Black Consciousness

 
We need to talk about the ‘national question’
We need to talk about the ‘national question’
The hysterical responses by the Democratic Alliance, sociology professor Ashwin Desai, newspaper columnist Justice Malala, the Ahmed Kathrada...
Yes, identity by race does matter, but at what other costs?
Yes, identity by race does matter, but at what other costs?
From the outset, I would like to state my agreement with one of the central aims of the article “Identity by race does matter” by Nompumelelo Zinhle...
Identity by race does matter
Identity by race does matter
“Race matters. It matters because of the meanings we give to it. How and why race had come to matter, and how and why we continue to make...
Urban land question is also urgent
Urban land question is also urgent
The opening pages of Frantz Fanon’s The Damned of the Earth offer a searing account of the city under settler colonialism. It is “a...
A guide to embarking on an arts career in South Africa
A guide to embarking on an arts career in South Africa
Considering an artistic career in South Africa means entering into an old but all too relevant debate about what art’s role in society should...
Letters to the editor: October 20 to 26 2017
Letters to the editor: October 20 to 26 2017
Twenty-three years into democracy, many challenges persist for South Africa. Inequality has risen, and the economy is still run and managed by...
Biko book takes a few liberties
Biko book takes a few liberties
BIKO’S GHOST: THE ICONOGRAPHY OF BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS by Shannen L Hill (University of Minnesota Press)
Biko’s vision of freedom must be kept alive – especially now
Biko’s vision of freedom must be kept alive – especially now
What is the purpose of reflecting on the life of Black Consciousness leader Steve Bantu Biko 40 years after he was killed by the apartheid...
The struggle and the arts’ flowering
The struggle and the arts’ flowering
HISTORYIt is a truism that major social upheavals and changes are often preceded by a flourishing of the arts. This is also true about South...
Buy black and you'll never go back
Buy black and you'll never go back
Black consciousness is finding a new voice – through funky T-shirts and weaves – as young South Africans take their politics to the world of...
Beyond Beyoncé: Politics of a pop-culture icon
Beyond Beyoncé: Politics of a pop-culture icon
She is the artist who has launched a thousand thinkpieces. Everything that Beyoncé does is extensively critiqued. Her songs and their accompanying...

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