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My hair is not your business
3 days ago
Isn’t it tiring to still be talking about hair prejudice in 2020? Especially in South Africa where the majority of hair texture is kinky? It is, but the reality is big corporations like Clicks are a reflection of what young black girls in particular are dealing with, experiencing the hate for their afros from a…
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Is Love Enough?
a week ago
I have many questions in my mind and these questions revolve around the transforming times, the different range of life styles and personalities when we are in love. Do we believe that when someone gives you love that this is sufficient for us? I watched a scene in the TV series The River. One of…
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I am not your enemy
2 weeks ago
I remember once meeting a girl. She fidgeted and frantically combed her fingers through her hair as she walked. When she spotted me, hesitating before she carefully approached to ask, “Is my hair okay?” I casually told her, “It is beautiful and you look absolutely amazing.” She looked at me funny and even laughed. I…
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The future is bright
3 weeks ago
Young people have always been instruments of change. Unlike older people, they are not really invested in the status quo, the way things are. Young people help create the way things could be, they are visionaries of a future they will live in. I used to teach at a very expensive private school, I remember…
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On the dangers of our beauty obsession
4 weeks ago
My friend sends me a link to a YouTube video from her favourite Vogue channel titled, ‘A 25 step guide to toned skin.’ She tells me she really enjoyed it but admits it’s “very excessive.” ‘TWENTY-FIVE steps!!’ I exclaim in response and send the distressed face-emoji to emphasise my disavowal. Two days before this she…
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Time to fly the nest
a month ago
The transition into adulthood comes with the power to make life-changing decisions. The implications of those decisions rest solely on your head. As a young adult, there comes a moment when living in your parents’ home is not as comfortable as it once was. You yearn for your independence. For some, moving out of home…
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Keeping the romance alive in your relationship
a month ago
Many of us know the exciting feeling of starting a new relationship and the immense thrill that often comes with embarking on a new romantic journey. From re-reading texts that bae sent you, to getting that warm, fuzzy feeling in your tummy when thinking of your special someone – it’s true, the honeymoon phase is…
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Beauty is only skin-deep
2 months ago
In grade 10, I learned just how dangerous my school jacket with the elasticated waist was. It was kind of a snitch. That bulky monstrosity with the yellow and white stripes running down the arms inched up one day and just about revealed my biggest secret at the time. “Hey, I saw your white birthmark!”…