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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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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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