Category Archives: Identity

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

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

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

Innocence of Muslims, Protests and All things anti-Islam

Innocence of Muslims, Protests and All things anti-Islam

Tweet Anyone not living under a rock must have come across news reports, articles and videos about the 14 minute trailer to the film: Innocence of Muslims[1]. News headlines and reports have not only covered the controversy around the film and its release, but have debated on the link between this movie and the spark… 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

The Language of North Africa

The Language of North Africa

Tweet By: Nuunja Kenyan scholar Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o has written extensively about the ‘language question’ in African literature, most prominently in his book Decolonizing the Mind where he famously rejected English as a medium for his writing.  In fact, there has been a great deal of scholarship regarding the use of indigenous vs. foreign languages… Continue Reading

‘Exiled’ African Athletes, Career and Sport Citizenship Challenge

‘Exiled’ African Athletes, Career and Sport Citizenship Challenge

Tweet by Gerard Akindes In their slide show In pictures: Africa’s exiled Olympians[i] , BBC Africa highlights some African-born elite athletes who will be representing non-African nations at the London Olympic games in 2012. On a similar note, prior to the 26th African Cup of Nations in 2008, BBC Sport presented a comparable article The… Continue Reading

Honour, identity and the public archive in democratic South Africa

Honour, identity and the public archive in democratic South Africa

Tweet In 2011, the South African Department of Arts and Culture announced its decision to organise the Heritage Month under a theme “Liberation heritage in honour of heroes and heroines of the liberation struggle”. Explaining the theme, the Minister said, “We will remember heroes and heroines of our people by erecting monuments in their honour”.… Continue Reading