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Anime and its meteoric rise into Pop Culture consciousness

Picture this, after having spent most of your afternoon busy with extracurricular activities or afterschool sports, you head back home, rush through your homework, only taking a break to take a big gulp of the ice-cold Oros you’ve poured for yourself.  You rush through to the living room, turning over the cushions looking for the…

Celebrating the creation and access to African Knowledge with #WikipediaByUs

#WikipediaByUs: Celebrating South African knowledge creators The International Day for Universal Access to Information is celebrated annually on 28 September — a fact many South Africans are not aware of, meaning the day often passes us by, without acknowledgement nor celebration. However, this year will see cause for celebration as Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organisation…

Blood and Water owes us better representation

Discourse around representation – as with most discourse – tends to get to a point in which it can feel a little clinical. It starts to feel like a bunch of arguments thrown together in varying contexts with similar approaches. However, this doesn’t make the actual practice of representation any less important. Hence, even after…

It’s Women’s Month — where are our local sex icons?

It’s an unfortunate realisation to come to when one begins to notice that much of our country’s national holidays are symbolic gestures, rather than markers of actual change. The disappointment is in realising that the symbolic gestures end at symbolism, and don’t reflect any progress in the actual lived experiences of many within the country….

Redirecting the conversation around colourism // everything up until now has been a distraction

When you think about the biggest femme artists and media personalities in the world and in South Africa right now, who do you see? Who is the catalyst for visual culture, storytelling and desirability? Described very well by Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, Alice Walker, colourism is “prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely…