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Racist Notions and People Like Penny Sparrow: Watch Panashe Chigumadzi’s TEDxTalk, “A New Self-identity for Africans”

Social media has been up in arms, and rightfully so, after a racist comment made by KZN estate agent Penny Sparrow in which she openly referred to black people as monkeys on her Facebook page:

 

Sparrow’s name has been trending on Twitter all day, with calls for action against blatant racists like her:


 

Sweet MedicineThe conversation that has been sparked by Sparrow’s offensive comment, and other similar social media posts, has reminded us of a point made by Sweet Medicine author Panashe Chigumadzi during the 2013 TEDxJohannesburg gathering.

In a lecture titled “A new self-identity for Africans”, Chigumadzi called for the “deprogramming of the colonised mind with programming”, reflecting on the racist notions that exist in post-apartheid South African media and society. South Africans, or more specifically black South Africans, suffer from a 300 year old negative colonial narrative that has shaped not only how the world sees them, but in many ways also how they see themselves – as inferior citizens of the world. Case in point: Sparrow’s comment (and the words of those who ‘defend’ her).

Analysing results from a media monitoring project, Chigumadzi looked at messaging and the control of African media to see how black people are projected. Racist notions that exist include the following:

1. Blacks are criminals
2. Blacks are irrational
3. People act according to their ethnic identity

Chigumadzi defines the concept ‘sterotype threat’ and makes a call for Africans to take back the stereotypes that exist about them; she urges black people to exercise control over the way in which they are perceived.

Watch the video to see examples of how that has and can be done through media, including how to speak up when negative racial notions are encouraged by individuals and media organisations:

Let’s redefine what it means to be black and African and reaffirm ourselves in our identity. Let’s deprogram our colonised minds, with good, compelling content.

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Read more about Panashe Chigumadzi and her magnificent debut novel:

 

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David Smith Tweets Christa Kuljian’s Troyeville Book Club Discussion on Sanctuary

SanctuaryDavid Smith, Africa correspondent of The Guardian, tweeted from the Troyeville Hotel where Christa Kuljian discussed her book, Sanctuary: How an Inner-city Church Spilled onto a Sidewalk, which focuses on the role that the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg played during the xenophobic attacks of 2008.

At the Troyeville Book Club event Kuljian discussed her research and the continuing influence of the church. According to her, there are still 700 people sleeping at the church and if there is to be another political crisis, the mass influx could happen again.

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Lilliesleaf 50th Anniversary: Events with Bob Hepple, Denis Goldberg and Ahmed Kathrada (Plus: Commemorative Tweets)

Invite: Launch of Young Man with a Red Tie Invite: Reflection on the Raid on Lilliesleaf

 
The Young Man with the Red TieA Free MindAlert! 11 July marks the 50th anniversary of the raid on Lilliesleaf farm, which resulted in the infamous Rivonia trial, where Nelson Mandela and seven other anti-apartheid struggle leaders were sentenced to life in prison.

Tonight, join struggle veterans Denis Goldberg and Ahmed Kathrada and Sir Bob Hepple, who provided legal assistance to Mandela, as they reflect on the raid on Lilliesleaf.

Tomorrow, Hepple will launch his memoir, The Young Man with the Red Tie, at the Lilliesleaf museum. Both events start at 6:30 PM for 7 PM. Details follow below.

In commemoration, Radio 702 and the Lilliesleaf museum are also collaborating on a Twitter account, @RivoniaRaid, which provides a real time timeline of events leading up to the raid on 11 July 1963:

Event Details: Reflection on the raid on Lilliesleaf

  • Date: Monday, 8 July 2013
  • Time: 6:30 PM for 7 PM
  • Venue: The Auditorium,
    7 George Avenue,
    Rivonia | Map
  • RSVP: mo@llt.co.za, 011 803 7882 or 083 269 2833

Event Details: Launch of The Young Man with the Red Tie

  • Date: Tuesday, 9 July 2013
  • Time: 6:30 PM for 7 PM
  • Venue: The Auditorium,
    7 George Avenue,
    Rivonia | Map
  • RSVP: mo@llt.co.za, 011 803 7882 or 083 269 2833

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Ebrahim Harvey’s High-profile Launch for Kgalema Motlanthe Trends on Twitter

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Kgalema MotlantheKgalema Motlanthe: A Political Biography by Ebrahim Harvey was launched last night at the University of the Witwatersrand. The high-profile event was packed with politicians, struggle veterans and media personalities. Gwede Mantashe, Tokyo Sexwale, Trevor Manuel, George Bizos and Ahmed Kathrada were among the familiar faces in the audience.

The streams of tweets sent out during and after the launch got the #Kgalemabook hashtag trending yesterday evening:

A Books LIVE correspondent attended the event and will be writing a full launch report shortly – in the meantime, here’s what Twitter had to say:

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Gallery: African Pens 2011 Launched and SA PEN/Studzinsky Award Winners Announced at the Book Lounge

James Whyle

African Pens 2011The prestigious SA PEN/Studzinski Literary Award, which has launched many a successful writing career and is judged by JM Coetzee, last night went to James Whyle for his short story “The Story”.

Of the 21 finalists, 12 gathered at the Book Lounge to hear the outcome and get a first glimpse of the anthology African Pens 2011, containing their stories. (See photos below.) Said anthology was kept sealed in boxes, however, until the winners were announced, to avoid spoiling the surprise.

Whyle wins the first prize of £5 000, with Beth Hunt taking the second prize of £3 000 for her story “Heatwave” and William Oosthuizen walking away with £2 000 for his story “The Ticket” which came in third place.

Liesl Jobson Sarah Lotz Margaret Jacobsohn Rosamund Kendal Andrew Prior Graham Ellis Graham Ellis Joline Young William Oosthuizen Beth Hunt Bobby Jordan Andrew Salomon

Books LIVE was on the scene:


#penstudz Sloman introduces Margie Orford, who mentions Henrietta Rose-Inness and Petina Gappah as former winnersless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#penstudz Orford: almost 400 writers submitted 500+ stories, 2/3 from ZA. Oldest writer: 103; youngest, 15.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#penstudz Orford thanks the competition’s ‘filter readers’ 1000+ readings overallless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#penstudz Orford now thanks Coetzee, tells a story. He taught her at UCT; she once handed him an essay that was lightly marked…less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#penstudz …with the phrase ‘glimmers of intelligence’. Orford: I reread the essay and found myself in agreement.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#penstudz Orford thanks a whole slew of SA PEN supporters and helpers, plus @JacanaMedia, which are publishing the compilationless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


James Whyle Wins the 2011 PEN/Studzinski Literary Award http://bookslive.co.za/aO1Iless than a minute ago via BOOK Southern Africa Favorite Retweet Reply


#penstudz Whyle on his win: ‘I’m overwhelmed. Don’t know what to say. Money will go to the bond!’less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply


#penstudz winner James Whyle – a closeup. Fun fact! He once was in a ‘very bad Patrick Swayze’ flick http://yfrog.com/h7rnwdaxjless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


#penstudz winner James Whyle – a closeup. Fun fact! He once was in a ‘very bad Patrick Swayze’ flick http://yfrog.com/h7rnwdaxjless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


#penstudz James Whyle is currently in the Univ Stellenbosch MA for creative writing, supervised by Marlene van Niekerkless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

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