17th Oct2016

Goodbye for Now

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Hi everybody,

We have approached the end of this year’s edition of exPress imPress. It has been a great year sharing our team’s thoughts and ideas with you- our readers. Mamelodi Marakalala has written a piece on how women ought to follow their own paths and not succumb to societal expectations. The last few weeks have been tough, with the militarization of many South African universities in response to the #FeesMustFall2016 movement. Khwezi passed away, having not received the justice she deserved. As South Africans, we are in the midst of one of the most challenging periods in our country’s history. Our finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, is facing fraud charges and there is increasing proof of state resources being misused. This is enough to make us despondent. In some ways, it would be easier to leave South Africa before our country goes up in flames. However, this is our home. We are facing significant challenges but we cannot give up. Our country has so much potential and we, as South Africans, have the power to change the course of our country’s future.

 

Until next year,

Sandiswa and the 2016 exPress imPress team

17th Oct2016

Who are We As Women?

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I was with a friend of mine a while ago. I don’t recall how we got there, but we ended up discussing about women of all kinds: single mothers, housewives, wives who juggle work and raising children as well as taking care of their husbands, women who only have their work and no family to come home, etc., all categories of women. And I wondered; who has the perfect life? Who is the happiest amongst those women? Initially, I thought it was the woman with her work. Whether she has children and a husband or not does not matter. Because I want to be that woman. I want a successful career. I want that so much that I don’t care about marriage and raising other humans. If that does happen, then it would have happened (at the end of the day, it’s the Universe that does all the speaking) – but it is not top priority for me. Then, it hit me that no one has it more perfect and no one can be said to be happier than another. One woman wants that and the other woman will want another. We shouldn’t judge people’s lives based on the fact that it’s a life we never want for ourselves.

 

So, to answer my own question: we, as women, are who we want to be! The woman who is happy is a woman who has reached her full potential or is at least trying her level best to reach it. Yes, there are circumstances in our lives. The things that are so out of our control. But be strong, woman, and go for gold. Make plans A B and C, even D, so that you can look around you someday and see everything you’ve ever wanted: either you’re a housewife taking care of the household; a working wife who can manage diapers and a million rand international deal; just a mother raising children on her own, or a woman with only career prospects and nothing else in mind…just live the life you want to live. Live the life you need to be happy in life, without regarding society’s opinions and its place for us in the world. Our desires matter too, no matter how big or how small.

08th Aug2016

Mbokodo Leads

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Hi everyone,

Tomorrow marks the 60th of the 1956 women’s  anti-pass laws march to the Union Buildings. 60 years…and still womxn face a lot of challenges in South Africa’s socio-politico-economic landscape. This week’s edition of the blog appreciates the challenges faced by womxn and, yet, how they serve as society’s backbone. Zwelidumile Zweli Ndungane writes on his decision to be a black male feminist. Mamelodi Marakalala discusses the stereotypes that oftentimes constrain womxn from reaching their full potential. Thabisile Miya celebrates womxn’s strength and makes a call for all of us to celebrate the womxn in our lives. I sincerely hope that this Women’s Month has been good on your side. It has certainly been eventful, with, the recent silent protest during Jacob Zuma’s speech at the official announcement of the results of the 2016 local elections. We still have a long way to go but, to paraphrase the late Dr. Maya Angelou, still we rise.

Have a great week.

Sandiswa and the exPress imPress team of 2016

Remember Khwezi

08th Aug2016

And So They Called Me a Woman

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Because I was ‘beautiful’ and smiled differently.

Because I cried hourly.

 

Because I wore a dress on my first birthday.

Because I walked weirdly.

 

Because my father was not close to me.

Because I wore a bra at age twelve.

 

Because my voice was not loud enough for this world.

Because hurtful things hurt me.

 

Because I hated touching dirt at age sixteen.

Because I did what I was asked for no reason.

 

Because the smell of cigarettes was hell for me.

 

Because lipstick was invented

 

Because I found white cloths and kitchen sinks appealing.

Because my eyes see colours dancing.

 

Because I can give life to another.

Because I can stay for a while longer.

