Coloured Mentality a thought-provoking series

Award-winning actress Crystal-Donna Roberts has featured on Coloured Mantality./ Veli Nhlapo
Award-winning actress Crystal-Donna Roberts has featured on Coloured Mantality./ Veli Nhlapo

YouTube often lends space to vitriolic vloggers, fame-hungry daredevils and make-up tutorials that are as simple as architectural geometry.

However, two young women have used the Tube as a launch pad for their web series, Coloured Mentality.

Coloured Mentality is an online platform created by Kelly-Eve Koopman and Sarah Summers, which engages in conversations about coloured identity in post-apartheid South Africa.

With a focus on controversial and previously unasked questions, the duo approach TV personalities, activists and academics for enlightening and thought-provoking reactions.

Notable stars included in the first season were Cedwyn Joel of Generations fame and Crystal-Donna Roberts, who won the best actress gong at the 2018 Cannes Festival for her role in Krotoa.

The trailer for the second season was recently launched.


Coloured Mentality first came out with an episode asking, 'what is a coloured?' The episode has since garnered more than 170000 views.

The show continues the conversation on marginalisation and racism in Cape Town 20000 followers later.

The series is conducted through interviews with one main question leading to smaller conversations. In a number of episodes the experience of race politics between coloured people and white and black South Africans is heavily discussed. It also dives into the appropriated origins of the Afrikaans language.

Speaking to Koopman and Summers as a collective, the pair share how the experiences of coloured people in Cape Town are not limited to the area.

While they feel they have made contributions in creating a space where people can gain access to key historical and contextual stories, they hope that this season will build a more inclusive engagement on conversations around current issues affecting "black and brown communities".

Koopman and Summers said they birthed Coloured Mentality from their own curiosity and a conflicted relationship with their identities.

"Once we released, we really pushed and inspired our audience who really furthered the conversation through participation."

While racial tensions might be on the rise in Western Cape, this has not discouraged the pair from telling their stories.

"We aim to contextualise tensions that flourish."|

Don't want to miss the conversations? Coloured Mentality is available on Facebook and on Twitter @ClrdMentality.

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