Headline in South Africa’s The Times newspaper: “Black madams suck, say maids.” The story:

Black domestic workers would rather work for white madams than black “siesies” because they believe whites pay better. This is one of the findings by University of Witwatersrand sociology master’s student Xoliswa Dilata, who investigated the relationship between black employers and domestic workers in Soweto.”


I am not surprised. They’re madams.

* The image is from photographer Edward West‘s series of ordinary black South Africans, “Casting Shadows” (2001).

Further Reading

Music is the weapon

During Christmas 1980, Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba performed at a concert in Lesotho that deeply challenged and disturbed South Africa’s apartheid regime. The record of that concert is being reissued.

Carceral colonialism

On the United Kingdom’s attempts to finance the construction of large-scale prison facilities in former colonies, to where it wants to deport undocumented migrants.

Fanon’s mission

The works of Frantz Fanon can be read as architectural renderings of rights, futures, and generations toward a “very different Afro-futurism.”

History time

The historical novel is in vogue across the continent, challenging how we conceive of the nation, and how we write its histories.