Category Archives: 2012 Blog Theme

Change and Exploration

Change and Exploration

Tweet In the course of this year, I have transitioned from studying biology to African Studies, become involved in Amazigh activism, spoken at a rally for Trayvon Martin, studied Somali, and traveled to Cuba. It has been a year of change and exploration, and these experiences have been incredibly rich and rewarding in the journey… Continue Reading

The Black male-male love and intimacy rebellion: challenging black male hyper-masculinity and remapping manhood

The Black male-male love and intimacy rebellion: challenging black male hyper-masculinity and remapping manhood

Tweet By: Gcobani Qambela* “I want people to really understand the power of love and loving” – Jean Houston on Super Soul Sunday. I followed with rather surprised interest the American story and apparent controversy surrounding the gay marriage of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity member, Nathanael Gay to his partner Robert Brown, another man.… Continue Reading

Arming Youth with Skills and Work: notes from the (Youth version of the) UNESCO Education for All Global Monitoring Report

Arming Youth with Skills and Work: notes from the (Youth version of the) UNESCO Education for All Global Monitoring Report

Tweet By: Gcobani Qambela* I spent much of 2012 researching from home in Lady Frere, rural South Africa. In the course of the year, two young males from our community committed suicide. I could not believe it the first time my mother informed me of the first suicide early in the year. I was taken… Continue Reading

Resisting working ourselves to the bone: for black girls who’ve considered politics when being strong isn’t enough

Resisting working ourselves to the bone: for black girls who’ve considered politics when being strong isn’t enough

Tweet By: Siphokazi Magadla* In the past few weeks I have been raving to several friends on email, whatsapp, BBM, facebook and even at random dinner conversations about Melissa Harris-Perry’s book “Sister Citizen: shame, stereotypes, and black women in America/for colored girls who’ve considered politics when being strong isn’t enough” (2011). In this ambitious project Harris-Perry… Continue Reading

Fostering Development: African Solutions for Africa?

Fostering Development: African Solutions for Africa?

Tweet By: Gilbert Omware* A cry rings out through the pages of time and the experiences of the present day. It is a call to arms and everyone in Africa must respond to this cry. We must respond with action and not only speech. We must respond with solutions for ourselves by ourselves. It always… Continue Reading

Political and Economic Power are key to Transformation

Tweet By: Reuben Dlamini* The domination of an organized minority… over the unorganized majority is inevitable. The power of any minority is irresistible as against each single individual in the majority, who stands alone before the totality of the organized minority. At the same time, the minority is organized for the very reason that it… Continue Reading

The Sexy Part of Crime: Nolubabalo Nobanda, African Women and the (Illegal) Drug Trade

The Sexy Part of Crime: Nolubabalo Nobanda, African Women and the (Illegal) Drug Trade

Tweet By: Gcobani Qambela* I recently watched the film “Savages” by director, Oliver Stone. The film, based on the novel by the same name by Don Winslow is centered around two young (white) male friends (Ben and Chon) who grow marijuana in Laguna Beach, California. They produce a particular potent strain of marijuana, which has… Continue Reading

Putting the “white” back into the White House: Race baiting, Barack Obama and memories of Jim Crow

Putting the “white” back into the White House: Race baiting, Barack Obama and memories of Jim Crow

Tweet By: Merrian* When I saw this picture with the inscription “Put the white back in the white house” I was dismayed.  Not surprised, but definitely disappointed. Regardless of how one feels about the politics of the President of the United States, Barack Obama, who also happens to be black: one thing is clear in… Continue Reading

Governance of Security in Post-Hegemonic World: defining a normative role for Africa

Governance of Security in Post-Hegemonic World: defining a normative role for Africa

Tweet   By: Thembani Mbadlanyana*  The demise of a bi-polar world inaugurated an astounding change in global geo-politics. Much of the post-Cold War period has been characterised by a dismissal phase of declining prosperity, increased insecurity and incomprehensible complexities and as such, considerable attention has been given to issues of global governance and security. This… Continue Reading

Audacity of Peace: ‘Boko Haram’ and the Plight of a Nation

Tweet By: Steve Arowolo* I grew up in the North Central part of Nigeria, in an area that is predominantly populated by Muslims. This is because my father, an Anglican church elder had reason to live and work amidst people of different religious and ethnic orientation. Growing up was peaceful and I am filled with… Continue Reading