 

Because I think everything has meaning.

Because I understand where it is all going.

 

Because pain is a living.

Because I walk through the hours dying.

 

Because my name is countless assumptions.

Because science says.

 

Because I sit down.

 

Because I am like the others like me;

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18th Jul2016

Welcome Back

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Welcome Back

Hi everyone,

It’s been a while since our last edition, but now it is time for us to get back to work. As usual, our great writers have written amazing pieces for your enjoyment. Thabisile Miya has written a poem on how feminism has influenced her and her vision for a future where gender equality is the norm and not the exception. Mamelodi Marakalala discusses why she embraces her blackness in spite of structural racism which has devalued black bodies. 13 July marked the 15th anniversary of Legally Blonde‘s release. Tessa Hellberg marks this special occasion by discussing the movie’s legacy.

Here’s to another great week and have an amazing Mandela Day.

Sandiswa and the exPress imPress team of 2016.

18th Jul2016

I See You See Black

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The sun burns Wicked Bodies…

 

Day sees us dying in our smiles

And night waits for us – who we really are – alive.

 

I know you think I don’t, but I do;

I see you see black.

 

And I am here to tell you I am more than that;

Why are you amazed at my presence?

Why are you surprised

That I can have a mind?

 

I am More than an just Art piece, I am More than just a Number,

I am Nothing to watch in that Manner,

 

I have a Heart,

I am Together and I fall Apart,

I Bleed, I feel Rain,

I was bore by a Woman,

I can smell Roses,

 

I am More than the questions raised in ‘Philosophy’,

I am More than just a Dark part in ‘History’

 

Why did I ever need Science to tell me I am a human being?

Why does the colour of my skin have to make me something else?

 

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Note: The above Poem is not racist and not intended to offend ANYBODY, but it is just a mere inspiration from the Block 3 First Year Philosophy topic, Philosophy of Race, and My pride in My ‘blackness’.

16th May2016

Entering the Light

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Credit: Marcus Neustetter

Welcome to our penultimate edition for the semester!

This week’s edition, once again, features our talented writers writing on various topics. Kimberlin De Bruyn critically examines the blesser/blessee phenomenon and looks at the ethical questions around these transactional relationships. Keketso Sedibe discusses the public reaction to the SABC’s recent announcement, that 90% of the music played by SABC radio station must be local. She also tries to gauge what this recent mandate would mean for the local music industry. Jabulile Mbatha’s short story discusses the significant life events that have resulted in an orphaned young man making the decision that he has made. Mamelodi Marakalala celebrates Africa with a poem imploring us to regard each day as Africa Day. Samantha Barkley writes a piece lamenting the loss of innocence in her hometown- a feeling that we can all relate to. Recent political developments have led to many asking questions around leadership in our country. Sihle Makhubo adds to this conversation by asking what leadership truly entails. Finally, this week features an interview with the world-reknowned artist Marcus Neustetter whose exhibition Into The Light is on at the Wits Art Museum (WAM). The interview features his thoughts on using light as a medium for his art and how his projects enable participants to unearth their own stories and meanings.

We hope that you find this edition to be a treat.

Sandiswa and 2016 exPress imPress Team

16th May2016

The Poem That Is So African

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4 Africa-map-on-faceWhy is it we need a day, a week, a month

To say we are proud of being us

And glad to be each other’s sisters and brothers?

Why is it we need a day, a week, a month

To be proud black people, and darker?

We were born into this –

The melodies,

The dances,

The greenest mountains,

The whole of our families,

The clothing,

The crying,

The blood dripping,

The dying,

The hoping

The waking,

The celebrating,

The coming together,

The darkness,

Our dark skin colours…

Why is it we need a day, a week, a month

To look back on where we come from?

Why is it we need a day, a week, a month

To paint pictures and tell stories of our freedom?

Each day is a reminder of where we come from,

Each day is a song of our freedom.

Our names and mirrors reveal us,

There is no hiding the Africanness.

We are naked before the world,

Never to be known as nothing else – but Africans;

African Americans, African Asians,

Everywhere we go the history follows,

And it follows each day.

