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At Curlfest, a Celebration of Natural Hair and Black Beauty

As I stood before a slightly foggy bathroom mirror a few weeks ago, my fingers gingerly grasped a few strands of freshly washed hair. Extending my arm, I watched, captivated, as the tightly wound curls lengthened, then quickly sprung back into place. I smiled. It was the first time as an adult that I had seen my hair purely in its natural state. My relationship with my hair has been one of pride and occasional pain. As a child, I relished the sound of beads clinking together at the end…

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Emojis honoured in world celebration

New York’s Empire State Building will be lit up in yellow to mark a day that organisers hope will put a smile on millions of faces. It is one of several stunts planned for World Emoji Day, which celebrates the colourful symbols used in instant messages, on 17 July. London’s Royal Opera House will present 20 well-known operas and ballets in emoji form online. There are 2,666 emojis currently on the official Unicode Standard list. The Unicode consortium lays out the framework for emojis and decides what should be depicted,…

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News: RwandAir hosts celebration of Rwandan culture in London

Following the successful launch of the first direct connection between Rwandan capital Kigali and the UK, RwandAir has hosted a showcase of Rwandan talent in London. Select members of the travel trade and UK media were invited to the high commission of Rwanda in the capital for an evening of Rwanda food, drink and dance. High commissioner of Rwanda in the UK, Yamina Karitanyi, said: “The launch of a direct route between London and Kigali is a major milestone for our country. “Rwanda and the UK have great expectations for…

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