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This Video Packs 100 Years Of Ethiopian Beauty Trends Into Just 60 Seconds

Ten decades of popular Ethiopian hairstyles and makeup take center stage in The Cut's latest '100 Years of Beauty' video.

Feven G. in The Cut's '100 Years of Beauty: Episode 13 - Ethiopia'


History buffs and beauty aficionados alike will appreciate the latest installment in Cut Videos' viral 100 Years of Beauty video series. Ten decades of popular Ethiopian hairstyles and makeup looks take center stage, showcasing model Feven G. wearing a variety of teased Afros, bold lipstick, precise cornrows, straightened tresses and more—all in under 60 seconds.

At first glance, the video might seem to be all about beauty. But, an accompanying behind-the-scenes video reveals that each of the featured looks is actually a nod to either a trailblazing woman or a momentous event in Ethiopia’s past or present. Some of the icons commemorated include Empress Taytu Betul, the nation’s first pilot Asegedech Assefa, singer and actress Asnaketch Worku and supermodel Liya Kebede.

According to Karen Maniraho, the researcher behind the video, viewers can expect to see additional African countries featured in the series: "This isn’t the end to African beauty. This is just the first of many ways to talk about the diversity on the continent."

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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