The Mail & Guardian accusses me of being a Loudmouth!!

In December 2014, the M&G, ran a feature on what they called “Social Media Loudmouths” and someone there thought it an apt description of me. They interviewed me about my feelings about and my social media work. Here’s a few moments from that interview.

It was really cool getting to talk about the online experience with Joonji Mdyogolo, a writer I admire greatly. I got to share my first tweet “Waiting for Goddot” and my observations about the newbies: “the new twelebs are racy, edgy, candid. That’s why they say, ‘black twitter has no chill’. We used to do #TwitterInTheDark in the dark; they do it the whole day.”

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Real Solidarity

First Published in City Press in August 2014. In memory of my hero, William Lynch Jr

Years before President Obama became the first person of colour to be elected to the highest office in the USA, the city of New York had its own Obama-Moment in the form of David Dinkins, the first and only black man to become Mayor. This was way back in 1990, around the time that Mandela was being unveiled to the world.

Dinkins and his deputy, Bill Lynch, also a black man, were huge supporters of the Anti-Apartheid movement and responsible for the huge ticker-tape parade that New York City held in Madiba’s honour when he started his 8-city tour of the US there in June of that year.  Over 700,000 people came out that day.

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Trevor Noah and Jon Steward play “Spot the Africa”

Trevor Noah is welcomed to the Daily Show as a contributor Jon Steward and the two go ham on Afro stereotypes

My Speech at South Africa’s largest (post-democratic) March

In August, South Africans of all colours and creeds gathered in Cape Town for the largest march since democracy. They marched peacefully in support of the Palestinians of Gaza. In the wake of Israel’s heavy-handeness, the South African government was surprisingly muted. This was the Youth League’s message in response.

Why I wrote that the Youth League is Stronger than Ever…

Author’s note: well, actually I didn’t write that. The initial title of my piece was “Is the Youth League still relevant?”

I have some great sub-editors at City Press that know how to turn a phrase when creating headlines, just to get folks reading I guess. But there is a distinction between strong and relevant, and if we are being honest the League is not yet as strong or relevant as it could be. Here’s the article including some paragraphs that we cut out to fit into the word limit.

First Published in City Press on November 29th, 2014

It’s been a roller-coaster week for us young Lions.

From where I sat in one of NTT hot seats, this week had long looked like it promised drama. I could hear the e-TV man’s voice promoting the next soapie episode – “This week, in Joburg…”

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