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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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Whoisakin Channels His Love For Anime In the New Video For ‘Magic’

The single, featuring Olayinka Ehi, comes off his latest EP Full Moon Weekends.

Nigerian singer-songwriter Whoisakin is sharing a new music video to accompany his hit summer release, "Magic".

His roots certainly show true as his Lagos inspired trap soul/R&B sounds fill us up with feelings of summer and a love made from dreams.

High off of a recent feature in Rolling Stone, Whoisakin's latest music video comes off of his debut EP Full Moon Weekends, his first release as a part of Mr Eazi's #emPawa30 project.

With all of the successes and accomplishments that have come along with it, the original story behind the song isn't as sweet, "Magic was actually inspired by a summer 2019 fling I had with some girl", the 22-year-old singer says, "Even though I thought the relationship had potential at the early stages, she never felt the same way and it was just 'vibes' for her. I mean the moments were beautiful but they never lasted. I made the record a few weeks after we were over. She got upset at me and that was it."

He went on to speak about his first release into the music industry as, "a full story about me and my relationships in 2019, basically. I was doing an internship with some construction company at the time so I had a whole lot of time to live life (especially the nightlife), experience new things. So, I felt like an animated series for the whole tape would be the best way to share the story better. Plus, I'm a big anime fan."


Check out Whoisakin's music video for "Magic" here.


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