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Eastern Cape Cinemas Cancel ‘Inxeba’ Screenings Probably Due To Threats

Many feel the movie is disrespectful towards the Xhosa custom of ulwaluko.

Two cinemas in the Eastern Cape province have cancelled the screenings of the movie Inxeba (The Wound), which were due to take place today, TimesLIVE reports.


Hemingways Mall in East London announced this morning on the mall's Facebook page that the scheduled screening was "suspended." No reason was given for the suspension.


Walmer Park Shopping Centre in Port Elizabeth reportedly did the same.

The screenings are highly likely canceled due to the outcry about the movie.

The hashtag #InxebaMustFall has been used by those who feel the movie should be boycotted. The Wound is accused of showing the sacred Xhosa custom of ulwaluko–the rite of passage for Xhosa boys into manhood. A custom which must not be shown to the general public.

Since the movie's trailer was released last year, there has been a huge outcry, mostly from Xhosa men.

Singer Nakhane Touré, one of the main actors in the film, has even received death threats from those who feel he is selling Xhosa culture for profit.

Those who have seen the film have voiced that the outrage is misguided as most of us have only seen the trailer, and not the full movie.

The movie's producer Elias Ribeiro was quoted by TimesLIVE echoing the same sentiments:

"We've shown the film to whoever wanted to watch it. We were prepared for the backlash but have decided to just let the audience decide. I have yet to meet a person who has watched this film and still have an issue with it. Having said that, we hope love not hate will prevail this week. We hope the threats against the film will not materialize."
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1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Landing in Marrakech is 2018's Most Anticipated Art Event

The leading art fair dedicated to contemporary African art makes its mark on the continent for the first time this weekend.

This weekend, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading art fair devoted to contemporary African art, will debut in Marrakech, Morocco. The announcement of the Fair's expansion to the continent last year has left aficionados of contemporary African art in eager anticipation of this "homecoming"—this author included.

1-54 debuted in London in 2013. Although an expansion to New York followed, a presence on the continent was always part of the long-term vision of the founder Touria El Glaoui. Finally, the time has now arrived.

Here are five reasons why we're looking forward to 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Marrakech.

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This Olympic Figure Skater Blew Us Away Again By Pulling Off a Costume Change Mid-Routine

First Maé-Bérénice Méité performed to Beyoncé, now she's effortlessly slaying outfit changes mid-routine. What can't she do?

French-Congolese and Ivorian figure skater, Maé-Bérénice Méité, has pretty much been the life of the Winter Olympic figure skating competition.

Earlier this month, the athlete had the internet shook when she performed her opening routine to two Beyoncé songs. Now she's back with even more black girl magic.

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10 Stand Out Moments From Janelle Monáe's Powerful Music Videos

Janelle Monae came back making a statement—and we're just as obsessed as you are.

We've got to talk about Janelle Monáe.

Over the past half decade, she's embarked on a profound journey that's solidified her as an artist, creator and activist who isn't afraid to shoot down the stars—or shoot with them.

After having roles in Hidden Figures and Moonlight—two Oscar nominated movies where one won an Oscar, a stellar speech at the Grammy's and a stunning presence at the Black Panther red carpet, she's ready to grace us with "Dirty Computer," the latest musical venture in her Afrofuturistic saga.

To whet our appetites before the album, which is set to release on April 27, Janelle dropped not one but two music videos yesterday. Both are distinctly entertaining: one is a black, intersectional feminist anthem and the other a psychedelic soundtrack of sexual fluidity.

Watch both, then read some of the highlights we gathered from the hypnotizing visuals and powerful wordplay.

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