Ubuhle // The Documentary

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Ubuhle is a documentary film directed and produced by two young black female filmmakers, Mbali Mashaba and Pretty Mangena, that is centered around the politics of beauty. it focuses on beauty standards and the ideologies that have defined these in and around the black community and how they are often linked to history and politics of survival. It is also in the work of decolonizing beauty.  We've found it incredibly important to include women and men from all walks and spaces of life in order to present important conversations and realities defining beauty. We thought that there couldn't have been a better time to document these ideas than now, at a time in which mainstream media is flooding with generic hierarchical ideas of what beauty is and how violent these ideals are on those who consume them and in turn internalize them. Our focus has been on colorism, pretty privilege, cultural appropriation, make up, hair, the male gaze, and how these concepts have influenced beauty in the past and the present. A huge emphasis is placed on how mass media is constantly reinforcing beauty ideals and how they largely affect black women.

See the trailer below:

African Print Ride

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Join Whippet Cycles at the Thesis Lifestyle Store, Mofolo, for a celebration of colour and African textiles.

Event starts at 1pm with the ride leaving 3pm sharp.

DJ's will keep the party going with good vibes and sundowners.

@loreclaessensphotography will be shooting African print street studio portraits and @trevor_stuurman 's #stuurmanbike will be on display.

Thesis will also be shooting their new look book through out the day.

#africanprint #africantextiles #showyourcolours #socialride #bikeride #visitgauteng #jozi #soweto

#dressup #heritage #goodvibes #thesislifestyle #photoshoot #portaits #proudlysouthafrican #madeinjozi #madeinsouthafrica

The Honey // Chapter 8

Chapter 8 of The Honey: President Honey is an ode to series creator, Rendani Nemakhavhani's grandmother. Francina Siwela. Nemakhavhani worked with collaborating photographer Kgomotso Neto Tleane to create their new chapter.  "This chapter speaks to how I've experienced love in its greatest form and also how I'm really an amazing woman because of one particular woman. Working with Kgomotso is always the best thing because he always just goes with the ideas I propose to him and we guide each other through it all. I'm truly grateful. We make a really great team."

Chapter 8 of The Honey: President Honey is an ode to series creator, Rendani Nemakhavhani's grandmother. Francina Siwela. Nemakhavhani worked with collaborating photographer Kgomotso Neto Tleane to create their new chapter.

"This chapter speaks to how I've experienced love in its greatest form and also how I'm really an amazing woman because of one particular woman. Working with Kgomotso is always the best thing because he always just goes with the ideas I propose to him and we guide each other through it all. I'm truly grateful. We make a really great team."

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The series can be found on  allhailthehoney.tumblr.com

The series can be found on allhailthehoney.tumblr.com

#WCW // Shaina McCoy

  "Cheek bones higher than that thang 🌻"

 "Cheek bones higher than that thang 🌻"


We havent done a #WCW is a long while and we want to shine the light on Shaina McCoy.  An oil painter who lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota and began painting while studying.

Her striking oil paintings are very interesting to look at because of the intense brush stroke technique, the interesting color combination and that her subjects do not have facial features. 

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"His First Haircut 48” x 30” Oil on canvas"

"His First Haircut 48” x 30” Oil on canvas"

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"Self"

"Self"

Muzi // Zulu Skywalker

We stumbled upon this music video by Muzi // Zulu Sky Walker, a South African artist who has recently released an album titled Afrovision that features a number of well-known artists like Okmalumkoolkat and Langa Mavuso to name a few. 

We are also very excited to hear his new single dropping 7 September, Questions Ft Tiro. But whilst you are patiently waiting have a listen to his album. 

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Novesta South Africa sneakers x Thesis Lifestyle // Launch

Something like a mini get together

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So remember when we said the month of August will be about more collabos? Well the universe heard us and we are proud to introduce the Novesta South Africa Sneakers launch party. 

Many of you may know Novesta has become one of the best-loved and most popular brands throughout Europe. Novesta’s unique sneakers, which pair imaginative design with timeless sophistication, are a favorite around the world. And the shoe will be available at our stores!

Join us this weekend!

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Weekend Fixture!

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Polo Tournament is back again this weekend!

 A few weeks ago we had so much fun with our co-host Whippet Cycling and other Cycling Gangs at our first Polo Tournament. This weekend we want to extend the invite to you for an open court game at 157 Fulham Road, Brixton Johannesburg. All you need to bring is a Bike and stick. 

See you then! For more details follow @whipprtcycles on Instagram. 

Darkie Fiction // Bozza

There is something about this music video...could it be the way that the music video is like a combination of sounds that resemble the Old Kwaito and an infusion of Afropop. Or is it the art direction of the music video bringing back the vibes of friends having fun and being unapologetically young and free, together with the way everyone is styled in fits and combos our parents used to rock back then when they were our age. 

But whatever it is that Darkie Fiction is doing the must carry on doing the damn thing! 

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