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  • XENOPHOBIA: A Flagrant And Malicious Misnomer To Black-On-Black Violence

    Black on Black violence, craftily and meticulously coded "xenophobia", a deliberate, deceiving and malicious misnomer to the current unfortunate and news making Black condition in South Africa, should from the bird’s eye view be understood and dissected within the context of white supremacy system as one of the most important substances brought forth and harvested by its social engineers and scientists. Understanding the psycho-dynamics of white supremacy, understated white racism, it would seem that with the ultimate decadent manifestation of self-hate, that the so-called xenophobia is, this anti-black system would have either earned itself eternity or an assurance to longevity.

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  • Transforming Africa’s Narrative

    Is it not interesting that the one product that can bring SADC immense growth under the Africa Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), is neither part of the AGOA list of trade products and services, nor is it legal in the region? I am talking about Cannabis, that weed that grows without much effort. Did you know that two of Africa’s Cannabis strains are in the top twenty five most loved strains in the world, more specifically Europe?

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  • From The Live Side Of The Tracks

    Written by a vernal scribe from the Vaal with an indubitably inventive hand in Thabiso Rammala, Tau is a bilingual narrative about a young, floral shirt and Caverla wearing Mosotho fellow who is about to come of age and is accordingly expected to embark on the age-old rite of passage journey along with friends and confrères from his locality.

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  • From The Live Side Of The Tracks

    Thursday's Trackside Story (TTS) is an event promoting the co-creation of indigenous narratives. The events hosted contribute to the establishment of a critical consciousness transmitting between Johannesburg's Youth. TTS exists to facilitate a cultural identity politic independent of the mainstream discourse. This identity projects is communicated through Hip-Hop, Poetry and Live Music.

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  • Marikana Is Not Over Because It Stopped

    Two hundred years ago, under the civilizing feast of the Queen’s rule, a slaughter event like Marikana befell vagabond poor Boers and arguably birthed their Great Trek. Hustling Khoi for free labor and evading ‘land loan’ levies— doing their version of land grabs, these Dutchkaners annoyed The Crown for breaking the colony’s houserules. The death, by hanging, of six Boers who vexed the authorities in 1816 was called Slagter Nek.

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  • The Coloured Question

    he Coloured Question is not new in our public discourse.There is an interesting story of how Richard Dudley of the Unity Movement dealt with this question when former President Mandela asked him to help the ANC secure the”coloured vote” in the 1994 election.

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  • A Black Man Can’t Be Patriarchal

    With racism, we say, racism can only be functionally existent in the context of power, and conclude that Blacks cannot, thereby, in a state of powerlessness be racist. Patriarchy, as a value, can only be functionalized by the active presence of power. It has to be among the power dimensions of those with power to be able to subject, among others, other people to subservience.

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  • REVIEW: A Man Of Good Hope

    All Asad Abdullahi wants is to create a decent life for himself which seems almost impossible as time and time again it appears he is running forward into death as his efforts are marred by events beyond his control. The central theme of A Man of Good Hope is the heart-breaking phenomenon of forced migration along with the issues faced by refugees and immigrants such as xenophobia and living in perpetual displacement.

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  • REVIEW: Mooi Street Moves

    It is 1992; Bosnia and Herzegovina is on fire. Elsewhere in the world South Africa is sparsely emerging as a repentant stayer of intense racial conflict. In the heart of Johannesburg is Hillbrow, the growing kernel of African migration and slumlords. “Stix”, whose government name is Sipho Letsebe (Motlatsi Mafatshe) a former Top Gun Outfitters employee cum expropriator of any goods movable, finds himself negotiating space and cross-cultural exchanges in this remarkable narrative by Bolton born Paul Slabolepszy.

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  • The Naked Women Of 9th Street

    Nomaza was the kind of woman every wife on the street resented. Her honey skin reminded other women that their dark skin would never make men stop mid-sentence when they passed. Nomaza was quiet and submissive. She was not the kind of woman who would get into the tavern and drag her husband by the balls on any given Friday night. She married into money as well.

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  • Moving With The Land

    “Moving with the land is like moving with an aura, moving within yourself, with your whole self.
    The exhibition is about Joburg… or wherever we go when we move away from our place of birth. It is about migration and how our movement and the places we inhabit affect and influence us.

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  • REVIEW: Fresh Foot Prints

    Fresh Footprints is a grim play but Mokgoro is able to strike the balance between darkness and light, giving the audience just enough to eventually share the woman’s hope and sometimes the false belief that things will improve. That is until harsh reality eventually catches up with her and any happy ending is cruelly snatched away.

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  • Voicing Our Pain

    She tore into the first piece, Nkosi Sikelela iAfrica, doing what she’s known famously for; singing wildly, layering in the song as she felt it. Initially awkward, with the audience singing and straining along, she then fell into a natural rhythm, marking time and transporting all of us to a place of hope.

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  • Botswana Youth Arrested & Sjamboked

    The Botswana Movement for Democracy Youth League (BMDYL) has noted with disgust, shame and abhorrence scenes at parliament on Monday where young people of this country were attacked and shamboked by Botswana Police for demanding jobs.

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  • Land Or Death

    Fees would not have fallen, the price of bread will not have fallen, matter of fact, they will have increased, Marikana familiess will not have been justly compensated, minors will not be earning R12 500, farm workers will still be earning a slave wage, Apla Political Prisoners will still be languishing in jail and most of all, the Land will not have been returned.

