“Whoa, she got braids and she’s in Brooklyn. Why didn’t I do those braids?” Oludele thought to herself. “I’m going to do her braids one day, and I’m going to do them better.” And then like most thoughts, she let it slip away. Two months later, around Thanksgiving, Oludele got an email, that read “Hey, Solange wants you to do her hair.”

Oludule ignored it out of disbelief.

“I wake up in the morning,” she remembers, “and there’s another email that says ‘Hey, so, do you want to do it or not.”’ I was like wow, this person is really serious. So, I started doing her hair. Then, I did Zoe Kravitz’s hair, then Lala Anthony’s, and then Beyoncé’s.”


Brooklyn is the most populous borough of New York City, with a Census-estimated 2,636,735 residents in 2015. It borders the borough of Queens at the southwestern end of Long Island. Since 1896, Brooklyn has had the same boundaries as Kings County, the most populous county in the U.S. state of New York, and the second-most densely populated county in the United States, after the county of New York (which is coextensive with the borough of Manhattan).

With a land area of 71 square miles (180 km2) and water area of 26 square miles (67 km2), Kings County is New York’s fourth-smallest county by land area and third-smallest by total area, though it is the second-largest among the city’s five boroughs. Today, if New York City dissolved, Brooklyn would rank as the third-most populous city in the U.S., behind Los Angeles and Chicago. (Wikipedia).


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