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Rihanna’s Fashion Show Sparks Row For Styling White Models’ Hair In Braids

‘For us, Black hair is Black history’: Rihanna’s fashion show sparks row for styling white models’ hair in braids

The Savage X Fenty lingerie label has been accused of cultural appropriation over the hairstyles in its annual fashion show. But why is this still going on?

inger Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty fashion line has stirred an online debate around cultural appropriation, after models wore what appeared to be braids during the label’s lingerie show. After the show was screened last Friday on Amazon Prime, viewers expressed concern on social media at seeing non-Black models, including Emily Ratajkowski, with braids.

“I wish I could write something as funny as putting all these white girls in braids for the Fenty show,” tweeted comedian and television writer Raina Morris. And Dylan Ali wrote: “I love the Fenty show but I think we need a trigger warning for seeing this many white women in braids.”

The author of My Beautiful Black Hair, St Clair Detrick-Jules, says: “For the producers of Rihanna’s fashion show to fashion white models with distinctively Black braids kind of feels exhausting. We’ve been making some headway with educating non-Black women about how deep our connections are to our hair – yet here come the producers wilfully ignoring all the easily accessible information online explaining what cultural appropriation is and why it’s harmful.”

With online commentators questioning the origins of the hairstyle, Detrick-Jules thinks the attempt to reframe the debate around hair occurs due to lack of knowledge and understanding of history. “The fact that our knowledge is so vague and often filled more with myths than facts, partly accounts for why there’s so much cultural appropriation.” She says braids originated in Africa around 3,500 years ago. “They have been used to indicate social status, religion, marital status and other identity markers. In other words, braids, like other Black hairstyles, are reflective of culture.”

Last year Selena Gomez was criticised after appearing on the cover of Interview magazine sporting braids. In May, Justin Bieber was called out online for wearing a cornrow hairstyle and Kim Kardashian has been called out regularly for “blackfishing”: appearing to wear hairstyles such as braids, and tan makeup, allegedly in order to look Black. Detrick-Jules thinks incidents like these keep happening because of a misconception about the meaning of the style.

“I look at the education system here in the United States and it’s clear that we have been miseducated about our history, in particular with regards to indigenous and Black history,” she says. In that context, Detrick-Jules says it’s easy to understand why a non-Black woman might think that it’s OK to have braids put into her hair. “[They] don’t understand that, for us, Black hair is Black history. [They] also don’t understand the centuries of real trauma Black women have suffered because of our hair and so [a non-Black woman] doesn’t understand that, to us, braids or other natural Black hairstyles aren’t ‘fashion’. They are history, they are our connection to our ancestors – a connection that was deliberately broken by the slave trade – they are heritage.”

 Savage X Fenty has been approached for a comment.

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Dating Nigerian Man A Taboo In South Africa- BBN Housemate, Khosi

Khosi, a Big Brother Titans housemate, has revealed that it is taboo to date a Nigerian man in South Africa.

Khosi, whose love interest in the house is a Nigerian, Yemi disclosed this to Jennie O and Ebubu.

According to her, she had issues in her relationship because of the taboo.

”In South Africa, it is like a taboo to date a Nigerian man.

”That was an issue at the start of her over 3-year relationship.”

When asked why Khosi added that ”some things are better left unsaid.”

Khosi had on Sunday revealed that she was in a four-year relationship with a Nigerian man in South Africa.

She has, however, shared a kiss with her new love interest in the house.

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Ace Influencer, Aproko Doctor Reveals Battle With Brain Tumour

Popular Nigerian health and lifestyle influencer, Dr. Chinonso Egemba better known as Aproko Doctor, has discloses his recent battle with brain tumour.

He disclosed this in a video he shared via his Facebook account on Monday.

The popular doctor captioned the video, “Throughout December of 2022, I was fighting for my life. I went blind in one eye on the 3rd of December 2022 and on the 5th, I was diagnosed with a brain tumour.”

Speaking in the video, he said, “One thing to understand is that health issues can happen to you regardless of who you are including me.

“For the past three weeks or two weeks, I have been fighting for my life. Some of you have no idea. It happened that I was diagnosed with Craniopharyngioma which is a brain tumour and I had no idea I would be sharing my story.

“Here I am sitting on this seat sharing my own story about how I had a tumour in my brain. It was so bad that I couldn’t read out of my phone anymore to the point where this eye, I couldn’t read with it and it was also closing. They said it is a Craniopharyngioma and we need to do surgery to remove it.”

Over the years, Egemba has used his videos to enlighten people via his social media platforms, about health related matters and life changes that can improve and maintain good health.

 

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Actress, Omowunmi Dada Announces Engagement

Omowunmi Dada, an award-winning Nollywood actress,  is engaged.

The actress announced her engagement to her fiancee in a post via Instagram.

Sharing pictures of herself hugging her fiancee with her engagement ring, she said” see what I unboxed”.

The actress has been getting congratulations from her colleagues in the industry since her announcement.

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