Snapshot: the things you should know to be in the know

By Kirstin Buick
20 January 2016

Because you don't have time to trawl the internet all day – here are the most fascinating, heartrending, talked-about things that happened in the world today.

1. A US rapper had South Africans seeing red

It all started when Mos Def was was detained after he tried to leave the country using a “World Passport”. PHOTO: Instagram It all started when Mos Def was was detained after he tried to leave the country using a “World Passport”. PHOTO: Instagram

In a new freestyle posted on Kanye West’s website, US rapper Yasiin Bey, also known as Mos Def, called on fellow artists to boycott South Africa, after he was arrested over false travelling documents.

But SA is just not having it.

Read more here

2. Five children were found dead in freezer

Their grandmother found them around 18:00 on Tuesday. PHOTO: Morguefile Their grandmother found them around 18:00 on Tuesday. PHOTO: Morguefile

Read more here

3. Hollywood is up in arms over the 'all-white' Oscars

Some stars are boycotting the Academy Awards altogether, while others see the backlash as just the shake-up the academy needed.

The actress, who starred in Lee's 2000 film Bamboozled, has officially declared she will not be attending or watching the 2016 Academy Awards. PHOTO: Cover Jada Pinkett-Smith officially declared she will not be attending or watching the 2016 Academy Awards. PHOTO: Cover

Read more: George Clooney: ‘The Oscars are moving in the wrong direction’

Jada Pinkett Smith is boycotting the Oscars

Cuba Gooding Jr.: ‘Oscars backlash will make people think’

3. This obsessed fan is now DATING her celebrity crush

There’s hope for Directioners and Beliebers everywhere.

Danielle  started tweeting the actor years ago. PHOTO: Twitter Danielle  started tweeting the actor years ago. PHOTO: Twitter

Danielle Ceasar has become a beacon of hope to fangirls everywhere after she started dating her superstar crush, Disney actor Jake T. Austin.

Read their love story here

4. Video of the day: The incredible moment two circus lions are set free in their new South African home

Jora and Black lived in appalling conditions in a metal cage Bulgaria – but now they’ve found their forever home. Jora and Black lived in appalling conditions in a metal cage Bulgaria – but now they’ve found their forever home. PHOTO: facebook.com/bornfreefoundation

Originally part of a circus act touring Eastern Europe and Turkey, the eight-year-old brother lions were successfully rescued in Bulgaria over three months ago.

Watch the video here

5. A pastor helped police catch a crook – in a Spur

YOU’s Jacques Myburgh heard about the plan and experienced the drama first hand. YOU’s Jacques Myburgh heard about the plan and experienced the drama first hand.

Restaurant-goers who went for the two-for-one burger special at the Spur in Bellville got more than they’d bargained for on Monday when a real 007-style drama unfolded before their eyes.

Read more here

6. The tweet that got people talking

5FM DJ Poppy Ntshongwana was NOT impressed with Mos Def's antics – and she took to Twitter to vent.

Check back tomorrow for another Snapshot!

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