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Milisuthando Bongela

Milisuthando Bongela

Milisuthando Bongela is the Mail & Guardian's arts and culture editor. She is a multi award-winning writer, blogger and collaborator. She has experience in the arts having worked in fashion, music, art and film as well as a decade-long career in consulting, entrepreneurship, blogging and cultural activism. She is also directing a documentary about hair and black identity, a film she calls the report card on the rainbow nation project.
    The cloying discomfort of the middle
    The cloying discomfort of the middle
    To what end is everything that constitutes the ways in which we spend our time? If 85% of my time is taken up with churning stories into the...
    ​Park Corner: Rosebank’s new groove
    ​Park Corner: Rosebank’s new groove
    Bolton Road CollectionPark Corner, a new development on the corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and Bolton Road in Rosebank,...
    Where is the white feminist movement in SA?
    Where is the white feminist movement in SA?
    Six months ago, I got a phone call from a white girlfriend of mine. Well … we are not friends friends but we respect each other’s work...
    Spoonfuls of raw meat and ‘stubborn gladness’
    Spoonfuls of raw meat and ‘stubborn gladness’
    On the day Donald Trump was announced as the president elect of the United States, my response was to imagine the last time I felt truly carefree....
    How do we fight for a better love ethic anyway?
    How do we fight for a better love ethic anyway?
    This year has taught me that love is a skill that is lost to many of us because, among other things, we prioritise romantic love and are taught to...
    Athi-Patra Ruga glistens and glows at Performa Biennale
    Athi-Patra Ruga glistens and glows at Performa Biennale
    Last week South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga performed at a Gala event in New York, held to honour curator and writer Okwui Enwezor and to...
    Living your best life while your country burns
    Living your best life while your country burns
    On the day I found out that Shaeera Kalla was shot, Busisiwe Seabe was stun-grenaded and Benjamin Lesedi Phehla was fatally run over, I received a...
    Searching for beauty that makes you feel alive
    Searching for beauty that makes you feel alive
    When I sat down to write this week, my attention was focused on the subject of beauty. Not physical or glamorous beauty, but the sometimes...
    ​#FeesMustFall anthem is a historic modern spiritual
    ​#FeesMustFall anthem is a historic modern spiritual
    I began my week with an extraordinary request to my phone. As I made my way to work on Monday, between deep breaths and red robots, I typed the...
    We need ‘everything is not OK’ spaces
    We need ‘everything is not OK’ spaces
    Eight years ago, on the day a friend of mine died suddenly and inexplicably, we, her friends, gathered in her Killarney apartment that Monday...
    A Joho countermall gets a quality overhaul
    A Joho countermall gets a quality overhaul
    For years, developer Brian Green’s vision for sensitive urban regeneration has kept 44 Stanley a small but consistent space for quality dining,...
    Queen of Katwe: Much bigger than one girl’s story
    Queen of Katwe: Much bigger than one girl’s story
    There are a number of startling details about Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi’s story, such as this one: when she watched a big-screen movie...