AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Kyle Shepherd X

Artists loathe hyper-intellectualism. Rationalization tends to eradicate emotion and surrendering passion becomes another way to pay the devil. But then there are those artists whose intellectualism is a birthright, not by choice and inescapable. Take, for example, jazz phenomenom Kyle Shepherd, raised in a provincial Cape Town home where the household language was colonial British

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Inbox

It has come to this. Don’t focus too much on the ‘your scholarship’ line. An email from an American lawyer in my inbox: I am writing to request your help in a matter based on your scholarship...

Monday, July 18th, 2011

The people of Blikkiesdorp

For at least 3 years now South African photographer Lizane Louw have chronicled the lives of the people of Blikkiesdorp (translation: Tin Town), a temporary relocation camp in Delft–not to be confused with the Dutch town and...

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Postapartheid Ideology

The video for “Go Getter,” by Johannesburg’s MB featuring Malika, which I saw playing once or twice on a TV in the background (TV’s are always on in people’s houses there) while in South Africa earlier this...

Monday, April 12th, 2010

The Land Question

Once you get pass Julius Malema’s ramblings or the fact that whites play the victim card so well, it is easy to forget who the real victims of the new South Africa are.  Land is one way...

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Till Jesus Comes

Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s President, may not after all, rule as he promised “till Jesus comes“*.

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Sharpeville Now

Today, March 21, is Human Rights Day in South Africa. It should be called Sharpeville Day instead. 50 years ago today white police attacked and killed 69 black protesters (they also wounded or injured several others) who...

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

No More Bantu Education

Some of you probably heard about Equal Education, a new South African mass movement to campaign for and end to education disparities inherited from Apartheid and neglected by the democratic government, for the first time when The...

Friday, March 19th, 2010

“We want what’s our (land)”

“We Want What’s Ours,” a documentary film in progress on the complications of land reform in South Africa in Soweto–in this case competing claims between groups of black South Africans–by Chicago law professor Bernadette Atuahene and Sifuna...

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Word for Word: Desmond Tutu

I think we are at a bad place in South Africa, and especially when you contrast it with the Mandela era. Many of the things that we dreamt were possible seem to be getting more and more...

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

The Radio Kalahari Orkes

Let’s talk about the video for the song, “Staan My By” by Die Radio Kalahari Orkes, a South African band that count among its members the controversial author Rian Malan and the actor Ian Roberts (his credits...

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

APARTHEID’S FINAL TRICK

Researcher Kelly Rosenthal writing in the Mail & Guardian about witnessing the beat-down of a poor black homeless man by black security guards in a shopping mall in Cape Town while shoppers (both black and white) look...

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

NELSON MANDELA’S CHILDREN

Description of panel, titled “Mandela’s Ego,” scheduled for Friday, September 18, at The New Museum on the Bowery: Members of South Africa’s Generation X speak about the intricacies of post-coloniality. Expect complicated ambiguities as the panelists MC...

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

THE POLITICS OF WATER IN SOUTH AFRICA

For the next two days South Africa’s Constitutional Court (the equivalent of the Supreme Court) will hear “… the final appeal in a case brought by five Soweto residents challenging Johannesburg’s discriminatory prepaid water meter system. Their...