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Seminude School Performance Sparks Debate About Tradition in South Africa


The performance raised questions about the uneasy balance between cultural appreciation and modern views of dignity and female empowerment. The episode also highlighted the unintended consequences of digital technology, which, in this case, spread local images to a far wider, even global, audience.

The so-called reed dance is performed each year in seminudity in other rural societies in Swaziland and in South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal province. The form of dress using a small apron is also widespread in traditional Ndebele culture.

But a reader on The Daily Dispatch’s website said: “All this needs to stop. When people blindly follow ‘culture’ they do not even know the origins or reasons for the culture. The origins are usually exploitative.

“How is this not pedophilia masquerading as…

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South African young women weigh freedom and tradition


Sinegugu Sikhakhane stares at her reflection in the mirror of her bedroom, testing the makeup she will wear for her engagement party – a celebration of a proposal not made to her, or even with her knowledge.

Ms. Sikhakhane was a third-year university student when her boyfriend approached her family to ask for her hand in marriage, sealing her future with a cash payment. She was not part of the conversation.  

They wouldn’t get married for four years, when a bride price, paid in cattle, would be due, but no other man could ask to marry her. 

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“I didn’t choose – my family chose for me,” says Sikhakhane, a 22-year-old university graduate, pulling on her denim jacket and shaking loose her thick black…

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Bride price: Young South African women weigh freedom and tradition


Sinegugu Sikhakhane was a third-year university student when her boyfriend approached her family to ask for her hand in marriage, sealing her future with a cash payment. She was not part of the conversation. “I didn’t choose; my family chose for me,” says Ms. Sikhakhane. This tradition, in which a groom’s family makes a payment in livestock or cash before a marriage can take place, is practiced across much of Africa. Here in South Africa, it is known as lobola. Many young women say they respect the traditions of their cultures, but they chafe at a transaction that treats them as a commodity and binds them to a life commitment without their consent. They’re addressing this in a variety of ways, from cohabiting to avoid traditional marriage and lobola altogether, to fighting…

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Bride price: Young South African women weigh freedom and tradition


Sinegugu Sikhakhane was a third-year university student when her boyfriend approached her family to ask for her hand in marriage, sealing her future with a cash payment. She was not part of the conversation. “I didn’t choose; my family chose for me,” says Ms. Sikhakhane. This tradition, in which a groom’s family makes a payment in livestock or cash before a marriage can take place, is practiced across much of Africa. Here in South Africa, it is known as lobola. Many young women say they respect the traditions of their cultures, but they chafe at a transaction that treats them as a commodity and binds them to a life commitment without their consent. They’re addressing this in a variety of ways, from cohabiting to avoid traditional marriage and lobola altogether, to fighting…

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Memorial Day ceremonies rooted in Charleston tradition


Hampton Park connected to the first observance of Memorial Day.

Hampton Park is a large green space on the Peninsula loved by runners, walkers, and cyclists.

The park, though, has a complex history.

“The racetrack that is now Hampton Park was used as a prisoner of war camp for Union POWs,” said Adam Domby, assistant professor of history at the College of Charleston.

At the time the park was called the Washington Racecourse and Jockey Club.

257 Union prisoners died in the camp and were buried in a mass grave.

“A martyr dies for something greater than himself,” Domby said, “In this case the martyrs died for African Americans to be free.”

Freed slaves spent the weeks before what historians have labeled the first Memorial Day exhuming the bodies of the soldiers, creating…

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Royal wedding breaks tradition on more than one front



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Meghan Markle, with a white father and African-American mother, is the first biracial person to join the UK’s royal family. Some have wondered about her ethnicity and what it will mean to the British people.

University of North Florida history professor, Albert Dorsey Jr. gives some insight on what it is like to live in England and be black.

“Black folks in England probably share a very similar role as those here in the USA. However, there’s not the prison industrial complex. Great Britain did not suffer a legacy of lynch mob violence. so…

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