The Arts

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...

20 years and more to come: the past paving the future...

The Time of the Writer literary festival has entered its 20th year. Last year’s festival featured some of South Africa’s best writers gathered together...

“I’ve seen black men fight for white women in a way...

Currently enrolled at New York City University, 22-year-old Bronx-born writer and performer, Crystal Valentine’s work is inspired by intersectionality. Speaking at the 21st edition...

10 times Beyoncé and Rihanna slayed in 2017

Beyoncé and Rihanna owned 2017 - and they didn't even release an album or even tour. Resident members of the Beyhive and Navy, Shaazia...

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...

It’s not all sweet sounds in the music industry’s White Boys’...

It’s difficult to talk about racial politics, gender politics and structural inequality in South Africa without someone getting offended. It’s difficult to say “White...

New comedy series about African women aims to redefine blackness

Sqúad is a comedy series created by filmmaker Helena Morgane that is described as a ‘melanated’ comedy. It tells the story of a group...

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...

The value of women’s labour: Being a writer, woman and mother...

The third day of Time of the Writer was an explosion of literary magic as libraries and schools across Durban featured talented writers discussing...

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...

Master Storytelling From Lesley Nneka Arimah

Love, death, magic, reality, immigration and the diaspora, Lesley Nneka Arimah's book What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky has it...

Young filmmakers shine at the Abantu Book Festival

The Abantu Book Festival kicked off this week at Soweto’s Eyethu Lifestyle Centre. On Friday afternoon The Youth Filmmaker project (which provides young graduates...

“Sandcastle crafting saved me from drugs and criminal activities”

Mfanafuthi Gumede, a 26-year-old sandcastle artist from Inanda, North Durban found himself wandering the streets of the city after dropping out of...

These Good Samaritans Made It Possible For Folk To Watch Black...

All hail King T’Challa of Wakanda! The much anticipated Disney-Marvel film Black Panther premiered in cinemas worldwide on 16 February and is already breaking...

Five black characters bringing much-needed diversity to the comic book universe

We're all about diversity and representation in the comic book universe, so the news that a black, female teenager will be replacing Tony Stark...

Diwali 2016 is set to be a Bollywood blockbuster weekend

Sunday 30 October is set to mark Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights which symbolically celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, good over...

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...

It’s not all sweet sounds in the music industry’s White Boys’...

This is the second and final part of a series by musician, Cami Scoundrel. Read Part 1 here.  Conversations about the White Boys’ Club erupt...
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