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‘Inxeba’ Has Been Banned From Mainstream Cinemas

Inxeba is now classified as an adult movie by the Film & Publications Board.

The Film & Publications Board of South Africa tweeted this morning that the South African movie Inxeba (The Wound) is now rated X18 "with the classifiable elements of Sex, Language, Nudity, Violence and Prejudice."


This was a decision by the FPB Appeal Tribunal, responding to an appeal based on applications lodged by CONTRALESA Gauteng and The Men and Boy Foundation.

The complaints, according to the FPB's tweets, were largely based on the perceived cultural insensitivity and distortion of the Xhosa circumcision tradition (ulwaluko), [and] strong language in the film.

The movie was previously rated 16 LS and was showing in normal cinemas since last February 2. But it now cannot be shown in mainstream cinemas, but "designated adult premises."

What's odd about this announcement however is that the FBP, in the series of tweets, didn't give any substantial reasons for this shift. "The reasons for the decision of the Appeals Tribunal are to be shared once they have been finalized and furnished by the Tribunal."

Inxeba (The Wound), however, isn't that harsh, and the sex scenes aren't as explicit.

People on Twitter aren't pleased.

This not a surprising move by the FPB, which last year tweeted questionable homophobic lies, saying, "A new symbol has been added to the LGBTQi called Pedosexual (P). It is defined as being or constituting pedosexuality, sexual activity between an adult and a child."

The tweet has since been deleted, but you know the Internet never forgets.

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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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