MAIL & GUARDIAN: Friday

The cyclical politics of help

Black women and trans artists are worthy of support but it should not come with terms and restrictions

Moguls in their lifetime: The making of SA Hip-Hop Story

This new docu-series by Diliza Moabi, which began airing on SABC1 at the beginning of the month, allows the new generation to lead in telling their stories

‘Abantu: Before Humans’: The BLK JKS tread new turf

The second album from BLK JKS captures the band’s strengths, weaknesses and sonic vision

Busi Mhlongo, Goddam!

It’s been a decade since Busi Mhlongo succumbed to cancer. Niren Tolsi reflects on her life and the singular connection she formed with her audiences

Review: Macingwanes’s salutations to the cosmos

Pleiades: Isilimela, the latest poetry collection by Vusi Mchunu — who writes under his clan name, Macingwane — is a deeply personal meditation

Online allyship: a broken game of do like I do

The idea of displaying solidarity by posting a black square on Instagram hijacked the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag with a performative display of allyship

The long journey of Elsa Joubert

The acclaimed and prolific South African author, whose 1978 book The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena confronted the hardships of apartheid, has died

The Portfolio: Puleng Mongale

The artist is drawn to collage because it allows her to be as complex and layered as she wants to be

Look back to live forward

After being asked to imagine a different ikasi, Lehlohonolo Peega questions our memory

Tell black queer love stories also

A Secret Love is a fine depiction of white queer romance, but it lacks global resonance

Fighting a way out of Covid-19

Artists are trying new ways of working, with few of them able to access state relief funds

The List: A peek at the Stevenson library

Stevenson gallery staff took to Instagram to share a small selection of literature guiding their “respective journeys towards listening, learning and confronting bias”

The Portfolio: Malcolm Nhleko

The music producer and sound engineer views his ears as his weapons

Review: The documentary ‘Clebs’ is an allegory for the human condition

‘Clebs’, which documents more than 750 dogs at a sanctuary in Morocco, provides some timely symbolism as it points to human truths

Measures of Power: Our interest in violent, public justice

How the theatre of execution contributes to national mythmaking in Nigeria

Talia Ramkilawan’s tapestries: When making is its own medicine

Talia Ramkilawan uses rug hooking to create her portraits, which aim to subvert trauma

The List: Things to do, watch and learn

We round up the best online entertainment and activities to keep you busy this weekend

The Portfolio: Neo Matloga

The artist shares how his practice has evolved: initially he was an oil painter, but now he works in mixed media, marrying painting with collage

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