Say what? Presidency celebrates 16 years of ‘raising gender-based violence’

A curious press statement was sent out by the South African presidency yesterday. It announced the usual launch of South Africa’s “16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign”; that particularly catchy phrase we’re treated to about this time every year. This year is significant though, because we’ve been doing this…

Dark Girls: A way out of the dark

What started out as the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People award-nominated documentary on skin tone, by filmmakers Bill Duke and D Channsin Berry, is now a full-colour book celebrating dark-skinned women. ‘Dark Girls’ features beautiful photography and interviews with celebrities such as Lupita Nyong’o, Vanessa Williams, Steve Harvey’s daughters Brandi and Karli…

African models: Showing the world different shades of beauty

Themed “Our Heritage Reimagined”, MBFWAfrica 2014 showcases over 27 African designers, whose creations are paraded on the bodies of local and international models. But, asks Deon Redman, African Fashion Internal Technical Director, how do we as Africans find a way to retrain our sense of culture and put it into a modern contemporary perspective?. Read…