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Black Women Speak Candidly About Sex In A New South African Web Series [Ep. 2 & 3]

South African women dispel myths about the vagina and confront the normalization of rape culture in ep. 2 & 3 of the web series Women On Sex

Fashion designer Lumka Takane


After wading into controversial waters with a conversation on virginity in episode 1, the South African-based web series Women On Sex dives deeper to explore body myths and rape culture in its second and third installments.

Episode 2, entitled Emancipating the Vagina, highlights urban myths around the physical effects that frequent sexual activity has on a woman's body. Interviewees shared and dispelled a number of widely held beliefs, such as cellulite and stretch marks being indicators of promiscuity. They also addressed problematic notions about vaginal tightness.

"There are people who have arguments, literal debates on Twitter, [talking] about, 'This woman is so loose and we know. Because, now, when I had sex with her, I didn't feel anything because her vagina's just so loose,'" said  Tshegotaso Senne, a social media community manager. "And I'm like, 'But if a woman can give birth and her vagina can bounce back, then what is your penis going to do?'"

The most recent episode, Rape Culture, delves into the toleration and normalization of rape and sexual violence against women. Among the topics discussed were the gendered power dynamics around consent and compliance and corrective rape, a practice used to "cure" lesbian women of their homosexuality.

Lumka Takane, a self-identified gay woman and fashion designer, challenged this disturbing discriminatory act: "Personally, I hate being penetrated. You know? So, what makes you think that if you penetrate me, that I'll feel right? Because actually I'll hate it further ... I think it's a very sick thing."

Check out both episodes below and stay tuned for our continuing coverage of Women On Sex. Keep up with the series on Facebook.

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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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