In this third episode of the series titled ‘What Does It Mean To Be Black?’, Rori explores the question more deeply, assisted by the CEO of Steve Biko Foundation, Obenewa Amponsah, and activist and researcher Bryan Keith Murray. They begin to define the differences between the cultural meaning of being black and the political meaning of being black.
In this second installment of the series titled ‘What Does It Mean To Be Black?’, Andrew and Rori unpack some of the discussions from the first episode… and end up even more confused and no less challenged by the thoughts that Phumi Mashigo of Womandla! and Nozipho Mbanjwa of The Talent Firm – who go so far as to challenge the relevance of the very question that underpins the show.
For a long time blackness has represented more than just a skin colour and more of a culture encompassing many unique nations, voices and skin colours. It has been called a state of mind, it has been called an attitude of the mind. But what exactly does it mean to be black and who gets to decide? In this show Andrew and Rori explore what the essence of blackness might be; they are joined in studio by self-confessed womanist, homosexual, progressive patriarch and Marketing and Communications Manager of Vanguard, Thato Magano.
In the wake of the controversy surrounding the #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh campaign, where black learners openly protested what they referred to as racist and discriminatory rules on the hair of black learners at the highly-regarded Pretoria High School for Girls, the nation was once again divided. While there was overwhelming support for the learners’ cause, there was also a dissenting view from those who feel that the whole issue is, at the least, a storm in a teacup… and at the most the work of racist agitators and petulant learners who, instead of focusing on their studies, are causing trouble. Andrew and Rori speak to Mishka Wazar, Melissa Kuhn, Logan Young and Sean Pretorius.
In the wake of Wayde van Niekerk’s epic, world record-breaking victory in the Olympics 400m race, instead of celebrating as one, naturally, South Africans quickly turned the moment into a racially-polarised tweetstorm. On the one hand was those who celebrated under #colouredexcellence, arguing that it was time for coloured people to celebrate being coloured after having been taken for granted for a long time; on the other hand were those who were insisting that coloured people identify as black people. Andrew and Rori speak to journalist, Karima Brown and filmmaker Dylan Valley.
Four years after the Marikana massacre that left 41 miners dead from the bullets of police officers, Andrew and Rori reflect on the commemorative events of the fatal day (16 August 2012) and ask whether they don’t suggest that in spite of what politicians say, general society has long since stopped caring about the people of Marikana and the families of the fallen miners. Politicians seem to only raise Marikana when there are political points to be scored, and on this day the people of Marikana are still crying out for justice. They speak to Joseph Mathunjwa, President of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) and the Democratic Alliance’s spokesperson, Mabine Seabe.
Ever wondered what your domestic worker thinks about the way you treat her? Behind every successful man in pinstripes and woman in heels in the corporate boardroom is a humble woman in a maid’s outfit back home walking the dog, feeding the kid and making sure that the whites remain white and that the darks don’t fade. Andrew and Rori speak to domestic workers about how they are treated, and they reveal shocking ways in which even the more “enlightened” among us make them feel like slaves.
On the day of the municipal elections in South Africa, Andrew and Rori set up camp outside a voting station to engage with voters about who they are voting for and what informs their voting decisions.
It’s that time again for the critically acclaimed CEO SleepOut™… and even after a resounding success in the first year where R26m was raised, it appears that the initiative does not have everyone won over. Andrew and Rori tackle and explore the various critiques of the event and ask, do the ends justify the means?
Is the SABC censoring the news or taking control of the national narrative? The media is often criticised for only focusing on the “negative” and SABC, for one, appears to have decided to change that through an editorial policy that has been labelled as censorship. Media Freedom Organiser at Right2Know, Micah Reddy, joins Rori to help explain whether what the SABC is doing is censorship.