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The Queens Fortress - Kuchicola

“Being a woman in this industry is impossible, it is either money or sex,” singer, songwriter Kuchicola opens the door into the adversity she has had to face as a woman in the entertainment industry where woman are constantly sexualized and expected to sacrifice their dignity and their bodies in order to prosper as entertainers.

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The Queens Fortress – Uthando eGoli

There is a field of untapped and unscathed musical artistry buried in the heart of uMzimkhulu in KwaZulu-Natal and our guest on this week, D.O.X RSA is determined to take all the support and knowledge he has collected back home

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The Queens Fortress – On Navigating Black Womanhood

“I hold the doorknob and I take a breath before I open the door to the world, and the minute I open, the flood comes in, and suddenly I am fighting the waves,” is how medical doctor and esteemed poet Thandokuhle Mngqibisa describes her experience in the body of a Black woman in this country.

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The Queens Fortress – Medicinal Poetry

On this week’s episode, we have a man who brings healing through both medicine and spoken word, Dr. Linda Masilela joined our madness in playing a game of “The Doctor vs. The Poet” where he was given the most outlandish circumstances and was tasked with finding a cure either through medicine or spoken word.

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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.

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Amabali Pod: Unpacking Cultures of Consent

On this episode of AmabaliPod we speak to Gorata Chengeta - PHD Candidate at Wits University - about understanding what Consent is in relation to sexual violence. We unpack cultures of consent with her, as she gives insight to what the research in her 2018 Masters thesis titled "An exploration of black women university students' sexual experiences". We also speak about Zodwa Wabantu and many more interesting personal reflections.

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