Nobel Laureate and political activist, Nadine Gordimer is one of South Africa's best writers whose work I first encountered in university and have not stopped reading since. If you're looking for insight into the lives of ordinary people during the apartheid days I'd recommend The Conservationist, July's People (my fav'rit!) and The Burger's Daughter. Of course Nadine Gordimer's but one writer in a sea of many fine, accomplished South African writers but since this post is about her, I might as well point you to her good stuff. Below, are the best bits from an interview in which she spits some truth about democracy, Zimbabwe and Mandela :
Of South Africa: "We are still in the morning after. I cannot emphasis strongly enough, we have had 16 years [since democratic elections]. That's all. Sixteen years. It's not even a generation. And here you, in Britain and America, have had hundreds of years of working towards democracy, and it's still not perfect; you've still got poor people, you've still got xenophobia. But we're expected to have done it in 16 years."
...When Gordimer met Robert Mugabe, not long after he came to power, she thought "he really seemed to be a good man. It's the old thing of absolute power corrupts. He seems to have gone a little mad. And I also blame the wives. Very often the wives of these people become the world's biggest shoppers; including his. His first wife was a good influence, but this one comes to one of the biggest hotels in Johannesburg, brings her entourage, she shops like mad. She's also been to Dubai to shop. While all these people are starving."
What does she think will happen when Mandela dies? "I can only compare it to the 27 years he was in prison; stone walls do not a prison make. Mandela was with us when he was in prison. And in a strange way, Mandela will be with us when he's dead and gone. I don't know how long that will last. But he will become more of an icon, just as Mahatma Gandhi did."
...The fiction might be what matters, says Gordimer, but it is the deeds of her life by which she wants to be judged. "That through the way you lived your life as a human being, rather than what you did as a writer, you could earn your way to being an African. I am an African. I am white. I in my humble way, and others in their much more brave way, have earned that right. Nothing else."
"Where were you the day hiphop died? Is it too early to mourn or too late to ride?"
BEAUTIFUL BLACK JOHN
The Blogger With The Biggest Community Chest in TX - Monopoly's Got Nuthin On Him. Click on the Face.
Pick A Name, Any Name Anonymi. PLEASE Identify ThySelf
LEADERS OF ZIMBABWE'S 1ST CHIMURENGA; NEHANDA, KAGUVI & CHAMINUKA
jacked from neoformix.com
Dancing on the Moon
SUMBODI BROK AMURRYKA, WHO, WHO, WHO?
"TOWARDS AN EVER CLOSER UNION OF EUROPEAN NATIONS"
Diamond from Botswana
Lead Singer of Bongo Maffin (SA)
'IF I COULD TEACH THE WORLD TO LIVE IN PERFECT HARMONY'
UN World Peace Pic, Words from Bone Thugs
H.I.M HAILE SELASSIE I
FROM LONDON TO HARARE
5 140 M, 8 272 km Location: Leicester Square, Lon, England. (Copyleft Kon Womyn)
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. Rev 1 v 17 - 18
The Black Madonna
ANTI IRAQ WAR ART
By Mike Vallen, 2003
RAIMI GBADAMOSI, VISUAL ARTIST & SCHOLAR
"I believe in a world without borders"
"..if they desist, know well that Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Compassionate"
MALE & FEMALE CHROMOSOMES
There are about 20-30 human intersex states known.
The current women 800m world record holder Jarmila Kratochvílová, no questions of identity asked, but she looks just as if not more 'masculine' yet Semenya is also just as feminine as she.
STANISLLAWA WALASIEWICZ (STELLA WALSH), POLAND
Winner of the 100m race at the 1932 Olympics. She was forced to return her medals after the IOC found out that she a hermaphrodite.
MARIA JOSE MARTINEZ PATINO, SPAIN
The woman who battled to prove she was a woman.
SANTHI SOUNDARARJAN, INDIA
Winner of a Silver Medal at the 2006 Asian Games who 'failed' a gender test
MARIA MUTOLA, MOZAMBIQUE
African Champion with nine international titles to her name. When she first broke onto the international scene, rumours started doing the rounds she was a man and not a woman, but there was no substance to these ridiculous claims.
SERENA WILLIAMS, USA
Tennis Champ whose name has spun the rumour mills because of her masculine appearance...Nothing but jealousy.
MARION JONES, USA
Is this a thing of beauty? One blogger suggested from the neck down Semenya and Jones look the same. Could their capabilities in strength also be somewhat similar regardless of chromosomes & sans the performance enhancers Jones took?
DERARTU TULU, ETHIOPIA
First Black African to win an Olympic Medal in Barcelona, 1992. Nawal El-Mutawakel of Morrocco was the the first African to win an Olympic Medal in 1984.
ALICE COACHMAN, USA
First Black Woman to ever compete AND win Gold at the Olympics, Berlin Games, 1936
CASTER SEMENYA WINNER OF WOMEN'S 800M IAAF GAMES 2009
FROM PRESIDENT-ELECT TO PRESIDENT
THE JOKER - THE ORIGINAL
This was originally done by an art student, Firas Khateeb before B.O was inaugerated. It was a part of a series of experimental images not as expressive of political opinion.
How To Blow Up Two Heads At Once (Ladies)
By Yinka Shonibare, 2006
THE SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA
By Yinka Shonibare
BLACKFACE / MINSTREL FROM BAMBOOZLED
Now, this cuts DEEP!
HEATH LEDGER AS THE JOKER
FADED HIGH HOPES
OBAMA JOKER POSTER
SHEPARD FAIREY'S FAMOUS HOPE IMAGE
JAMES LILLIS "JOKE"
Style originating from Yoruba culture symbolizing the woven baskets marketwomen carry on their heads
LA VIDA HAIR SALON
The Good Hair Show
Jamelia in India
100% Human Hair indeed!
Shingi Shoniwa, Lead Singer of The Noisettes
On hair: "I keep it funky with an afro on stage so I can rock out. No way I'd have a lace-front weave like Beyonce's."
ANTM Cycle 6 repping for Nigeria
The Congolese immigrant who set herself alight in protest to Belgium's racism
Plight of the Dispossessed People
Chagos Islanders protesting outside UK Houses of Parliament '08