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The Queens Fortress: On Raising Boys

The Queens Fortress: On Raising Boys

This week’s episode of the Queens Fortress focuses on raising boys who women do not fear. Poet, writer, photographer and performer Clear, invites us into the world of raising a son in South Africa. Clear quotes the proverb “evil enters through the hole of a needle and spreads like an oak tree,” to describe how patriarchy grows in men and creates the violent and angry men we all have in our lives. He teaches his son Lethabo to cry, to vocalise his emotions and to combat the violence that grows with men not being true to their emotions.

Mmabatho Montsho – Mother of the Black Nation

Mmabatho Montsho – Mother of the Black Nation

In the African culture it is believed that in the combination of a name and its bearer you find a conception of identity; when naming a child you bestow upon them a life of purpose, which will inevitably influence their behavior and circumstances. If you are not an adherent of this old age adage, the inspirational stance and influence of award-winning filmmaker, Mmabatho Montsho, could be the hand that ushers you to the alter of conversion.

Somhale Breaks Viewing Records

Somhale Breaks Viewing Records

More than half of the catalogue of TV shows and movies on Showmax, whether measured in hours or number of episodes, is now local content. This deliberate shift to local started more than a year ago with shows like The River and The Queen, and more recently with Lockdown and Kwa Mam’Mkhize. And now the latest Showmax Original, Somizi and Mohale: The Union, is breaking viewing records.

The Colour of Sunday

The Colour of Sunday

Sundays in Soweto are usually days of constraint. There’s a quiet yearning about them. A yearning for the past, both personal and political. Something captured wonderfully by the terms ukubluza and babalaas. The streets are calmer and are coated with those finishing off Saturday’s libations and others in their Sunday best, post-worship. For some, moshito o'tswela pele! After all, yurugu beckons on Monday morning at the plantation.

A Letter to Mkhulu Mangaliso Sobukwe

A Letter to Mkhulu Mangaliso Sobukwe

I decided to write this letter to you to share my thoughts with you about where I think we find ourselves as Afrikan people. We learn from the older generation of activists about your glorious deeds and the immeasurable sacrifices you and your peers made, in defence of our natural right as Afrikans to be human beings worthy of dignity and respect, in the land of our Ancestors.

The Hidden Dangers of the White-Liberal Narrative

The Hidden Dangers of the White-Liberal Narrative

Long before the National Party (NP) came to power or apartheid was made law, we the natives were already a conquered and subdued people. Some of the historical records suggest that there was invasive European presence (Portuguese) in the southern tip of Afrika, as early as the 1400s. This was followed by Dutch invasive presence in the 1600s, in what is today known as the Cape Peninsula.

Ukujola Nabantu Abangenamali

Ukujola Nabantu Abangenamali

Lento i-simple bahlali. Simple. Abo-brokie must date in their own calibre, level or whatever. Stay away from partners who are flat broke but bane expensive taste. Izimbungulu lezo and they will milk you dry. Wothi ngasho. Bayakubalekela futhi nemali mayiphela as if bona banayo.

Justice for Bra Mike

Justice for Bra Mike

In the longest running trademark case —in the history of South Africa, 19 years to date, the acting judge Keightely, in Johannesburg High Court, refuses to grant Bra Mike leave to appeal a contempt of court judgement.