Vuyisile Mabena "Scoolboy Vue" Covers I Must Talk Magazine’s July/August Edition (South Africa).



1. Tell us a bit about yourself ?

(My Name is Vuyisile Mabena also known as Scoolboy Vue. I was born in Soweto but currently living in Johannesburg (South Africa) where I'm pursuing my dreams as an artist.

2. How long have you been into photography?

Well I've been a photographer for 4years and I'm still going.

3. How would you describe your style of photography? 

Well, I'm mostly comfortable with doing portraiture and fashion photography.

4. Nowadays almost everyone has a smartphone or access to devices used to take pictures, how would you say this has affected the business of photography?

It's crazy because some are convinced that iPhones shoot the best photos by far, but it's a lie cause no matter what device you buy it wouldn't match the skill I have as a 4years experienced photographer. I feel like we've been affected a lot and we have been forced to reduce our prices to maintain the cash flow. It's been very threatening and forces us to upgrade our equipment as well.


5. What makes a good photographer?

The best photographer is the one with an eye that's sharp enough to see a picture before shooting it, someone who goes out their comfort zone to get a photo.

6. What are your struggles as a photographer and how do you deal with them ?

It really annoys me to have a client cancel a booking in the last minute, when they are trying to negotiate my prices, or when they're trying to get free photoshoots because they think we are friends. What usually helps me is sticking to my rules and not bending them to suit anyone.

7. What professional photographers do you look up to and how have they influenced your style of photography?

I look up to Travor Sturman, Ayakha Photography, Arthur Dlamini and Young Stilo.
They are all based in South Africa.


8. What inspires you as a photographer ?

I draw inspiration from anything around me, everything I've seen I try to make it relevant to how I direct my model or style my set.

9. What makes a good picture from your point of view?

A good picture mostly consist of good angling, your camera direction to the subject. That's when you manage to tell a story you intended to tell using that photo.

10. How do you think the invention of social media has affected your style of photography or the business of photography generally?

Social media has helped me with ideas, concept inspiration and it has taught me how to use my camera better. Its been helpful with marketing and reaching out to a wider audience.

11. In your opinion, what is the most important thing to consider while taking pictures?

Before I shoot a photograph, I make sure my lighting is perfect, cause it's the lighting that determines how your photo is going to turn out.


12. Being a stylist as well, how do you determine what goes best for a client?

Well, in my styling world I use body structure, occasion for the outfit and your character to determine the kind of outfit that would suit the client.

13. Fashion evolves almost on a daily basis, how do you stay updated and how do you incorporate new trends into your clothing line and also your personal clothing?

To stay relevant while giving my taste of style comes easy to me. I'm always looking for something to set me apart from the world but while moving with time. I make sure for my clothing line I don't lose its identity, so I mainly use my signature details then bits of trending detailing in the garment. The balance between the two is very important.

14. What is your favourite item in your closet?

I have a very wide closet that makes it hard for me to pick my favorite garment, but currently my fur coat is my favorite.

15. In 10mins, raid a celebrity's closet who would it be?

Definitely Wizkid! He's close to my body size and he dresses almost perfectly for it and he's taste is luxurious and cool.


16. In 3 words, describe your personal style?

Minimalistic, high fashion, Unique.

17. What inspires your senses of style ?

I'm mostly in pursuit of comfortability and uniqueness. I pick my clothes based on those and my mood for the day plays a major role on how I'm going to style myself for that day. Mostly, it's based on what I grew up seeing people wear and I just find balance between the current looks and just blend it together and magic happens.

18. What is the one item you cannot do without on a daily basis ?

My cap finds a way of staying on my head almost everyday.

19. What is the most expensive item in your closet?

My fur coat.

20. How does evolution of fashion affect your sense of style ?

As fashion evolves I find my comfort space in every new fashion update, I find how I fit in without me having to completely reset my fashion sense. So my current image wouldn't get too shifted.

21. What is the first thing you look out for when you want to style a client ?

It's always their body shape.


22. What is your favourite combo when it comes to your personal style ?

I like linen, two pieces. They just make sense in spring and they make me feel so relaxed and luxurious.

