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Is cancel culture cancelled?

Cancel culture has gone from an inside joke starting on Black Twitter to a global movement that aims to hold public figures accountable for their actions. Cancel culture like many other movements does not come without debate, with those who are against it sharing their belief that we now live in a culture of snitching,…

The herstory before and around Siv Ngesi’s ‘Sivanna’

An earlier version of this article mistakenly cited Siv Ngesi as one of the stars of the campaign. However, we’d like to clarify they were one of the seeded influencers. It’s not an uncommon sight on South African Twitter to see cisgender heterosexual men adorning wigs and making a mockery of femmes for likes. It’s…

We are stealing our art back

The decolonisation of art is a topic that needs to be paid more attention to with varying opinions on how to achieve it. From including African art in teaching syllabuses to holding exhibitions honouring African art and artefacts, decolonisation makes for a lengthy process. However, one of the first things we can aim to achieve…

The anti-celebrity era

Having found our way out of the peak of tabloid-gossip culture, much amends is still to be made to ensure the institution of the media never treats people the way Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan were treated ever again. Since then, a glacial shift with increasing momentum has been taking place. It started by a…

And the mic stays on: the seemingly unsinkable Gareth Cliff

*trigger warning: this article contains mention and discussion of sexual assault Just earlier this week, the National Prosecuting Authority dropped the rape case opened up against popular radio personalities DJ Fresh and Euphonik. The NPA decided to drop the case (which was opened in mid-January) after a review of the evidence, concluding that it was…

The altar and shelter of Black women in pop culture

History will always reveal who the saviours of every story are. Historians will reflect on how the rich could always count on the government to suit up and assume the position of knight when danger came their way. When the dangers seemed to pour down, even the animals had Noah to count on. For many…

Women: in leads, in grief and in shadows

The struggle for recognition is an unyielding one. A struggle against an abstract foe with many faces, and institutional roots deep in various layers of oppression, with a distaste for the marginalised at its core. It is with every year’s award season that this struggle reveals a new face. Most recently, the Hollywood Foreign Press…