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John Boyega Wins 'Rising Star' Award At BAFTAs 2016

Watch John Boyega win the 'Rising Star' award at the 2016 BAFTAs (British Academy Film Awards).


John Boyega picked up the Rising Star award at last night’s BAFTAs (British Academy Film Awards) in London. The award, chosen entirely by the public, pitted the Star Wars: The Force Awakens lead against Brie Larson (Room), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades Of Grey), Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) and Taron Egerton (Legend).

“I haven’t been doing this for a long time. It’s a fluke,” the actor began his acceptance speech. Though to be clear, Boyega is someone we’ve kept tabs on since well before his Star Wars days. In 2014, the Nigerian-Brit played the role of Ugwu in the film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Biafra War novel, Half of a Yellow Sun. At the time of its release, the film’s director, Biyi Bandele, spoke to us about his experience working with Boyega. “Through the shoot he did this thing that no actor I’ve ever directed had done before,” Bandele told us. “Constantly he’d come up to me and he’d say, Biyi, do I need to say this line? And I’d say what do you mean? He’d say I can show it. [laughs] Go back and watch it. The things he does with his face, originally they were lines.”

Prior to that, Boyega starred in the South London sci-fi comedy (and cult favorite) Attack The Block. He also made his Sundance debut in the Los Angeles-set drama Imperial Dreams, which may ultimately see a proper theatrical release.

All this to say we’re excited to see what the future has in store for the 23-year-old from Peckham.

During his acceptance speech, Boyega also went on to share his award with all the “young dreamers who are determined, who are hard working, and who are quite frankly amazing.”

And what's next for the star? Today he begins filming Star Wars: Episode VIII. The call-time was 6am.

Watch Boyega's entire BAFTAs acceptance speech below.

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Freddie Harrel Is Building Conscious Beauty For and With the African Diaspora

Formerly known as "Big Hair Don't Care", creator Freddie Harrel and her team have released 3 new wig shapes called the "RadShapes" available now.


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The normalising of Black and brown women in wigs of various styles has certainly been welcomed by the community, as it has opened up so many creative avenues for Black women to take on leadership roles and make room for themselves in the industry.

Radswan (formerly known as Big Hair Don't Care), is a lifestyle brand "bringing a new perspective on Blackness through hair, by disrupting the synthetic market with innovative and sustainable products." Through their rebrand, Radswan aims to, "upscale the direct-to-consumer experience holistically, by having connected conversations around culture and identity, in order to remove the roots of stigma."

The latest from French-Cameroonian founder and creator Freddie Harrel - who was featured on our list of 100 women of 2020 - has built her career in digital marketing and reputation as an outspoken advocate for women's empowerment. On top of her business ventures, the 2018 'Cosmopolitan Influencer of the Year' uses her platform to advocate for women's empowerment with 'SHE Unleashed,' a workshop series where women of all ages come together to discuss the issues that impact the female experience, including the feeling of otherness, identity politics, unconscious bias, racism and sexism.

And hair is clearly one of her many passions, as Freddie says, "Hair embodies my freest and earliest form of self expression, and as a shapeshifter, I'm never done. I get to forever reintroduce my various angles, tell all my stories to this world that often feels constrained and biased."

Armed with a committee of Black women, Freddie has cultivated Radswan and the aesthetic that comes with the synthetic but luxurious wigs. The wigs are designed to look like as though the hair is growing out of her own head, with matching lace that compliments your own skin colour.

By being the first brand to use recycled fibres, Radswan is truly here to change the game. The team has somehow figured out how to make their products look and feel like the real thing, while using 0% human hair and not negotiating on the price, quality or persona.

In 2019, the company secured £1.5m of investment led by BBG Ventures with Female Founders Fund and Pritzker Private Capital participating, along with angelic contributions from Hannah Bronfman, Nashilu Mouen Makoua, and Sonja Perkins.

On the importance of representation and telling Black stories through the products we create, Freddie says, "Hair to me is Sundays kneeling between your mothers or aunties legs, it's your cousin or newly made friend combing lovingly through your hair, whilst you detangle your life out loud. Our constant shapeshifting teaches us to see ourselves in each other, the hands braiding always intimately touching our head more often than not laying someone's lap."

"Big Hair No Care took off in ways we couldn't keep up with," she continues, "RadSwan is our comeback.It's a lifestyle brand, it's the hair game getting an upgrade, becoming fairer and cleaner. It's the platform that recognises and celebrates your identity as a shapeshifter, your individuality and your right to be black like you."


Check out your next hairstyle from Radswan here.

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