Khanya Mtshali

South Africa

Khanya Mtshali is a writer and critic from Johannesburg, South Africa. She writes about literature, culture, tech, politics, and fashion. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Guardian, Bookforum, Mail & Guardian, The Johannesburg Review of Books, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Khanya is the author of It's Not Inside, It's On Top: Memorable Moments in South African Advertising (2021) and she wrote the introduction to Last Interview and Other Conversations: Billie Holiday (2019). She currently works as a staff writer for Africa Is a Country.

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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

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