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#FemmeInPublic Is an Assertion of Trans, Femme Identity in Cape Town

#FemmeInPublic is a transgender rights movement "disrupting the heteronormative and colonial gaze" in Cape Town, South Africa.

#FemmeInPublic is a Cape Town-based movement exploring trans, femme identity in South Africa.


Creative director, Gary Mikey Collins and artist Alok Vaid-Menon teamed up to document a “live fashion protest," which took place amongst a group of femme identifying people in the city. The movement is a show of solidarity between members of the community, who are collectively “disrupt[ing] the heteronormative and colonial gaze with their unwavering celebration of femininity,” reports Afropunk

Footage of the demonstration is interspersed with firsthand accounts from members of the group, which includes Vaid-Menon, kwaai diva Umlilo, and many more.

“With the recent advent of the ‘transgender tipping point,' representation of trans people in the media continues to be of people who are binary (identifying as a ‘man’ or a ‘woman,’), white, and conventionally attractive,” said Vaid-Menon.

“My work is about creating more representations of gender non-conforming people of color who have been and continue to be at the front of the movement for gender liberation.”

Watch "Femme in Public" below.

Interview

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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