22 March 2017

Corium Naturals First Impressions

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16 March 2017

The Meaning of GC from Uzalo

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A few weeks ago, I came back from work early-ish to catch Hulisani (fka Cece) Ravele on TV in the early evening. When last! It wasn't Yotv -- it's not 2007 anymore or that year we all knew she (and Carly, and Sade, and Sipho etc) was definitely too old to be doing that. Instead, I was just on time to see the last half of Afternoon Express, the cringe-worthy Woolworths-Revlon-Rooibos etc infomercial hosted by Jeannie D., Bonnie Mbuli (whom I love), Danilo Acquisto and, occasionally, Bonang Matheba.

They were interviewing youth presenters and people who "grew up" on television. Acquisto introduced Ayanda Makuzeni (his former Hectic Nine-9 colleague), a black god. I watched as they went through the interview questions and I wanted to bottle the moment up. I sent inadequate voice clips to my friend Sabelosami through WhatsApp. I DM Sabelosami most of Makuzeni's posts on Instagram, so I knew he was my target market for this content too. What stood out for me was how clear Makuzeni's vision was to him: He's been unapologetically himself (black, gay, femme) on his television show aimed at youth (13 - 20, maybe) because he knows there are boys who are just like him but not nearly enuf Ayanda Makuzeni's represented in media. 

The existence of Ayanda Makuzeni in his capacity as a presenter, to me, someone who consumes and critiques culture, closely related to the existence of the character of GC on Uzalo

13 March 2017


I remember saying, out loud, that the cold water he put in the bathtub was too much. The cold water, compared to the big pot of hot water -- maybe even boiling water -- would create a lukewarm bath in my mind. So, I told him so.

Chiron, young and neglected by his mother who is a drug addict, has to do a lot for himself and by himself. In one scene she even brags that he's usually very good at taking care of himself. This iteration of Chiron was my favourite. I don't know, maybe I got too attached to that little scowling face. The vaseline glow.

I keep thinking about him. As a career-lonely teen (is this even a thing a 25-year-old woman should say? Shit, I'm 25) I related to him as a teen, the loneliness was familiar. I was happy for the older Chiron because he made a life for himself, seemed in control, seemed happy-ish. (or not scared anymore.) But I think about Little the most. I wonder how he didn't stop, what did he find in himself that kept him more just going but himself. I'm thankful for Juan. I think about Little and I want to stop him having lukewarm baths.

I've seen Moonlight and I absolutely loved it. I want to see it again but I doubt I'll be able to. It was expensive. It might no longer be in cinemas by the time I can go again etc. Go see it if you can.

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