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Wanuri Kahiu's 'RAFIKI' Has Been Banned In Kenya

The Kenya Film Classification Board said the film "seeks to legitimize lesbian romance."

Kenyan storyteller Wanuri Kahiu's film RAFIKI was hit with a huge blow today ahead of its Cannes premiere.

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) said the film has been banned because it "seeks to legitimize lesbian romance," BBC reports. They also warn that anyone found in possession of the film would be in breach of the law in Kenya, where gay sex is punishable by 14 years.


Kahiu says on Twitter that this ban prevents Kenyans the right to decide the content they want to view.

"I'm really disappointed because Kenyans already have access to watch films that have LGBT content on Netflix, and in international films shown in Kenya and permitted by the classification board itself," Kahiu says to Reuters. "So to then just ban a Kenyan film because it deals with something already happening in society just seems like a contradiction."

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BBC reports supporters of the film have criticized the ban on social media, including Kenya's National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.

This isn't the only time the KFCB banned content on this same token; preventing access to American children's shows The Legend of Korra and Hey Arnold for showing "disturbing content glorifying homosexual behavior." In 2016, the KFCB forced Coca-Cola to scrap a kissing scene in a television ad because it "violated family values."

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Stella Mwangi. Image courtesy of the artist.

Stella Mwangi: Hip-Hop Saved My Life as an African Growing Up in Norway

The Kenyan-Norwegian rapper speaks about the Hollywood hustle, the potential of East African music and what she's dropping next.

If it seems like Stella Mwangi is everywhere these days, that's understandable. It's nearly impossible to see all the rings she's throwing her hat into: her songs are getting featured in Hollywood and across commercials, films and movie trailers.

There's a reason why it's possible to stay on such a grind, to make it work after more than a decade in the rap game, and that's an underlying theme with much of what the Kenyan-Norwegian artist, who also goes by STL, does. She's charged with an incomprehensible current that would have burned out other artists. Even as I caught up with her, she was hours away from taking a flight to the filming of a reality cooking competitions in Norway.

So what is on deck for Stella Mwangi? As it turns out, seemingly everything.

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This South African DJ Is Creating a List of Toxic Men in the Industry She Won't Work With

DJ ANG is taking a stand against sexual harassment in the music industry by calling out toxic artists.

August is Women's Month in South Africa, and women around the country are using the opportunity to stand up against femicide, gender violence and sexual harassment on a national level.

There are many ways to protest, and South African DJ and head of SheSaidSo South Africa, Angela Weickl, also known as ANG is carrying out her own demonstration against sexual harassment in the music industry by calling toxic artists out by name and refusing to work alongside them.

"I will be including a list in every booking agreement from now onwards," the artist wrote on Facebook. "This list will be of artists who I refuse to be on a line up with due to their toxic and harmful behaviour. I will not share the spaces where we work to promote diversity, inclusion and safety, with people who harm and disrespect us. If a venue or promoter cannot understand my choice, then I choose not to associate with them."

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Watch the Trailer for 'La Negrada'—Mexico's First Feature Film with an All-Black Cast

The beautifully-shot film snagged the cinematography award at the 2018 Guadalajara International Film Festival.

This August, OkayAfrica shines a light on the connections between Africa and the Latin-American world. Whether it's the music, politics or intellectual traditions, Africans have long been at the forefront of Latino culture, but they haven't always gotten the recognition. We explore the history of Afro-Latino identity and its connection to the motherland.

This new film that recently premiered in Mexico City has made history in the Latin American film world.

La Negrada, directed by Jorge Pérez Solano, is Mexico's first fiction film portraying the Afro-Mexican population, REMEZCLA reports.

Contributing to the slow, but long overdue recognition of Afro-Latino communities on the big screen, La Negrada tells the story of two women, Juana and Magdalena, who are both romantically involved with the same man, Neri. The film was shot throughout Costa Chica—a region that spans along the coast of Guerrero and Oaxaca that's home to the highest concentration of Afro-descendants in Mexico—as Solano enlisted locals and non-professional actors to star in the film.

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