Being black in the world

By BO Staff Writer The following piece was originally published here. I’m a black man. I’m about 6’2″, average build. Nothing too fancy. I think I look normal, not intimidating in the slightest. I grew up in a middle-class neighborhood. My parents were blue collar workers, but provided for me and my sister. We were …

Racism, Mlotshwa and the hypocrisy of political parties

By BO Staff Writer A gruesome attack happened in a farm in Middleburg, Mpumalanga some three months ago. A black man, Victor Rethabile Mlotshwa, was in a rush. He figured he could take a shortcut through a farm. Something he and many others, probably do everyday. While walking, he noticed a bakkie driving behind him, …

How this filmmaker ended up in a LA psychiatric hospital

Image: Cecile Emeke By Kemi Alemoru This story was originally published on the Dazed website. While recent instances of police brutality in America may sometimes feel like a distant crisis, for up-and-coming filmmaker Cecile Emeke the possibility of becoming yet another hashtag was a shocking reality. On a recent trip to LA this June, the …

Professor Cheryl Potgieter stops censorship of film on apartheid death penalty

Featured Image: Professor Cheryl Potgieter Photo: ukzn.ac.za By BO Staff Writer The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) has been hit by a controversy over the white manager of the festival who tried to censor a film about the apartheid death penalty from screening at the festival’s opening night. Sarah Dawson has resigned in apparent protest …

DID YOU KNOW: Rupert and Oppenheimer own almost all wealth in SA?

Featured Image: Nicky Oppenheimer  (left) and Johan Rupert  (right) are two of the wealthiest ‘businemen’ in Africa. Photo: businesstech.co.za By BO Staff Writer Did you know that two white men, Johan Rupert and Nicky Oppenheimer, “own the same amount of wealth as the poorest 50% of the South African population?” That’s more wealth than some …

The Battle For Black Bodies Is On!

Featured image (drum magazine): A minimum of 1000 busses from the four corners of South Africa were said to be on their way to the ANC manifesto launch in Port Elizabeth my home town. This number excludes local black bodies who must play host. By Pastor Xola Skosana   The numbers game has begun. Political strategists …