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The NEED to Know On Your Sexual Health

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Gather around girls and boys…we need to talk! It’s only been a few days into the New Year and December is already becoming a distant memory, but it shouldn’t really…let me explain. December is world renown for being the most debaucherous time of the year. I mean, who can blame us? We are young and beautiful and just trying to live our best lives after months of slaving away at university and jobs where we’re underpaid. Anyway, sometimes the festivities can get out of hand. A little liquid courage and a YOLO attitude can end up in the bold pursuit of a crush or for those who are a lot more bold, a lot of hit and runs. This is all fine and well but only if you are careful and know what the person you are sleeping with is carrying. In all honesty, there is no real way of knowing who ...

Summer Chill with Jack Daniel’s Apple ?

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A few months ago the PR team for Jack Daniel's sent me a press including their new Apple spirit coolers, which I had never seen or tasted before. After trying the first 440ml bottle, I had finished the pack of 4 about 3 hours later. ? I really just loved the taste because I don't enjoy alcohol that tastes like alcohol - if that makes any sense. I decided that all my friends had to try it too over some braai meat, next to a pool and under the Summer sun. Judging from the state of my cooler box by the end of the day, they enjoyed it too. This is such a great Summer drink if you're not a hard liquor fan! Images by Thabiso Molatlhwa

#AfroPunkJoburg Through Nwabisa’s Lens

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Global festival brand, Afropunk, decided to grace South Africa with a 2 day festival event filled with a great line-up of African and International acts, the attendees decided to show up with an overwhelming amount of blackness, love, queerness, fashion and good vibes. We asked 1/3 of Pap Culture, Nwabisa Mda, who is quickly becoming recognized for her candid portrait photography which she posts on her Instagram page, to share with us her photo diary of the weekend. Have a look in the gallery below. From Nwabisa  So taking photo's has always been my thing I just never had the devices that made the pots. I don't wanna become a photographer I just really love capturing happy people, just so I can hoard the images in my bank of memories (I have over 10 000 images on my phone ?). I'm a bit of a sentimental person and this is my way ...

Time to Shine with MRP

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Lately I have been feeling very out of touch with what has been one of my favourite retailers for years. I'm not sure if it's because I am growing out of the target market range or if the adolescent focus of MRP is no longer appealing to me. Okay, this might be a story for another day because the latest MRP Project Range did catch my eye. The razzle and dazzle of the metallic range just screamed New Years Eve looks. Aside from the actual items, the creative direction of the entire editorial was just refreshing; the plants, the illustrations by Daisy Jo and the brown girls with braids and a big afro. Be enchanted by dark florals, shimmery pieces & ruffles aplenty in our new limited edition Project collection. The new MRP X PROJECT TIME TO SHINE is available online at mrp.com and in select MRP stores from 4 December ...

The 11 Books You Need to Read

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Exams are practically over, a few more weeks left of the work year and you're thinking of making time for all the reading you missed in the year. Whether it be on the beach in a bikini or at home with a face mask on, these books could be the best companions. The recommendations include interesting books and additional online articles that touch on violence, love, feminism and masculinity to name a few. I tried to include as many African authors as possible. I hope you enjoy them! On Masculinity: Moffie by Andre Carl van den Merwe This book is about a young Afrikaans boy, Nicolas van den Swart, who is living in apartheid South Africa. He is a soft and gentle boy who doesn’t embody the hyper-masculinity that his father expects him to. However, his father is convinced that once he joins the military, he will come back a ‘real man’ not a ...

THE 6 ESSENTIAL UNDIES YOU NEED FROM THABOOTY’S

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South African Actress, TV presenter and DJ, Thando Thabethe officially launched her much anticipated underwear & shape-wear range, “Thabooty’s”. Launched yesterday at Braamfontein's Randlords Rooftop Venue, the line marks the beginning of a new era for women of all shapes, sizes, colours and creeds, providing a new calibre of comfort, style and support not currently found in off-the-rack stores. Thabooty’s Underwear & Shapewear provides a new outlook on shapewear, with sexy, appealing garments you won’t want to keep hidden. Thando Thabethe explains that the idea to start an underwear & shapewear range was inspired by her struggles to find off-the-rack shapewear that was both appealing to the eye as well as functional. “I wanted to create something women wouldn’t be ashamed to wear, and something that would meet my functional needs. Whether it was to even out, control or contour, I needed something that wouldn’t roll down my body or make me ...

Joburg Kids Do Halloween with Bacardi ?

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Images by Austin Malema for Bacardi House Party Sessions  On Saturday night, 28 October, Bacardi threw a Halloween party like no other - Bacardi House Party Sessions – The Grave Yard Shift. Held at the Neighbourgoods Market in Braam Johannesburg, the double storey space was transformed into a place where zombie cheerleaders, ghosts, vampires and corpse brides gathered. Guests threw on their freakiest outfits and partied the night away to headline performances by South Africa’s top artists DJ Shimza, Nadia Nakai, DJ Speedsta and Frank Casino. Joining them were up-and-coming favourites  DJ Lootz whose throwback house set literally made me want to cry with tears of joy and Chuck Tailored who got the crowd at their most lit when dropping Mans Not Hot by Big Shaq. The Grave Yard Shift party was the ultimate kick-off to the Bacardi House Party Sessions taking place every month into next year. Each session will be hosted ...

