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Lerato Bereng on Accessibility and Power Structures

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For our monthly collaboration with FLOURISH, an artist-run seasonal gathering that promotes community and collaboration across contemporary creative disciplines, Tiger Maremela chats to Lerato Bereng about sustaining relationships across the creative community. [fullwidthimage photourl="https://www.melenial.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/LERATO-4.jpg"] My first introduction to gallery director Lerato Bereng’s curatorial practice was through the Stevenson Gallery’s SEX exhibition - a 2016 group show featuring contemporary South African artists like FAKA, Lady Skollie and Zanele Muholi and attempting to look at sex as a site of pleasure and violence. The exhibition analysed collective discourse around sex over a 10 year timeline in South Africa and aimed at initiating a dialgue with the broader public by using art as a catalyst. The show sprawled over two floors in the gallery’s previous Braamfontein location, and included a series of public talks as a way of making the issues raised in the show more accessible and tangible. The show has continued to spark ...

Natalie Paneng’s Worlds for Black Girls

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For our monthly collaboration with FLOURISH, an artist-run seasonal gathering that promotes community and collaboration across contemporary creative disciplines, Tiger Maremela chats to Natalie Paneng about black girl magic in digital art. [fullwidthimage photourl="https://www.melenial.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/NATALIE-4.jpg"] At the very core of her practice, Natalie Paneng is invested in world-building. A result of that is a body of work spanning stills and moving images that intentionally create utopias in which Natalie’s fictional characters - extensions and exaggerations of herself - can fully live their lives. “The world exists, so the girl exists and what she wears exists,” Natalie mentions as an easy way of understanding her three-step creative practice. Having studied Costume and Set Design at the University of Witwatersrand, Natalie is acutely aware of theatre’s possibilities and limitations. These limitations are what informed her progression towards creating work for digital spaces. This work started off as a way to visually validate and affirm her experiences, ...

The Rise Of YouTuber Buhle Lupindo

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Everyone seems to have a YouTube channel these days. However, finding the sweet spot of success and quality content can be a challenge for many. YouTuber Buhle Lupindo rose to the challenge, making it look effortless as she has seemed to have mastered the art of creating consistent quality content and success, with about 9.5 thousand subscribers after only three months of starting her channel. The strategic brand communication student hopes to incorporate what she’s studying into her channel,  as she runs for the top spot as one of the most prominent YouTubers in Africa and create a brand that can build her career, consulting and collaborating with big brands. “I started my channel to see if I am capable of starting something on my own and be consistent with it. One of my lecturers spoke of entrepreneurship and how we should start something and see, whatever the outcome ...

It’s Sibu’s World & We’re Just Living In It

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It’s Sibu’s world and we’re just living it. Young digital entrepreneur, Sibu Mpanza, well-known for his topical, funny and authentic YouTube videos and just announced field presenter for popular South African lifestyle and entertainment show, Real Goboza (RGB on SABC 1) - continues to win the hearts of South Africa and the shores beyond. View post

The Twitter Account Reintroducing Iconic Nollywood To Millennials

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Everyone loves a good meme, as they have become an almost essential and enriching element in our cultural conversations today. The viral Twitter account, Yung Nollywood is no different as the anonymous social media account draws inspiration from an array of vintage nollywood (Nigeria's movie industry) production references, whilst preserving its aesthetics within a bitingly witty meme template. View post

Beyond the Sounds of Darkie Fiction

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Authentically South African music duo Darkie Fiction came to be in 2017 by rapper, Katt Daddy and songstress, Yoza Mnyanda. We spoke to the two about all things music as they hit another milestone as part of RedBull's Beyond The Sound series with their episode airing on Channel O (DSTV 320), February 14 at 21:00. View post

Getting Real with Millennial Mothers

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We've made it through the 1st month of 2019 and we should be well into our routines by now. We caught up with busy millennial mothers, Buhle Mabanga and Keabetswe on how they managed to get their children back to school ready and how they make motherhood work in their lives. Buhle Mabanga, children's fashion designer and entrepreneur says her getting back to school routine is always an exciting task for her and her three children, Lukhona, Lilitha and Lolo. Photo: Provided "We usually start introducing some sort of order (slowly killing the holiday vibe) as soon as we come home from a holiday. We always aim to come home a week before schools open to give us time to prepare. This is also the best time to finalize things such as buying and labelling of uniforms, covering books and brainstorming lunch ideas. We start by bringing back the idea of going to ...