Tuesday, 21 June 2016

JAB

The story of actively resisting and being defiant while patriarchy looms large and infects everything around you.
Vanessa Ntlapo as Bee


Meeting Beatrice "Bee" Sondlo (on JAB on SABC 1) has been a bitter exercise. She is powerful and funny and beautiful and I am glad to know her but seeing her battle to survive hasn’t been entertaining. Bee is 19 years old, a fact I forget sometimes – as easily as I forget that I myself am only just 24. Newly so.

Bee is a fighter. She fights for her home, fights to get a shot at professional boxing, fights her mother and her demons. Fights for herself as much as she fights herself. 

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Tastic "Avulekile" TV AD

           
The worst part about this new Tastic ad isn't even that they are singing about rice. I mean, sure this choir can sing. Whatever. The boring factor -- I mean how many times are advertising agencies going to sit around and say, "LIGHT BULB. We could make x sing. Hopefully dance. But singing is key for this communication strategy"? It's boring.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Clickbait -- On Generations' Wandile Radebe

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Chiedza "Chi" Mhende as Wandile Radebe
When the third Radebe brother debuted on the spinoff of South Africa's favourite soapie – the show formerly known as Generations - No Disclaimer --, I wasn't paying much attention. He was good-looking enough, if boyish. He had a funny accent and a tender way about him. I was too pre-occupied with Nkululeko Tshirumbula's turn as the second Radebe brother, Vuyo. It was interesting to watch Tshirumbula because I had no idea, while he was on Muvhango, that his acting could reach this depth. His Gundo seemed like rock bottom but his Vuyo proved there is a level lower.

The first time I took a second look at the Wandile Radebe character was when my sister related to me a rumour from her high school that Wandile Radebe is played by a woman. The character had always presented male to me on screen, a beautiful boy. So i thought, oh the actor is trans! Maybe he had been in a newspaper talking about transitioning and his trans experience. You know how we are all still learning about gender. Good on Generations!