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ARE YOU SPEWING HATE ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

WARNING: Offensive language ahead.

A question we should ask ourselves as social media citizens is: are we using our freedom of speech to spread hate and negativity online? As depression topics gain traction and more people are finding the strength to share their previously painfully lonely journeys, it is equally important that we also confront how we contribute to people’s anxiety and insecurities. How are our ‘jokes‘ compounding the feelings of people fighting their own demons of self-worth and dragging those people deeper into the dark space that is depression?

We all have our own lives to navigate and most of us are not equipped with the know-how to deal with complex issues of mental well-being, we’re not online as social workers and psychiatrists – we post what we like. But what we like and what we find funny is sometimes damaging. What we share lands on the cellphone screens of people who, because of their circumstances and experiences and head space, take it to heart and live with it, piling it on to other baggage that already weighs heavily on them. What we share in anger when we vent can fuel hateful ideas and deeds.

Look, it’s your personal account but know that your words not only have wider reach through social media, they have a bigger impact too. It’s not a bad idea to think twice before clicking send and unleashing hate on social media.

Also read – THE THING WITH JOKES

LET’S MAKE UMKHUPHA

Some call it ‘umkhupha’, others call it ‘is’jabane’ – but everyone agrees, it’s pap on steroids. A BLOG LIKE NO OTHER shows you how to make UMKHUPHA, a variant of pap made with beans and mealie meal.

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BLOG’S TOP 5 ARTIFACTS STOLEN FROM AFRICA

Africans want the return of their heritage in the form of artifacts housed in museums everywhere across the globe except, in Africa. In the blog’s first ever top 5 list, we highlight a few significant symbols stripped from the continent by colonising nations.

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LET’S BREW UMQOMBOTHI

Previously, A BLOG LIKE NO OTHER posted an article on how to whip up umqombothi. We’ve decided to do the most with this video post and actually show you how to brew this much loved traditional beer.

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CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE

Prominent figures killed in acts of political violence make headlines but little is said about innocent people caught in the crossfire. For today’s conversation starter post, A BLOG LIKE NO OTHER went to Umlazi outside Durban, KZN, and spoke to Zamokwakhe Maphumulo who was in Grade 10 when his life was shattered by a stray bullet during a spate of political turmoil in KZN. More than twenty years later, he still hasn’t fully recovered.

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LET’S MAKE UJEQE

As promised, in these uncertain times of questionable bread at spaza shops, A Blog Like No Other comes to the rescue with this recipe for ujeqe.

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