Nelisiwe Xaba makes her moves on the politics of exoticism

“I have to be a feminist; every day should be a protest day,” proclaims dancer, choreographer Nelisiwe Xaba. It’s weeks ahead of the 27th Dance Umbrella and the award-winning artist is participating in the festival’s writing workshop, patiently reviewing her almost two-decade-long dance career, while addressing the politics attached to being a black, female dancer….

Talking Heads: Ory Okolloh

Ory Okolloh, founder of software company Ushahidi, is one of eight black women named as The 100 Most Influential People in 2014 by Time Magazine. Okolloh is a Harvard Law School graduate and the Director of Investments at Omidyar Network. She speaks to Yewande Omotoso about Africa’s aid problem, about holding leaders accountable, and her…

‘We christened your dead baby’: Belfast clinic’s anti-abortion siege

Armed with walkie-talkies and body cameras, they guide women through a gauntlet of demonstrators who are hurling abuse and waving plastic foetuses outside the only clinic in the UK under permanent siege from anti-abortionists. The female volunteer escorts record every comment and insult hurled at the Belfast clinic’s clients. Women are told they have just…

Jonathan Franzen and Jennifer Weiner: Comparing apples with high-heel shoes

Jonathan Franzen is grabbing headlines (again), in literary circles, for his comments about fellow author Jennifer Weiner in an interview given to Butler University’s literary journal Booth. If you’ve not heard of this great literary feud before now, allow me to summarise: Weiner has repeatedly tweeted complaints about the New York Times’ bestseller list not…