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These racist friends I’ve lost have taught me to be careful about who I befriend

by: Siyanda Mbuzo - 7 October 2016

These racist friends I’ve lost have taught me to be careful about who I befriend

Have you ever had an argument with someone on a topic of race and it resulted in you losing all respect for them and questioning your friendship? I have, and through all this I’ve come to realise that one needs to ask some key questions at the beginning of a friendship to figure out who...

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Author Mohale Mashigo on why local books don’t do well, the advantage of writing online and more

by: Siyanda Mbuzo - 9 September 2016

Author Mohale Mashigo on why local books don’t do well, the advantage of writing online and more

We caught up with Mohale Mashigo, who is part of a number of panel discussions including “My Creative Lives” and “Talking Feminism” at the Open Book Festival currently taking place in Cape Town. Who are you? My government name is Kgomotso Carol Mashigo. I was born in Soweto, to a storyteller and a reader and I used to write...

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Some of the trendy young people at Kanye West’s Pablo pop-up store in Cape Town

by: Siyanda Mbuzo - 22 August 2016

Some of the trendy young people at Kanye West’s Pablo pop-up store in Cape Town

Kanye West’s Life of Pablo pop-up store in Cape Town, the first ever in Africa, drew lots of fans. Some of whom had been queuing as early as 6am on the store’s first day on Friday. Although there wasn’t much variety, just T-shirts, caps and jackets, many seemed happy just to buy whatever was there. Here’s what some of...

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The blatant homophobia of my straight female friends

by: Siyanda Mbuzo - 17 August 2016

The blatant homophobia of my straight female friends

A lot of people assume having female friends as a gay man means you have a solid support. But this is not always the case, says Tafadzwa Gwese (24), most of whose friends are women. Here he tells us about the gay shaming, jealous jibes and drunken insults. The bottomline is that many female friends...

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