The Arts

Dance Umbrella Africa Festival Is Back!

The new branded Dance Umbrella Africa is back and better than ever. The 30-year festival which had to change locations because of funding issues...

The Madness Of Musical Genius In Illumination

Nthikeng Mohlele is a highly skilled writer. He constructs and deconstructs words, and sentences in a way that leaves that reader begging for me....

Monna O Montsho

‘Monna o montsho' is a Setswana phrase that translates to 'black man' however, it is also the name of a wood sculpture my grandmother...

Chris van Wyk’s Life Comes To Life On Stage

The clanging of prison doors, a single spotlight and Zane Meas on the stage. Starring Meas, the Market Theatre’s production of The Storyteller of...

10 Movies Of 2019 To Look Forward To

While 2018 was the year for amazing movie releases (Remember Inxeba and Black Panther !)  2019 has some great releases coming out which is...

The Ultimate K-pop Summer Playlist

There’s a K-pop song to satisfy your every summer whim. Whether you’re road tripping to a holiday destination, chilling on the beach or getting...

Why Abantu Book Fest Needs To Reconsider Its White People Stance

The Abantu Book Festival took place for the third year in a row this past weekend, and more people than ever attended. The festival...

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Ducks Questions On Transphobia

After almost an hour delay, acclaimed Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie arrived at the Abantu Book Festival on Friday afternoon. Adichie was in conversation...

5 Reasons We’re Attending Abantu Book Festival

The Abantu Book Festival officially kicked off today and will continue on until Sunday the 9th. For those who don’t already have their tickets...

In Conversation With The Unstoppable Artist Céline Tshika

Céline Tshika can’t be boxed into just one art genre. She is a writer, singer, actor, and blogger. From the Democratic Republic of Congo...

In Conversation With Fatimah Asghar

Muslim, American, Pakistani-Kashmiri, poet, writer - in her debut poetry collection, Fatimah Asghar reflects on navigating those identities through questions of race, history, sexuality,...

The Politics Of Beauty

A new documentary-film explores ideas of beauty and the Black female body, writes Itumeleng Molefi.A few weeks ago I was part of the first...

5 Reasons To Read Esi Edugyan’s ‘Washington Black’

Can a person who was enslaved ever be free? This is the question Canadian author Esi Edugyan grapples with in her masterpiece novel: Washington...

The Oral Tradition Behind South African Names

Phumzile Simelane Kalumba first started considering the significance of names when she had to name her own children. She and her husband considered the...

In Reclaiming The Soil, Rosie Motene Finds Her Roots

Reading Rosie Motene’s biography, Reclaiming The Soil: A black girl’s struggle to find her African self feels like catching up with a friend you...

Introducing The Dream Team Behind South African Comic, Kwezi

If you haven’t eagerly been following the adventures of South African superhero Kwezi, you’re seriously missing out. In 2014, Loyiso Mkize created Kwezi, about...

11 Of The Coolest Cosplays At Comic Con

Comic Con Africa fever hit Johannesburg from September 14-16. Thousands descended on the Kyalami Convention Centre to celebrate nerd and fantasy culture. While there...

Remembering Michael Jackson Through His Best Music

There’s no doubt that Michael Jackson was the greatest artist of our time. Artists will forever imitate his incredible style, musical genius and dancing...

Rosie Motene On Her Book ‘Reclaiming The Soil’

A black girl’s struggle to find her African self is the tagline of Rosie Motene’s autobiography. In her book, the presenter, actor and businesswoman...

A Safe Space At UCKAR: The BACK.TALK Womxn’s Collective Poster-Making Workshop

Stationary and paper clippings litter the floor of the Rhodes University Fine Art Department. As you enter, you are greeted with gentle music and...
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