South Africa: Part two in a series on the Pondoland dagga growers.
Colourism is not peculiar to the African American community or other black communities in predominantly white spaces. It can also ironically be found firmly on the continent where the population is almost predominately black and brown. Oscar award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o weighed in on the issue and her experiences on colourism.
The minibus taxis with their trailers filled with goods offer a glimmer of hope for desperate people trying to make a living.
No one knows with confidence how many small-scale cannabis farmers there are in South Africa, but the number is large: one organisation estimates 900,000. Millions of people probably depend on income from cannabis. Here in Pondoland, these growers have been cultivating the plant for over 200 years.
In accordance with the Tanzania’s Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act passed in 2009, authorities in Zanzibar have registered approx. 340 traditional healers in an effort to regulate and support them.
The occurrences of sexual harassment against women on public transport, and ride hailing apps is of grave concern. A service called ChaufHer that is by women, for women hopes to provide a safer environment for women, and children as they go about their everyday lives.
A 270-acre distillery is the first in U.S. history to honour Nathan “Nearest” Green an African American slave known as the Godfather of Tennessee whiskey and one of the few operated and owned by a black woman. It is reported that Jack Daniels of the popular whiskey brand learnt everything on the art of distillation and the operation of a whiskey still from this man.
In African mythology twins are approached with both awe and apprehension. Some ethnic groups view them as good omens while others fear that they represent impending doom. Over time cultures that revere them have come to celebrate them annually in very unique festivals.
According to observers, black surfers are still not properly represented in various media and promotional events for the sport. It is likely because surfing is generally considered a “whites only” sport and the preserve of men; making it riddled with racial and gender biases against black women surfers.