Music is the connective tissue that holds our memories suspended in time. We all hold a library of music and memories within us. If you trace the albums that define your moments across a lifetime, you’ll have a time capsule. This exercise is part Trip Down Memory Lane, part Artist Spotlight (full-time absurdly abstract). Enjoy!
Puleng Mongale is an accidental visual artist. Nothing about her talent is, but today we’re going to trace how this Sotho girl from Orlando East found her way from teenage award-winning poet and thrice failed blogger (4th time’s the charm) to a visual artist who has found a new way to mix media in her soulful collages that feature her but centre something much bigger.
The word Diaspora is an acknowledgement of the nature of our relationship. That though we are scattered across the globe, we share common blood and ancestry. The nurture part seems to always get in the way of our reconciliation efforts however: this is the unusual story about how Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther helped me bridge this gap.
I’ve been deeply examining my ideas around love, what it means and how it looks to me and what part conditioning has played in all of this. I used to think I was a manic pixie dream girl. I used to think I waltzed into people’s lives and filled them with whimsy and sunshine. The truth with the manic pixie is in the name: she … Continue reading Love, Palesa
This is the story of my love for theatre, my accidental obsession with Lin Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece and a manual on how to join the (fan) club.
Your favourite unconventional edition of #wcw where I string together compliments via thesaurus (because words are wonderful and women are glorious)!
Mary Jean Webb (née Treloar) is the creative and talented mind (and hands) behind Mary Jean jewellery: a line of fine hand-crafted jewellery with distinctly African aesthetics. This edition of the Artist spotlight constitutes meany firsts.
My 20th (!) post is rightfully a celebration of the women whose lives, talents and art bring me joy and inspire me to be more. As always I throw a thesaurus at you but that’s half the fun!
Any good story has to be a trilogy apparently. Let’s end on a high note and discuss the rise and influence of the “black nerd”.
Are you even a good franchise without at least two parts?
Shonda Rhimes (Titan and notable Nerd) said every good story has one simple message: you are not alone. In this sequel we explore the magic (and art) of Big Nerds who are changing the world. Or at the very least, mine.