Expanding notions of Blackness in:

  • Iran
  • Nigeria
  • Malawi
  • South Africa
  • Colombia
  • United States
  • Italy
  • United Kingdom
  • Bermuda
  • Brazil
  • Martinique

Bridging Black Worlds: South Africa and the United StatesBridging Black Worlds: South Africa and the United States

This issue of Moya considers the long history of connections, exchanges, and solidarities between Black people in the United States and South Africa, writes guest editor Sean Jacobs. Released on the eve of South Africa’s seventh democratic elections in a year that Americans also go to the polls, the issue asks: what is required to strengthen and sustain transnational solidarity across and between Black worlds? Why do we need this solidarity, and what forms will it take? The issue also explores how historical exchanges between Black people in the US and South Africa were valuable and complicated, and how they manifest now.

By Sean Jacobs

South Africa, United States of America


The Inescapable Single Garment of DestinyThe Inescapable Single Garment of Destiny

South Africa and the United States have broadly similar histories of racial oppression. Recognising this, Black people in both countries have since the late 1800s forged ties, exchanges, and solidarities that ultimately contributed to greater Black self-determination. As South Africa marks 30 years of democracy, with struggles for racial justice and equality continuing in both countries, Robert Trent Vinson reflects on the shared struggle between the two contexts to solve the problem of the global colour line.

By Robert Trent Vinson

United States of America


Trevor Noah: The Self-Styled MiddlemanTrevor Noah: The Self-Styled Middleman

Amid the evolving political climate and cultural landscape in South Africa and the United States, Trevor Noah has proven adept at weaving his racial identity and outsider status into his personal brand and comedy to achieve mass appeal.

By Khanya Mtshali

South Africa

Race Beyond Borders

The Future of BlacknessThe Future of Blackness

Nigel Richard, host of season 3 of Race Beyond Borders, talks with Black futurists Geci Karuri-Sebina and Rasheedah Phillips about the practice of futures thinking.


Drawing Memory into Being (2023)Drawing Memory into Being (2023)

By Tanzeem Razak and Nabeel Essa

The inversion of ground as ceiling was symbolic of the fact that though the buildings no longer exist, the ground remains potent with the performance of prayer and protest. Indeed, today, the erased site of a mosque that once stood in Malay Camp is still used for open prayer. This act of poetic protest served as catalyst to the installation, which ultimately sought to reclaim agency through memory.


The Show (2023)The Show (2023)

Race Beyond Borders

The Myth-Science of BlacknessThe Myth-Science of Blackness


Black of My Flesh (2020)Black of My Flesh (2020)

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An illustration of an apartheid-era passbook with a photo of a black man with text below calling for a boycott of Polaroid

The Labour of SolidarityThe Labour of Solidarity

The Polaroid Revolutionary Workers Movement emerged at the height of the civil rights movement in the United States to hold the company accountable for the use of its products by the apartheid state in South Africa. Deploying a range of tactics, including using the company’s progressive veneer and marketing slogans against it, the movement’s leaders showed the power of global Black solidarity, Drew Thompson writes.

By Drew Thompson

United States of America


My City (2023)My City (2023)

Zani Sizani's mixed media artworks speak to a longing for ancestral connection and a return to cultural practices needed for the spiritual enrichment of Black souls.

By Zani Sizani

South Africa

Race Beyond Borders

Masquerading Blackness OnlineMasquerading Blackness Online


Ukubuyiswa Nokukhanya (2022)Ukubuyiswa Nokukhanya (2022)


Presidential (2022)Presidential (2022)

Explore previous issues

  • Issue 01


    It’s 2040. The past two decades have seen shifts across the world in the influence and fortunes of individuals and societies alike, underscored by changing climates and technological advancements.

  • Issue 02


    The second issue of Moya engages one of the lively debates of our time: can identity politics liberate the oppressed?

  • Issue 03


    Our third issue explores the place of the past and raises questions of what, if anything, it means for us now.

  • Issue 04


    Our fourth issue draws attention to the ways in which race—specifically Blackness—is chartered and codified across different geospatial terrains.

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