the streaming service April 4. Sidney Fussell
7. American Vandal
Commitment: Approx. 10 hours
American Vandal is the tongue-in-cheek antidote to the “true crime” craze: a “prestige docuseries” on the subject of dick-drawing, set on dismantling the form from within. After all, its understanding of the form is impeccable: With dramatic cold opens, floated theories and test cases; interviews, illustrations and re-creations; careful cliffhangers and a Jinx-style hot mic, it applies the genre’s commonplaces to absurd situations with aplomb. It’s a pungently goofy reminder that the history of “true crime” is dominated by “lowbrow” media—pulpy magazines, grocery-store paperbacks, salacious installments of Dateline or 20/20—and that its newfound sense of “prestige” is primarily a function of style. Still, American Vandal’s most surprising strength is not its satire—which is, in the end, rather low-hanging fruit—but its steady construction of a narrative backdrop more compelling than its creators realize. Matt Brennan
If you’re like most college students, much of your time outside of class is spent studying. Studying is an important part of college, one that goes beyond just helping to get you good grades. It’s a part of your academic routine that—whether you realize it or not — prepares you for a career as well.
Here are four study skills in particular that can carry over into your career:
1. MANAGING YOUR TIME
Figuring out how long it will take you to complete an assignment or review for an exam isn’t an exact science. Every student is different, so each student requires a different amount of time for studying. Over time, you’ll figure out how to best manage your time.
Good time management means you get your assignments done on time (or well ahead of time), but it also means you pace yourself appropriately so that you’re producing the highest quality of work possible. Knowing how to keep and follow a calendar is another important part of time management.
Just as you need good time management when studying, you need it when you enter the working world. If you establish a time management habit that works for you in college, you can easily apply it to your career when it comes to accomplishing various tasks for your company.
2. READING (FOR MEANING)
College students are required to read a lot — from textbooks to novels to research journals to newspapers, and everything in between. Reading in college goes beyond just taking in words; it means absorbing and understanding their meaning so you can remember certain ideas and facts for your tests and assignments.
No matter what career you choose, you can likely expect more reading — whether it be research for a meeting or important email communications. That’s why it’s important to become a strong reader in college. Learn how to highlight and take notes when you read, and also how to pace yourself to truly digest the content.
3. STAYING ORGANIZED
A key part of successful studying is keeping yourself organized. It’s hard to argue the fact that it’s much easier to get your work done with a clean desk than a messy one. The same goes for a neat vs. messy bookbag.
Organization means different things to different students. Yet, no matter what your organization style, the key idea of being organized is to know exactly where your things are when you need them.
Being organized is also important for your career. As a working adult, you’ll need to keep track of many important documents, bills, schedules and more. Learning how to keep your things in order while still a college student will make your transition to a working adult much easier.
4. WORKING WITH OTHERS
Many college students find being part of a study group to be helpful to their academics. Studying with others can give you more motivation to study, and your study buddies may be able to help you through especially challenging classes.
But being a part of a study group has another benefit: from deciding when to meet to collaborating on group projects, studying with others teaches you how to work as part of a team.
Being a team player is a critical career skill. In most careers, you’ll have to interact with others. The more social skills you build while in college, the more easily you’ll be able to achieve greatness with other people in your workplace.
Erica Cirino is a contributing writer for Varsity Tutors, a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction to accelerate academic achievement.
As expected the Ninja president and his Vigilance Band gave a spirited performance, blending the new and the old.
He performed songs from the new album that was launched on his birthday but nothing was new in terms of living up to expectations.
The album, which is a mixture of party and dance songs, has already proven to be a hit.
Those who did not make it to the HICC got their fair share of the Gafa’s worldclass act at Nust.
Winky D who got on stage at around half one launched his performance with old songs from previous albums with the crowd singing along throughout.
As if in trance the Disappear hit-maker performed his seemingly favourite song Ngirozi, from the new album featuring choral group, Vabati VaJehova, more than three times with the crowd responding well to the new gospel dance hall tune.
Winky D kept the students on their feet with songs like Toyi Toyi, Old School, Green Like Me Garden and Godo.
