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Here's What Some of Our Favorite African Bloggers Are Saying About Fenty Beauty

The Fenty Beauty reviews are in! Here's what some of our favorite African bloggers have to say about Rihanna's inclusive beauty line.

The buzz around Rihanna's debut makeup line Fenty Beauty hasn't died down since it dropped last week—and we're glad. The singer put major cosmetic brands to shame with her extensive line of foundations, which spans 40 shades. Rihanna's emphasis on making inclusive beauty products has us uniquely excited about her collection.


With so many shades and products to try, it can be a bit tricky finding the products that are right for you, without having to take a trip to the store or simply guessing. Thankfully, some of our favorite YouTubers—black and brown girls who look like us and whose opinions we've grown to trust—are here to lend a helping hand. Really, what would we be without them?

Whether you're looking for a guide to the best products, help with finding the correct shade, or even if you've already indulged and just want to hear what others have to say, we've gathered some of the best beauty reviews from African bloggers for you to check out below.

Happy slaying!

The line seems to have hair and beauty blogger Kiitana "shook." Find out why in her full-face review.

The always colorful Jackie Aina shares her thoughts on a range of products.

Hear what beauty blogger, Nyma Tang had to say after trying on the line's darkest shade:

Jennie Jenkins aka Beauty by JJ keeps it "honest" in her review of the line.

YouTuber, Ms Deb Deb shows us how the products work on skin with hyper pigmentation.

Somali blogger Halssaa shares her first impression:

Particia Bright gets even brighter as she plays around with the line's one-of-a-kind highlighters.

Is Fenty Beauty really worth all the hype, Shahd Batal let's us know the deal in this extensive review.

Nikki Perkins gives us the scoop on how well the products work for darker complexions.

Check out this review from Somali blogger duo Osh and Akela.

Ronke Raji gives her verdict:

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Tay Iwar Is Nigeria's Hidden Gem

In a rare interview, the reclusive Nigerian singer and producer talks in-depth about writing and producing his new EP 1997, his forthcoming album Gemini and Nigeria's 'Alté' movement.

Tay Iwar wants some space. The word is the title of one of three songs on his new EP and also one that comes up during our interview, conducted via voice notes and texts on Whatsapp from his base in Abuja—a long way from Lagos which remains Nigeria's music hub.

The choice of the nation's quieter capital over the bustle of its music metropolis is a deliberate one for Iwar and one which fevers his reputation as a recluse and cult figure in Nigerian music circles. This especially happens among the subculture referred to as "alté"—an abbreviation of the word alternative which is used to denote the independent movement that is free from the flash and perceived vacuity of afropop. Precise definitions of the word vary but common denominators include introspection and melancholia, as well as trap and R&B.;

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In 2009, Peru became the first Latin American country to issue an official public apology to its afrodescendiente population for centuries of "abuse, exclusion, and discrimination." Since then, many have criticized it as more of a symbolic gesture, especially for its failure to mention slavery. It was also seen as a way for the government to highlight Afro-Peruvian culture over making any substantive improvements to the material conditions of Afro-Peruvian communities.

Enter the census, which can play an important role in compelling the Peruvian government to address systemic inequality related to education, poverty, and health. Unfortunately, the last time Peru made a formal attempt to keep track of its African descended population via the census was in 1940.

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Watch Kuami Eugene's Vibrant Music Video "Meji Meji" Featuring Davido

This Ghanaian and Nigerian link up will make your day.

Ghana's Kuami Eugene has been an artist to watch—especially as he shows himself to hold his own on collab tracks.

The music video for his latest, "Meji Meji" featuring Davido, is here. Its upbeat vibe shines through as the two crooners go about their day in Ghana, singing sweet nothings to their love interests.

"Meji Meji" was produced by Fresh VDM, with the video directed by Twitch & Rex.

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