23. Who is/are your favourite designer(s) ?

I look up to Laduma Maxhosa, Jiline Sander, Thebe Magugu, YohjiYamamoto  and I used to look up to Virgil Abloh  (R.I.P)

24. How would you describe the evolution of fashion from 90s to the recent fashion trends?

I feel like fashion finds a way of repeating itself cause when I look at the 90s fashion trends, I see them being reworked and involved in the current looks more especially from 2018.

25. What's so exciting about working in the fashion industry ?

Exploring other creative minds and seeing how diverse the world is. Above all fashion makes it easy to express feelings which makes it a home for me, since I'm always struggling with saying how I feel sometimes with my mouth, fashion does it for me. I also love the networking vibe fashion has, the ability to connect you with different people using your sense of fashion or style.

26. When did you add being an MC (Master of Ceremony) to your portfolio ?

It was last year after doing a couple of MC gigs for hip hop events, and I gained more confidence in that space when I started getting paid for it.


27. What are your prepping techniques as an MC before going for an event ?

I make sure nothing makes me feel less confident so my outfit got to be amazing, then I play my favorite music and sing along to it just to elevate my mood then I'm ready to go.

28. In a situation when an event gets boring how do you spice things up to make it lively ?

Communicating with the crowd usually works or making a few dance moves to keep them entertained even though I'm not really a good dancer.

29. What makes a good MC ?

I believe an MC has to be an extrovert and a people's person. A good MC creates a connection between themselves and the crowd without even trying hard.


30. How do you capture the attention of your audience when you feel they are not connecting with you?

I talk to them, come up with a slogan for them to repeat after me. I always make a vibe until we get on the same page.

31. You are a photographer, a stylist, an MC and also run a clothing line how do you do it?

All those elements of my creative self find a way of co-working and creating a final product. For example, I style a model using my clothing line then I shoot the model and upload the final photos for advertising the new release and it turns into sales without me having to outsource a photographer, stylist or designer. As an MC I sell myself on stage and make sure people want to catch up with me, but outside my personal benefits I contribute a lot to the creative world with all those abilities which all becomes different sources of income.

32. How do you manage stress ?

Honestly, I'm never really that stressed, I go out and party or go on tour to a place I've never been, just to take a break from the pressure or I just vent to my mother. Apart from all those I play music which usually helps a lot.


33. If you were not a photographer, a stylist, an MC or run a clothing line, what would you do?

Honestly, I don't see myself in another world than being a creative, I'd be an actor or a director for movies.

34. What do you do in your free time?

I watch fashion runways, listen to music, shoot photos or make music. I just enjoy creating.

35. Any long or short term goals for your brand?

I see Scoolboy Vue big in Africa and also known in the other continents in 3 years time. As for my clothing line Là Moda by Scoolboy Vue to be selling well atleast a minimum of 30 garments per month in 6 months time.



Thanks for your time!

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Cover star: Vuyisile Mabena @scoolboy_vue

EIC: @anthonynnamdio

Editor: @brella_artistry

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10 Things You Didn't Know About South Africa.


1) Home to Nobel neighbors

South Africa has produced four Nobel Peace Prize laureates, but did you know that two of them lived on the same street? Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu both lived on Vilakazi Street in Soweto. This well-known street has become a popular spot for tourists. And Mandela’s former home, 8115 Vilakazi Street, has been converted into a national monument and museum. If you visit, remember that it’s still a residential area, so be mindful of the community around you.



2) Most official languages

While many countries have several spoken languages with one or two of them being recognised as ‘official’, South Africa boasts 11 official languages. English, isiZulu, isiXhosa, Afrikaans, isiNdebele, Sepedi, Setswana, Sesotho, Xitsonga, SiSwati and Tshivenda. You’ll find some of the languages more prevalent depending on where you are in the country. And if you want to make sure all your bases are covered when greeting a local, give this a try: Sanibonani (isiZulu), Molo (isiXhosa), Hallo (Afrikaans), Thobela (Sepedi), Dumela (Setswana), Lumela (Sesotho), Abusheni (Xitsonga), Sanibona (SiSwati), Avuwani (Tshivenda), Salibonani (isiNdebele), and Hello (English).



