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The Dramatic and Over-the-Top World of South African Reality Television

From Being Bonang to Rich Kids—these are five of our favorite South African reality television shows streaming online

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We all love lamenting how ratchet reality television can be, but the ratings don't lie, fam. We can't help but indulge in the unbelievably lavish, downright bizarre and shameless behaviour in the lives of ordinary people and celebs who lay it bare on our screens for all to see. South Africa is no different. Whether you want to catch up with the always-extra Somizi or kick it with cool, calm and collected Minnie Dlamini or the sexy J'Something as he watches wannabe chefs cook up a storm, Showmax has all the reality entertainment to keep you coming back for more guilty pleasures.

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Panashe Chigumadzi on the Power In Our Personal Histories and 'Reclaiming Southern Africanness'

We speak to the Zimbawean writer about the themes in her latest book 'These Bones Will Rise Again.'

Panashe Chigumadzi approaches through the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg, clad in fitted athleisure wear. As soon as she spots the photographer, she insists we go and find a more camera-worthy outfit.

"Once a picture is on the internet, it's there forever," she says.

Chigumadzi is warm and admirably self-assured. Given her success, the Zimbabwean-born, South African-raised writer has every reason to be. The 27 year-old founder of Vanguard Magazine is well known both at home and abroad and was even featured on our 2016 list of 8 most influential black women South African Writers.

She has written for several publications including the Sunday Times, The Guardian and The New York Times and is the author of the novel Sweet Medicine. After finding a beautiful red and black cape, we sit down for the interview.

Chigumadzi's new book These Bones Will Rise Again was inspired by Alice Walker's essay In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens and focuses on the figure of Mbuya Nehanda, a spirit medium who fought in Zimbabwe's liberation movement the Chimurenga. The book was a way for Chigumadzi to explore the complexity of black women, her country's historical past as well as a means to connect and honour her late grandmother.

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There is No 'White Genocide' Happening in South Africa, So Why is the American Right So Obsessed?

How do you even respond to something so absurd?

Yesterday, President Trump tweeted that he had asked his Secretary of State to keep a close eye on South Africa's so-called land seizures and the large scale killing of white farmers. This has, of course, resulted in a tremendous backlash. South Africans, in particular, are confused. Surely, if anyone should be aware of any white genocide occurring because of land expropriation, it should be us? And yet most of us, from all races, are just as bewildered as the rest of the (non far-right) world.

It is extremely agitating to find myself writing about the mythical mass killings of white South African farmers yet again. So I'm hoping to set the record straight and be done with it because there are genuinely more important and pressing issues to attend to than something that is, in fact, not happening.

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