You are my brother and my sister every day,

Do you hear me, African human?

We do not need Africa Month, Africa Day

To remind ourselves that we are proud of who we are.

We should be proud of it, celebrate it,

Dance to the drum beats,

Dark Skin,

This fire within,

Attires made of animal skin,

Our souls cut open

To be released into some Heaven,

Blood coming from our noses,

The smiles of our many children

Covering the pain that is there

That just will not leave,

The air that we breathe,

The sun setting,

The magic in our every story’s setting…

 

Each day we are African, not only in May.

 

 

 

09th May2016

Connections

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ConnectionsHi everyone!

This week’s edition of the blog features several writers who discuss their ideas and opinions on various topics. Alice Moepi discusses the importance of preserving your individuality in the face of mounting societal pressure to conform. Mamelodi Marakalala writes on her love for Drake and how his album ‘Take Care’ has played a significant role in her life. Precious Mohale discusses Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ and the struggles experienced by black women within their intimate relationships. Monde Nqeza reflects on the problem of domestic violence and how it may be resolved. We have two poems from Thabisile Miya and Thandiwe Khalaki, each of these poems address the different forms of abuse individuals may experience. Thabisile Miya also discusses the marginal position occupied by women within hip hop culture. Finally, Nokuthula Mkwanazi discusses the advantages and disadvantages of getting coloured braids. Although these articles cover diverse topics, they are connected by the fact that they have been written by the talented writers on our team.

 

Hope that you enjoy reading this week’s edition.

Sandiswa and the 2016 exPress imPress team

09th May2016

My Views From…Since Take Care

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3 drake_radio_city_929_2I have been a Drake fan ever since he first released his music. I think his music beats anything. It makes me feel better when I am down. It is also makes me feel sexy- like I could get on a stage, grab a pole and go to where all the bad girls are said to go. Most importantly, it makes me feel. His voice in my ear, that is when I am at my most human and vulnerable – which, and a lot of people do disagree with this, is a really great feeling because you let yourself go and hope that someone or something will catch you. When that person or that thing does in fact catch you, you get lifted to a higher place that is far away from all that bothers you.

 

On April 29, the man, whose music has been a huge part of my life, dropped an album – #VIEWS. ‘Views (From the 6)’ has been in our minds and on our lips for two years! If not two years then it has been very close to those two years. Now it is constantly playing in our ears. It even features some of the singles we already were crazy about. Views sold a million copies in a week, which is not a surprise because he worked really hard to market it.

 

Although I do love Views (in addition to my undying love for Drake *hearts on eyes emoji*), there is something missing from this album. A person I know said that it is not as good of an album as he had “hyped it” to be. Not that I agree. I do find it to be a good album – and this is my own opinion. He is still emotional, which is a plus for the ladies who appreciate his more emotional side). He still has his lovely voice and his Weston Road Flows just stay on you. The bottom line is that if you are a Drake fan, then you are bound to love his music no matter what. You just have no room to find anything negative to say about it.

 

Before the Bugatti, Drake was sweating. When he came out with ‘Take Care’, his name was not as big as it is now. I could say that it made the man he is today. Take Care still stands as Drake’s best work (yet?) He had ‘Shot For Me’ which was, and still is, my favourite song from the album, and that is because it was the first song I had played from that album. ‘Marvin’s Room’ was too good for words, as was ‘Lord Knows’ and ‘Over My Dead Body’. I could go on for days. Every song off Take Care is beyond amazing; you just don’t choose your favourite one. The sound of Take Care, the lyrics and the emotions that go into the lyrics are out of this world. I’d throw the F bomb into that sentence but, legally, I am not allowed to. This is a family-friendly blog after all. The point I am trying to make is that I do not think, at least in this lifetime, that Drake will ever be able recreate what he produced in Take Care. He did have great music after that, from ‘Nothing Was The Same’ and the mixtape, but 2011 was pure magic- life itself. Take Care is a Classic that takes the number one spot above all other classics. We love Drake, he is an amazing artist who will keep making really good music that will keep us entertained… but he will never give us better than Take Care. Or maybe he will, because he needs to.

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