Entertainment news: What had us talking

Kim Kardashian attempts to calm her daughter, North, as they watch a presentation of Kanye West's 2015 partnership with Adidas at New York Fashion Week February 12 2015. (Lucas Jackson, Reuters)

Kim Kardashian attempts to calm her daughter, North, as they watch a presentation of Kanye West's 2015 partnership with Adidas at New York Fashion Week February 12 2015. (Lucas Jackson, Reuters)

From North West’s front row tantrums to what PR is calling #TheRegeneration (the comeback some of the axed Generations’s cast), the arts desk has put together a round-up of entertainment news you might have missed.

* On the local entertainment front, Etv aims to challenge the SABC1 8pm timeslot with its new telenovela, Ashes To Ashes. The telenovela will play at the same time as competitor, Generations: The Legacy, on Monday to Thursday. 

The cast comprises of axed actors from Generations, Nampitha Mpumlwana, Patrick Shai, Maggie Benedict, Mandla Gaduka and Zenande Mfenyana. The story revolves around a funeral parlour business owned by Namane family.
Mpumlwana and Shai will play onscreen couple, Selo and Mandlakazi Namane. 

“I think the viewer is going to be intrigued by the storyline, the fresh talent that’s being exhibited on the show,” Mpumlwana told eNCA. According to executive producer of the show, Ntokozo Mbuli, South African audiences can expect a “sexy, “authentically South African” story that’s full of drama. Viewers will soon get to see if this new telenovela is worthy of the 8pm slot, when it airs for the first time on March 2.

* North West made headlines over the weekend for crying while sitting in the front row of a fashion shows at New York Fashion Week. Eighteen-month-old North, who is no stranger to fashion week, was first snapped crying, at her father Kanye West’s show where he debuted his “Yeezy” season 1 clothing line collection – an Adidas originals collaboration. 

She was sitting on mommy Kim Kardashian’s lap and sandwiched between entertainment royalty, Beyoncé and Jay-Z and the godmother of fashion, Anna Wintour, when she was seen crying her eyes out during the show.

Beyoncé and Wintour’s reactions had the internet buzzing, with reports saying that both ladies looked like they were not impressed with the toddler’s outburst. ” Vogue editor Wintour appeared to be turning away from the mother and toddler as she sat alongside them on the front row at the show,” the Irish Independent reported.

Just two days after her father’s fashion show, North was again snapped on Kardarshian’s lap wailing at the Alexander Wang show, where she wore a cute all-black custom-made Wang outfit. Kanye, who rarely cracks a smile, was papped trying to comfort North with a smile.

Rapper, Nicki Minaj, who was seated in the FROW next to Kanye, seemed unfazed by North’s crying. 

Toddlers cry all the time – nothing new there. But what became a topic of discussion, were claims that Kardashian treats her daughter like a fashion accessory and a prop.

What’s North doing at New York fashion week when she could be playing with her toys and cousins at home? No wonder she’s wailing. The child is irritable.

Her father, on the other hand, had a lot to smile about. The rapper finally revealed what he has been working all this time. Along with the Yeezy season 1 clothing line, he showcased his “Yeezy Boost” sneakers on the runway. The rapper also surprised customers, who sought to buy some Boost sneakers, with a pair of Yeezy Boosts, hand delivered by Yeezy himself at the adidasOriginals Soho New York store over the weekend.

Kanye also debuted his song, Wolves, which features singer Sia and hip hop artist Vic Mensa, on the runway of his fashion show. He performed it for the first time live on Saturday Night Live’s special anniversary episode over the weekend, with a medley made up of Jesus Walks and his collaboration of Paul McCartney, Only One.

It was an exciting week in the music industry, with rapper Drake also releasing new material. He dropped a surprise mixtape, titled If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late on February 13. He gave fans a sneak peek of his short film, Jungle on Instagram on February 12 and the next day, word was out that he had released a mixtape. 

The 17-track tape features collaborations with hip-hop acts, Lil Wayne, Travi$ Scott and PARTYNEXTDOOR. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is the precursor to Drake’s 4th studio album Views from the 6, which is scheduled for release this year, Washington Post reported.

What we’ve learnt about rapper Azealia Banks last week is that she doesn’t walk away from a Twitter war. She’s been involved in Twitter feuds with fellow rappers, T.I and Iggy Azalea and recently got into one with Erykah Badu.

Banks claimed soul singer Ms Badu is jealous of her, after a fan asked Badu if she listens to Banks’s music. Badu responded, “tried”.

Banks didn’t take kindly to Badu’s response and soon tweeted: “When artists grow old and begin to recognise their own morality they throw shade at younger spirits.” 

“We see it happen ALL the time”

“Whether or not you like me ... You are WATCHING, and that’s what’s most important”.

Just to let everyone know where she is at, Badu turned on her location on Twitter and tweeted,”“@AZEALIABANKS just playin.. happy love day. Be careful sis.”

Katlego Mkhwanazi

Katlego Mkhwanazi

Katlego Mkhwanazi is the Mail & Guardian's arts, culture and entertainment content producer. She started her career in magazines, before joining the Mail & Guardian team in 2014. She is an entertainer at heart. Read more from Katlego Mkhwanazi

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