June 16 Soweto Youth Uprising
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BLACKNATION discovering your worth this YOUTH DAY

June 16,1976 was a day that changed the face of South Africa and showed the truth of the system imposed on the people within. The apartheid system had enforced a policy known as the Bantu Act which subjected black students to a being taught subjects only fit for a labourer….

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J&B RARE HACKATHON

Friday evening and the work week ended with much anticipation for a long weekend. The things working people look forward to but this weekend had a little extra for the people committed to doing more than just work. The J&B Hive Hackathon happened throughout the course of the weekend, sporting…

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Bradley Williams for DICKIES CONSTRUCT
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THE DICKIES CONSTRUCT CHRONICLES.

          Dickies believes that passion is our work and that great work deserves great style. For this reason, Dickies has collaborated with three influencers who embody the values of passion and hard work, with the launch of Dickies Construct. Brad J. Armitage, Bradley Williams and Warren…

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Soweto Camp Festival
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Creative Entrepreneurs- Soweto Camp

Growing up South African Black has always been quite the outdoors experience: We played in the streets growing up, we walked distances to bus stops. We walk back from the shops on a Saturday afternoon carrying end of month groceries from the stop. This is the outdoors experience most of…

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Happy International Women’s Day

She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails. – Elizabeth Edwards This day is about celebrating the achievements to date made to encourage equality of women around the world. Women power and that black girl magic you’ve been hearing about…

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To The Letter.

Since I was in high school I have dreamed of working for a magazine, dreamed of creating stories that did something for someone other than myself. I didn’t grow up the most popular or most relatable person but when I find something that can change multiple peoples’ lives at once,…

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Elections on The Come Up- Youth Vote Handled?

From last year the youth has been fierce. The freedom of speech and expression we have exhibited on twitter by starting hashtags like #Asinamali and #No Eduction, No Voting go a long way to show the attitude of the youth prior to these up and coming elections. With the youth making…

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Oscars: 88 Years into Representing

I wrote this article once and then deleted the entire first draft as I was not sure which side of the fence I was on when it comes to representation of people of colour in the Oscars. Being a black girl and being on the fence of the issue is…

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Pre-Weedstock: Why Cannibis?

We’ve all jammed Emtees Roll Up like it was ’08 and Lil Wayne still made sense. Some of us hated it and some of us loved it but we all know that base. Sort of like how you know who smokes weed and who doesn’t, the association is sometimes strong…

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An open letter to Zuma

Former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and advocate Vusi Pikoli, amongst others, have written an open letter to President Jacob Zuma addressing him in light with the finance ministry situation that has flooded social media as the leading trend since last week. Read the full letter below. Dear Mr President,…

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||CONFIDENCE|| Join us for Blacknation’s Year-End Send-Off

BLACKNATION ||CONFIDENCE|| ||CONFIDENCE|| is not something that can be learned like a set of rules; confidence is a state of mind. Positive thinking, practice, training and an insatiable hunger for knowledge are the basic building blocks of a confident approach to life. Africans have had too many incidents that have left their…

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SA HipHop Awards 2015 Winner’s List

Every year South Africa’s Hip Hop community gathers to celebrate the year’s accomplishments and the top performing individuals in this rapidly growing music genre. Now in its 4th year, we’ve seen the South African Hip Hop Awards grow to one of the most anticipated events within the music sphere. Below are…

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Jay Beatz The Future Of SA HipHop.

Joseph Philemon better known by as Jay Beatz was born July 31, 1996. This fella grew up with music being a major influence in his life, from the age 12 he was vested in the music. Not to long after this he started recording his own music and winning school talent shows…

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Kid X’s 3 Quarter Pace Breaks the Internet

Kid X, one of SA’s most celebrated rappers made history when his mixtape titled 3 Quarter Pace broke the internet when it became the first mixtape in SA to do 500,000 downloads in a week! Dropped on his birthday October 13th and in less than 2 months, 3 Quarter Pace is currently sitting on 631496 downloads (and counting)….