He left the stage at 3.30am yesterday and the crowd kept clamouring for more.
First Copy of Gombwe Sold For US$40 000
Businessman and socialite Genius “Ginimbi” Kadungure bought the first copy of Winky D’s latest album, Gombwe, for $40 000 during its launch on Friday night at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC).
Ginimbi who is known for flaunting his wealth on social media wanted to buy the auctioned disc at $20 000 but he was forced to revise the initial amount after flamboyant Albert Ndabambi ‘outshined’ him by bidding the CD for $30 000.
Ginimbi dug deeper into his pockets forking another $20 000 to make it $40 000 in total.
At the end of the night, Winky D smiled all the way to the bank with a cool $70 000, a lump sum.- (Chronicle)
South Sudanese StudentsGo Green
Midlands State University South Sudan Students, in conjunction with the National Forest Commission, embarked on a tree planting exercise at the Graduate School of Business Leadership campus on the 30th of January 2018.
The exercise aimed at creating a vibrant and healthy environment for the students and the surrounding communities.
The project coordinator, Kan Gueh Kan Lapdhor, highlighted that the initiative was driven by the ideals of Zimbabwe’s National Tree Planting Day which is held annually in December.
Ladphor said the initiative was meant to improve the learning, working and living environment for Midlands State University and the surrounding community as trees provide clean air.
“The role of trees on the planet is comparable to that of lungs in human beings. Therefore, it is imperative to plant trees at our University to improve the living conditions of human beings and bring balance to the ecosystem through the production of clean air,” said Kan.
The Midlands State University International Relations Office also highlighted that this initiative came as a result of the need to join the world in combating global warming which has affected most parts of Sub-Saharan Africa.
International Relations Office representative, Qinisani Bhebe, weighed in on the tree planting initiative by highlighting its contribution towards the reduction of global warming.
Mr Ilunga, representing the Student Affairs Division, applauded the efforts made by the Midlands State University International students towards creating a green environment.
Ilunga went on to thank the National Forest Commission for the donation of two hundred and fifty trees.
“As the Student Affairs Division, we would like to commend the South Sudan students for coming up and implementing an initiative that would help preserve our environment.”
This tree planting initiative is also going to leave a lasting legacy of their courtesy not only towards Midlands State University but the nation at large.
This tree planting exercise shall be an ongoing process at Midlands State University as the International students scale up their fight against global warming to make this world a better place to live in.- (MSU Facebook)
Govt to review harsh media laws
“Zimbabwe was one of the first countries to introduce legislation on access to information-the AIPPA Act, but unfortunately, AIPPA is better in prohibiting access to information than in facilitating it,”
Government says it is in the process of aligning media laws with the constitution as well as reviewing some laws that impede the smooth operation of the media.
The media is Zimbabwe is operating under harsh conditions which have seen various journalists being arrested for stories they would have written and also failing to access information from public institutions.
Speaking at the launch of the European Union and Norwegian government funded Media and Elections Program, Acting Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Simon Khaya-Moyo said work is already under way to align the laws.
“At policy level, the Ministry of Information is in the process of aligning the two pieces of media legislation that fall within its purview that is the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and the Broadcasting Services Act (BSA) with the constitution, they must be aligned with the constitution and we are working expeditiously to ensure this is accomplished.
“The ministry is also alive to the fact that there are other laws that affect the media and continues to engage with other government stakeholders to ensure that we create a more favourable working environment for the media,” he said.
Speaking at the same occasion Head of European Union Delegation to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Philippe Van Damme said if the media is to play its role of reinforcing accountability then the stringent laws must be address as matter of urgent.
“If we want the media to full play their role of informing public debate and reinforcing scrutiny and accountability of electoral and democratic processes, the issues will need to be addressed, not only through the legal framework, but also in the way the laws are effectively applied.
“Zimbabwe was one of the first countries to introduce legislation on access to information-the AIPPA Act, but unfortunately, as you all know, AIPPA is better in prohibiting access to information than in facilitating it,” he said.
Ambassador Van Damme added that the media is also constrained in its watchdog role by harsh economic conditions and general lack of professional skills and deontological standards.
