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Oscars 2016: Winning filmmaker gives powerful speech about honour killings in Pakistan

Oscars 2016: Winning filmmaker gives powerful speech about honour killings in Pakistan

Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy made a powerful speech at the Oscars last night, after winning the award for best documentary short. But rather than using the platform to gush thanks, Obaid-Chinoy took the chance to speak out about the topic of her film: honour killings. The practice – where men kill their own female family members for ‘dishonouring’ […]

Soapies Generations, Muvhango in HOT SOUP over witchcraft storylines

Soapies Generations, Muvhango in HOT SOUP over witchcraft storylines

SABC’s top soapies have raised the ire of the Traditional Healers Organisation for incorporating plots which involve witchcraft and the display of local sangoma regalia. On Generations: The Legacy, viewers are getting insight into the use of intense witchcraft. The latest plot sees the character of Tshidi, played by Latoya Makhene enlist the help of […]

Why Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Oscar-nominated ‘A Girl in the River’ might spur real change

Why Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Oscar-nominated ‘A Girl in the River’ might spur real change

Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has long wanted to make a movie about the thousands of women who have been, and continue to be, murdered in her country by husbands, fathers, brothers and other male relatives who believe the women have shamed their families. But she wanted to tell the story of these so-called honor killings […]

Petina Gappah on Zimbabwe, Language, and “Afropolitans”

Petina Gappah on Zimbabwe, Language, and “Afropolitans”

Contemporary literature in English is rich in international voices. Writers arrive holding multiple passports and complicated backstories. They deal in more than one culture, salt their sentences with Shona or Spanish. They cross and recross borders, carrying their stories with them. You might think Petina Gappah is such an international writer. Born in Zimbabwe in […]

Tuareg women-only musical tradition reborn in Algeria

Tuareg women-only musical tradition reborn in Algeria

A single-stringed violin played only by Tuareg women is making a comeback in Algeria as the last of its players come to the rescue of a tradition on the verge of extinction. Women have long played the imzad in the matriarchal Tuareg communities of the Haggar and Tassili mountains of southern Algeria and neighbouring desert […]

Ajak Deng Announces she is Retiring from Fashion

Ajak Deng Announces she is Retiring from Fashion

South Sudanese model Ajak Deng has announced she is retiring from international runways and moving back to Australia where her career started, for “the life that I fully deserved [sic]” in her own words. The model made the announcement today on her Instagram account 67.000+ followers. The 26-year-old’s farewell comes following claims from her manager that his client […]

Plus-size model Philomena Kwao laments the lack of black women in fashion

Plus-size model Philomena Kwao laments the lack of black women in fashion

With size 14 stunner Ashley Graham covering the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, it truly seems like the plus-size industry is making major strides in the media — but according to Philomena Kwao, it still has a long way to go. The 26-year-old Ghanaian-British model says that in spite of the growing acceptance of curvy women […]

“Eclipsed” brings a rare and powerful portrayal of African women to Broadway

“Eclipsed” brings a rare and powerful portrayal of African women to Broadway

Even during the curtain call of Eclipsed, a time when audience members and actors usually take a collective breath and return to reality, the story’s force lingered. The theater remained steeped in the atmosphere of Liberia during the civil war in 2003, and the question left hanging in the air was, What is going to happen […]

Art Clip Africa: Amplify leading new voices in contemporary art from African scenes.

Art Clip Africa: Amplify leading new voices in contemporary art from African scenes.

Located inside The Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, Art Clip Africa is a contemporary space that promotes perceptive art across a variety of traditional and experimental media  with the strategic objective of amplifying leading new voices in contemporary art from African scenes, with an initial centre on Lagos and Nigeria, taking reference from its social, economic, […]

This corset ad was banned in the UK for being terrible for women’s body image

This corset ad was banned in the UK for being terrible for women’s body image

Corsets, the fashion garments have been making it impossible to breathe  making your waist look smaller for centuries, have experienced a renaissance of sorts in the past few years, with spokespeople like the Kardashians advocating the latest incarnation, the “waist-training” corset that purports to, um, teach your waist to be smaller? Even though experts have debunked the myth […]