Top Five Fridays: Best Social Media campaigns

by: Mamaputle Boikanyo - 18 January 2019

Top Five Fridays: Best Social Media campaigns

Hits and misses of the best ad campaigns online Social media has forced advertising companies and brands to push the boundaries and produce interesting ad campaigns to keep their brands relevant. We have had some hits and we have had a few misses (Remember, they call me Becky). In the age of digital, brands are...

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Book Review: Small Things by Nthikeng Mohlele

by: Mamaputle Boikanyo - 4 January 2019

Book Review: Small Things by Nthikeng Mohlele

Nthikeng narrates loss and love in Johannesburg We’re all somewhat familiar with the stereotypical figure of the romantic and struggling artist of the city. He’s (because they’re oftentimes portrayed as male) the creative dude who resists working for the man or being a slave to society. More often than not, he’s got a sharp tongue...

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FGM Activists Approach Government

by: Mamaputle Boikanyo - 11 October 2018

FGM Activists Approach Government

FGM activists request for an end to violence against women The fight to end the practice of female genital mutilation continues. For International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October 2018, young women activists from the End FGM movement directly reached out to the Nigerian and Kenyan government with an urgent request for legal measures...

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Book Review: Intruders by Mohale Mashigo

by: Mamaputle Boikanyo - 9 October 2018

Book Review: Intruders by Mohale Mashigo

Reimagining Afrofuturism in South Africa “It’s beautiful from up here, the cruel city and all the people walking its streets at night. Why did I never look up at these beautiful old rotting buildings? I was so busy counting my steps and craving invisibility. The wings are strong although I almost fell to my death...

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Welcoming a new generation of South African Jazz

by: Mamaputle Boikanyo - 28 September 2018

Welcoming a new generation of South African Jazz

South African jazz can sometimes be misunderstood and heavily underrated. It’s often seen as a music genre of times long gone. A genre for old timers at stokvels and self-important peeps who listen to complex music. Some may think that it is nothing but ancient history, soon to be buried along with an older generation....

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Women of hip hop make Herstory

by: Mamaputle Boikanyo - 10 September 2018

Women of hip hop make Herstory

Talking hip hop and women with Lee Kasumba “In a few years when people flashback and look at what were people talking about and what was important, the Hip Hop Herstory will be a part of this particular generation’s [story] and [it will be] adding to the fact that women have always been here, they’ve...

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The Fight against FGM continues

by: Mamaputle Boikanyo - 13 August 2018

The Fight against FGM continues

On International Youth Day, 12 August 2018, thousands of individuals, groups and organisations have shared pledges to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on social media, in the hopes of shattering the silence that surrounds the practice.   The campaign organised by The Girl Generation (TGG), has been gaining momentum since its launch on 23 July...

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“Born to Kwaito”: A Review

by: Mamaputle Boikanyo - 31 July 2018

“Born to Kwaito”: A Review

The dawn of democracy in South Africa gave birth to a new sound that blended slowed down house music, bubblegum pop and elements of maskandi. The sound was called kwaito, and it celebrated township life, the youth, and being black in post-apartheid South Africa, Over time, kwaito became the cornerstone of popular music in the...

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The Fight to end Genital Mutilation

by: Mamaputle Boikanyo - 23 July 2018

The Fight to end Genital Mutilation

The Girl Generation (TGG), the largest ever African-led initiative are working towards ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).The organisation has mobilised influencers and many young activists in order to launch their campaign to bring awareness to the cause, bring social change and challenge the deep-rooted beliefs that allow the practice of FGM to continue FGM refers to...

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Being black and vegan

by: Mamaputle Boikanyo - 19 July 2018

Being black and vegan

When you’re black and vegan you’re likely to be seen as the the oddball amongst your family and friends, or you might even be viewed as someone with a strange superiority complex trying to be white. A vegan is someone who lives off a plant-based diet, and depending on the individual, the person might also choose not...

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