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“Youth in Revolt” TRNSD SUMMER 16

    Go Above, Go Beyond, Onto The Next Level, Make It To The Highest   Stay #TrendscendApproved     Trend Setter: One who has a greater sense of identity in Fashion, Style, Music.  Leader in his/her own right. Transcend: To be greater than standard, unity, truth, and goodness. Trendsetter…

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The pros and cons of genetically engineering your children

From time to time, science troubles philosophers with difficult ethical questions. But none has been as difficult as considering permanently altering the genetic code of future generations. At a meeting that began on Dec. 1 in Washington DC, the world’s leading gene-editing experts met with ethicists, lawyers, and interested members…

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Robert Mugabe: China is doing everything that Africa’s colonizers should have done

Beijing has long supported Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe despite claims of rampant corruption and repression committed by his government. Today (Dec. 4), Mugabe returned the favor. Speaking after Chinese president Xi Jinping at the China-Africa summit underway in Johannesburg, Mugabe countered the notion that China is a neocolonialist that is draining Africa…

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The Ultimate Lifestyle Festival – BET Experience Africa 2015

For the first time in Africa, BET (DSTV channel 129) presents BET EXPERIENCE AFRICA, an electrifying urban entertainment and lifestyle extravaganza at the Ticketpro Dome on Saturday, 12 December 2015.  This non-stop 12-hour jam-packed entertainment fest is the lifestyle event of the summer, with high octane performances from Mary J…

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Daft Punk Documentary Daft Punk Unchained Airs

Some of the questions surrounding the celebrated, mystifying French electro duo Daft Punk are about to be answered. Daft Punk Unchained, the Grammy-winning group’s first documentary produced by BBC Worldwide France, will finally get an English language U.S. release via Showtime on December 10 at 9 p.m. EST. The doc features…

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The subtle Lizbet Sempa, A musical Phenomena.

Born in London to Ugandan parents, the songwriter—who’s been playing piano since she was 7-years-old—recently released her new single “All The Things” https://soundcloud.com/lizbetsempa/allthethings She dropped two singles on Soundcloud two years ago and reached over 1 million followers overnight like. Give her latest offering a listen and find out why…

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Ogilvy & Mather (O&M), was announced Digital Agency of the Year at the annual Financial Mail AdFocus Awards

Celebrating a year of remarkable achievements, Gloo@Ogilvy – Ogilvy & Mather (O&M) South Africa’s full service digital and customer agency, was announced Digital Agency of the Year at the annual Financial Mail AdFocus Awards The AdFocus Awards, which recognises the best in South African communications, is renowned for its holistic approach to…

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Cult In The City. Blacknation roaming

I am a sangoma. What does this mean? The name given to the shamans or “traditional healers” of many southern African tribes, including the Zulu, is Sangoma or isiSangoma as they are known in plural. It is a spiritual calling, not a chosen profession. An apprentice sangoma, an itwasa, studies…

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BLACKNATION INDEPENDENT FILMS presents: ARBITRARY

Arbitrary Based on a personal involuntary whim, acting without reason. This is a short film by Noma Amadi and Leetchisan. Executive Producers: Blacknation Independent Films In this busy world it is hard to define one’s self, especially with all the distractions at our disposal. There is a unity in diversity, simply…

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SOUTHERN COMFORT celebrates the festive season with unique gifting. Perfect for gift giving.

Southern Comfort’s limited edition annual gift offerings are back in 2015, and just in time for stocking up as we head into the silly season. Southern Comfort would like to ease fans into the summer holidays by offering unique, complimentary gifts when purchasing a 750ml bottle of Southern Comfort from the 1st November 2015. Offer available in participating…

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Rihanna – ANTIdiary Watch the trailer

Rihanna shares her experience with ANTI, her upcoming album that comes out on the… Fans are feeling like the new music would be “Run this town” good. It should be that this is the culmination of all of her music life to this point put into one. Without a doubt…

