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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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Burna Boy performs at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on January 2020. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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