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'The Braid Whisperers' In Mali

Marie Claire Magazines features an editorial, entitled 'The Braids Whisperers', shot in Mali for their May 2014 Issue.

Hair braiding is an art form. It's not simply a way to style your hair, but also a skill that can highlight a wide range of social & cultural identities: ethnicity, age, status, and religion, amongst others. As the likes of J.D. Okhai Ojeikere have previously documented, there are endless braiding technics and styles, from spirals to complex curves. This month, Marie Claire published The Braid Whisperers, which showcases Malian braiders photographed by Jean Friedman-Rudovsky. Scroll through our gallery above to view the initial images and let us know what you think by tweeting @okayafrica with #braidswhisperers.

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Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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