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Articles written by Tshiamo Malatji

#Reflection - Art in a Pandemic

I agonised over how to convert the live experience into the online domain. After trying out a few online poetry shows, the magic of real gatherings never once appeared. There was a clear barrier between the artist and the audience, constructed from plastic-metal casing and glass screen.

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Blackness is Insurrection

To understand what demonising Black protesters leads to, we must look no further than the history of our own country where the co-ordinated vilifying of Blackness has existed since the formation of the Union of South Africa. It is not fashionable to use history to analyse present times, but we must first look backward to understand what awaits us when we move forward.

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The Pitfalls of Broadcasting Looting

Currently, the dominant narrative of the protests unfolding in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal is on the theft of items from businesses, especially large malls and shopping centres. Social media is awash of mask-clad people carrying television sets, maize meal, shoes and other consumer items—even medicines and sex toys (gasp!). No item carried by protesters (who are called looters) escapes the gaze of the reporter looking for an easy fix. The narrative has been set. The national consciousness is focused. The truth is lost in the horrors of burned buildings and raided storefronts.

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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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