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Broken pieces.

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“If you don’t have a test, you won’t be able to have a testimony.” – Iyanla Vanzant

Sometimes we find ourselves fully immersed in our lives, on the fast track with everything running smoothly until suddenly all of that is interrupted and things fall apart. The abruptness of the moment is enough to leave most of us feeling devastated and helpless. It’s like looking at broken pieces of glass, it’s hard to see how it might ever come together again.

When things don’t go accordingly the way we planned them out, we tend to want to give up, because picking up all the broken pieces looks like hard work.When things fall apart we are faced two choices either we run in flight or we fight. For a lot of people the first instinct is to run because ultimately no one wants to take in pain, it is not a pleasant feeling. Not to mention the surrounding feelings around pain, like disappointment, shame and resentment.

The first mistake we make when things fall apart, is that we ask why. Yes, it’s important to try and evaluate what went wrong but when we don’t find the answers we tend to dwell on the brokenness. That stops us from healing and moving on.

We need to learn to allow ourselves to feel the pain and release the pain. Allow ourselves to go through it and start over, as heavy and hard as it might seem we must allow ourselves to be open to the possibility of being healed, whole and happy again.

When something breaks or falls apart it might be a call from the universe that there is a need for change, things are no longer in alignment and if we respond accordingly we will be lead to something greater and better. This relates to any sort of relationship or a journey we might embark on. We need to accept that in life we will come across many challenges and the best favour we can do for ourselves is to equip ourselves with resilience, perseverance and endurance. There is strength in vulnerability, embrace it, pick up the broken pieces and restore your life. Find your happiness.

 

His and Hers Jams – Women and Art.

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On a vibey Sunday morning we headed out to Lebo’s Backpackers in Soweto, Mzimhlophe to check out His and Hers Jams #WomenandArt picnic event. His and Hers Jams is a movement centred around the arts, music and its lifestyle and on this particular occasion they set out to celebrate women in art.

As soon as you walk in you are welcomed with warm smiles from the locals, good music and good energy, allowing you to immerse yourself in the fusion of culture in alternative soweto. The area is filled with incredible art works on display by extraordinary female artist who assert their voice through their art.

We find Sizakele Phohleli at her stall sitting symbolically with a suitcase placed on the table, revealing a stack of books titled “Letters to Cinnamon.” The suitcase on the table speaks to the need to unpack pressing issues that are addressed in the book. The book is based on poetry that reflects and tells the stories of the state of black queer Africans.

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Eunice Rakhale-Molefe

Not too far away, we come across Eunice Rakhale-Molefe a culinary veteran and author of Dialogue Dining, which sets to illustrate the culinary diversity of Southern African cuisine and of some regarding the neighbouring states. She compares the similarities while dually authenticating its unique palatable heritage. Her artistry spans beyond the culinary world as she invites us to reflect on our culture, its cuisine and its discourse through literature.

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Masego Masygold Phalane

As you pass through the middle of the space, you can’t help but stop and marvel at Masego Masygold Phalane‘s exhibiton “We are women”.  Her photo exhibition explores black women and their hair. This exhibition features a portrait series of women showing off their expressive hairstyles. Exploring the concept of that hair is their “pride and power”.

Not only did we get to experience the best of the art world, but the best cuisine too. The air was filled with tantalizing aromas and we couldn’t help but indulge in the mouth-watering food from Foyoko and Good to Go Eatery.

With the mc’s adding a little more laughter and burst of energy to our day we couldn’t help but feel at home. The rest of the afternoon is filled with dynamic performances from unique musicians who captivated the audience. DJ Skado a true creative who offered us a dub sound that sends chills down the spine, doing all this from her tablet – how dope! Nono Nkoane showed off her angelic voice and nu jazz sound which smoothed down the mood. This was followed by Lindz Key_Ano’s dynamic number on the piano. Adelle launched us into the afternoon as the sun set the sound of her angelic voice also showing off pure talent as a one man band. The super talented ladies on deck held it down and had everybody on their feet throughout the day, with featured sets by Miss Buttons, Davina Satori, Brown Pepper Ann, and Teedo.

His and Hers Jams gave us a full art experience and a day to remember, thank you to Tshidiso and Ngoako and their incredible team. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and are absolutely looking forward to more from His and Hers Jams.

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                                                          Written by Kea Mooka

Tubatse Mosadi.

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Theto Maleka is a digital content creator who loves music, poetry and traveling. She is the founder of Rata Rata Store the coolest hub for traveling, creating, buying, promoting, selling and supplying all kinds of music and art. This creative on the move truly embodies the term as she is also an ambassador for the volunteer programme Hero Holidays.

“I am inspired by my family story and my everyday life goals. Most of my work is probably based on storytelling and forecasting what I find relevant. The best thing I’ve learnt in the creative industry is to be free and honest with myself. I’d advise up and coming creatives and artists to love their work, research their work, stay relevant, find their niche, respect other peoples work. Keep your worth in mind, always be open to learning new things, and do you one hundred percent.”

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