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Ray BLK Celebrates Black Hair Salons in Her New Video 'Patience'

British-Nigerian artist, Ray BLK, celebrates black womanhood by way of the hair salon in her new music video "Patience."

British-Nigerian artist, Ray BLK, landed on our radar earlier this year when she became the first independent artists to win BBC Music's Sound of 2017 poll. We spoke with her about her dual Nigerian and British upbringing, tackling homophobia, and black British womanhood. The singer and MC spotlights the beauty of black womanhood once again in her new video "Patience."


The video is an ode to the black hair salon, which for many black woman is more than just a place where we go to get out hair laid, but also a safe space for us to nurture our personalities, beauty and style. The music video highlights the rich camaraderie of the hair salon that, in many ways, has become a symbol of black womanhood.

For many of us, visiting the hair salon can feel like a retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The video captures this essence as Ray BLK sings and rhymes about slowing things down for a change.

Watch the video above.

Interview

Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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