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Friday, June 28th, 2013

A History of Violence

While South African men seem to increasingly realize that it is their responsibility to do something about the endemic levels of violence against girls and women, the resulting initiatives have often taken the form of symbolic gestures, such as marches and protests. A telling example is the Real Men March, organized by the conservative Christian Family

Monday, May 7th, 2012

The ‘passing’ of Ernest Cole

Information on famed South African photographer Ernest Cole’s decision to 'pass' from 'African' to 'coloured' in Apartheid South Africa's kafkaesque "race classification system" is not readily available beyond the ready-made theories and rationalizations repeated in museum...

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Cape Town African Swag

The first time I heard about rapper Youngsta (government name Riyadh Roberts) was during Public Enemy’s tour of Cape Town, in a club awkwardly named @mospheer. Chuck D and Flavor Flav rocked the crowd that night, with...

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Music Break

I love this track, “It Would Be,” by Cape Town’s Alleycat (government name: Enslin Grootboom) featuring fellow rapper, T100. The song is Cape Town for real: riding the Jamaican riddim, the transplanted patois and the stripped-down video. (Artists...