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Vula Vala’s Zola Msizi talks about the hate he received for playing a gay character

Since taking up the role of a gay character on the new drama series Vula Vala, budding actor, Zola Msizi has spoken out on how homophobic South Africans are.

Zola plays the role of Lefa Kwena who lives in the shadows of his father’s greatness while trying to hide his sexuality.

In a podcast interview with the TshisaPOD, Zola shared how it was natural for him to take up the role of a gay man all thanks to his gay friends who taught him a great deal about people in the LGBTQ+ community.

Gogo Maweni on 'witchcraft comments' & backlash to 'Izangom a Zodumo'

Reality TV star and practicing sangoma Makgotso “Gogo Maweni” has been the talk of town since the release of Izangoma Zodumo, which has ruffled more than a few feathers.

Izangoma Zodumo, according to a description by DStv, is a reality show about “two slay queens who have answered the calling”, and Gogo Maweni definitely came through with the drama from day one.

Makgotso and her many alter-egos, including “Champagne Mami” (who has made past TV appearances) made the feisty sangoma a target for public scrutiny.

Teddy of 'Gomora' fame on how it feels to be an award-winning actor

Gomora star Sicelo Buthelezi, who plays Teddy on the soapie, has been a fan favourite since he made his debut on TV and walking away with the Outstanding Newcomer award at the 2020 Royalty Soapie awards, validated his hard work.

In an interview with TshisaLIVE, Sicelo he plans to use the award to fuel him to do even better.

Celebs weigh in on 'racist' Clicks ad campaign and ensuing protests

South African singer-songwriter Zahara, comedian Nina Hastie and author Jackie Phamotse are among those who have slammed health and beauty retailer Clicks for an advert on its website which labelled African hair as dry and damaged, while white hair was described as “fine and flat”.

The company came under fire on Friday after pictures of the advert were circulated on social media, sparking outrage. The company took down the ad and apologised, but the EFF moved to shut down Clicks stores on Monday in protest.

Isibaya’s Chris Q Radebe on playing 'disrespectful' king Dabula

Even though he describes himself as a writer who also acts, actor Chris Q. Radebe has left many viewers touched as King Dabula on Isibaya, and he lives for the reaction he manages to get out of fans who love to hate his problematic character.

Chris is a head writer on Isibaya and in a recent interview with TshisaLIVE explained how this actually helped him with his acting, especially since his career in front of the camera actually started off by chance.

Khanyi Mbau hit hard by the lockdown: It meant no income for the rest of the year

Media personality and businesswoman Khanyi Mbau has been hit hard by the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown and the economic fallout it has brought, telling TshisaLIVE it has led to her writing off any chance of a proper income this year.

The star is not only one of the most recognised faces in the entertainment industry but also has her own range of gin, I Am Khanyi.

Sitting down with TshisaLIVE recently, Khanyi said the ban on alcohol sales and closure of the entertainment industry left her in a tight space.

'I’m not a politician but I’m raising my voice': Why L’vovo is speaking out

Kwaito veteran L'vovo Derrango has recently made it his mission to use his platforms to help “voiceless” South Africans, by advocating for them on issues that are close to his heart.
Even though he’s been active on social media for a while, a few month of lockdown nudged L'vovo in the right direction. It dawned on him that his social media platform could help bring about change that matters.
Speaking to TshisaLIVE, L'vovo said he was merely doing his part.

Ayanda Borotho opens up about what started her journey back to self

Since the release of her best seller book, Unbecoming To Become, author and actress Ayanda Borotho has been at the forefront of much needed conversations around liberating oppressed women.As the nation prepares to celebrate Women's Day, Ayanda told TshisaLIVE what ignited her fire to speak out and have those often ignored conversations.

Zolisa Xaluva on toxic parenting: Don’t let your pain reflect in the way you raise your child

Popular actor Zolisa Xaluva has opened up about his Gomora character, sharing how it has taught him the importance of men healing before they take their pain out on their children.
Zolisa has starred in several major productions, including as Diamond on The Queen and Jason on Generations, but has captured hearts with Mzansi with his role as Melusi on the popular Mzansi Magic drama.
Chatting to TshisaLIVE recently, Zolisa said he is relieved to finally be playing a “good guy”.

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