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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.
    Lest we forget: Grand histories are built on personal stories
    Lest we forget: Grand histories are built on personal stories
    I don’t know what it is about going home to rural Tyeni in the Eastern Cape that compels me to record every morsel of life unfolding. Notebooks...
    Powerfully unpacking of conditions that led to June 16
    Powerfully unpacking of conditions that led to June 16
    One of the first films I saw from the Encounters Film Festival’s remarkable selection of documentaries was Uprize!, director Sifiso...
    A snapshot of our everydays
    A snapshot of our everydays
    When she initially catches my attention, her packages are on the pavement, sitting on either side of her legs as if she is taking a break after a...
    Winnie changes history as we know it
    Winnie changes history as we know it
    There’s a scene in Pascale Lamche’s phenomenal documentary Winnie that would make for an interesting graphological study on the...
    If we are going to fight back, we can’t use men’s tools
    If we are going to fight back, we can’t use men’s tools
    "You can’t shame people into changing their behaviour.” Academic and author Brené Brown said these words in an interview in 2012.
    The image of a versatile artist
    The image of a versatile artist
    In painting, filmmaker and actor Mmabatho Montsho found a different medium to express the need to create, propelled by urgent messages that...
    The Treasure Chest Collective: Changing the identity of SA wine
    The Treasure Chest Collective: Changing the identity of SA wine
    The story goes that the first grapevines were brought to the Cape in 1655 by European traders. Although Portuguese, French, English and Dutch ships...
    South African film The Wound to be screened at Sundance
    South African film The Wound to be screened at Sundance
    This weekend, The Wound will become the second South African narrative film to be screened at the Sundance Film Festival in the event's...
    8 reasons to catch the Golden Globe awards tonight
    8 reasons to catch the Golden Globe awards tonight
    By now you might have heard about how Meryl Streep won the internet after her provocative and emotional speech as she accepted the Cecil B DeMille...
    ​They say if you really love something, let it go
    ​They say if you really love something, let it go
    When I stop eating meat seven weeks ago, it is not because of grand ideological reasoning. No weight-related motivation. No pressure from vegans or...
    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,...