Does Dr Dlamini-Zuma being the “First Black Woman President” matter?

By Thabi Myeni The contestation for the presidential seat has flared up multiple conversations about economic inequalities, black gender disparities and white rule in South Africa ahead of the ANC elective conference in December. The main contenders in the run-up to the conference are Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, a business magnate whose most famous contribution …

Viva cellulite!

By Andile Mngxitama Zodwa Wabantu is currently a household name. I’m one of those backward people who only got to know about her after the Durban July. We all know by now that she stole the show from the horses and the fashionistas who collectively must have spent millions of rands to stand out. Zodwa …

Happy Birthday Steve Biko

By BO Staff Writer Today,the father of the Black Consiousness (BC) movement in South Africa, Steve Biko, would have been 70 years old had he not been murdered. We republish this statement released by the BC movement, Black First Land First (BLF), last year. On this 69th anniversary of Steve Biko’s birth BLF finds it …

Women as Leaders against Women as Figureheads

By Cossette Hampton It is refreshing as a Black American woman, stolen from the Motherland generations ago to die in slavery for white power, to experience Women’s Day on the continent. The war on Blackness in South Africa, however, feels all too familiar as I watch from the Cape as my brothers and sisters are …

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 …

I Get So Annoyed When ‘Cool’ Young Women Say They Are Not Feminists: Arundhati Roy

Featured Image: Novelist, feminist, activist, scholar Arundhati Roy. Photo: Elle Magazine/Huffington Post. By Aishwarya Subramanyam Black Opinion republishes this interview with novelist, feminist, activist and scholar from India, Arundhati Roy. Roy touches on a number of important subjects like feminism, the struggle with empire and about writing in general.  I have often wondered whether we …