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LIVE YOUR DREAMS, an exhibition by BLACKNATION MEDIA
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Blacknation Exhibition: LIVE YOUR DREAMS

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Listing of Select African and Afro-Diasporan Art Exhibitions Worldwide

“Through the Lens: Visions of African American Experience, 1950-1970″ at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. This exhibition features over sixty works by seven photographers active during the civil rights era (1950-1970). Organized to underscore different artistic intentions and photographic approaches, Through the Lens highlights various aspects…

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Echoes of Apartheid – Al Jazeera documentary on Police brutality in South Africa

The third season of Al Jazeera’s award-winning Africa Investigates kicked off on 18 November with Echoes of Apartheid, the result of a five-year investigation by Sunday Times journalists Mzilikazi Wa Afrika and Stephan Hofstatter into how police brutality has spiraled out of control in South Africa. Almost all categories of police brutality are increasing in…

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World’s second-largest diamond ‘found in Botswana’

The world’s second-largest gem quality diamond has been discovered in Botswana, the Lucara Diamond firm says. The 1,111-carat stone was recovered from its Karowe mine, about 500km (300 miles) north of the capital, Gaborone. It is the biggest diamond to be discovered in Botswana and the largest find in more…

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To Combat ISIS, Target its Oil Business in Syria

The less oil money ISIS has in the bank, the less damage it can do. The Paris terror attacks came from a place of desperation, not strength, on the part of Islamic State (ISIS). Coalition forces, led by the United States, together with Kurdish militias, have scored a number of…

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The WAVE Presents UNTAPPED SESSIONS

Outré Music, out with their new mix, yet again with an refreshing new take on the podcast sphere. In their words exactly, they’re basically keeping it real for all the music lovers out there. Plug in, sit back and enjoy! Shout out to Outré Music and the collective’s exceptional ear…

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A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It? (J. Cole Remix)

J. Cole reworks the classic Tribe Called Quest record. A few weeks back, we heard Pharrell rework A Tribe Called Quest’s 1990 single “Bonita Applebum,” and observing the tracklist to the upcoming reissue of People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, we noticed J. Cole would also be supplying a remix. The Cole mix…

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PHOTO & FILM EXPO 2015 is all about learning and collaboration.

The selection of presenters include some of the industries finest as well as current ‘movers and shakers’. They have partnered with the expo to present no less than 170 unique 45 minute presentations over the 4 days, spread over 12 workshop areas… NO REPEATS! TAMRON MAIN STAGE, SIGMA WILDLIFE STAGE, GOPRO ADVENTURE STAGE, DDS EDITING STAGE, CAMERASTUFF TRAINING STAGE, VANGUARDTRAINING STAGE, ADMIRED IN…

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Lebogang Rasethaba by GLENFIDDICH
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Catch TedxYouthMilpark this Saturday at JoziHub

TEDxYouth is a day-long event for young people, with live speakers, hands-on activities and great conversations. Scientists, designers, technologists, explorers, artists, performers (and more!) share short talks on what they do best, serving both as a source of knowledge and inspiration for youth around the globe. At TEDxYouth— young people will gather…

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Blacknation Exhibition: LIVE YOUR DREAMS

“Graveyards are the wealthiest pieces of land on earth, there lie rich ideas with all the fallen dreams”, metaphorically speaking of course. These words are not my own but they resonate within me like I had uttered them myself. I do not know to whom they belong but I credit the…

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Vukani 21st Fashion Awards Week

Fp&M Seta 21st Annual Vukani! Fashion Awards Evoke Africa’s Creative Ancestry Through Youthful Artistry. As the pioneer of an inclusive and aesthetically representative fashion industry in South Africa, South African Fashion Designers Agency (SAFDA) showcases the finest in the country’s dynamic young fashion creatives through the Vukani! Fashion Awards. Now…

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Stream An All-New Bacardi House Mixtape From DJ Spoko

