Characters

Rising Star

Rising Star

“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 […]

A Good Kid

A Good Kid

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. […]

Ricardo "Rico" Kutumela Gallery

Ricardo “Rico” Kutumela Gallery

Soccer player. Student. Worker. Charmer.


Man Of The People

Man Of The People

“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 […]

Superstar

Superstar

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 […]

Comeback Kid

Comeback Kid

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. […]


Jacob "Babes" Bopape Gallery

Jacob “Babes” Bopape Gallery

Storyteller. Passionate advocate. Man of God. Man of the people. Friend.

Isaac "Shakes" Kungwane Gallery

Isaac “Shakes” Kungwane Gallery

Former superstar. Current role model. Carouser and family man. Shaaaaakes!

Nancy "Maradona" Majola Gallery

Nancy “Maradona” Majola Gallery

Leader. Example. Sweetheart. Fighter. Comeback kid.


Patrick "Raiden" Phungwayo Gallery

Patrick “Raiden” Phungwayo Gallery

Local celebrity. Student. Ladies man. Friend. Rising star.