Congo politician guilty in first ICC trial to focus on rape as a war crime
The former Congolese vice-president, Jean-Pierre Bemba, has been found guilty in the first trial at the international criminal court to focus on the use of sexual violence as
Damned by the ‘blessers’
It once used to be that the word blessed, along with its derivatives, had hallowed connotations. Not entirely so these days, especially in black urban circles where “blessers”
#UnfairAndLovely: How growing up in Africa helped me own my skin colour
There was a nickname some of the boys in my primary school had for me, growing up in Laudium, Pretoria. Blackie. They weren’t white kids, but rather South
The monsters in the machine
March 1, 2016
My laptop is suffering from a case of “pop-ups ads”, causing the most random things to appear on my screen. Often what appears are adverts to earn money ...read more
Now we know – the BBC’s macho culture protected predatory men for decades
February 26, 2016
The charge could not be more damning: we now know that one of the UK's most admired institutions allowed a hugely prolific sexual predator to flourish in its ...read more
The Kentucky lawmaker who wants men to ask wives’ permission to take Viagra
February 19, 2016
Kentucky lawmaker Mary Lou Marzian introduced a bill to ban men from accessing Viagra unless they had a signed note from their wife, two doctor visits and a ...read more
#ForBlackGirlsOnly event promotes sisterhood in Jo’burg
February 17, 2016
Everywhere you looked was all black. Black girls in black clothes punting black womanness. So although the request had been made for those in attendance to do so ...read more
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Beyond Beyoncé: Politics of a pop-culture icon
February 17, 2016
She is the artist who has launched a thousand thinkpieces. Everything that Beyoncé does is extensively critiqued. Her songs and their accompanying videos, her tours, outfits and statements ...read more
Women considered better coders – but only if they hide their gender
February 12, 2016
When a group of computer science students decided to study the way that gender bias plays out in software development communities, they assumed that coders would be prejudiced ...read more
There is no such thing as a ‘gay manual’, but I wish I’d had this when I was a child
February 11, 2016
It is the year of our Beyoncé 2016, and I am a 33-year-old lesbian. I started realising that boys did not excite me like they did my friends ...read more
Beyoncé unleashes Black Panthers homage at Super Bowl 50
February 9, 2016
With references to the Black Lives Matter movement, Malcolm X and the Black Panthers, Beyoncé’s half-time show at the Super Bowl on Sunday might be the most radical ...read more
Toni Morrison on her novels: ‘I think goodness is more interesting’
February 8, 2016
Toni Morrison wants everyone to know that she hates the title of her newest novel, God Help the Child. The original title, Morrison said last week at Congregation ...read more
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Magazines gloss over real diversity
February 4, 2016
There’s a game my friends and I played as children: we would page through magazines and pick the things we desired and the people we wanted to be. ...read more
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Black women, define yourselves
February 4, 2016
Weaved up? Check. Larney accent? Check. Yellow bone? Check. Manicured nails? Check. Make-up contoured to the nines and designer duds for days? Check. Congratulations. You’re well on your ...read more
Study grants for virgins ‘illegal’
February 4, 2016
Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has slammed as "illegal" a new scholarship scheme for female students who must pass virginity tests during the holidays to receive grant money. ...read more