3) Highest bungee jump

Adrenaline junkies will be eager to fling themselves off the world’s highest commercial bridge bungee in the world at Bloukrans Bridge in the Tsitsikamma region between the Eastern and Western Cape.

At a dizzying 216 metres high, the popular jump sees thrill-seekers plunge towards the Bloukrans River below before bouncing to a stop.


4) First heart transplant

The country’s proud medical tradition claims many victories, but possibly one of the most noteworthy is the world’s first human heart transplant. This impressive operation was performed by cardiac surgeon, Dr Christiaan Barnard, and his skilled team at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town on the 3rd December 1967. A large hospital in Cape Town is named after the surgeon, and The Heart of Cape Town Museum at Groote Schuur honours everyone who had a role to play in the transplant.



5) Some of the oldest hominid fossils

Travel back in time about three million years at the Cradle of Humankind and the Sterkfontein Caves about an hour’s drive from Joburg. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is the world’s richest hominin site and it’s where you’ll find about 40% of the known human ancestor fossils. In addition to learning about our fascinating history, you can also enjoy the area’s wildlife, try some adventure sports and engage with local culture.



6) Same-sex marriage forerunner

Among the most open-minded countries in the world when it comes to the rights of same-sex couples, South Africa was the fifth country to legalize same-sex marriage, and the first in the southern hemisphere – back in 2006. The Constitution, regarded as one of the most progressive in the world, safeguards sexual orientation as a human right. That said, there is still a lot to do on a community level when it comes to changing perceptions around same-sex relationships.



7) First to protect great whites

While often portrayed as terrifying killing machines, the great white shark has an important place in the oceans, with many of them able to live for longer than 70 years. However, the species has come under threat for both ecological and human reasons, leading to South Africa being the first country to actively start protecting them back in 1991. In a fascinating turn of events in 2017 the number of sharks in the waters around Cape Town started to decrease. It was discovered that pods of killer whales in the area had been killing them and eating their livers.



8) Popular film destination

Hollywood loves South Africa. Over summer you’re bound to find film crews dotted all over the cities and countryside as South African locations double for other parts of the world, both real or imaginary. Some of the big budget films and television series that have been shot here include Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Safe House, District 9, Blood Diamond, Homeland, Outlander, Resident Evil: The Last Chapter, The Dark Tower, Black Sails, The Maze Runner: The Death Cure and Tomb Raider.




9) Deepest goldmine

Dig a bit deeper, more than 4km deeper in fact, and you’ll discover the deepest mine in the world, AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng gold mine near Joburg. Expansions should see the mine being operational for at least the next two decades. It takes over an hour to travel from the surface right down to the bottom, and there are at least two gold reefs in its depths. The temperature of the rock so deep down gets very hot and the air in the tunnels is cooled by pumping slurry ice into the depths.



10) Piece of the Berlin Wall

Although they are almost to 14 000km apart, Cape Town and Berlin are linked by a piece of history – a segment of the infamous Berlin Wall which was torn down in November 1989. This piece of the wall was gifted to then president Nelson Mandela following his visit to Berlin in 1996. You’ll find it at the top end of St Georges Mall outside Mandela Rhodes Place.






- Jacada 

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10 Easy Tips for a Healthier Life.




10 Easy Tips for a Healthier Life


 

 Everyone of us wants to be fit, healthy and live a long active life. right? But what do you do for it?

 

Well, we all know that a healthy person doesn’t smoke, exercises, eats healthy, and is at a healthy weight. Sounds simple, but those who have tried changing their habits know how difficult it could be. Some people decide to make drastic changes, but when they face the difficulties, they just lack motivation and give up.

The secret to healthy living is by making small changes: A glass of water in the morning, more physical activity, optimistic point of view. These are just few simple ways to improve your lifestyle. Small changes lead to big results!

1. Drink a Glass of Water in the Morning

Wake up in the morning and drink one glass of room temperature water first off. You can put a slice of lemon or lime in the water, if you don’t like it’s natural taste. Water helps to clear our system, bring on metabolism rate and flush out the toxins. Health practitioners also say that, it helps to reduce weight!


