South Africa has joined the fray of ball room culture; an originally American countercultural phenomenon rooted in necessity and defiance. In the late nineteenth century members of the underground LGBTQI+ community in large cities organized masquerade balls in direct defiance of laws and as a means to find community and belonging.
The symbols and rituals of power of colonial regimes that brutalised black Zimbabweans before independence are still hallowed in the free country. Farai Mudzingwa wonders why such a scenario persists in a nation where a phrase like “Zimbabwe will never be a colony again” is an integral part of the national lexicon.
This Is Africa recently did a simple experiment. We did an image search for “African children” on Google. The results were eye-opening especially when compared to Google searches for “American children” and “European children.” While the other two searches yielded images of cheerful, happy children, the image search for “African children” turned up many disturbing images of starving, distressed and yes, even gun-toting minors. Is this the real Africa or does Google need to play an active role in changing how the world sees the continent?