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Not in My Neighbourhood – Scenes from a Global Urban War

Technocratic buzzwords like urban renewal and gentrification provide a bland gloss for a much more sinister and violent reality. In cities throughout the world, poor and working-class people are finding themselves pushed out of their homes to make way for wealthier new residents.  This is often achieved through eviction and police violence. Gentrification also intensifies…

Looking for Miss Cleo, Everywhere

Siting inside the chair on any given weeknight was the infamous Miss Cleo. She looks like the 80’s black aunty of your dreams. On any given day, her outfit is an eclectic match of kente cloth tent dresses and silk scarves used to wrap up her thick black hair. She wears chunky jewellery made from…

Being black, poor, queer and mentally ill

October is Mental Health Awareness Month and each year I’m reminded of the terrible state of black youth’s mental health. The month has seen a lot of people share their stories on social media and on television and there’s a common thread I noticed among many, particularly black South Africans. It’s important to recognise the…

What Should We Be Doing to End Rape Culture?

Is having conversations about sexual violence enough? “He had an entire team behind him”, is the statement that is repeated whenever the sexual assault accusations against R. Kelly come up. During the six-part docu-series that looked at the laundry list of sexual assault accusations against the singer, a woman named Lizette Martinez unpacked her experience…

It’s time we all talk about ‘Gurls Talk’ – The mental wellness and women empowerment platform taking the world by storm

TW: Mental illness; drug abuse Gurls Talk is an online platform that advocates for mental health, women’s equality and gives a voice to powerful, everyday women. The platform was founded by executive producer to the stars, Holly Gore and her best friend and face of the brand, Adwoa Aboah; as striking as she is intelligent, a…

A personal narrative from a European travel experience

To travel is to become familiar with the world and oneself. I find myself speaking about plans to travel in hypotheticals, even when I have already begun preparing. Perhaps, it is that the places one visits and inhabits often feel so separate from home that elements of the journey are like part of a dream….

A re-imagined self-care journey with Nwabisa

In light of recent atrocities in our country, we may have forgotten or not even known that September is self-care awareness month: a time to remind ourselves to rest and take deliberate steps, no matter how big, towards improving our quality of life. The theme of the month of September rings true; taking care of…