Time to open up ... talk more ... change - SA author's call to black men

09 November 2020 - 09:12
'Magenge, We Need to Talk' is bestselling author Melusi Tshabalala's call to men to open up, talk more, listen more and change.
'Magenge, We Need to Talk' is bestselling author Melusi Tshabalala's call to men to open up, talk more, listen more and change.
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“We need to talk.” Is there a more terrifying opening statement to any engagement? Whether it’s a wife, a girlfriend, your banker or lawyer – usually nothing good follows that suggestion. “Now, if you have both a wife and a girlfriend,” says the author, “we definitely need to talk”.

Magenge, We Need to Talk: Conversations With Black Men is best-selling author Melusi Tshabalala's call to men to open up, talk more, listen more and change.

The book is built around a series of conversations that Tshabalala's had with his male friends, his Magenge, over the years. These round tables navigate the minefield known as “adulting”, through the lens of 40-something-year-old black men, trying to make sense of their place in the world.

These intimate and often humorous convos embrace black fatherhood, black love, gender relations, gender-based violence, racism, traditions and religion, hosted by the intrepid Tshabalala and his unique take on the wonky world black men find themselves in.