Separate is not equal: A personal reflection on South Africa’s LGBTI movement

by Karen Williams The issue of gay rights in Africa has been gaining centre-stage, both on the continent and internationally. However, the longtime role and visibility of women and the urban poor in the fight for gay rights in South Africa has been wiped from official narratives, including the histories that are told within the… Read More

No Alibis – Educating children about racism

by Margarita Aragon This past October I sat in the assembly room of my children’s primary school for the Year 1 presentation for parents. After a group of children in animal masks told us about their visit to the farm, and a few songs, another group of children came to the forefront of the stage to… Read More

Why Make a Caricature of what are Complex Feelings for Some Black Women?

by Leona Nichole Black A video has been circulating my Facebook news feed this week. It stages a scene in which a Black man brings his white girlfriend into a barber shop. A hairdresser who is a hired actress says a number of inappropriate things about the couple and the presence of this woman. The… Read More

Idris Elba is Hollywood’s Troublemaker

by Shane Thomas There are few names as globally recognisable as Nelson Mandela. And likely even fewer whose name generally invokes strong feelings of warmth and goodwill. Mandela was recently in the news as a result of his ill health, with elements of the online world and news networks partaking in an emetic game of… Read More