Invocation: 15.01.2020

Image credit: Azah Philosophies and Reflections via Facebook By Mpho Tinyiko Azah Mphago We summon forth the spirit of our ancestors – it is through the sounds of the horn (phalafala), the cowbell, or through the burning of Impepho, the ululations, the clapping of hands and stamping of feet whilst singing chants in a circular …

Facebook targets BLF President

By BO Staff Writer The President of Black First Land First (BLF) Andile Mngxitama has once again been banned from Facebook for thirty days. Banning Mngxitama for no good reason has become a pattern of conduct on the part of Facebook that clearly demonstrates that it is intentionally targeting the President of BLF. The latest …

Facebook continues to censor black activists

By Thabi Myeni A few months ago, US based investigative journalism website, ProPublica leaked internal documents revealing Facebook’s guidelines for dealing with hate speech and abusive language for its moderators in training. These “guidelines” fall nothing short of racist, discriminatory and tone deaf. One example of such was a multiple-choice question asking the moderators-to-be, “Which …

New black social networking site set to prevent censorship of black voices

By BO Staff Writer Very few vocal and progressive black people can say they have never been censored on social networking sites for speaking in favour of blackness. Also, very few black people globally can say that they have never experienced racism online – thus triggering emotions such as anger, humiliation or general annoyance. The …

Zuckerberg Hates Blacks

By BO Staff Writer Black First Land First (BLF) President, Andile Mngxitama, is currently banned on Facebook for calling out racism – and it is not the first banning order that he has been subjected to. Mngxitama’s Facebook account has been regularly banned in almost every consecutive month in the past year. It is evidently …

Looking through the veneer of Black life

Featured Image: Pastor Xola Skosana OF the Way of Life Kilombo Village in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. By Pastor Xola Skosana A short message from Pastor Xola Skosana who has been banned for 30 days from Facebook. The word veneer is defined as a “thin decorative covering of fine wood applied to coarser wood or other …