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Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

'The Hair Appointment' Is a Gorgeous Photo Series Showing the Beauty of Black Hairstyling

The latest from Josef Adamu and his creative platform Sunday School will leave you in awe.

Nigerian-Canadian artist Josef Adamu and his platform Sunday School have been bringing the heat with quality, stunning projects since we touched base with him in April.

The latest from Sunday School is a photo series entitled The Hair Appointment that was shot on location in a home and at Alima's Hair Salon and Slayed in Braids in Brownsville, Brooklyn. As Adamu says in his explainer, "The Hair Appointment was a visual series curated to demonstrate the beauty of hairstyling as a process, a lifestyle, and an overall experience. Our team used this opportunity to offer our visual perspective of hair braiding and everything that coincides."

He continues:

"Additionally, we captured an intimate hair braiding session from a family home, displaying the location flexibility of hair braiding and the emotions that come with it. As a team, we felt it was essential to show children as key components to the process. Whether they're physically learning the hair braiding routines, running around the shop, or simply getting their hair done, they add a strong element to the environment as a whole."


You'll notice that each time Sunday School drops a project, Adamu goes in detail about the creative process from beginning to end—and it's rightfully intentional.

"The feeling of transparency throughout the creative process is important because not only does it build trust amongst team members, it also inspires others to do the same," he tells OkayAfrica via email. "As a team, we actually encourage transparency because it keeps the process authentic. The vulnerability is known to make most feel uneasy, though it is often received as bold and respected by others because no creative process is free from flaws. Be open, be unapologetically yourself, it is all apart of the story!"

Take a look at our favorite shots from The Hair Appointment below, shot by photographer Jeremy Rodney-Hall. For the full visual series, click here.

Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

Photo by Jeremy Rodney-Hall.

Credits: Director/Producer—Josef Adamu || Photographer—Jeremy Rodney-Hall || Videography—Sooflight || Co-Producer—Helena Koudou || Wardrobe Styling—Habibat Adetonwa-Julmat || Makeup—Ernest Robinson || Talent—Taylor, Yohana, Idayat, Aziza, Hamzia, Zakia, Jackie

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Photo: Sachyn Mital for The Town Hall.

This Is What Fatoumata Diawara's NYC Concert Looked Like

In photos: the Malian singer performed a stunning show at The Town Hall.

Fatoumata Diawara played a mesmerizing show in New York City over the weekend.

The Malian singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor had The Town Hall swaying to a selection of songs from her latest Grammy-nominated album, Fenfo, as well as other classic cuts.

Fatoumata was joined on the night by a four-piece backing band that followed her every word and guitar riff, as she showcased her special blend of traditional Malian music and striking Bambara vocal melodies with elements of modern rock, funk, R&B and afrobeat.

"I didn't want to sing in English or French because I wanted to respect my African heritage," Fatoumata has mentioned."But I wanted a modern sound because that's the world I live in. I'm a traditionalist, but I need to experiment, too. You can keep your roots and influences but communicate them in a different style."

Fatoumata's main message, one which she stated throughout the show, is one of hope for the future of Africa and of female empowerment. It's "about the world, peace, how Africa can be a better place, especially for women, because I am one, and I am a survivor," she says. "I want to encourage those who have lost hope."

Browse through pictures from her show at The Town Hall, which was opened by Guatemala's Gabby Moreno, below.

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In our 'Spotlight' series, we highlight the work of photographers, visual artists, multimedia artists and more who are producing vibrant, original work. In our latest piece, we spotlight the art of Ngadi Smart, a Sierra Leonean photographer visual artist and illustrator based between Côte d'Ivoire and London. View images from her latest series "Latitude," and read more about the inspirations behind her work. Keep up with Smart via her website and on Instagram.

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Mexican Government Returns Stolen Bronze Sculpture to Nigeria

Mexican customs officials thwarted an attempt to smuggle the ancient Yoruba sculpture into the country.

The Mexican government has recently returned a stolen bronze sculpture to Nigeria according to Vanguard.

The ancient sculpture was seized by customs officials at Mexico City Airport following an attempt to reportedly smuggle the artefact into the country.

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Listen to an Amapiano Remix of Tshego’s Hit ‘No Ties’ Featuring King Monada and MFR Souls

Tshego and King Monada's 'No Ties' gets an amapiano remix by MFR Souls.

MFR Souls recently gave Tshego's hit single "No Ties" an amapiano remix. The MFR Souls duo is one of the frontrunners of the amapiano subgenre which gained mainstream popularity in South Africa last year.

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