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CULTURE Review

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Articles written by Tshiamo Malatji

America Needs A Coming To

Coming 2 America is loudly proclaiming that Africa is fake, that our customs are ridiculous and that by going through a process of becoming American we attain progress, identity and peace. It portrays Africa as fictional as Zamunda, as falsely conscious as its King Akeem and as hopelessly in need of saving as its princesses,” writes Tshiamo Malatji

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Embracing Blackness Means Forgetting Gandhi

According to South African historians (As reported by BBC), Ashwin Desai and Goolam Vahed, Gandhi believed in separating the Indian and African struggle. They document him writing to the government in Natal in 1893, "general belief seems to prevail in the Colony that the Indians are a little better, if at all, than savages or the Natives of Africa".

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Long Read: Mbembe's Postcolony

Because Africans are considered objects, they are forced into labour to become producers of wealth for the colonisers. (pg 28) Being an animal meant the colonised lived for the uses and pleasures of the colonisers. This also created a relationship of domestication, where the coloniser perceived the colonised as something to be groomed and given “affection”.

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Torch of Patrice Lumumba

In murderous treachery, the West conspired to have him killed and thus ensure the country and continent would return once again to an affair of deprivation. We must remember Lumumba and carry his torch of liberation, else we allow the West a horrifying victory.

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REVIEW: Seriously Single

Ultimately, an enjoyable romantic comedy still needs to be full of some essence, whether traditional or subverted. Film still needs something to say, even when it wants to speak absurdly. Seriously Single is a film that shows discordance and tells emptiness -- and not deliberately.

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