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Monday, February 10th, 2014

Give that man a Bells

There’s a commercial for Bell’s, a popular South African whisky (“Give that man a Bells”), that is currently doing the rounds on the Interwebs and has a lot of people weeping on Twitter and Facebook. The ad was released as part of Super Bowl Weekend. No there’s no Super Bowl in South Africa–it was just

Friday, February 7th, 2014

The ‘Born Free’ Brand

The Fader (yes, they're still around) has been putting up a series of posts from Johannesburg (Obey You Collective: South Africa) that focuses on "artists, trail-blazers, and bright young talents from South Africa." (The series is paid...

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

“Happy Africans”

It’s unclear how big the Gun Owners of America are (the NRA predominates in the numbers and in terms of influence), but it’s important enough that the organization’s lobbyists write bills for congressmen, calling for no gun...

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Zoran and his African Tigers

Every new nation (or with claims to nationhood) wants a national football team otherwise you may as well not exist in the first place. Palestine and Taiwan are recognized by FIFA, but not so lucky are Kosovo...

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The “Apartheid-era Robin Hood”

I wrote a long piece on Zola Mahobe, a Soweto businessman who died last December (two weeks after Nelson Mandela) and who is credited with transforming Mamelodi Sundowns. The team is currently one of the “big three”...

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The public television series on contemporary life in the African Diaspora that’s in its 6th season

For at least six seasons now the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), in conjunction with American Public Television (APT) has presented AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, on “contemporary life throughout the African Diaspora.” Past seasons have brought...

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