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Video: Get To Know the Nigerian-American Hair Guru Behind Both Beyoncé's and Solange's Braids

OkayAfrica sat down for a quick chat with Susy Oludele about building her budding hair empire.

Susy Oludele, is the talented hair guru and businesswoman who's responsible for some of your favorite celebrities' stunning braids.


Oludele recently sat down with OkayAfrica to tell us more about her rapidly growing hair empire, which includes her Brooklyn-based salon, Hair by Susy, a vibrant social media following, group events and more.

The energetic stylist also discusses what it's like doing hair for none-other than superstar Beyoncé, Solange, and Zoe Kravitz to name a few. She also gives us the scoop on her future career plans and upcoming projects she's working on.

Oludele is an inspiring creative with an infectious personality! Check out the video below, to learn more about her story and revisit our profile on Oludele from earlier this year, where the artists talks about how radical self-confidence led her to success in the hair industry.


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Videographer/Editor: Ike Slimster

Produce: Chika Okoli

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Emile YX? Wants to 'Reconnect The String'

The father of South African hip-hop's latest book release is here to teach you about the culture.

As a father-figure in South African hip-hop, there's a lot Emile Lester Jansen, aka Emile YX?, knows. He'll also tell you, there's a lot he doesn't. But the knowledge Emile has gained, over his 3 decades in music, he's always tried to share with others. His latest project is no different. The Black Noise founder is working on a book that identifies the similarities between Bushmen expression and hip-hop, and how this knowledge can help empower anyone who has a love of the culture.

The book, which will be called Reconnect The String, comes on the back of this year's 21st anniversary of the African Hip Hop Indaba, one of the landmark hip hop events in Cape Town created by Emile, which has helped many an artist launch their career. As a teacher and a musician, he's long been involved in using hip hop to uplift communities—first through the seminal group Black Noise, founded in the late 1980s, with its rhymes rallying against Apartheid, and then through the Heal the Hood organization, a non-profit that grew out of the group's efforts to use its love of hip hop to fuel youth development initiatives in townships on the Cape Flats.

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