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Pap Culture Talks | Confessions of a young voter

by: Kamaria Balkisson - 23 May 2016

Pap Culture Talks | Confessions of a young voter

The crew from Pap Culture share their past experiences of voting, discuss upcoming elections and the responsibility of youth voters. Are you voting in the upcoming municipal elections? Join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter with #2X

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Blessers: modern day ubuntu

by: Kamaria Balkisson - 19 May 2016

Blessers: modern day ubuntu

When women are forced to marry for the sake of economic stability there is no outcry. When women are denied access to education and well-paying jobs there is little complaint. When women are looked down on as brainless homemakers despite their achievements there are very few men on our side. We all know that “blessers”...

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Cheating your way through life

by: Kamaria Balkisson - 17 May 2016

Cheating your way through life

What if you could reset your life? Choose a new character, live in a new environment and play out your own destiny. In the RBG (role playing game) called life, 7.4 billion people compete for the utmost resources and to earn skillful and celebrated status. Like most games, you set the difficulty mode. In the...

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Rebel songstress Elo on music, fashion and being compared to Nicki Minaj

by: Kamaria Balkisson - 11 March 2016

Rebel songstress Elo on music, fashion and being compared to Nicki Minaj

Watching her provocative video for her latest single “Be it” didn’t prepare me for meeting the petite songstress, Elo. The pink-afroed artist from Tshepang Ramoba’s (of Blk Jks fame) Post Post Music stable, has a mystical sound that blends kwaito, house, RnB, jazz and electronic music. A born rebel, Elo (whose real name is Lerato...

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4 online movements celebrating #BlackGirlMagic

by: Kamaria Balkisson - 1 March 2016

4 online movements celebrating #BlackGirlMagic

The internet has become a hotbed for social activism. Whether, it’s video series about sexuality or blogs about  how to take care of black hair, there are plenty of blogs and online campaigns currently serving up #BlackGirlMagic. Below are a few that we’re loving right now. Feminist Stokvel If you were at the #ForBlackGirlsOnly event...

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So you want to be a writer? Author Masande Ntshanga has some advice for you

by: Kamaria Balkisson - 12 February 2016

So you want to be a writer? Author Masande Ntshanga has some advice for you

Our “So you want to be…” series aims to help you in the process of choosing a career by featuring a practising professional to tell us what to expect in their field of work. This week we speak to Masande Ntshanga. Masande was shortlisted for the Caine Prize in 2015 for his short story “Space”....

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This is what it felt like to be at #ForBlackGirlsOnly

by: Kamaria Balkisson - 2 February 2016

This is what it felt like to be at #ForBlackGirlsOnly

The invite was clear. Black girls only, wearing black. And we came in our numbers to attend #ForBlackGirlsOnly event held at Constitution Hill on Sunday. All, or most, wearing black, despite the scorching heat. Some were thinking, It’s about time. “I think we’ve all been waiting for someone to have the guts to start something...

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Indian today, coloured tomorrow and black the next – my racial identity crisis

by: Kamaria Balkisson - 26 January 2016

Indian today, coloured tomorrow and black the next – my racial identity crisis

As soon as he stopped me in the streets of Braamfontein to ask, “What are you?” I knew exactly what would follow next. To some, being asked, “What are you?” instead of “W­­­ho are you­­­” may seem strange. But to me it’s almost normal. As I took the time to explain my heritage, he responded...

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#FeesMustFall reloaded: Why protests aren’t over

by: Kamaria Balkisson - 13 January 2016

#FeesMustFall reloaded: Why protests aren’t over

After the last year’s #FeesMustFall movement brought campuses all over the country to a standstill, President Jacob Zuma agreed to a zero percent increase at the Union Buildings. But in 2016 the students are back at it again saying #FeesMustFallReloaded. Outside Wits this week, students and family members waited in vain for registration to start. But by...

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What does Gender-based violence mean to the youth?

by: Kamaria Balkisson - 30 November 2015

What does Gender-based violence mean to the youth?

  Thapelo Mosiuoa, 23, “Gender-based violence does not only mean violence against women, it includes violence against men as well. It is the emotional, physical and structural abuse from one gender to another. But predominately, we commemorate GBV to mean violence against women by men.What GBV means to me is people abusing other people who...

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