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2014 Sept. 24: “At times I’d get jealous thinking she was taking my place”

  My name is Ayanda Masina, popularly known as ‘Ayanda Kiss’ or Kgokgo to some friends. I have a lot of nicknames. I guess it goes with the level we at with our friendship. On a beautiful day on April 25 in … Continue reading

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2014 April 30: Good spirit dampened by my grandfather’s death

by Sebenzile Nkosi   I have been in good spirits the whole day I can’t wait to get home, it feels like forever and it feels good I can’t wait to see them. I have not been home since October … Continue reading

Posted in 'We live in fear' by Zanele Muholi & HRW, Another Approach Is Possible, Archived memories, Archiving Queer Her/Histories in SA, Portfolio, Portrait, Power of the Arts, Power of the Voice, Professional black lesbians in South Africa, Professionals, Profile | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

2013 Oct. 12: I just feel she deserves much better

  Dee’s story An avid soccer player, Debora Dlamini prefers to be called Dee, a name she got while actively playing soccer. She describes herself as “sweet, understanding, calm and focused” but is also an open book and a straight … Continue reading

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2013 Aug. 13: Love Transcends and Love Prevails

Kopano Sibeko Warmly dressed in a fawn jacket that compliments his light skin tone with a beautiful red, white and black Scottish scarf. Jeremiah Sepotokele greets me with so much excitement. I quickly lit up because all that aura was channeled … Continue reading

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2013 May 19: There’s beauty in aging

Photographic – PORTFOLIO Focus: People by Collen Mfazwe In May 2013, I started working on this special project which is about old persons who are residents at the Daveyton Old Age Home, Johannesburg. They are men and women whose identities/ gender … Continue reading

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2013 April 19: Inkanyiso crew and friends

 … celebrates Inkanyiso’s +100 posts and more than 25 000 views since February 4th, 2013. Top Row L-R: Donna Smith, Nqobile Zungu, Maureen Majola, Charmain Carrol, Muholi Muholi, Nqobile Mntambo, Lerato Matshidiso Middle Row L-R: Thabi Mkhwanazi, Belu-kazi Nkala, Collen … Continue reading

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2013 April 13: Reasons why we as lesbians (not all lesbians) shun +HIV people…

Opinion Fri, 12 Apr 2013 19:44:14 This is my opinion and I’d like to apologize to my brothers and sisters if this is going to offend anyone… A response to the latest post titled… on 10.04.13  “It is rather strange … Continue reading

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I take photographs to remember those who cannot speak freely and to be remembered. I believe photography to be my first language, a calling that I received from my ancestors so that I could voice my issues and concerns. Whatever … Continue reading

Posted in Abantu, Africa, Allies, Archived memories, Art Activism in South Africa, Before You, Black Lesbians, Creating awareness, Expression, Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW), Founded, Life Stories, Organizations, Profile, Records and histories, revolution, Visual history | Tagged | 22 Comments

2013 March 8: Public Event announcement

Inkanyiso, in association with the Goethe Institute, presents @ 25, an event to commemorate the lives of Buhle Msibi (1981 – 2006) and Busi Sigasa (1981 – 2007), black lesbian cultural activists, who both passed away at the tender age of … Continue reading

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Xana Nyilenda’s birthday Xana’s birthday @home in P Section Umlazi, Durban captured by Themba Vilakazi.

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