Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Done ‘debating’ whether “Larney Jou Poes” is free speech? Let’s talk about the conditions of farmworkers

It seems that no music video in the history of South African music, has attracted as much controversy as the Cape Town hip hop collective Dookoom’s “Larney Jou Poes,” which loosely translates into English as “Boss, you’re a cunt”.* In the two weeks since its release, it has attracted over 50,000 views and inspired innumerable

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Maliban White Choclet Puff Sells Superior Light Skin

You all know that South Asians have this “thing” about light skin, right? I don’t need to go into too many details – the skin lighteners, the Bollywood films dominated by people who look like they came...

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Gerard Gaskin, Legendary: Interview with the photographer

“I started become interested in this project, ‘Legendary’, back when I hung out in 42nd Street and Time Square in New York City. In the 42nd street area there was a place right across the street from...

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

What If We Publish Children’s Books African Kids Could Relate To?

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it,” wrote Toni Morrison. Imagine a world with no Hobbits, no Aslan, no Dr. Who. These English mythologies,...

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

A “Take Your Madam Home Campaign” Instead? A Comment on Social Justice Tours in Townships

Lately I have been struggling with the idea (and the proliferation) of “social justice tours” in South Africa. If you don’t know what I am talking about, social justice tours are tours which take the tourist through...

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