2. Sleep Enough

Lack of sleep makes you feel tired and angry, you can’t concentrate your attention or focus properly. Lack of sleep can damage your physical health (especially heart) as well. Some studies have shown that 8 hours of sleep per 24-hour period is the average requirement for adults. But all people are different and need for sleep can range from 6 to 10 hours. If you feel sleepy during 4pm and 6pm, you probably do not get enough rest.

3. Stretch in the Morning!

Instead of snoozing in the morning, you can use your time more wisely. Stretch your back, your legs, your neck. It will wake your body from sleep. Stretching in the morning increases blood flow to your muscles providing an extra shot of oxygen and preparing them for a new day.

4. Snack the Healthy Way

Potato chips, salted nuts, candies, cookies and other tasty stuff are definitely unhealthy for your body. They contain lots of fat, salt, sugar. Choose raw nuts, fresh fruits or berries instead, they are rich in vitamins and minerals.

5. Eat Breakfast!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for you weight loss seekers. If you skip it, you’ll get hungry long before lunch and will start snacking on foods that are high in fat and sugar, but low in vitamins. Researchers at the 2003 American Heart Association conference reported that breakfast eaters are significantly less likely to be obese and get diabetes compared with non breakfast eaters.
It’s enough to get up only 15minutes earlier to fix a healthy dish, like bread with tea or fruit salad with yogurt.
 

6. Take a Daily Walk

We all know about the advantages of physical activity, but most of us have neither time, nor desire to exercise. Use the stairs as often as possible instead of the elevator, take a walk with your friends, walk your dog a bit longer, than usually, use any possibility to be more physically active. Researchers say, that people only need to walk up to 12 miles per week or for about 125 to 200 minutes per week to improve their heart health.

7. Make Social Connections.

It is said that lonely people are more likely to become ill and die younger. People who have no friends are more stressed, depressed and often less physically active. Moreover, experts say that how socially connected a person tends to be is one of the most important ways of predicting his health and independence in later years.

8. Study Ingredient Lists of Your Favorite Products.

Product’s ingredient list is very important as it shows you whether the food you’re about to buy contains unnatural and unhealthy ingredients. There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of unhealthy ingredients on the market and it is almost impossible to remember all of them. Luckily, you can find a lot of information on the Internet about them, so study all of your favorite and most common foods, cosmetics and other products you buy. Harmful ingredients may cause various diseases, allergic reactions and even cancer.

9. Find New Activities!

Pick up a new activity involving the whole family or friends such as hiking, group sports, ball throwing and catching or riding a bicycle. Finding a hobby can give you the enjoyment and reduce stress. You’ll also start meeting people who have the same interests as you, and may make some new friends (remember the #7 advise). Enjoy your new hobby and remember, happy people live longer!

10. Love Your Life!

Relax! Don’t get nervous and angry because of the trivial things. Don’t be too serious. Smile, love others, and always look on the bright side of life, stay optimistic!
Thanks.

- Bored Panda | Lina D.

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10 Things You Must Know About Online Forex Trading.




    The global forex market reached its highest ever trading volume of $6.6 trillion a day in 2019, according to the September 2019 triennial report, released by the Bank of International Settlements (BIS). This huge interbank decentralized market continues to flourish despite the ongoing global slowdown. From regular 9 to 5 employees to people in between employments and even retired folk, FX trading has become a popular choice of investment for many, due to the surge in global internet connectivity in the past decade.

Online forex trading also allows businesses to transact or buy currencies in different countries. A huge network of global currency traders, working around the clock, makes the forex market the largest and most liquid financial space.

Also, with the advent of robust online trading platforms and regulatory oversight, trading has become safer for participants than ever before.

If you are considering becoming a part of this global market, here are some things you should know before starting out.




1. Only a Few Currencies are Traded Extensively.

The United Nations recognizes 180 currencies globally, as of 2019. Yet, only a few of these currencies are traded in large volumes in the forex market. The US Dollar (USD), being the world’s reserve currency, accounts for 89% of all forex transactions. Other major currencies include the Euro (EUR), Japanese Yen (JPY), Swiss Franc (CHF), Great British Pound (GBP), Canadian Dollar (CAD) and the Australian Dollar (AUD). The Chinese Renminbi (CNY) has also surged in popularity in recent times. These tend to be the most liquid currencies in the market.

