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Ugandan Transgender Web Series 'The Pearl Of Africa' Debuts

Watch the first episode of the 'The Pearl of Africa,' a new documentary series focusing on Ugandan transgender activist Cleopatra Kambugu.


Last week we reported on The Pearl of Africa, a groundbreaking documentary series focusing on Ugandan transgender rights activist Cleopatra Kambugu and her decision to transition openly despite rising anti-LGBTQI sentiment in the East African nation. The first installment of the seven-part series has surfaced online this week, offering viewers a firsthand look into the highs and lows of Cleo's life over an 18 month period as captured by Swedish director Jonny von Wallström. The inaugural episode, which clocks in at just over five minutes, introduces us to Cleo and her boyfriend Nelson. The episode also details the changes that have occurred in Cleo's life in the wake of her public outing in Ugandan tabloid Red Pepper and proposed anti-gay legislation from the Ugandan government. There are six more episodes planned for the series, which we'll be posting as they're made available each week. Stay tuned for our continuing coverage and watch first episode of The Pearl of Africa below.

>>>Read: Ugandan Transgender Rights Take Center Stage In Documentary Film The Pearl of Africa

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9 Black Electronic Musicians You Should Be Listening To

Featuring DJ Lag, Spellling, Nozinja, Klein, LSDXOXO and more.

We know that Black queer DJs from the Midwest are behind the creation of house and dance music. Yet, a look at the current electronic scene will find it terribly whitewashed and gentrified, with the current prominent acts spinning tracks sung by unnamed soulful singers from time to time. Like many art forms created by Black people all over the world, the industry hasn't paid homage to its pioneers, despite the obvious influence they have. Thankfully, the independent music scene is thriving with many Black acts inspired by their forefathers and mothers who are here to revolutionize electronic music. Here are a list of the ones you should check out:

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