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A people with no identity

‘The Ancestors’ by Hottentot (South Africa) is a brief description of a people disconnected from their cultural heritage, and thrust into a modern age This is one poem that should be read aloud. The writer makes skilful use of both…

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Books don’t translate to film

In general, books don’t fare well as movies. There will always be a literary element that is invisible to the movie-watching eye Life was a ball in the 1920s, even if you lived in North America, where unbeknownst to many,…

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The unforgettable woman of substance

The book is as fat as a stack of Bibles, but the sheer beauty of the storytelling takes all the intimidation out of it. It’s one heaven of a gripping read A couple of weeks ago it was my considered…

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Is the print media dying?

Digital media platforms have replaced the old-fashioned idealism of a good book with an instant Internet fix I have a stack of books sitting unread on a dusty shelf. Some I bought myself. Others I borrowed from family and friends….

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The trouble with the Twilight series

On the cover of Twilight, the first book in Stephanie Meyer’s series of vampire-inspired novels is a pair of pale, female hands, grasping a blood red apple. The forbidden fruit. And Meyers carries on with the symbolism of this startling…

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Black has always been beautiful

In ‘Lost Beauty’, Richard Mabala weeps for the sisters of his beloved country, who are killing off their authentic selves for the sake of a light skinned alter ego  In 1968, just as the American civil rights movement was drawing…

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The Bleeding Heart and Other Poems

The poetry anthology has themes and content that cover a wide spectrum of life, including politics, history, culture, nature, and humanity  The title of the book gives it away. And if the title doesn’t get you, the image on the…

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