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  • Pieces Of My Religion

    There came a time in my journey of religious discoveries where I was due for confirmation. A rite of passage where I was to publicly profess my faith and dedication to the Lutheran Church. The occasion is prepared for with numerous sessions of classes where you learn among other things to recite a few proclamations and prayers off by heart while studying the Bible and learning the purpose of your religion. Personally, I knew I was ready for confirmation.

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  • Khwezi & The Four Women

    The ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) is a disgrace. 10 years ago they were sloganeering and shaming Khwezi, the woman who laid a charge of rape against Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma. Like a single day had not passed since 2006, the Women’s League jumped into the defence of the president once again and called for decisive action against the four women.

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  • Review: No One Wants A Black Woman With A Mouth

    No One Wants A Black Woman With A Mouth is an experimental theatre production about the prohibition of Black women’s voices. It's expressed by women who are dedicated to the cause of empowering Black women through the use of their bodies, their voices as well as multimedia.

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  • #ElectionSatire

    Breaking News, Johannesburg- The ANC top six were seen an hour ago walking out of a spa parlour near Sandton. Sighted amongst them was an upbeat Gwede Mantashe with most of the ANC’s provincial ministers in government. We had it on good authority that a special meeting was hurriedly convened to discuss a quick strategy to contain the damage caused by the ANC’s disastrous showing in the recent local elections.

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  • We Are The Left

    Julius Malema was jovial and in his best element, as usual, shooting from the hip at the EFF press conference yesterday. He has every right to be happy; he has grown an organization from zero to two million voters in two years. That's phenomenal by any standards if your goal of ending white privilege, breaking the back of white supremacy and arrogance, the return of the land, and restore the people's dignity, is solely dependent on taking political power through the ballot.

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  • Poetry Overload Vs Sketching Hard

    It may be that we say “vs” (versus), however, the more palpable billing is “meets”. Poetry Overload vs Sketching Hard offers an eclectic selection of Spoken Word and Live Comedy performance all in one show. Presented by leading lights in the Comedy, Acting, Poetry and Musical Performance spheres, and curated by J.Bobs Tshabalala, the finest showing of entertainment can be expected from this diverse program.

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  • Chapter 2 Section 9

    Devised and edited by Phyllis Klotz, based on research by Collen Mfazwe and Janneke Strijdonk-Xulu, Chapter 2, Section 9 talks to the heart of one of the most insidious hate-crimes in South Africa. Referencing the section of the constitution that guarantees the right to gender equality and sexual orientation, Chapter 2, Section 9 draws its material from interviews with over forty lesbian women, their families, perpetrators and police officers.

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  • Mzansi Women’s Film Festival

    The MWFF has been hosted by Constitution Hill since its inception in 2014, with screenings at the historic Women’s Gaol. The MWFF was established to create a reputable platform for women filmmakers to showcase their work and to create an annual networking opportunity for established women filmmakers and those new to the industry to engage, share their experiences, and build relationships with other filmmakers, as well as industry professionals.

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  • On Coloured Identity Politics

    We don't allow it. We're too busy separating ourselves from blackness and trying our best to make it into the house, in the hope that things will be better. We make fun of the blaccent. We complain about darkies stealing jobs. We adopt the same racism and oppression the white man exercises all the while internalizing the anti-blackness we spew. Never truly being recognized as human beings by the whites we pander to.

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  • Re-Imagining Sharpeville!

    Re-Imagining Sharpeville is a visual investigation of contemporary Sharpeville. Seeking to explore themes and subjects that are overshadowed by historic Sharpeville, Re-Imagining Sharpeville examines the “township” with a fresh vibrancy and creativity, without losing the integrity of its historical significance.

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  • Pieces Of My Religion

    Every time I call Mother on a Sunday morning and she whispers, "soooooontwen..." in an attempt to please me by not entirely ignoring my calls while of course defying church rules to switch off phones in the house of God, I know I'm not eager to spend eternity with her and her crew. I mean, I am still lying in bed naked, trying to not have to do any adulting today.

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  • I Summon The Spirit Of Sekuru Kaguvi

    Pamberi ne Hondo! Pamberi ne Chimurenga!
    This is the chant that resonated when our war heroes fought for our liberation
    Today my countrymen and women sit with cheeks between their hands
    And puddles of tears between their feet

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  • No One Wants A Black Woman With A Mouth

    No One Wants A Black Woman With A Mouth by BLACKGIRLPLOTTING is a multi-disciplinary performance piece that places the Black woman’s body and voice as both subject and author of her own stories. Performed by Vuyelwa Maluleke and Andisiwe Mpinda, who make up the collective BLACKGIRLPLOTTING, this retelling uses physical theatre, spoken word, monologues, multimedia, and music (created only by Black women) to curate for the audience a few moments lived by the Black girl and woman.

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  • One Ear At A Time

    This is a letter a dear friend of mine wrote to me on May 6 2015… I needed to share it for various reasons that I won’t delve much into now. For the longest time, I used to question whether or not music made a quantifiable difference in people’s lives; beyond how it makes humans feel, does music have the power to cause humans to act out the message and advice contained within a song or a certain type of music?

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  • The Strong

    Help never came
    So until today they sit still
    Wearing shivers in their dark rooms of afflictions;
    Old boxes of destitute filled shoes
    Granted all sorts of journeys never embarked on.
    Their homes have become prison cells, conjured.

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  • Culture Shorts: Restore The Feeling

    Restore The Feeling is a solo project by Bogosi Sekhukhuni, the recipient of a year- long funded studio at the Bag Factory. The event is a one-night only exhibition marking the end of the residency at the Bag Factory.

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  • Not Set In Stone