Simon Tseko Nkoli

Any person who stands on the intersection of multiple marginalized identities can recognize this struggle. It's not an easy one to manage, but it is that balancing act that Nkoli the leader he was. He was the first in many regards, and he made the room for the seconds, thirds, and fourths who came after him.

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The Complex and Controversial Brenda Fassie

This week we are excited to begin our celebration of Black History Month! To start off, we will be looking at some more recent history, specifically the life and times of Brenda Fassie(1964-2004). Brenda Fassie was a South African pop star who gained international fame for her work and for the many media storms that built up around her. She was the niece of the famed activist-turned president, Nelson Mandela, and also held many of the same political stances throughout her life. Enough so, in fact, that some of her songs were banned in America. She was incredibly influential during her lifetime, exchanging the safety privacy could have offered her for a dramatically public life. It seems only right that we explore that life now.  

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