2. It is Important to Choose the Right Broker.

A regulated broker can help make your trading journey safe and satisfactory. For long term success, it is useful to have peace of mind while making trading decisions. Different countries have their own financial regulatory authorities, like the UK FCA, EU-based ESMA or US SEC. These financial watchdogs supervise the working of brokers, to ensure that your funds are protected and you are aware of the associated risks while trading. Licensed brokers are bound by the stringent regulatory framework, while also being better equipped to provide prompt customer service, robust trade terminals and comprehensive education.

3. Currency Rates are Impacted by External Events.

Several factors impact the exchange rates. To be able to successfully predict price movements, traders keep a close watch on macroeconomic and political developments, such as central bank announcements, release of economic data like GDP, trade tariffs, inflation figures, unemployment rate and manufacturing indices. Political instability can also lead to fluctuations in forex prices. An economic calendar can be a good way to stay tuned to the latest and accurate global financial news.

4. Stay Prepared for Losses Initially.

It takes a while to get acclimatized with market movements and chart patterns. These are times when you might incur some losses initially. In fact, even the best forex traders face losses from time to time. It is part and parcel of the trading journey. The key is to not let losses deter you. Use them to learn and improve your trading strategy. In addition, ensure a proper risk management strategy for every trade, to limit losses and protect gains.

5. Leverage Can Multiply Profits as Well as Losses.

One of the interesting aspects of forex trading is the ability to use leverage. Traders can open large positions with small account capital. While this increases exposure at a fraction of the cost, it increases the potential for both profits and losses. So, consider choosing leverage that suits your risk profile and long term goals. Over leveraging can wipe out your entire account, if the market moves against you.

6. Keep Your Strategies Simple.

When starting out, consider choosing simple strategies. Over complicating things could lead to stress and impact trading decisions. For example, try to restrict the use of technical indicators to just a few that you are comfortable with. Contradictory signals could lead to confusion or loss of good trading opportunities.

7. Emotions are Disastrous for Long Term Success.

Trading decisions need to be made objectively. Allowing emotions to colour your decisions could lead to overtrading or prematurely closing positions. While some traders want to recoup losses by entering into random trades, others often let winning positions run longer than necessary, in the hope of greater profits. Emotions like greed and revenge can prove disastrous. Trading success usually depends on sound market analysis and a defined trading strategy. Various technical indicators can help in locating viable entry-exit points, while risk management tools like stop-loss orders are useful for limiting losses.

8. Patience and Discipline are Necessary Attributes.

While emotions are best avoided, patience and discipline are indispensable. Some traders become impatient and get out of positions too quickly or give up trading after a string of losses. Frustrations can also lead to poor decisions, such as overleveraged trades for quick gains or chasing the markets without any research. Disciplined trading involves having a plan and sticking to it. Traders often keep meticulous records of their past trades, so that they can go back to them and learn from mistakes.

9. Successful Traders Never Stop Learning.

The financial markets are constantly evolving, which makes it a good idea to constantly learn and evolve with the markets. New technical tools, strategies, trading instruments and more are introduced to the markets fairly regularly. The only way to stay abreast of all these changes is to have a learning mindset. Consider using a demo account to tweak tried and tested methods, in order to create new strategies. You could source information from various seasoned traders, analysts, investment specialists, knowledge portals and news agencies. There are many industry workshops and seminars held from time to time, attended by thousands of traders. These offer not just learning opportunities but also chances for networking.

10. Good Health and Mental Stamina are Important Too.

Exhaustion and stress are a reality of any profession and trading is no different. If you are a regular trader, consider taking breaks from time to time. A sound mind is essential for maintaining alertness and for robust decision making. It is not uncommon to see ailments like cardiovascular diseases and mental stress in the trader community. Exercise regularly and eat well, to be able to deal with challenging situations effectively.

Smart trading is all about choosing a regulated broker, staying informed, utilizing a robust trading platform and picking the right trading tools.


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