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Ugandan Transgender Web Series 'The Pearl of Africa' Releases Episode 3

'Pearl of Africa,' the new documentary web series on Ugandan transgender activist Cleopatra Kambugu, releases episode 3.


Over the last couple of weeks we've been sharing the story of Ugandan transgender activist Cleopatra Kambugu, whose decision to publicly transition in her home country serves as the basis for Swedish filmmaker Jonny von Wallström's forthcoming documentary feature, The Pearl of Africa. The doc offers a glimpse into the life of Cleo and her boyfriend Nelson as they navigate their relationship and her transition in a country that has gained notoriety for its state-sanctioned homophobia. In this week's episode, Cleo opens up about her upbringing and shares childhood anecdotes that she believed hinted at her true gender expression and identity. She also touches on her plans for gender realignment surgery, her fears surrounding the procedure and the mixed reactions she faced from her parents and family members when she first came out to them as trans. There are four more installments planned for the series, which we’ll be posting as they’re made available. Stay tuned for our continuing coverage and watch the third episode of The Pearl of Africa below. For more, follow the project on Facebook and Twitter.

>>>Watch Episode 1 of  The Pearl Of Africa

>>>Watch Episode 2 of  The Pearl Of Africa

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ProVerb’s Memoir Is A Huge Slap In The Face To South African Hip-Hop

In his memoir, one of South Africa's revered lyricists ProVerb and his co-author compromise his rich story with trite motivational talk.

The Book of Proverb

ProVerb has had a strange relationship with the SA hip-hop scene. Albeit being one of the most gifted lyricists the country has ever seen, he has grown to flow less and hustle more. Despite this, his name still comes up when the greatest (South) African rappers of all time are mentioned. MTV Base placed him as the 7th in their list of the greatest SA MCs of all time in 2018 for example.

The rapper-turned-media personality dedicates a paragraph of his memoir, The Book of Proverb, to explaining his complicated relationship with hip-hop. "Although I built my brand as a hip-hop artist, I never enjoyed full support or success from it," he writes. "Music is and always will remain a pass ion, but it stopped being viable when it stopped making business sense to me. If I was given more support, I might continue, but for now, I'll focus on my other hustles."

On the cover of the book which was released towards the end of 2020 by Penguin, Verb is wearing a charcoal blazer and sporting a white ball cap, so one can be forgiven for getting into it expecting both sides of his story. This memoir, however, is too vague to be a worthy read if you aren't necessarily reading to get motivated but to be simply informed and inspired.

While a few of The Book of ProVerb's chapters touch on his rap career, most of the book is about ProVerb the man, personality and businessman. Not so much one of the country's finest lyricists. This omission is a huge slap in the face for his fans and SA hip-hop fans in general.

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