A Chat with Radio Host & Beauty Non-Conformist, Sherlin Barends

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Towards the end of 2012, KFM Breakfast presenter and feminist Sherlin Barends refused to keep up with beauty standards or the obsession with female beauty being equivalent to a hairstyle, its length or colour any longer…so she shaved off her shoulder length hair and never looked back. Her goal was to directly challenge traditional beauty standards and become, as she puts it: “…completely and unapologetically Sherlin Barends. She answers some in-depth questions with us revealing her refreshingly frank take on beauty and how she approaches her radio career as a millennial.   On Hair  MELENIAL: Growing up as a coloured girl in Cape Town, did you find that there’s subtle politics of hair in your community similar to perhaps colourism?  SHERLIN: I grew up in a community where straight, sleek and long hair was seen more desirable. ‘Poor’, ‘unattractive’ and ‘untidy’ were some of the words associated with ‘kroes’ hair. Bald head shaves were put ...

Exam Eats: What to Feed Your Mind While You Study

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Being a student can be very demanding on our bodies. Often we might find it difficult to get our balance right, especially during exam time. We know that there is nutrition insecurity amongst our student populations at university. Why is nutrition important in this critical time of learning? Let's get the full picture. We know that many students don’t have enough food to eat. This means that they are not getting enough of the nutrients that their body needs to be in peak performance. Students from the University of Zululand tend to choose convenience foods above healthy balanced meals. Less than half the students were eating indigenous and traditional foods but consumed calorie dense foods on a more consistent basis due to accessibility. Students also tend to have unhealthy eating practices such as skipping of meals and eating disorders have been found to be very prevalent within this population group. What students ...

This Woman is Painting the Fashion World RED

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Tshego 'Red' Mosiane is a 22 year-old freelance fashion writer, curator, director, producer and Founder of REconnecteD. She has dedicated her life to creating the kind of fashion content that she believes is directly needed in South Africa. Many may know Red from her trending fashion critique threads on Twitter but her fashion knowledge goes far beyond that with her website and REconnecteD channel on Youtube. Earlier this year, two of REConnecteD's productions have garnered global critical acclaim, episode 1 of 'SUBS,' a series, was selected to show at Fashion Film Festival Milano during the 23-25 September event. The episode explores Braamfontein in Johannesburg, an area that has been dubbed the "creative hub" of the city.  "Braamfontein is pedalled by mainstream media as a place of the latest trends as seen on influencers but a majority of the buildings are student accommodations for nearby universities. So, what is the truth? Is ...

5 Things to Know about Vuyi Zondi and her Skincare Business

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You may have heard of the Corium Naturals skincare range already but did you know that the founder is a young black woman? Vuyi Zondi, a management consultant, spoke to Tim Modise on Touch HD Online about how she runs and sustains her skincare brand. This is what we found out about the entrepreneur and her business.    The brand's name is taken from an old romantic language, Corium means 'truest skin'  in Latin.    Vuyi started the skincare range from her own pocket and has sustained it thus far, she says so far it has "payed for itself but the brand's traction garnered will mean that they will need to look for funding soon." When asked about how she and her team have marketed the brand, Vuyi states that the marketing strategy was and is rooted in consumer education. This made customers and potential customers confident enough to speak about it to the next ...

The Collective Experience: Surviving An Anti-Black Space

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I wrote today about leaving a toxic space with a broken heart. I wrote this because I was feeling nostalgic for evenings spent after work in the office, with amazing people. Evenings where we relished basking in one another’s magic and just, being. Those evenings were important when you felt like shrinking at many intervals throughout the day. I wrote this because many moons later, I can finally look back and reflect, broken heart healed, on how we survived a toxic environment. Ad agencies generally aren’t very healthy spaces, but we managed to create a space for ourselves despite it all. We managed to do such a great things at . We created a space that was safe, and kind, in the midst of such a toxic and anti-black space. We created magic. Here’s how we did it: We pursued greatness and excellence in our work, persistently. So no-one could ever, ever call ...

Turn 2 of Your Regular Routines into Self-Care Musts

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Putting your smart-phone on flight mode, going on that 20 minute run, finishing a chapter in your current read or running a bubble bath and sitting in it until your fingers and toes prune - all of these are forms of self-care. The 2017 woman knows that she can switch off from a world that demands the most from her regularly for self-preservation and to show some self-appreciation. Below I have gathered some of my favourite cosmetics and linked them to some self-care activities where I turn the world off even for just a few minutes, and turn the pampering on. Face-Masking We really all should be face-masking at least once a week but the way that beauty advice columns have framed this activity as a chore, I often get lazy to do it. This all changed when I shifted my thinking from a weekly must do process, to a relaxing activity that ...