He said the media is also constrained by threats from politicians or other wealthy and/or well-connected individuals under the investigations.- (Daniel Chingundu/Open Parly ZW)
A day after Zimdancehall exponent Winky D launches his much-anticipated album Gombwe tomorrow in Harare, fans in Bulawayo will have a chance to sample his latest offering as the Gafa is making his way to the city.
National University of Science and Technology will be a buzz on Saturday evening as Winky D and his Vigilance Band rolls into the city for a show there called the Semester Welcome back Bash.
On stage he will be performing with hip hop artiste ASAPH, DJs Mzoe, Nospa, Vicvado, Bold and Khosa during the festivities to be held at Nust Grounds.
“For the Bulawayo fans we are performing at Nust Grounds and we promise new stuff during the show…”
Winky D has been sharing preparations for the album launch and his manager Jonathan Banda said Bulawayo fans should expect new things.
“Preps for the album launch have been going along well. In fact we’re staggered at the response from fans in terms of tickets sold. For the Bulawayo fans we are performing at Nust Grounds and we promise new stuff during the show,” said Banda.
He said copies of the album will be sold at the show.
Fans in Harare will be the first to hear what the Ninja President has in store.
Harare International Conference Centre is the venue and he would be supported by a plethora of local and regional dancehall artistes.
At the same time Winky D launches his album he celebrates his 35th birthday.
For the past two years, it has been a tradition that Winky D, towards the end of the year, releases a blockbuster like in 2015 when he unleashed Gafa Life with the runaway hit Disappear. In 2016 he released Gafa Futi — Chiextraterrestrial. However, last year, as the festive season was getting into gear, Winky D announced that he would not be launching an album.
The self-proclaimed Messi weReggae has already whetted the appetite of fans with singles Madrinks MuCup and Dzemudanga which were given heavy rotation during the festive season.
The last time Winky D released a song on his birthday was in 2014 when he dropped Paita Party which became a national anthem.
Jah Prayzah‘s latest album, Kutonga Kwaro, seems to resonate with the current political situation in Zimbabwe.
We have curated reactions (press reports and social media content) to the intersection of the artiste’s music and Zimbabwe’s political drama.
Kubatana, a non profit organisation in Harare used Jah Prayzah’s song , Masoja, as a soundtrack to its video of the solidarity march . Meanwhile, the Daily News’ referred to the solidarity march as Jah Prayzah’s crowing moment.
Amid blaring car horns and the generous serving of anti-President Robert Mugabe songs during the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) solidarity march on Saturday, was the constant din of music star Jah Prayzah’s music.
If it was not the hit —Kutonga Kwaro — which turned out to be the de facto anthem of the march that celebrated the ZDF’s seizure of power last Tuesday — then it was the old favourite Mudhara Achauya or the party song Ndini Ndamubata.
Harare was turned into one big party anchored on Jah Prayzah’s music. No artiste in the recent past has had his music played by such a huge concentration of people. It was clearly the Jerusarema hit-maker’s crowning achievement. – Daily News
However others felt that Jah Prayzah’s music is nothing but just prophetic artistry.
ARTISTS are prophetic!
The above phrase aptly suits Jah Prayzah’s current album if scenes from the solidarity march on Saturday are anything to consider.
Songs which include Kutonga Kwaro, Ndini Ndamubata and Masoja off the crooner’s album Kutonga Kwaro became anthems as people repeatedly played the music in their cars during the march.
Most of the people labeled Jah Prayzah, the prophet arguing his songs are reflecting on the prevailing situation.
People took to social media including Twitter with others saying JP is the ‘spirit medium’ of the country. – H Metro
Zimbabweans reiterated this prophetic position on social media.
#AfricanLivesMatter Zimbabwe's musicians & actors are social prophets . Political , Social & economic players adapt these songs to suit their subject needs . Take Jah Prayzah …Mudhara Shumba will come ? or Joyce Mujuru's hip dance song 'Kutonga Kwaro Gamba'?
However, Jah Prayzah is on record denying any deliberate political motivation or inspiration in his music. His managers have said people are free to interpret the songs and titles the way they want as in other art genres.
