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Ugandan Transgender Web Series 'The Pearl of Africa' Explores Body Dysmorphia In Episode 2

The new documentary series on Ugandan transgender activist Cleopatra Kambugu, 'The Pearl of Africa,' explores body dysmorphia in episode 2.


The Pearl of Africa is a forthcoming feature-length documentary about Ugandan transgender rights activist Cleopatra Kambugu. The project, from Swedish filmmaker Jonny von Wallström, follows Cleo's public transition over an eighteen month period, and is being made available to watch online in seven short vignettes ahead of its official release. The first clip debuted last week, and today we bring you the second installment in the series.

Titled "When Love Overcomes Fear," the latest episode focuses mainly on Cleo and her boyfriend Nelson's relationship. As the cameras follow the couple on a hillside date Cleo addresses her decision to no longer live in fear of being hatefully targeted for her sexuality: "I used to get scared to go to some places. [...] But now I don't care, I'll still go out and claim my space." The episode also highlights Cleo's body dysmorphia as she speaks on her desire for sexual experiences that mirror her gender identity.

There are five more installments planned for the series, which we’ll be posting as they’re made available each week. Stay tuned for our continuing coverage and watch the second episode of The Pearl of Africa below.

>>>Watch Episode 1 of  Ugandan Transgender Web Series The Pearl Of Africa

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

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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