South Africa's 'B-scheme' films from the 1970s and '80s featured all black casts and offbeat escapism – in part because the apartheid government wanted to keep every facet of black society in its grip. But they also showed blacks a life that might be possible.
Support for Mugabe in countries like South Africa speaks to a major tension for democracies in the region – between protecting the human rights they fought for decades to have and protecting those who fought that battle alongside them.
In almost every country in the world, average ages are rising fast, putting pressure on city councils, health-care systems, and national economies. And the solution may be the empowerment of older people themselves.
The Rainbow Nation's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court highlighted its increasingly shaky support from governments across the continent, but their reasons are more complex than headline-grabbing claims the court is racist.
Riots erupted last week after the ANC chose to swap the incumbent for a newcomer to run in the Aug. 3 vote. Many see a wide gap between party leaders and the public that could influence national elections.
It's been at least three decades since southern and eastern Africa have seen this level of drought. In an ironic twist, the progress countries have made in responding to drought may be making it harder to get the outside help many need.
When Penny Sparrow left a racist Facebook message aimed at black New Year's Day beach revelers, the overwhelming national response was based on South Africa's peculiar relationship with a central symbol of inequality.