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This Vibrant Lookbook Puts A Modern Twist On Traditional Headwrap Styling

The Wrap Life's latest lookbook features vibrant printed headwraps and handmade jewelry modeled by Brooklyn-based founder Nnenna Stella.

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The Wrap Life is a dynamic young Brooklyn-based company churning out vibrant headwraps, handmade jewelry and carefully curated incense bundles.

Founder Nnenna Stella decided to launch the company after her online search for headwraps proved futile.

"I Googled for three days and I was so upset," the African-American entrepreneur told Madam Noire. "I was like, 'Really? Nobody’s selling head wraps?' I imagined that there were other women who wanted to start wearing them, as well, and they couldn’t find fabrics and prints that they liked, so I decided to start."

Photographed by Brooklyn-based TunnelVision artist Dex R. Jones, The Wrap Life's most recent lookbook demonstrates the countless styling options made possible with their multicolored fabrics, many of which are handprinted. But what really stands out in the idyllic shoot is the seamless mixing of traditional headwraps with cut-off denim, midi dresses, provocative swimsuits and Timberland boots.

"The Wrap Life is about a lifestyle, so I want to show them my lifestyle and be as honest as possible," Nnenna told Madam Noire.

Follow The Wrap Life website and Instagram page for more information. To learn how to style these headwraps, visit The Wrap Life website's video tutorial section.

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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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