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Karl Lagerfeld (1933 – 2019): You can put lipstick on a pig…    

The death this week of Karl Lagerfeld has been widely mourned, but this outpouring of love neglects the fact that he there was no phobia too deplorable for him, and he was allowed to flourish by an enabling fashion industry. Mr Karl Lagerfeld, the creative mastermind behind his eponymous label and the luxury fashion giant…

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Headspace Vol. 1: Caster vs White Supremacy

The concerted campaign against Caster Semenya is nothing more than white supremacy exercising it’s unbridled powers, spurred on by white girl tears, writes Mr Siphiwe Mpye. It is day two at the court of arbitration in sport, in Lausanne, Switzerland, where reigning Women’s 800m Olympic champion Ms. Caster Semenya is fighting the International Association for…

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Ungovernable: Taryn Gill

She is self-affirmed, walking to nobody’s tune but her own. She rejects conformity and seeks only her own truth. She is ungovernable, and just the kind of woman we love. In the latest in our series profiling women whose paths and minds we admire, we speak to Ms. Taryn Gill, Founder of the Perfect Hair Company,…

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King Kong, the Trojan Horse of protest music

King Kong, the musical that is one of South Africa’s preeminent moments of musical protest theatre, was born of a time when a brutal, illegitimate regime strengthened its stranglehold on visible resistance, and the world needed a cultural Trojan Horse to expose the plight of black South Africans to the world, writes MR SIBUSISO MNYANDA.    Music,…

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