After setting his sights on the rap game earlier this year, South African producer DJ Spoko returns to his ‘Bacardi house’ roots with his latest project, the #CueMarshal Mixtape. While Spoko says he’ll continue to make hip-hop–or more specifically, a sub-genre he’s termed ‘Kasi Rap’—in the meantime he’s dropped a full…

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The burden of black privilege

By Sinegugu Ngwenya Posted on Thought Leader Reader Blog What an absurd notion. How offensive. What an insensitive response to a people deep in struggle. The thought of privileged blacks is a spit in the face of the “underprivileged” badge we so rightfully wear. For years I despised everything that…

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No need to panic: Africa is still rising… slowly

If Nigeria moves, the whole of West Africa moves with it – at least that’s how the saying goes. And now the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and others are predicting a major slowdown in the Nigerian economy – Africa’s largest. A drop of more than 50% in the oil price…

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Google wants to use drones to deliver packages by 2017

American airspace may soon be abuzz with drones from well-known internet brands. Yesterday (Nov. 2), Google’s head of Project Wing—the company’s drone delivery research division—told a crowd at an air traffic control conference outside Washington that the company plans to have drones that can deliver packages in the air in…

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Blacknation TV presents: #FEESWILLFALL Short Film

An unprecedented movement of student activism that has  swept through South African university campuses and cities. The movement was culminating by a march to the historic Union Buildings on Friday 23 October, home of the South African government. Not since the Soweto Uprising of 1976 have this many young people…

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Itai Hakim ft. The Brother Moves On: Ni Songo Gela

The Brother Moves On have been bringing their brand of progressive african influenced music to South Africans for a while now. The group are renegades, exquisite musicians making the art that they want to make without regard for music industry convention. This makes them one of the more exciting acts…

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Jakes Gerwel and “the intellectual home of the democratic left”

In 2012 the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town turned fifty. That milestone alone demands retrospection and celebration given UWC’s place in South Africa’s higher education set-up. But such celebration also comes with pitfalls: “Histories of universities are difficult undertakings because they open onto such complex questions of…

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Students march to the Union Buildings All Images Credit: Nicholas Rawhani
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Mother of the Nation

No victory was achieved for the ‪#‎Feesmustfall campaign last Friday. Let’s be clear about that. No fees have fallen. There is nothing to celebrate or get excited about. Fortunately, young people are not stupid nor naive as I discovered for myself. Read more on Africa Is A Country

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The tyranny of distance, up close

Remember #Kony2012? In March 2012, US-based humanitarian organization Invisible Children (IC) launched its global internet-driven campaign to “make Kony famous.” Joseph Kony, the elusive leader of the insurgent Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), had been at war with the Ugandan state and its army, the Ugandan People’s Defence Force (UPDF) since the late 1980s….

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5 TV SHOWS EVERY SCREENWRITER SHOULD WATCH

Say what you will about Stephen King, but we can all agree the guy knows a thing or two about writing. And one of the most important things he knows about writing, is that you can’t do it without reading: “If you don’t have time to read, then you don’t…

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RICK RUBIN TO BE HONORED AT GRAMMY WEEK EVENT: EXCLUSIVE

The super-producer will be celebrated four days before the Grammys ceremony. Legendary producer Rick Rubin will be honored by the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing during a GRAMMY Week event, Fuse can exclusively reveal. The event will take place at The Village studios in L.A. on Thursday, Feb. 11,…

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Cassper Nyovest signs lucrative deal with MTN

23 October 2015: Oskido and Greg Maloka have facilitated one of the biggest endorsement deals in the SA music scenes for Cassper Nyovest, whose album, “Tsholofelo”, peaked at number 1 on the iTunes South African albums chart for two consecutive months in 2014, with MTN South Africa. MTN on Thursday,…

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FRANKLY SPEAKING, #FEESWILLFALL

A #POPLITICAL VIEW Young, Afrikan and passionate, I found myself charging through the crowd to the top of the Union Buildings’ south lawn and screaming my lungs out, “Fees must fall, Fees must fall, Fees will fall”. I got to the top and then a dark cloud of tyre burning…

