Serena Williams’ Treatment at the U.S. Open Is About More Than Tennis

“Black women have a right to be angry at how the world mistreats and dehumanizes us.” In this op-ed, writer Zerlina Maxwell explores how Serena Williams’ mistreatment at the U.S. Open is deeply relatable for black women. The much anticipated U.S. Open women’s final match Saturday — where Serena Williams played Japan’s Naomi Osaka — ended up […]

Black Women: The Marginalized of The Marginalized

For many, South Africa’s transition from the brutal system of apartheid to democracy symbolised hope, possibilities, liberation, equality and “a better life for all”. While the civil-political landscape of the country has changed, it would be naïve of us to believe that this political shift has translated into substantial social and economic transformation for black […]

Break If you must

Break if you must…break as often as you need to. Is it ok to collectively admit that sometimes we shatter? That at times things collide towards you all at once, and that in those moments your only balance is yourself. That you can very well reach a place where even your pillars can’t save you and no one […]

MY JOURNEY WITH ANXIETY

Am I anxious or merely under immense pressure or stress?  That is the question I frequently ask myself when I wake up in a sweat at 3am most mornings.  You feel your heart racing, terrified that it might just leap out of your chest. You feel that knot of despair in the pit of your stomach.  Your mouth has […]

The Truth About Dating A Married Man

This is not something I’m excited to write about, but if we’re being honest, there’s a lot of us… Or rather, a lot of me’s. Women dating a married man. You’ll be surprised at how many women are curious and interested in exploring this dynamic. Exploring it because it’s been fashioned as something without commitment […]

THE KEY TO SURVIVING YOUR 20’s

Why acceptance, moving on and showing up are essential to your growth A year and a half ago, while working as an intern for South African women’s magazine, True Love, I had the opportunity of having lunch with well established women in their mid to late 40s. When asked which decade was the best for them, […]

Unbecoming – Self Mastery Tools

When you are continually reliving the same (traumatic) experiencethrough different situations know that it is time for change. When the self subconsciously manifests character flaws stemming from a brokenness of some sort undergoing a journey of unbecoming becomes an urgent necessity. I was selected as one of the candidates to be part of a two month programme last year which I unfortunately dropped out of as it re-introduced me to the self […]

African Women And Tribal Marks In the 21st Century.

Babajide Olatunji, ‘Tribal Mark’, Series III

Tribal marking in Africa dates back thousands of years, from inked symbols of fertility on women in ancient Egypt to tattoos symbolising tribal hierarchy. Tribal marks hold a fixed place in Africa’s history. Joseph Nyaaba Photography Born into a family that glorifies and conforms to tradition I was basically deprived of the agency to choose whether or not I […]

9 Things I Wish I’d Known About Pregnancy

family during pregnancy

We all know about the weird cravings, morning sickness and emotional outbursts. Hollywood and the media make sure of that. But there were many more things that happened while I was pregnant that I didn’t know would or didn’t know to what effect. Here are 9 things I wish I’d known about being preggers. Morning Sickness doesn’t always end in puking […]