Me: Sawubona? South African: Yebo, Unjani? Me: Ngiyapila, nam… South African: Ngiyapila *Insert follow up question* Me: I’m sorry, I don’t know much Zulu South African: So what language do you speak? Me: English South African: English and what? Me: Just English South African: *Insert all types of looks of confusion* What do you mean? … More English & What?
South Africa’s Born-Frees – the first generation of Black South Africans to be born after the apartheid ended in ’94 – are coming of age. This generation knows the struggles of the past and continues the fight for justice whether through protesting unreasonable tuition or the ability to wear natural hair to school. They understand … More Thoughts of a Born-Free
“Our universe grants every soul a twin – a reflection of themselves- the kindred spirit.” None of Trump’s numerous significant others have managed to fit this script, but guess who does. Another unprepared, unqualified, charismatic, anti-establishment president whose impeachment has been the desire of the masses from the get, South Africa’s President Zuma. Clearly … More Trump’s African Soulmate
Name a scenario in which kids and teargas might be an appropriate combination. Try harder. I’ll wait. Ok, cool. Glad we’re on the same page. On June 16, 1976, police officers in Johannesburg felt as though they had found the appropriate situation for this combination, thus sparking the Soweto Uprising. Thousands of students were peacefully … More Kids, Teargas & Their Combined Legacy
*Insert statistic about starving African babies. *Insert image of starving, naked African kids. *Insert reality check that my students, whether they own one or five uniforms, come to school everyday looking sharper than a razor blade, electricity or not. But really, my kids are starving. They’re not starving for whatever you have to offer on … More Hungry… for Knowledge
One of the first lessons we learn in life is the importance of family. In a conversation with one of our amazing guest bloggers, he pointed out to me that the concept of a nuclear family is a western idea. When I thought about it I realized he was right. The geographical, economic and social layout … More Sisters and Bros in Different Area Codes: Community as Family
“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” – Maya Angelou In this section of the blog, you will have access to a new, yet old kind of home. Earlier this year I began my journey as a Fulbright Teaching … More Writing Home