Blog Action Day: Inequality

I’m appalled, bewildered and downright furious at the response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. An epidemic that would never have begun if the Western world had done something in April! I guess 4,000 black Africans dying don’t really matter? I’ve learned one valuable lesson out of this fiasco. If I ever contract an […]

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16 Things black people wish they could explain to their white friends

In the interests of promoting social understanding and togetherness, here’s a list of things that white people need to know about black people. Very importantly, not all black people are the same, so not all of these will apply equally. Lovely friends, here are 16 things that black people need to explain to their white friends:

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Choking on our Cosmopolitans

When I started this blog, it was sort of a twisted therapy. My version of a letter in a bottle. A way of releasing all the words that bottled up inside me and setting them free in an act of catharsis. I’ve been silent here for a while. I’ve had to be. The borders between […]

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You have a voice. Be careful how you use it.

  We have tremendous power at our fingertips. With a simple click we can share our thoughts, feelings and opinions with thousands of people all over the world. There are days I revel in this simple power and others where it makes me shudder in horror. Two months ago no one knew who Boko Haram […]

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Doodling along

Every Monday morning we have a Creative Inspiration session. We look at art, design, sculpture, architecture, social experiments, basically we indulge ourselves in an hour of cool stuff. This week we watched a documentary by Ivan Cash. But you know this, because I went on weird snowball analogy afterwards. I stopped doodling on my notepad. […]

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AtoZ: Z is for Zen

To my beloved son on his 12th Birthday 12 years ago you came. A small sweet thief of our hearts. You turned our world around and remade it in your own image. With eyes of wisdom and wonder. With a laugh that shakes the foundation of the universe. A son. A brother. A young man. […]

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AtoZ: Y is for Yesterday

Yesterday was a public holiday, Freedom Day. It marks the first free and fair elections in a democratic South Africa. I could’ve gone to a political rally. I could’ve gone shopping. I didn’t. I lay in the sun surrounded by the sounds of happy children and the sighs of sleeping dogs. It was a good […]

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AtoZ: X is for XXX

  “Hello, darling” Lean in. “Mwah!” Or is it… “Mwah Mwah!” Or is it… “Mwah! Mwah! Mwah!” Is it right cheek first or left? Right, left, right. Left, right, left. Air kissing has its own rules and guidelines and I’m damned if I can figure them out. However, we have to do it, I’d rather […]

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AtoZ: W is for Who?

  Jaunty ringtone. “Mom. Your phone is ringing.” “No caller ID.” “Just answer the phone!” “Hello.” “Hello, is that Victoria?” “Yes.” “Hi, your good friend Judith (not her real name) would like to try our range of incredible cosmetics.” “Who?” “Judith.” “WTF?” “Judith.” “I don’t know a Judith.” Actually, I do. I once upon a […]

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