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Ms. Aluwani Ratshiungo

Reconnecting Pangaea | The internet’s new voices

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Reconnecting Pangaea is a web series that explores the internet’s impact on modern African society. The first of three episodes – directed by noted.man contributor Mr Lee Molefi – looks at how South African popular culture has evolved, detailing the significance – and challenges – of the strong, young black online voice. Mr Siphiwe Mpye, our…

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Menswear pulls its weight at MBFWJ

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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Johannesburg (MBFWJ) came to an end over the weekend and we were there to catch all the runway action. Held at Nelson Mandela Square with Tata’s statue gleefully hovering over the marquee, the event saw many fashion lovers swathed in their most fashionable garments. The only threads MS. ALUWANI RATSHIUNGO was…

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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Johannesburg | Menswear

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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Johannesburg (MBFWJ) kicks off later today and features a well-considered mix of South Africa’s established and emerging designers. Organised and curated by African Fashion International (AFI), the 3 day event will be held at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton and runs from the 10th to the 12th of March. We are particularly looking…

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Ungovernable | Milisuthando Bongela

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 second of a series of interviews with these remarkable women, we speak to the righteously militant MS. MILISUTHANDO BONGELA.   Noted Man (NM): In…

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Imbawula | The childhood fruit mafia

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At the last Imbawula storytelling evening, the writer Mr Lwandile Fikeni recalled a time as a member of “a mafia of 8 year-olds who’ve been stealing so much they’ve got an organisational structure like corporate South Africa.” We are certain that a lot of people can relate to this popular childhood pastime. Mr Fikeni was one of the…

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Imbawula | What’s English got to do with it?

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On the 3rd of February the first Imbawula of 2016 was held in the intimate Jazz Room venue at Bassline, Newtown with four storytellers who shared personal stories that were all completely different. The stories ranged from touching and thought provoking, to downright hilarious. The musician, Mr Zwai Bala, was one of the storytellers and…

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Oral service: still a two-way street

Oral Service

You go down, I go down. It’s a two-way street. Right? You would think that in this day and age – after all the articles, the talkshow discussions, sexologists tireless pursuit of the democratisation of oral pleasure – this would be understood, but our lived experience argues otherwise. MS ALUWANI RATSHIUNGO goes down below. The clitoris is the…

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Meet Andrew Ashong

Andrew Ashong

In this short film, British-Ghanaian singer/songwriter, producer and DJ, Mr Andrew Ashong talks about collecting , spinning and making records. We especially love the stripped down ethereal rendition of his track, “Special”. Mr Ashong will be performing  at the Kitcheners Carvery Bar in Braamfontein, Johannesburg tonight, the 5th of December. R80 cover. Click to email this to a friend…

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Imbawula | Intimate stories of our shared humanity

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Another intimate night at the Bassline in Newtown Johannesburg at the last Imbawula of 2015, saw four extremely different storytellers come together to share some really personal stories in an effort to raise money for the Quarphix foundation – a youth development NGO that gives a leg up to disadvantaged youth. MS ALUWANI RATSHIUNGO was there.…

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Lusting for diversity

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Pornography is not a swearword, it can be a great thing, but because of the lack of nuanced storytelling and positive, women-friendly and racially diverse content based on realistic experiences, MS ALUWANI RATSHIUNGO fears that women are doomed to enduring bouts of relentless, one-sided sex as performance.     I have often found myself, in the…

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