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GIVE ME CHOCOLATE, NSUKUZONKE!

As Yellowbone appreciation gains momentum, let’s take a few minutes to dip into some chocolate.

Dark Chocolate Flavour

Ladies, keep calm, sit down and know that the blog is about to the dish out the goods.

Chocolate Ninjas

And last but not least…

Choc Beauties in My World

There’s more Chocolate where that came from. #TeamDarkSkin

A GARDENER AND A FEW ‘UGLY’ PEOPLE ON THE DREAMCHASE

If you are getting ready for exams, if you are preparing for a presentation that could fast-track your success, if you have a demo to send to a fancy studio, if you are working on a book, if you are trying to put together a fashion show or an event, if you want to be South Africa’s next top model, if you are trying to open a shop, if you are looking for funding, if you are working towards your first million, if you want to write the State of the Nation address, if you are chasing a dream and pushing a hustle; today’s post is for you.

This dream ish doesn’t always come together overnight and the dream chase is not for the weak. Here are some people who held on and came out tops.

  • Had it not been for the encouragement of his father, Kaizer Motaung never would have gone ahead with his dream to form his own football club called Kaizer Chiefs! Khosi fans, now you know who to thank for the greatest team in the country; Mr. Ceyland Motaung…otherwise ngabe siz’thola nge-Platinum Stars.
  • Patrice Thlopane Motsepe was a schoolteacher who owned a spaza shop.
  • Like Missy Elliot, Marilyn Monroe was once told that she was not beautiful and talented enough to be famous.
  • The late Chief Justice Pius Langa used to work in a shirt factory.
  • Some idiot fired Walt Disney for lacking good ideas and an exciting imagination.
  • President Jacob Zuma was a goat-herder for crying out loud! These days, he’s out here running ish and making it rain like an American rap star.
  • Before he joined FC Barcelona, a soccer team refused to pay Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini’s medical bills of around R 10 000 a month and gave him a miss.
  • Reggae artist Lucky Phillip Dube was once a gardener. His death remains a sad reminder of the South African crime problem.
  • Whitney Elizabeth Houston, the woman who could draw huge crowds to sold-out venues within a couple of days, used to sing inside the empty swimming pool of her childhood home.
  • Academy Award winner Sidney Poitier was advised to try a career as a dishwasher the first time he went to an audition.
  • They said Oprah Winfrey didn’t have a face for television.
  • J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, used to live on a government grant.

The world is full of people who failed, people who failed a few times, people who’ve had a long stretch of failures one after the other and people who have yet to experience failure on a grand scale.  Don’t dwell too much on failure or pay attention to haters. Figure out what you need to learn from your failure and quickly move on. Stay strong.

WINTER WARMER PARTY – WHAT WENT DOWN

A Street Knight, in the white armor of his car, took me to BAR9 for a night of partying I will never forget! We missed a turn and ended up at the one place where lost vehicles end up: a petrol station. When the petrol attendant responded to our request for directions, we knew we were in for the mother of all parties. He said: “Hawu, kanti what’s happening at BAR9 this Friday? So many people have been asking for directions.” That’s exactly what a partygoer wants to hear; “so many people”.

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Indeed, many people did come out to party on that mild winter night and they came with donations. The event organisers, Lerato Moagi (right) and Lesego Mokoena (left) were all over BAR9 making sure everyone was having a good time. The master of ceremonies was Thato Molamu (center), ‘Nicholas’ in Generations. He joined fellow World Changers Arts Inn Me and Cuebur Music in making the Winter Warmer Party for Charity a huge success.

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Jonny Joburg (extreme right) is no stranger to hypnotising the audience and the Winter Warmer Party for Charity was no different. He is seen here with his crew. – image – A Blog Like No Other

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Dennis Lefa Halo did his m’rapper thing like his life depended on it. – image – facebook.com

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Bassie is a beauty with a voice to match! Her soulful mix of gospel, jazz, traditional African sounds and catchy lyrics had the crowd singing along to her hit ‘Khumbul’ekhaya’. – image – facebook.com

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Bassie (right) and dance music artist Charlene Lai looked divine at the party in BAR9 in Midrand this past Friday. – image – A Blog Like No Other

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Charlene Lai’s music is bold and vibrant, just like her. – image – A Blog Like No Other

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DJ Xee is a man of many homes and his favourite addresses include Lapeng in Protea North and Big Mama’s Lounge in Mapetla. – image – facebook.com

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Dj Xee and Dj Lady Lisa hanging out before their sets at BAR9. – image – A Blog Like No Other

World Changers still needs your help to sort and distribute the donations.

