Why novelist James Baldwin deserves to be celebrated

James Baldwin is a majestic novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic whose words have left a mark on the literary world.

South African poet and writer Mandla Langa is one of Baldwin's biggest fanatics, and was fortunate enough to discover Baldwin's work while he was still alive.

Langa and presenter Eusebius Mckaiser shared in a common appreciation for Baldwin's anthology.

Langa recalled when he was introduced to Baldwin's work, how he became engrossed over the decades and when Baldwin's books were banned in the country.

We had a readers circle and Baldwin was foremost among those titles that we read.

Mandla Langa, South African poet and writer

He reflects on Baldwin's best work, including Go Tell It on the Mountain, The Devil Finds Work, The Price of the Ticket and The Cross of Redemption.

Take a listen:


Recommended

by THE NEWSROOM
Read More
Here's how Prasa was captured

Here's how Prasa was captured

Unite Behind Metrorail Monitoring Project shares its findings into the capture of Prasa.

Meet Sonto Pooe, the brains behind local beauty brand NativeChild

Meet Sonto Pooe, the brains behind local beauty brand NativeChild

NativeChild is a budding brand in the natural product industry in SA primarily catering to skin and hair care for women of colour.

[WATCH] Eusebius McKaiser commends Herman Mashaba for being transparent

[WATCH] Eusebius McKaiser commends Herman Mashaba for being transparent

Eusebius McKaiser says its admirable that Mayor Herman Mashaba is going to put himself and his ethics up for public scrutiny.

Journos join the dots: Estina suspects, 'Zupta empire' and state capture in SA

Journos join the dots: Estina suspects, 'Zupta empire' and state capture in SA

Senior investigative journos unravel the Estina Dairy Farm scandal and how the suspects fit into the bigger state capture project.

12 holiday reads to add to your list

12 holiday reads to add to your list

Need a good book or two to take with on your vacay? Here are some wonderful suggestions from writer and editor Kate Sidley.

Abantu Book Festival shining light on black voices

Abantu Book Festival shining light on black voices

Author Panashe Chigumadzi says fest born from historical exclusion of black authors and readers from existing literary circles.

Popular articles
SABC was wrong to publicly rebuke Peter Ndoro - Stephen Grootes

SABC was wrong to publicly rebuke Peter Ndoro - Stephen Grootes

Ndoro has received much support from his media colleagues and the public after being put on leave following an on-air error.

[LISTEN] Zuma was outstanding leader in early days: Justice Albie Sachs

[LISTEN] Zuma was outstanding leader in early days: Justice Albie Sachs

Former Constitutional Court judge Justice Albie Sachs remembers President Zuma's struggle days.

LISTEN: Cancer sufferer tells of experience with insurance giant

LISTEN: Cancer sufferer tells of experience with insurance giant

Suren Narismulu, Liberty Life customer chats to Kieno Kammies about his dreadful experience with the insurance company.

Political desk: Who will be South Africa's deputy president?

Political desk: Who will be South Africa's deputy president?

With Cyril Ramaphosa ascending to the Presidency, speculations are rife on who will be appointed deputy president.