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This Wonderful Photo Series Celebrates The Creativity And Intricate Beauty Of Black Children's Hairdos

London-based photographer Emily Stein spotlights the abundant creativity of hairstyles worn by Black children in her vibrant series Hairdo.

All images courtesy of Emily Stein


From iconic Nigerian photographer J.D. Okhai Ojeikere to the many street style snapshots of Afropunk attendees, Black hairstyles have been the focal point of many artist's work for quite some now. For London photographer Emily Stein, inspiration came from the creative hairstyles worn by Black children in her own neighborhood. Her resulting Hairdo photo series features vibrant portraits of young first- and second-generation West Indians and Africans, each of whom are rocking a glorious head of natural hair styled in a very distinct fashion. Box braids, bantu knots, beaded cornrows, a mohawk and a tapered fade are just a few of the spotlighted looks.

"It would take days of hanging around scouting people as they dashed past, racing up to the kids parents explaining to them the idea of the project," Emily told Okayafrica via email. "We carried rolls of colored paper with us which we would throw up with tape on a wall nearby. It was all very makeshift."

Yep, you read that right. Opting for a sidewalk in lieu of a studio, Emily and a partner—usually Celia Willis, one of her best friends—would set up shop in and around the London area, casting and snapping their tiny subjects all in one go. 

"I wanted the photographs to have their own stamp on them, whether they were yawning, hiding or pouting," she told The Huffington Post. "I would [want] people who look at the series [to] feel the positive energy of youth and the spirit of undiluted individuality."

Next up for Hairdo is a limited edition TINY book and, ideally, an exhibit. Until then, check out the entire series on Emily's website.

Interview

Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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