Monthly Archives: October 2013

2013 Oct. 22: I thought university was for the rich

Palesa profiled by Kopano Palesa Mkhwebane is a beauty with a brain. The aspiring entrepreneur tells me of her future plans as we chit chat.  She ponders and says “I didn’t know I was going to go to university, as … Continue reading

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2013 Oct. 20: Deafened by my own ignorance

  by Maureen Velile Majola I got home at 6:00 as usual, and was excited to see the beautiful Sorita. I quickly said hello with no response.  But of course, Sorita is black deaf lesbian and she couldn’t hear a … Continue reading

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2013 Oct. 18: Transition is in your hands

by Sbu Kheswa This piece is inspired by Njabulo Masuku’s article: Frustrations of a transgender man. Boy, I can really feel your frustration. The challenge is that there are many other transgender people in Njabulo’s shoes. In fact, the wide gap … Continue reading

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2013 Oct. 18: Collaborations are essential

   by Lerato Dumse Four days after the opening of the 2013 Carnegie International. An exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA), which features 35 artists from around the world. Zanele Muholi’s work is part of … Continue reading

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2013 Oct. 16: I am a beautiful young dyke, a woman lover

Oyama Mbopa is a freelance artist who specialises in acting, dancing, singing as well as stunt performance.  She was born in the Eastern Cape in November of 1981 and grew up with her mother and three siblings. She is a … Continue reading

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2013 Oct. 15: She is my weakness

by Charmain Carrol When I found out I was pregnant I had two feelings at the same time. I smiled because I was somehow happy while tears were running down my face because I was afraid. I feared the disappointment. … Continue reading

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by Zandile Makhubu , Rene Mathibe Photos by Xana Nyilenda The atmosphere was foreign, people conversing, little discussions about the world of arts and how it all affects us all in our different worlds and how we relate to it. … Continue reading

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2013 Oct. 7: Art enthusiasts converged

by Lerato Dumse “I was in a very abusive relationship and in love with a certain person. When mama came to Joburg after receiving a threatening call, my ex lover told her that she was madly in love with me. … Continue reading

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2013 Oct. 13: Frustrations of a transgender man

by Njabulo Masuku Accessing treatment for a transgender person in South Africa is frustrating. Although we are almost 2 decades into the democracy in South Africa not all of us are enjoying the benefits of the Bill of Rights.  The … Continue reading

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2013 Oct. 11: Meet our own lesbian actors

A video production by Inkanyiso media. Synopsis to be posted later.    NB: ***We apologize for Kopano’s wrongly spelt surname.   Previous videos 2013 Sept. 29: Soweto Pride 2013 and 2011 May – GDX – SIPD Exchange Programme and 2011 Nov.: Trans … Continue reading

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