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This Video Unpacks the Complex History of the Headwrap

The deep-rooted history of the headwrap is explored in a new clip from Racked.

Headwraps are a hair staple for many black women, and for good reason. Whether they're worn to save us from a bad hair day, as a cultural marker, or to make a bomb-ass fashion statement, headwraps always come through.


They're not just any old accessory, though. Headwraps have a complex and politicized history in the U.S., that's not commonly discussed.

A new clip from Racked, unpacks the story of the headwrap, from it's early use as a means of subjugating black women, to its transformation into a symbol of pride and resistance.

Headwraps carry more than just hair, their history is incredibly multilayered—just like the women who rock them.

Watch the clip below.

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Photo: Alvin Ukpeh.

The Year Is 2020 & the Future of Nigeria Is the Youth

We discuss the strength in resolve of Nigeria's youth, their use of social media to speak up, and the young digital platforms circumventing the legacy media propaganda machine. We also get first-hand accounts from young creatives on being extorted by SARS and why they believe the protests are so important.

In the midst of a pandemic-rife 2020, the voices of African youth have gotten louder in demand for a better present and future. From structural reforms, women's rights, LGBTQ rights, and derelict states of public service, the youths have amplified their voices via the internet and social media, to cohesively express grievances that would hitherto have been quelled at a whisper.

Nigerian youth have used the internet and social media to create and sustain a loud voice for themselves. The expression of frustration and the calls for change may have started online, but it's having a profound effect on the lives of every Nigerian with each passing day. What started as the twitter hashtag #EndSARS has grown into a nationwide youth revolution led by the people.

Even after the government supposedly disbanded the SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) unit on the 10th of October, young Nigerians have not relented in their demands for better policing. The lack of trust for government promises has kept the youth protesting on the streets and online.

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