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The “pots girl” on what it feels like to be a meme

by: Buhle Lindwa - 4 October 2016

The “pots girl” on what it feels like to be a meme

“I made the things that it cannot make the pots to be done,” is one of the funniest things to be said on South African TV. Siyabonga Alone Makhavhu (18) is the young woman behind this line that left the country buzzing for months after the episode of SABC 2’s Speakout, which aired in November...

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Beyond hair, it isn’t easy being African in a multiracial school

by: Buhle Lindwa - 13 September 2016

Beyond hair, it isn’t easy being African in a multiracial school

I attended multiracial schools all my life, and it was not easy. I never felt liberated enough to embrace my culture, and witnessed other forms of discrimination on other students too. Back then we felt there was nothing we could do about it. Being forced to learn Afrikaans I didn’t grow up speaking Afrikaans, so imagine my...

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I have alopecia and I’ve learned to carry my bald head with pride

by: Buhle Lindwa - 25 August 2016

I have alopecia and I’ve learned to carry my bald head with pride

Mandisi Maboee (27) has alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease which fights hair growth cells in the body, resulting in people having very little or no hair at all. Below, he tells Buhle Lindwa how he went from being teased as a child, to getting used to the stares as an adult, and embracing being different. At...

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Luvo Manyonga: I don’t like being called a drug addict, it’s not me anymore

by: Buhle Lindwa - 16 August 2016

Luvo Manyonga: I don’t like being called a drug addict, it’s not me anymore

When I finally speak with Olympic silver medalist Luvo Manyonga yesterday in the late afternoon, he sounds grateful but tired. He is wearing his South African Olympics tracksuit, with his shades on, just eager to get home. Our interview is over Skype as he waits for his boarding flight back to South Africa at the Rio airport....

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From Pharoahfi to Moshe Ndiki, the funniest of #IfDAwins

by: Buhle Lindwa - 4 August 2016

From Pharoahfi to Moshe Ndiki, the funniest of #IfDAwins

There’s been so much anticipation about which party will win with the DA showing gains. Here are the funniest reactions from social media. #IfDAWins   1. Pharoahfi expresses her feelings Lmfsaooo RT @Pharoahfi I have a valo😱#ElectionResults#pharoahfividspic.twitter.com/iwamGZbVAn — Ciara (@ThandoPeaches) August 4, 2016 Moshe Ndiki rendition of  7de Laan   2. Moshe Ndiki’s rendition of 7...

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Babes Wodumo is the original carefree black girl. Give her the credit she deserves

by: Buhle Lindwa - 4 August 2016

Babes Wodumo is the original carefree black girl. Give her the credit she deserves

This talk of Babes Wodumo being ratchet or over-hyped is exposing our own hypocrisy when it comes to the narrative around the carefree black girl. Babes Wodumo’s image is kasi flair The current conversation about the singer and dancer made me think back to a tweet I read a few weeks back: “ghetto black girls...

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