“When you come from the township you have to prove yourself.” The words come from the driver’s seat out of a pool of darkness blotted by distant blurred lights. One hand grasping a flip-top bottle of Powerade, the other on the wheel of his moderately pimped out blue VW Golf, driving into Alex to watch […]
He may not quite know it yet, but Ricardo Rico Kutumela will, one day soon have to beat the ladies back with a stick. Hell, he almost had to beat me back! It’s the smile. Full. Warm. Genuine. I find myself immediately at ease, smiling myself. He seems to me the definition of cool––Jared Leto-style. […]
Soccer player. Student. Worker. Charmer.
“Call me Babes. Those who know me call me Babes.” I get the sense that everyone knows Babes. Sixty-nine years old, born in Alexandra township in Johannesburg, South Africa, Babes lives there to this day. A cross between James Earl Jones and Morgan Freeman, his deep raspy voice full of vibrato and passion seems equally […]
Isaac “Shakes” Kungwoane lumbers down 11th avenue, pausing momentarily to light a menthol Cravin A. His thick fingers form a cup around the flame, shielding it from the winds of this bitter South African winter. Horns blare from taxi vans that careen through Alexandra’s frighteningly narrow streets. “Watch these cars,” Shakes warns. “In Alexandra they […]
In the shadows of a windowless room, 17-year-old Nancy Majola sits between the television and a space heater. The heater’s few functioning coils glow a promising orange in an affront to their minimal effect. Like most homes in Alexandra Township, this battered, concrete structure has no heat, its interior colder than the brisk air outside. […]
Storyteller. Passionate advocate. Man of God. Man of the people. Friend.
Former superstar. Current role model. Carouser and family man. Shaaaaakes!
Leader. Example. Sweetheart. Fighter. Comeback kid.
Local celebrity. Student. Ladies man. Friend. Rising star.