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[Video] Christmas stereotypes many black people can relate to

by: Aseza Pupuma - 20 December 2016

[Video] Christmas stereotypes many black people can relate to

Most black people will know; Christmas means Choice Assorted and jelly and custard. In the video below, two of our contributors reminisce about the times their parents attempted to give them the Christmas they see in the movies. “My mom tried to make it seem like there was snow in the house and she used...

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An open letter to Helen Zille on her offensive tweet about the people of Nyanga

by: Teboho Makhetha - 9 December 2016

An open letter to Helen Zille on her offensive tweet about the people of Nyanga

Dear Madam Premier, Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Teboho Makhetha, and I was born in Eastern Cape in a small town called Matatiele. I moved to Cape Town in 2011 for work purposes, and I’ve been living here since. What triggered me to write to you is the tweet below sent from...

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What working in Braamfontein taught me about being comfortable in my own skin

by: Courtney Rehman - 5 December 2016

What working in Braamfontein taught me about being comfortable in my own skin

By the end of my first week, all the rules about what is acceptable at work had been broken. I’d already seen a guy at a coffee shop with purple hair, my male colleague was rocking high heels better than most women I know and another girl at the office had her arm covered up in...

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5 black spaces in Stellenbosch you might not know about

by: Misa Narrates - 25 November 2016

5 black spaces in Stellenbosch you might not know about

White people make up less than 20% of the people in Stellenbosch, but the minute you get to Stellenbosch University it feels like black people are the minority. Actually, students of colour at SU are only 37.8% of the varsity. But where do young black people in Stellenbosch hang out? Below are five black spaces that are worth...

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Sakhumzi Mati on telling township stories and the struggles of black filmmakers

by: Andisiwe Ntoni - 1 November 2016

Sakhumzi Mati on telling township stories and the struggles of black filmmakers

Like most boys who grow up in the township, Sakhumzi Mati spent most of his time playing street soccer. But what he really enjoyed was watching television. “I used to ask myself what is it with this box that makes people watching it not want to be disturbed.” It was here that his love for...

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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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It’s black people who have always made me feel bad about my hair

by: Ziyanda Mhlungu - 30 August 2016

It’s black people who have always made me feel bad about my hair

The #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh story has brought back high school memories of being treated different because of my hair. But in my case, it was black teachers and friends who made me feel bad about my hair.   Why is the way my hair grows out of my scalp considered a problem? In grade 11, a black teacher told...

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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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What it feels like to see again after 10 years of being blind

by: Aphelele Ndamse - 24 June 2016

What it feels like to see again after 10 years of being blind

At age nine, Philani Twala sat in class and struggled to see the black rectangular chalkboard with white chalk writings on it. All he could see were shapes and shadows. This had never happened to him before and he was so scared that he asked his friend, Xolani, to take him home. This was in...

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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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