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'Hair Freedom' Mini-Doc Explores The Natural Hair Movement In The UK

'Hair Freedom,' a documentary short by English filmmaker Zindzi Rocque Drayton for BBC Raw, explores the natural hair movement in the UK.


Hair Freedom is a mini-documentary from YouTube content creator Zindzi Rocque Drayton addressing the highs and lows experienced by black women in London who have chosen to wear their hair in its natural state. Developed for the BBC Raw collective, the doc features street interviews with a group of young women who share insightful commentary on 'unnatural hair,' breaking free from Eurocentric beauty ideals and their own personal journeys towards embracing black beauty.

"Natural hair is defined as Afro textured hair that isn't chemically straightened," Rocque Drayton writes on the video's YouTube page. "In our society and throughout the world, straight hair is so normalised that a large number of black women chemically straighten their Afro texture. Touching on topics from rocking an Afro in the workplace to the legacy of slavery, I find out the pressures and joys of women who have embraced their 'natural hair'." Watch Hair-Freedom below.

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Check Out RIMON's Beautifully Intoxicating Live Performance

The excitement around the songstress and her ever evolving sound, look and feel is very real in "Never Learned how To Cope + Feed Me."

Eritrea-born singer-songwriter RIMON has just released a live performance of her tracks "Never Learned How to Cope" and "Feed Me." The Amsterdam raised and London based songstress delivered a psychedelically beautiful performance live on her YouTube page in such a way that we questioned our sobriety.

The session, originally performed for Eurosonic, acts as a rebirth for the artist as her musical and visual journey continues to evolve before our eyes—while teasing new unreleased music to look forward to. It seems as though those around the singer agree, as she was then honored with a Music Moves Europe award.

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Listen to Makhalanjalo's New Single 'Thand'izinto'

Listen to new artist Makhalanjalo's kwaito single 'Thand'izinto' from the upcoming album 'Amanzi'.