Showing posts from May, 2017

[Profile]: Foyinsola Ogunrombi is Quietly Building An Empire

If you follow @foyinog on Twitter, you will see a few things: a love for black women and their talents and skills, an occasional dragging of problematic faves and followers, and some choice musings about varsity life, her mom’s jollof, and how to steer clear of demons (i.e. boys who want to steal your glow and disturb your peace). You will also see that Foyinsola speaks passionately about SA’s influencer scene, and about her plans for her own website, The Dear Solo Blog. Foyinsola is also a budding make-up artist with plans to share the magic of make-up with as many people as possible.

I decided to take a leap into her DM’s and ask her a few questions about aesthetics, inspiration and the ingredients for Your Best Life™.
Foyinsola’s mom didn’t want her to wear make-up too early in life, because she wanted her to take care of her skin. Even so, Foyinsola always had a keen interest in make-up, and began experimenting at the age of 13: “I used to love getting dressed up and doing makeup for…

Another tough week for young black women

Last Friday, while I was walking home from work, a man stopped me to ask where he could catch a taxi to town. I stopped briefly to answer him, and for those ten seconds I was bracing myself for something bad to happen.
I held on to my bag so I could have it close to me in case I had to break into a run. In my mind’s eye I saw all the tweets and Facebook posts from the past week warning women about engaging with strangers. Before my heart rate could increase enough to send me into a panic, the man and I went our separate ways. His best bet was to go to the taxi rank, but I told him he could wait at the garage just up ahead so that I could be free of him and be on my way.
When I got home I messaged my friends to tell them how, in that short time, I thought of all the horrible things that could happen to me in the blink of an eye. I thought “this is how people get kidnapped”.
As someone who rarely interacts with strangers, and who is generally uncomfortable around male energy, I found the …

Isidingo continues to let women down

23 May – Viewers of Isidingo will know Nikiwe Sibeko as the CEO of Sibeko Gold and the long-suffering daughter of the ruthless Lincoln Sibeko. For the past few years, we have watched as Nikiwe came into her own as a businesswoman. While she worked to become the best at what she does, she had to contend with negativity from the Horizon Deep community and from her own father.
While that was happening, Nikiwe has found herself becoming increasingly entangled in that deadly TV trope: the successful businesswoman at the mercy of her ambitions and plagued by insecurities, the bulk of which are played out in her romantic relationships. So good at work, so bad at everything else. This has happened on Generations (with Karabo Moroka) and on Muvhango (with Thandaza Mukwevho), to varying degrees.
It is deeply frustrating to watch a woman be portrayed as “incomplete” without a romantic connection, and simultaneously incapable of maintaining said relationship (once she eventually enters into one) …

Rompers for men made quite a stir on social media last week

Last week Tuesday, ELLE South Africa tweeted a link to an article about what would be the week’s favourite fashion fad: the RompHim

Upon reading about this new fashion item, designed by bros, for bros, I was once again struck by how fragile masculinity is. That you would need to call a garment that already exists (fashion magazines have been touting rompers to women for years) by a name that emphasises that it is for men is fascinating. While I am in no position to judge what people wear, I do strongly feel that I wouldn’t be able to stay friends with anyone who used the word “romphim” seriously.
The real fun began when social media got wind of thecampaign. People commented on whether they would wear the romper, or date someone who did, and on how they would interact with someone wearing it. Even after the topic lost its trending status, I had the time of my life laughing at tweets and taking screenshots of my timeline to share with friends.

Ridiculous name aside, this is actually …

I'm so glad I met Sesi Madjozi!

This past weekend I attended Sho Madjozi’s birthday meet and greet at Mamasan Eatery in Melville. 

I was so glad to have the opportunity to meet and speak to Madjozi (and in our home language) because I am a big fan of the way she infuses her work – visuals, poetry, and now music – with elements of her Xitsonga heritage. It is also my heritage, and I love seeing it modernised and brought into the mainstream through her work.
Her City Press trending cover was amazing.

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The joy and pride she has on her face extends to the swish of her xibelani and micheka. The image becomes even more special when you know that it was her grandmother who styled her for the shoot. It’s another way that Madjozi manages to bring her heritage, her values and her work (which has an international appeal, thanks to the time she spent travelling, living and studying abroad) together to create a uniquely captivating identity.
I first discovere…

[Film Review]: Bypass is A Brilliant Local Medical Thriller with Heart

What lengths would you go to, to protect the ones you love? This is a question poised and then beautifully answered in Bianca Schmitz, Diane Vermooten and Shane Vermooten’s Bypass.
Dr Lisa Cooper (Natalie Becker) one of the country’s top surgeons, is the mother of young Sam (Joel Brown), who is in desperate need of a liver transplant. She encourages him to be brave every day, as they wait for an organ to become available.When someone offers to help Lisa, she reluctantly agrees, not knowing that she might have to trade her expertise as a surgeon for her son’s life.

Bypass takes us into the dark underworld of organ trafficking, showing it in all its seedy complexity. Who are the doctors performing these illegal operations? What kind of people are buying these organs? What happens to the people who give up their organs?
For its duration, the film keeps the viewer riveted. The cinematography is breath-taking: each shot is calculated to speak just as clearly as the dialogue does, making the s…

[Film Review]: "Love By Chance"

In Love by Chance, Bailey Kingston (Altovise Lawrence) and Chance Xolani Crawford (Atandwa Kani) are two South African Hollywood hopefuls who meet at an audition on an off-chance. They are both working hard to land a role – any role – and prove to themselves that they really can make it in America. 
Atandwa Kani turns in a stellar performance as Chance, the bright-eyed, enthusiastic and determined new actor who can’t wait to step into fame. Chance charms his way into a lead role, but once he is in the spotlight things begin to fall apart. It’s too much, too soon, and Chance momentarily forgets why he came to America in the first place. Bailey, on the other hand, is fighting against the ever-shifting standards of the acting industry: which accent should she use today? Which wig? Her journey echoes that of many other black actresses in America and elsewhere, the one in which they never feel good enough and often have to compromise themselves to get ahead.
As is expected with romantic c…