Category Archives: Human Beings

2016 Oct. 20: Time wasted is never regained

  “Sheshisa isikhathi siya hamba” those words were spoken by our parents when we were preparing to go to school. Those words never mattered to us when we were young because we didn’t know what was at stake. We took … Continue reading

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2016 Aug. 9: Look back and go forward

by Mbali Zulu Look back and go forward. Looking at the picture of the group I am forced to look back and go forward. What is it that I am looking back at? What is it that I am going … Continue reading

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2015 Nov. 25: The best ‘black’ exhibition of the season

Photo album by Lebo Mashifane                                                 Read and view photos from Somnyama Ngonyama series, currently showing at … Continue reading

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2015 Aug. 21: Bagwetshiwe abasolwa ngokudlwengula

by Londeka Dlamini BAVELE enkantolo ephakeme e-Port Elizabeth ngo Lwesine abalisa abane abasolwa ngokudlwengula owasifazane ngenxa yobulili bakhe (Corrective Rape). Owesifazane oneminyaka engamashumi amathathu nanye (31) esiligodlile igama lakhe wadlwengulwa, wahlukunyezwa ngesihluku wabelwa nempahla yakhe zingu 29 ku Masingana (January) … Continue reading

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2015 July 10: How it all started

by Sharon “Sicka” Mthunzi It all started with a ‘selfie’ captured using my cell phone. I remember I used to look in the mirror with a phone on my left hand, and take pictures of myself. Before the birth of … Continue reading

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2015 June 7: For I love a Femme woman

I love and adore your femininity Take me I’m yours for Eternity The way you seduce me, the Intensity The way you sway those hips and rock those heels, the sexiness in it A love I can’t avoid its inevitable My … Continue reading

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2015 Mar.3: A Letter to my Mother

by Sicka ‘Shaz’ Mthunzi Imbokodo is what she is, a mother that I love and respect more than anything in the world. She has the strength of 10 men and a heart full of life and love. She is my … Continue reading

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2015 Feb. 13: From Johannesburg to Oslo

Photo Album by Nontuthuzelo Mduba, Themba Vilakazi and Zanele Muholi   2015 Feb. 10:  Shaz aka “Sicka Starban” Mthunzi was lucky enough to be accompanied by her family to the airport. Her mother is standing on the far left (wearing … Continue reading

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2014 Dec. 24: If things were going my way

Lebo Leptie Phume & Zanele Muholi interviewed some special friends about their Christmas wishes. I grew up celebrating Christmas because that’s what everyone was doing and it’s not like I had a choice not to celebrate it. Even though I … Continue reading

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2014 Oct. 26: “I am Human” regardless of sexuality


by Mandisa Giqika On October 25. 2014, South Africa celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Johannesburg Pride March and 20 Years of Democracy. The LGBTIQ community looked forward to this enormous event that reunites fellow sisters and brothers. This year … Continue reading

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