Sibongile Mpofu

Sibongile Mpofu is a research fellow at Stellenbosch University, South Africa where she completed her PhD in 2017. She also lecturers at the National University of Science and Technology’s Journalism and Media Studies Department. Dr Mpofu has worked across different media in Zimbabwe, first as a junior reporter at Community Newspapers Group (CNG), then as business reporter at the then national news agency, Zimbabwe-Inter-Africa News Agency (ZIANA) and as Business Editor for the weekly Sunday News owned by Zimbabwe Newspapers Group. She has more than 14 years’ experience in journalism and the academy, and has over the years worked with media-related organisations such as Zimbabwe Union of Journalists, Zimfact, Humanitarian Information Facilitation Centre and Information for Development Trust, through writing and mentoring journalists. Her research interests are digital media and gender, communication practices online and political participation, feminist theories and feminist political thought, gender and intersectionality, strategic communications.


Citing debates on essentialisation of blackness, this article assesses how—if at all—Black Panther projects black female empowerment.


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Chandler Jernigan – a talented young American photographer whose portraits hugely enriched the visuals of MAI website
Matt Gillespie – a gifted professional British photographer who with no hesitation gave us permission to use some of his work
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Ana Pedreira – a self-taught Portuguese photographer whose imagery from women protests beams with feminist aura
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