For The First Time Ever, A Trans Woman Covers Cosmopolitan South Africa

Cosmopolitan makes history with #SayYesToLove issue.

Orange Is The New Black actress Laverne Cox is the cover girl for Cosmopolitan South Africa's February issue. This makes her the first transgender woman on the magazine's cover, or any other mainstream South African magazine.

The issue's masthead contains rainbow colors, and its cover line is #SayYesToLove. It features prominent LGBTQI+ South African artists and personalities. Look out for interviews with the likes of Elle van Der Berg, Desire Marea, Faka, K-$, Sydney Davy, Glow Mammii and Angel-Ho.

These interviews are accompanied by striking portraits captured by the Cape Town-based photographer Niquita Bento.

The issue has been received positively so far, with many commending the magazine for the progressive step towards inclusivity and representation, which mainstream media seems to either struggle with or just not prioritize at all.

Model Elle van Der Berg tweeted, "This means so much to me because not only is this a gateway to representation, but also a clear reminder that #TransIsBeautiful."

Way to go, Cosmo. Hopefully, this is the first of many.


The 12 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Khuli Chana, Kwesi Arthur x Vic Mensa, KiDi, Elaine, Ruger and more.

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Still taken from music video on YouTube.

Olamide Will 'Rock' Your World with His New Single & Music Video

Olamide's latest single 'Rock' is the first single from his upcoming album 'UY Scuti' which is set to drop this June.

Nigerian artist Olamide has released his latest single "Rock" with the accompanying music video. The track is the first to be featured on his upcoming album which is due to be released on June 14. The 10-track project, titled UY Scuti after one of the largest known red stars, is the follow-up to his 2020 album Carpe Diem which included the smash hit, "Infinity" featuring Omah Lay, as well as several other notable artists including Bella Shmurda, Phyno, Bad Boy Timz, Peruzzi and Fireboy DML.

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Photo by RODGER BOSCH/AFP via Getty Images.

Kenyans & South Africans Protest Israeli Bombing of Palestinians

The streets of Cape Town and Nairobi have been flooded with pro-Palestine protests in light of the recent bombing of Palestinians in Gaza by Israelis.

Protests have been taking place in two Southern African countries, namely Kenya and South Africa, since the tragic Israeli attacks on Palestinians this week. This past Monday, Israeli police stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque where thousands of Palestinian worshippers had gathered seeking protection. However, 300 Palestinians and two Israeli officers were subsequently wounded, according to reports. Currently, there are back-and-forth attacks between Israeli troops and Hamas, a Palestinian militant group in Gaza, which have resulted in the death of at least 300 people and counting.
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Nkuli Mlangeni-Berg is Delicately Weaving Her Name Into The International Textile Space

Recently awarded 'Best New Talent' by Monocle, Sweden-based South African textiles designer Nkuli Mlangeni-Berg talks her unique ongoing collaborations with African designers and her tremendous love for weaving.