All in due time

Greetings,

I sometimes wonder whether it is an excuse for my often protracted procrastination or it really is a function of my belief … everything happens when it is supposed to happen. With my own projects, I often take an ‘all in due time’ approach.


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Time is important to me. I like to keep it. Yet, in The Tyranny of Time, Joe Zadeh writes, “The clock is a useful social tool, but it is also deeply political. It benefits some, marginalises others and blinds us from a true understanding of our own bodies and the world around us.” Never thought about it that way, until now.


2

I can think of better ways to spend 30 years but I can also think of worse ways. Meet the Man Who Used Kraftwerk, Fela Kuti, and Other Fascinating Music to Try to Lure Aliens to Earth.


3

With my book Listen To Your Footsteps officially out, I have been doing interviews around it. This week I fortunate to be invited onto Dr. Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh’s SMWX platform to talk about fatherhood, writing, identity and the like. I have been following Sizwe’s trajectory over the years and really like how he has been able to carve a space that is uniquely his.


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The Man Who Raised A Fist, 50 Years Later is about Tommie Smith, the American sprinter who raised a Black Power fist at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968. I had that poster on my wall as a teenager.


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We keep talking about the importance of diversity and yet struggle to get past the talk and into implementation. I won’t lie. I have always found it a tad strange that this discussion continues to be relevant in South Africa. Perhaps Why Diverse Teams Outperform Homogenous Teams will prompt those with the control to drive transformation quicker.

I found this sentence particularly poignant, “The benefits of diversity aren’t likely to accrue if we simply put together a team of diverse individuals and assign them a task. The environment in which they’re working should be inclusive—one in which all members feel valued and as if they have a voice. In that inclusive environment, the benefits of diversity are far more likely to materialise.”


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If you come from a particular era, like I did, then this will mean something to you: The Making of Jodeci’s ‘Forever My Lady’, The Album That Reinvigorated R&B.


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There is something about what Pablo Rochat does on Instagram. He has taken the medium and found a way to be different. Sometimes, it feels random but still compelling.

A post shared by @pablo.rochat

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