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You Need To See This Eye-Catching Video Capturing 100 Years Of Kenyan Beauty

Take a trip down memory lane with Cut Video’s “100 Years of Beauty,” capturing a century of Kenya’s stunning beauty trends.

Cut’s video revisits East Africa again -- this time touching down in Kenya.


The 21st episode of the well-received Youtube series spotlights popular Kenyan hairstyles and beauty from 1910 until the present-day. The one-minute showcase, featuring model Keesee Andrea, sees her being transformed decade-by-decade from sporting a cropped ‘do paired with a traditional Masaai necklace to cornrows (let’s not call them box braids) to 80s glam -- complete with teased hair and luminous purple eyeshadow -- possibly making the late Prince a.k.a the “purple one” proud.

Accompanying the video is a Pinterest board that offers a glimpse of behind-the-scene takes and historical details of Kenya’s past such as Britain’s scramble for Africa and the Kikuyu Mau Mau movement, which inspired each style. Andrea’s 1970s look with a canary yellow headwrap pays homage to Kenya’s first lady Ngina Kenyatta, also affectionately called "Mama Ngina," who sophisticatedly epitomized the country’s post-independence. Also Andrea’s present-day look pays homage to “Queen of Katwe” and “12 Years A Slave” actress Lupita Nyong’o, who hails from Kenya and whose rise to fame perfectly encapsulates the emergence of Kenya’s young creatives.

Cut’s pivot back to the continent makes good on its promise to feature more African countries. “This isn’t the end to African beauty. This is just the first of many ways to talk about the diversity of the continent,” video researcher Karen Maniraho said when Cut previously highlighted a century of Ethiopia’s good looks.

Peep the video at the top of the post.

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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