There are a couple of actors that I do not particularly care for, and Hugh Grant is one of them. Nothing against him as a person I should add - after all, I don’t know the man individually as I have never met him. The only bit of semi personal knowledge I have is that [...]
This is the first of a two-part blog post titled Black on Both Sides.
I’m sure the Hip-Hop aficionados remember and probably still play Black on Both Sides, Mos Def’s classic break out album, right? Mos Def or should I say Yasiin Bey now, as he changed his name recently hasn’t been bringing the classics lately but his shit was hot fire when I was growing up. I grew up in Toronto, Canada with my mother and two brothers. We were black in Canada even though we were mixed race. And that was cool until I went Cape Town, South Africa. Black is not for everyone even when you think you black on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
Black was cool, we had all the cool rappers, sports stars, musicians, singers, even Michael Jackson until he created his own alien race. I wonder who claims him now. I didn’t feel any sort of issue with my skin colour. We lived in an area with lots of immigrants, I dated white girls, east and west indian girls and black girls. It was awesome. I loved it and when I went to university I got a deeper understanding of being black, the history of Africa, the history of Slavery, African-American history and all that. I immersed myself in all this because I wanted to know more about my people, black people. Even though I was mixed race, I was black in everything I did and my mom didn’t seem to mind.
So growing up in Canada was great, its somewhat racially integrated, relaxed and yes free healthcare. I think I have to say that just to spite my American friends. Race for me was not much of an issue until I got back to Cape Town. I was born in Paarl outside Cape Town and then moved to Canada when I was 3. I don’t remember much of Paarl or Cape Town. I recently went back to visit my grandparents, who had moved to the Cape Flats in Cape Town, one of the places people of colour were forcibly moved into during Apartheid.
In Cape Town I was coloured, Cape Coloured to be precise. Not black as I thought but coloured. I thought being called coloured was racist but in South Africa it’s a people group, a race so to speak. I can tell you honestly I am not used to being called coloured. I thought I was black but in South Africa being black in not as all-encompassing as I thought. In South Africa there are white people, black African people, indian people and coloured people. I am coloured formerly black when I was in Cape Town.
I don’t have much time to go into the history of South Africa, let alone the history of the Cape Flats but all I can say is its very complicated. When I was in Cape Town I asked my grandfather, why do they call themselves coloured? He was not happy with the question. He asked me are you not coloured. I said no, I am black. Then he flipped out and in no uncertain words told me that you are not black you are coloured. I was shocked and didn’t know what to say. I wanted to reply but I was new here and you know what I didn’t want to fight this man. He is 6ft 5 inches and wide as a door. So I apologised and walked away.
To Be Continued…
-Andre The Black
So who is Andre The Black? Andre is a well built man, not as tall as his grandfather but big enough man. He loves soccer, music of all sorts and is a bit a FIFA Football fanatic especially on X-Box 360.
Favourite Film/TV show: Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13, Paranormal Activity. On the TV side Fringe, Lost and X-Files.
This story does my heart good. As a proud Nigerian-American hearing news about the homeland that doesn’t involve a Nigerian prince asking for money via email, makes me a little giddy. A few years ago, Nigeria launched 2 satellites in to space. According to the BBC these satellites are now being used to keep tabs on [...]
This is the first blog post in a Blog Series called Mafuta Vibes. Are You Allowed To Be Fat? So I don’t blog much, so this is my first blog. I do write lots about me and life in my diary, like most young girls do. But today I am branching out and trying this whole blogging [...]
This is Part 1 of a two-part blog on “Hood” Movies in South Africa. Right now I am hungry for a brothers in-the-hood movie, completely gangster. With Impala 64’s and slow moving drive-by assassinations, “chicken-head” women chattering all over the place and smack talking. Scenarios where the kid on a BMX is selling crack, under-aged [...]
At some point in your life you have heard the names One Piece, Naruto, or Bleach if not then definitely these Digimon, Pokemon and Dragon Ball Z. Growing up some of us didn’t know these cartoons were a subculture of Anime. I’ll approach this post on the chances that the majority of our community are [...]
The 90′s were famous for their many comedies whether black, white or homegrown. When I think of the comedies that I enjoyed as a young girl my mind goes to Friends, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Martin I loved those comedies. They just used to make laugh so much. I love the lightness and sometimes [...]
Today we are proud to announce that we are launching a subscription service for all our users. For US$5.99 per month you will get unlimited access to all our TV shows and films. We have redesigned the Wabona website and we are launching this new service with some new West African films on Wabona. We want to make [...]
Since we had such amazing feedback on our soap opera post, I thought it would be good to speak about Generations new villainess or b*tch. Her name is Noluntu Mamela, played so well by rising star Zenande Mfenyana and she is ruthless, cold, charming and scary.
As a young girl, I was a big soapie lover. I loved all the soap operas from Days of Our Lives to Backstage. I must admit that in the 1990′s and early 2000′s my favourite soap operas were the South African ones. I just could not miss an episode of Generations and Isidingo. The backstabbing [...]
Posted in Wabona on March 27th, 2013 By wabona
Game of Thrones Season 3 is about to start and here is Wabona CEO, Simbarashe telling you why he loves it.