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What #MTVShugaDS taught Braam youth

by: Gabriela Mc Gowan - 28 June 2017

What #MTVShugaDS taught Braam youth

#MTVShugaDS season five has come to an end and after 12 exciting episodes which showcase the lives of a group of high school students and the woes they experience growing up in a fictional township called Zenzele. The show addresses varying topics such as teenage pregnancy, abortions, blessers, sexual assault, stealthing and other subjects which young...

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My partner was deported after testing positive for HIV

by: admin - 29 May 2017

My partner was deported after testing positive for HIV

This post was sent to us by a Live Mag SA reader from Nigeria, who wanted to share his HIV story.  ‘I dated Edwina* for over a year. We had unprotected sex and oral sex on many occasions. It was an almost perfect relationship and we had no doubt that we would one day marry....

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How much do you really know about abortion?

by: Gabriela Mc Gowan - 23 May 2017

How much do you really know about abortion?

We went out on the streets to speak to young people and determine how much they actually know about abortion and the options a young woman has if she fell pregnant and decided not to keep the baby. Mostly illegal posters and pamphlets titled ABORTION are plastered all over the Johannesburg CBD and other major cities. There is...

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My decision to have an abortion was rational

by: admin - 19 May 2017

My decision to have an abortion was rational

I got pregnant because I was too drunk. I barely remember the sex. When I woke up, I saw an unused condom. I was wondering why it wasn’t used—the fact that the condom was lying there suggested that the guy had at least thought about using it. I was so wasted that I was incapable...

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I wanted to kill myself when I finally realised I was gay

by: admin - 17 May 2017

I wanted to kill myself when I finally realised I was gay

This post was written anonymously by a fan of the show, MTV Shuga: “I am a 21 year old male, studying engineering in one of the top universities in Nairobi, Kenya. Reggie’s character (played by Given Stuurman in MTV Shuga) really touched me as it is a duplicate of the life I live. I am born...

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Thandiswa Mazwai: “Men are more than trash”

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 12 May 2017

Thandiswa Mazwai: “Men are more than trash”

Last night at the Afro Punk Bash that was held to kick off Afro Punk Joburg 2017, King Tha (Thandiswa Mazwai) performed alongside the band the BLK JKS. And it was such a vibe, it was one of the best performances of the night. But it’s not just her electrifying show that made people talk....

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As a queer person, there’s nothing to celebrate this Freedom Day

by: Tiger Maremela - 25 April 2017

As a queer person, there’s nothing to celebrate this Freedom Day

Congratulations, South Africans! You live in a country that was the first in the world to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. You might also want to pat yourself on the back, come Freedom Day, because several other laws have been passed that allow people of the same sex to marry. And yes, according to...

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My experience as a black and queer man at initiation school

by: Anonymous - 14 February 2017

My experience as a black and queer man at initiation school

Recently a racy trailer for a movie, called The Wound, featuring Nakhane Touré was released which sparked a lot of controversy about the mistreatment of gay initiates at initiation schools. Every year we hear about the health and emotional risk for young initiates. But I want to share my experience as a black queer initiate,...

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My absent father is the reason I don’t date broke men

by: Contributor - 17 November 2016

My absent father is the reason I don’t date broke men

Even though my father was around when I was growing up, it didn’t stop me from having daddy issues. The way my relationship with my dad changed over the years is the reason I refuse to date broke men. Let me explain. My dad and I were besties When I was younger, my father was...

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5 offensive things straight people say to me just because I date women

by: Tina Redman - 12 October 2016

5 offensive things straight people say to me just because I date women

Sometimes straight people, even well-meaning ones, say the most offensive things to me without even realising it. These are the five most annoying. “So you are one of the boys” So, one day a group of guys tried to hit on my girlfriend. She rejected them by pointing my way indicating she was with me....

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