The Arts

A man’s place in feminism is behind the women – and...

On Tuesday night, people gathered at the Joburg Theatre to hear a panel of three African women reflect on Africa’s emancipation post-the North African...

Four African writers you should be reading right now

There probably has never been a better time for writers to contribute greatly to African literature than now. Authors cannot write everyone’s story to...

“South African people should read more South African and African fiction...

The five-writer shortlist for the Caine Prize for African writing was announced recently. Young South African writer, LIDUDUMALINGANI MQOMBOTHI is included on the list...

Do South Africans want more local music on their radios?

Last week, the SABC announced that it will start playing 90% local music across all its radio stations, a decision which was welcomed by...

So Starbucks in SA is a sip of the first world?...

Ahead of the Thursday opening of Starbucks in South Africa, Wayne Parnell attended the by-invitation-only launch of the international coffee chain in Rosebank. The...

7 things you should know from black writers on writing about...

On Wednesday evening, writers Panashe Chigumadzi and Eusebius McKaiser headed a panel at the Time of the Writer festival entitled "Why Must a Black...

Her name is Mishka Hoosen and she’s 🔥 🔥 🔥

This year's Time of the Writer festival has already served up fascinating conversations about what exactly knowledge is, and how we relate to books. But...

On madness and mental health – “People have different ways of...

The Time of the Writer festival kicked off this week, and this year's theme is "Decolonising the book". Dana Da Silva spoke to MISHKA...

Those times Gareth Cliff pushed the limits and got away with...

South African self-styled “shock-jock” Gareth Cliff’s response to the #PennySparrow debacle and the ensuing debates on criminalisation of hate speech was to declare: "People...

Readers, authors show support for ill Binyavanga Wainaina

Beloved Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina is seriously ill following a stroke and has travelled to India for treatment. AAISHA DADI PATEL explains. The author who...

Free State poets enchant Durban

The Free State has some of the finest writers in South Africa, but they have seldom been given any national acknowledgement or a platform to showcase...

Principled? Five reasons to boycott Pharrell

Pharrell Williams is pretty cool. He has a swag hat collection, a super successful line of Adidas sneakers, and apparently never ages. But we...

The Daily Show’s newest writer: who is David Kibuuka?

On Thursday, Comedy Central announced that local comedian David Kibuuka will be joining The Daily Show as a staff writer. The 34-year-old comedian will...

The Feminist Stokvel’s Hair Soirée and SA’s natural-hair evolution

On Thursday night a group of grown women will get together at a swanky Melrose coffee shop to do each other’s hair. To many, it...

The Weekly Dissident: Myesha Jenkins, socialist, feminist, internationalist “race” woman

In the Weekly Dissident today, Mphutlane wa Bofelo converses with feminist activist and poet, Myesha Jenkins. MwB: I understand that you only started writing upon...

A lament for Kashmir’s destroyed manuscripts

Srinagar, Indian administered Kashmir - My home, Kashmir, was hit with the worst floods in 100 years when the Jhelum River broke its banks...

Editorial: What to make of Women’s Month

It's already August, and, although we weren't trying to make a big deal about Women's Month, it just sort of happened. The department of arts...

When racism, Islamophobia and #BringBackOurGirls collide

What happens when racism, Islamophobia, and #BringBackOurGirls collide in a single advertisement for charity? More to the point, how does that even happen? RA'EESA PATHER explains. I...
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