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Editor’s Note: Young and Wild and Free

27 May of 2014

A note from the Editor, celebrating the first month of Vanguard and looking on to an exploration of what it means to be young in South Africa and the world.

Dear Vanguardsters,

*Wipes brow* So we’ve been at it for a month, we are finally getting the flow, taking fewer Red Bulls, pulling fewer all nighters and making fewer panicked calls to web hosts at 2AM only to find out that the call centre operates between 7 am and midnight. I hope I’m not sounding like Drake with the moaning?

I really shouldn’t sound like Rihanna’s bae because we have been so encouraged by the positive response we’ve received in (emails, tweets and conversations) to the magazine, and more importantly, what it represents. This is about black girls doing it for themselves and validating their own stories. To say the least, the journey thus far has been amazing. We’ve never had a stronger sense that for us, the time is now to be young, black and female in South Africa. For that, we thank you.

Vanguard on POWERfm

Vanguard on POWERfm

We’ve had some great interviews by some inspiring women such as Talk Radio702′s Sebenzile Nkambule, 5FM’s Miss Cosmo and POWERFm’s Thabiso Sikwane. (Listen to the POWERFm interview here). Also, you can now catch Vanguard in the #Trending section of the CityPress where we now have a regular slot.

That was May, this is June. While we don’t only become youth in June and then ‘go back to normal’ in the rest of the year, we thought we would take this month to reflect on what it means to be young in South Africa and the world. We kick off with Ntombenhle Shezi’s throwback to the 90s, and celebrate how Kwaito brought up a generation. We love generational theory, so we take an honest look in the mirror and evaluate whether the accusation that millenials in South Africa are entitled is true. On the relationship front, we look at what the finances of shacking up with your bae are. We also have some exciting features – author Yewande Omotoso tells us about the five books that have shaped her , and Soweto creative trio, ISeeADifferentYou, tell us about their first Tshivenda film, and, of course we have, as they say, ‘much more’.

In the spirit of being ‘Young and Wild and Free’, we do hope you enjoy the Vanguard June edition.




Panashe is the Founder and Editor of Vanguard 

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