Pop Culture

Contentious Chinese cotton sparks celebs’ brand boycott

Lay Zhang, Jackson Wang and Wang Yibo are three well-known celebrities from China and Hong Kong. But in March, the trio made...

Tension, tears and a wild rose: The Bachelorette SA catch-up

Truth be told, the Bachelorette SA was boring me. Episode 4 was the last one I watched in real time - and...

The Bachelorette SA: Everything felt staged in episode 4

Describing a reality show as contrived is a lot like stating the obvious.We have been aware of scripted scenarios through the years....

The Bachelorette SA – The guys do not know how to...

Reality television shows always have a formula. Not for nothing was Survivor’s tagline was OUTWIT, OUTPLAY, OUTLAST. You have got to get...

The Bachelorette SA: Qiniso van Damme is doing the chasing

We take reality television for granted expecting it to only be scripted scenes and no real emotions. The Bachelorette may be staged...

Baby Cele-Maloka’s character who played Gabisile on Uzalo

Baby Cele-Maloka’s character, Gabisile, concluded her final storyline on SABC 1’s Uzalo. In an interview with The Daily Vox the actress discussed...

Ndenze ntoni na?: A poem by Xolani Henry Shezi

Xolani Henry Shezi (also known by his stage name Xolani Shezzi), an emerging poet from Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal uses poetry as a healing...

The Bachelorette SA: Qiniso van Damme is a princess among...

South Africa’s first Bachelorette is Qiniso van Damme. Those of us who are not picky about our television consumption may remember Qiniso...

Fascinations: A South African arts festival on WhatsApp

The My Body My Space: Public Arts Festival (MBMS) kicks off on the 29th of the January exclusively on a dedicated Whatsapp...

The List: Korean content everyone needs to watch

As the world locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic and people were stuck home, many turned to online streaming for comfort....

20 K-pop songs to jam through the holidays

2020 has been a difficult one but that hasn’t stopped the K-pop industry. Many groups from the industry have released inspirational, soothing,...

The Social Dilemma: The technology that connects us also controls us

The Social Dilemma is a Netflix documentary-drama hybrid that shows how dominant and largely unregulated social media companies manipulate users by harvesting...

Thoughts we had while watching BTS Life Goes On

On Friday morning, Korean superstars BTS released their much anticipated album BE along with the title track music video, Life Goes On....

Riz Ahmed is searching for home in Mogul Mowgli

With the release of the film, Mogul Mowgli, Riz Ahmed cinematises the message from his album, The Long Goodbye and Saadat Hasan...

South Africa’s first feminist television show launches

To kick off the month of November, South Africans will be able to watch the country’s “first feminist television show”. Titled “It’s...

Chatting Korean beauty standards and K-pop with Frances Cha

“I would live your life so much better than you if I had your face…” muses a character in Frances Cha’s debut...

A list: Good examples of mental health representation in pop culture

Mental health representation in popular culture is often inaccurate and stigmatising. Instead of creating understanding and empathy, the representation oftentimes reinforces dangerous...

Blackfishing: The beauty trend that preys on black women

By Kelly Mutizira  Every few months, blackfishing and cultural appropriation become controversial topics. While cultural appropriation,...

How Korean boyband BTS created a social movement

There’s an adage among the ARMY, the fans of Korean group, BTS,  “You only find BTS when you need them.” It’s something...

A heritage of loss: Address Unknown and a second wave of...

Address Unknown is a short fictional film about one man’s search for his childhood friend who he lost track of after being...
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