On Saturday 8 June, World Changers will meet in Rockville, Soweto to sort the donations. A week later on 15 June, donations will be distributed in Soweto. Donations will be delivered in Ivory Park, near Tembisa on 22 June. World Changers can’t do all this work alone and they need people to lend a hand on any of these Saturdays. For more details, the World Changers are on Twitter and Facebook. You can also email worldchangers017@gmail.com

THE BLOG’S FAVOURITE QUOTES

 

Soccer

I grew up in a house full of men who love Kaizer Chiefs above all else, it was inevitable that Kaizer Chiefs would become my love and eventually inspire my ink.

I grew up in a house full of men who love Kaizer Chiefs above all else, it was inevitable that Kaizer Chiefs would become my love and eventually inspire my ink.

“Some people think football (soccer) is a matter of life and death. I don’t like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that. ”

Bill Shankly

“I am not a perfectionist, but I like to feel that things are done well. More important than that, I feel an endless need to learn, to improve, to evolve, not only to please the coach and the fans, but also to feel satisfied with myself. It is my conviction that here are no limits to learning, and that it can never stop, no matter what our age.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

“As I get older, the tyranny that football exerts over my life, and therefore over the lives of people around me, is less reasonable and less attractive. Family and friends know, after long years of wearying experience, that the fixture list always has the last word in any arrangement; they understand, or at least accept, that christenings or weddings or any gatherings, which in other families would take unquestioned precedence, can only be plotted after consultation. So football is regarded as a given disability that has to be worked around. If I were wheelchair-bound, nobody close to me would organise anything in a top-floor flat, so why would they plan anything for a winter Saturday afternoon.”

Nick Hornby

Writing

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde, my favourite writer of all time. Imprisoned for homosexual tendencies, he later died of meningitis on 30 November 1900. On the anniversary of his death in 2011, his tomb was cleaned and now has a glass enclosure because visitors used to leave lipstick stains on it when paying their respects to this incredible writer. A visit to his tomb is also on my Bucket List. – image - abcnews.go.com

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, a wordsmith of note. On the anniversary of his death in 2011, his tomb was cleaned and now has a glass enclosure because visitors used to leave lipstick stains on it when paying their respects to this incredible writer. – image – abcnews.go.com

“If you cannot write well, you cannot think well; if you cannot think well, others will do your thinking for you.”

Oscar Wilde

“I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.”

Jorge Luis Borges

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

Stephen King

“The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.”

Anaïs Nin

Food

I’ve said this before: “I’m mean in the kitchen.” This is a spread I prepared for Christmas lunch with my family. And by the way, this is just the main course. I served garlic chicken strips with green pepper and fried pumpkin chunks for starters. I picked peaches from my mom’s trees and dessert was a delicious, homemade peach pie with custard. Who’s your girl? ;)

A spread I prepared for Christmas lunch with my family. 

“Don’t wreck a sublime chocolate experience by feeling guilty. Chocolate isn’t like premarital sex. It will not make you pregnant. And it always feels good.”

Lora Brody

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”

Oscar Wilde

“Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”

Mark Twain

Relationships

I love power couples. Illuminati or not, JayZ and Beyonce are it! Patrice and Precious Motsepe have my vote on home soil. Let’s love each other but, let’s also hustle together. I’m sad that my other favourite power couple, Tokyo and Judy Sexwale, is getting a divorce. :( – image - globalgrind.com

I love power couples, and JayZ and Beyonce are it! – image – globalgrind.com

“A guy and a girl can be just friends, but at one point or another, they will fall for each other…Maybe temporarily, maybe at the wrong time, maybe too late, or maybe forever”

Dave Matthews Band

“If you love two people at the same time, choose the second. Because if you really loved the first one, you wouldn’t have fallen for the second.”

Johnny Depp

“Women cannot complain about men anymore until they start getting better taste in them.”

Bill Maher

‘Tata’

Back in the day, when what was discussed and planned in parliament was in the best interests of the people… Will South Africa ever have another president of Nelson Mandela’s calibre? - image - timeslive.co.za

Former Pres. Nelson Mandela. – image – timeslive.co.za

“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

“We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”

My mother

Me and my best friend; my mother.

Me and my best friend; my mother.

“Toughen up and pray. God is much bigger than anything you and I can do together.”

My mother on hard times

“But baby, can you even hear what these Rastas are saying in these songs?”

My mother on ragga and dancehall music

SIDE NOTE – Congratulations in advance to Kaizer Chiefs for becoming the Champions of the Premier Soccer League SA! Talk about RECLAIMING THE GLORY!

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