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You Need To Watch This Fabulous Video Highlighting a Century's Worth of Africa’s Hijab Styles

Travel through time with MuslimGirl's '100 Years of Hijab Fashion Part One' that touches down on the continent.

Taking a cue from Watchcut’s successful YouTube series, blog MuslimGirl  just dropped 100 Years of Hijab Fashion, focusing primarily on Africa.


Hijab—which Muslim women have traditionally worn to denote a sense of modesty, though its aesthetic has evolved as a trendy fashion accessory in recent years—owes its roots to Africa. However according to MuslimGirl, headwraps weren’t necessarily considered hijab on the continent because of anti-blackness spread through Arab conquest.

The one-minute showcase is full of attitude (the model flips off the camera at one point) and traverses countries Senegal, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Guinea, Mali as well as hijab styles such as Nigerian gele, Kenyan Kanga fabric, and Ghanaian duku. It takes a detour to the United States, highlighting hijab that black Muslims wore as the 1960s saw the Nation of Islam rise to prominence, before continuing to countries Cameroon, Tanzania, the Western Sahara, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and Burkina Faso.

Travel through time and watch MuslimGirl’s video at the top, which captures the “most colorful Muslim population, not only in the color of their clothing, but in their skin.”

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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