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#Transformation2017: In the media industry, focus on the small wins, for your own sanity

by: Devaksha Vallabhjee - 4 May 2017

#Transformation2017: In the media industry, focus on the small wins, for your own sanity

A year ago, a colleague and I came up with a body-positive content series to run in opposition to all the “summer body” features that women are bombarded with in the months leading up to summer. The content would include fashion and health advice and personal experiences, but mostly positive affirmation in the form of...

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Four artists protest the lack of transformation at the Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 20 March 2017

Four artists protest the lack of transformation at the Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards

Award shows have become a platform for artists to voice their frustrations about their respective industries. Remember Riky Rick at the Metro FM Awards? Adele at the Grammys, and and and? Four Cape Town-based artists Mamela Nyamza, Chuma Sopotela, Buhlebezwe Siwani and Zikhona Jacobs joined the list of those artists during last night’s 52nd Fleur...

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Up-and-coming author reads an eloquent excerpt from his upcoming book

by: Live Staff - 9 March 2017

Up-and-coming author reads an eloquent excerpt from his upcoming book

Rofhiwa Maneta, a writer based in Cape Town is releasing his self-published book at the end of the month. The book will be called Metanoia, and is a collection of short stories Rofhiwa, who’s originally from Jozi, wrote since moving to Cape Town in 2014. “Initially the book was meant to be a sacrilegious bible...

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Coloured people have an obsession with not being black

by: Maxine Bezuidenhout - 17 February 2017

Coloured people have an obsession with not being black

Identity politics in South Africa has always been a contentious issue. This is largely attributed to the history of oppression in this country. The Apartheid government intentionally separated “coloured” people from “black African” people. The legacy of this division is still alive in the fabric of our society despite black consciousness activists like Steve Biko...

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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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