A part two Finance studies student, Freilich Tinomuvonga Mutombwera, also known as Twyz, has completed recording a blockbuster album in Harare which is expected to be available on NUST campus by end of November.
Having performed at the 22nd NUST graduation ceremony on 4 November 2016, graced by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Chancellor of the University, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe, T Wyz decided to travel and record an album in Harare during the semester break (soon after the performance).
“I felt encouraged performing at the ceremony in the presence of the Chancellor and celebrating with about 2 000 graduands. I also managed to rope in promoters who helped me record my album in Harare,” said T wyz.
T Wyz boasts of a long catalogue of songs from his previous album and singles collection. Among his songs include Wendy, Handigeze and Handichakuda. In a way to promote his upcoming album, the Handigeze hit maker has been sampling new songs in the NUST Delta garden (a chilling zone for students on campus).
The hard working artiste fuses dancehall, reggae, jazz and other contemporary sounds. He is positive about the success of his yet-to-be titled album and has pegged $1 for each CD to be sold on campus.
“Our album stand will be at Delta NUST gardens but we will also ensure some team members move around campus selling discs to fellow students. Discs will be sold on campus for $1,” said Twyz.
Meanwhile, T Wyz is coordinating with two on campus clubs to support his album. These are College Youth Art Club (CYAC) and NUST Business Networking (NBN). The fastest rising artiste wants to involve NUST learning community for the success of his yet-to-be named album.
“As NBN, we welcome T wyz’s new album. The album comes at the right time when NBN is running a successful #BuyNustCampaign to encourage NUST learning community to support creative, innovative and productive students.
NBN will join Twyz as he would be meeting his fans and selling his new album. Through supporting student enterprises and works, NBN understands that students will make money to help their parents in paying some expense incurred during the semester,” said Crispen Rateiwa, chairperson of NUST Business Networking.
Twyz performs with a live band. His versatility and artistry is beyond measure. Playing a guitar and singing simultaneously makes him the most-sought-after entertainer on campus. Unlike some students who shun extra curricula activities, T wyz balances academics and music successfully. Nothing separates him with his guitar. He takes it everywhere including lectures.
Muscians Sulumani Chimbetu and Stunner will tonight perform tracks from their new albums for the first time in Bulawayo at the National University of Science and Technology (Nust).
BY SINDISO DUBE |Newsday
The two artistes will headline the annual Nust graduation bash which will also feature Garry B, Templeman, Bulawayo’s female DJ Liz, Fire and United Kingdom-based King Alfred.
Stunner will perform songs from his latest album, If I Die Tonight, while Sulu will sample songs from his forthcoming album.
Stunner, a top rated hip-hop star recently who shared the stage with music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi last Saturday at the Castle Lager Biggest Braai, launched his album in August.
Stunner’s album carries tracks including Ndiri Humble, Inna Mi Head featuring Jamaican Sir Ford, Impilo Yethu featuring Albert Nyathi and Hatirevi Nyambo featuring Jah Prayzah.
Sulumani, who is set to launch his forthcoming album anytime soon, will also take the opportunity to sample new tracks from his yet-to-be-titled album.
“This is the first time coming to Bulawayo after I launched my latest album in Harare. If I Die Tonight is coming to Bulawayo for the first time. It’s a privilege to share the new music with my Bulawayo people, we promise nothing, but a killer show,” Stunner said.
Sulu’s publicist, Joe Local, echoed the same sentiments with Stunner.
“This is going to be a good show. Fans should expect new music from us. We will sample new stuff from our forthcoming album for the first time in Bulawayo. Everyone knows what we do, we don’t disappoint and we will not disappoint the students on their last day at varsity. A top drawer performance is what we promise and will deliver,” Joe Local said.
Show organiser, Samuel Saungwemi, confirmed that all was in place for the big day.
“All is in order now and this is going to be a big day for music lovers and especially the graduands. This is their last dance as university students and we will do it in style. All the artists have confirmed their participation, we will have everything for everyone from hip-hop, house, dancehall and sungura,” Saungwemi said.