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Ntsako Wa Xibelani

Such incidents were not rare; the negative social stereotyping of traditional culture amongst black people goes back to the establishment of the missionaries, a religious, pseudo-colonial undertaking that deemed African culture uncivilized, and demanded Africans do away with their traditional, “sinful”, ways of life in exchange for “virtuous” Western culture and its “superior” education.

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Ties That Bind

The three-part documentary series brings a fresh perspective on what is our generally accepted history in the ‘woke’ era. In the midst of these roundtable discussions there is even a suggestion that colonialism was a collaborative project; and how identifying as Black is not only a matter of pigmentation, as per Steve Biko’s definition.

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‘Black’: two in one

As the oppressed group, against the oppressor-camp, we are all Black. And for that reason, we must do all the things Biko suggests we must do: such as “cling to one another with a tenacity that will surprise the oppressor”; “rally together around the cause of our oppression - the blackness of our skin” and provide the antithetical counterpoint that will arrest and dismantle the oppressor-camp’s assault on us. Namely, “Black solidarity” against “White racism”.

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Kewpie: Daughter of District Six

Born in 1941, Kewpie was a well-known queer figure and hairdresser from District Six. From what we know, Kewpie’s gender identity was fluid, and she did not strictly identify as either male or female. However, both Kewpie and her friends tended to use feminine pronouns for each other.

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Neo To Love

Neo to love presents new life-size works by the young artist, which depict socially confirmed scenes from his childhood. His intimate paintings, drawings and collages portray people having conversations, dancing or showing affection in turbulent times: all universal social expressions. Matloga questions notions of what is normal and what is exotic, a criterion that is strongly influenced by Western perception.

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Talitha Cumi

The image of the bull, which entered Zvavahera’s iconography during a residency in India in 2018, appearing in the triptych she produced for the 10th Berlin Biennale, recurs here as an oppressive force, yet one that inspires a necessary striving for transformation. The artist notes, ‘I know there’s going to be a battle in the future when I see a bull in my dreams.

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They Are Capturing Our Young

They are being groomed to strengthen the muscle of whiteness and for Blacks in particular, to become more emotionally attached to whites, view them as benevolent and not see the validity of holding them collectively accountable for the depressing state of Afrika.

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Music Industry Get Behind Gigi Gang Show

Late last year South African rapper Gigi LaMayne decided to put together her own concert to focus on celebrating her peers who are often exploited by promoters. And so was born the GIGI GANG SHOW. Little did she know how much the South African music industry would get behind her and support her vision.

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