Why 90s kids are bored with Stikeez

This article is a work of satire

Come on Pick ’n Pay, let’s get serious. You expect me to be excited by your 24 little rubber characters, characters that thousands of soccer moms and primary school princesses are collecting and trading across the country? To whoever thought this idea up, I have no idea who you are, but I can say this with certainty: You definitely aren’t a 90’s kid.

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Meet the director of all things spicy

By Jordan Stier

When Thembela Madliki was an undergrad at Rhodes University, she never imagined herself as a “drama kid”, rather a kid that did drama. “I was different from my BComm and BSc friends on one hand, but on the other I was different from the drama department kids. I don’t smoke, I’m not vegetarian, you know?” she laughs over her cup of coffee.

Her aspirations have  been clear since the day in first year when she first encountered the Young Directors’ Season (YDS) pieces. “I saw the seniors do their YDS, and direct plays, and what-what, and I just couldn’t wait to get there,” she says. And she has given it her all.

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A small step for LGBT, not a giant leap

B y Jordan Stier

This has been an unforgettable year for the LGBT community. The day after the USA’s Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage as legal, 26 million Facebook users put a rainbow filter over their profile images in celebration. Millions more did so in the days that followed. The reaction from Republicans, religious groups and other conservative parties have been predictably antagonistic. However, many members of the LGBT community have not shown as much enthusiasm about the decision as one might expect.

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The 21st Century Pan-African Mind

By Jordan Stier

On 25 May 1963, an historic meeting of African leaders contributed enormously to the culmination of colonialism on the continent, the first great act of what would later be termed “Pan-Africanism”. Now, 52 years later, this continent has changed significantly, and so  has the understanding of what Pan-Africanism entails. It is an important part of our cultural heritage, yes, of course. But what is it? To discuss what the term now means, and what the 21st century Pan-African should be doing for her continent, Former President of South Africa Kgalema Motlanthe came to Rhodes University for the Pan-African Youth Dialogue’s (PAYD) 2015 Africa Day lecture.

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A really good talent show

By Jordan Stier

I last performed in a talent show in grade seven. My primary school put it on as a Mother’s Day brunch event, and some friends and I got together and formed a rock band. Our ensemble  was the fullest definition of the term “wannabe” you will ever encounter. We had two drummers, and two guitarists, I being one of the latter. In our audition we perfected Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”, but were told to play something more upbeat and cheery for the brunching moms. And so we went with “I’m a Believer” by The Monkees.

It was abysmal.

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Where did all the muso’s go?

By Jordan Stier

 

When was the last time you saw Seether in your neighbourhood? Or Dave Matthews? Or Watershed? These acts have all vacated South Africa and have been sore losses to our creative capital. Worryingly, the past few years have seen an unfortunate increase in the number of South African musicians leaving our shores for bigger, better, or just plain different things. We spoke to The Parlotones, Locnville, Gary Thomas, Nibs van der Spuy and Farryl Purkiss, five of the most prolific of these recent departees, about their reasons for leaving and their experiences of new lands. 

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A great fight, or a great story?

By Jordan Stier

Everyone loves an underdog. Everyone loves to see the rich prude overcome by the peasant; the massive figure of evil overcome by the pure force of good; David whip Goliath’s ass with nothing but an elastic band and a pebble (even though this was probably against the rules if you think about it). For boxing fans, this story is about to be told as it never has before.

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