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Shutting Down the Rainbow Nation: #FEESMUSTFALL

You could hardly catch your breath last week with the #FeesMustFall protests in South Africa. For a while, after #RhodesFell, we feared that identity politics would swallow and spit out the loose agglomeration that was that movement (there is no national coordinating body; instead it has beeN led by a mix of…

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Petite Noir - The Noirwave Originator
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Petite Noir Shares The Striking Virtual Reality Music Video For ‘La Vie Est Belle’

Congolese-Angolan producer and Noirwave originator Petite Noir shares the mesmerizing new video for “La Vie Est Belle/ Life is Beautiful,” the title track from his debut album featuring Congolese-Belgian MC Baloji. The nearly 5-minute video takes place in a hyperreal virtual realm where Noir can be seen in an array of vivid digital spaces, bedecked in multicolored designs and formations. Read…

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Sartist Sport by Buka Andile
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12 Must-See Exhibits At LagosPhoto Festival

Pantsula dancers, classic Hollywood films and mannequins are just a few of the subject matters explored at this year’s LagosPhoto Festival. Slated to kickstart on Saturday, the monthlong festival will include indoor and outdoor exhibitions from 35 international photographers spanning 18 countries, as well as workshops and artist presentations and discussions. Linking these…

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Riky Rick x Cassper Nyovest and Anatii - Fuseg
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Music video by Riky Rick performing “FUSEG”

Music video by Riky Rick performing “FUSEG”. (C) 2015 Makhado Makhado Agency. #BOSSZONKEFOREVER The Mixtape Coming Soon. Director: Kyle Lewis Producer: Ali Wacher 1st AD: Nic Eve Make Up & Styling: Kaley Meyer Make Up Assistant: Monique du Toit Art Direction: Bianca Prinsloo Props Assistant: Jean Makoba Director of Photography:…

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AKA’s composure music video not as Epic…

The music video to the much celebrated diss track dropped on 14 October 2015, uploaded by Vth Season – the management company that handles AKA’s formalities. Studio Space Pictures is the production company behind the music video and their creative interpretation didn’t live up to the lyricism portrayed in the…

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Five decades of some of fashion’s most stunning images

Filled with influences of graphic design, pop art and early modernism, photographer Steve Hiett bridged art and fashion like few others The path from getting sweaty on-stage as a member of psych/pop band Pyramids to fashion photographer – sitting alongside contemporaries like Helmut Newton and Sarah Moon, while shooting for The…

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Documenting one American high school’s racial segregation

This photographer spent 12 years capturing the complex yet changing racial landscape through the microcosm of one community in Georgia While you’d be naive for thinking that, even in the 21st century, racism doesn’t exist (because shamefully, it does) you might be forgiven for thinking racial segregation, particularly in America,…

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The WAVé ft. ANDI SUSEJ

Here’s to some local talent. Johannesburg based collective Outré Music, not too new to the music scene, just blessed our eardrums with a refreshing new mix. In their words exactly, they’re basically keeping it real for all the music lovers out there. Plug in, sit back and enjoy! Shout out…

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When Thomas Piketty went to South Africa

Thomas Piketty, the French superstar economist and author of the immensely popular book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, visited South Africa recently to deliver the 13th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture. His visit drew wide interest given that he starts off his 700 page book by referring to the unfortunate events at Marikana – a classic…

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Photography by J. Quazi King
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‘African City Bags’ Spotlight Major Locales On The Continent

One fashion blogger has made it easier than ever to proudly rep some of Africa’s most popular cities. With an African City Bag one becomes “not just a citizen, but an African of the world,” Ms. K recently told Okayafrica, quoting Ghanaian author Taiye Selasi. The young German-Ghanaian, who is also the founder of African Prints in…

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How to Become a True African Intellectual

Travel. And talk about it. You have not traveled until you have referenced this travel somewhere. You can mention it in a lecture you are giving to admirers, or in an article about whatever topic you are given. Or even your public Facebook page. Do not make a mistake of…

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