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CULTURE Review

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Television

Black America is King

In itself, there is nothing unsuitable with Black America collaborating with African artists to produce commercial products, as is the case with Beyonce’s Black is King, but we must be under no illusion that Black is King is still very much Beyonce’s.

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The Letter Reader

The film follows Siyabonga who is dispatched to his grandmother while his parents are sorting out their marital problems. But the city boy is not accustomed to doing household chores, and he struggles to adapt to life in a rural village with his grandmother

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Blood & Diamonds: The Exploitation of Africa in Cinema

Western films set in Africa are not African films. They make no attempt to represent authentic African stories, are created primarily for Western audiences and in the worst of ways, exploit Africa. Africans can do very little to prevent or alter these films because the economic capital they bring to the region is greater than there being no film at all.

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The Stories Only We Can Tell

The narrative of the Soweto Uprising of June 1976 is powerful. However, South Africa must invest more energy into expanding that narrative, to include histories across the country during that same period. This is not to undermine the Soweto protests, but to draw even more attention to how they inspired revolt throughout South Africa.

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The Anti-Blackness of Uyajola 9/9

Is it not enough that landlessness, slavery, colonialism and racism relegated Black people into subhuman beings? Then why is it that the state doesn’t protect its citizenry? Or why can’t the citizens’ organisations educate the people against being ripped off and destroyed in the manner Uyajola 9/9 is doing?

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