Friday, January 23, 2009

Good Hair - The Documentary

Hi Beautifuls!

I was perusing my usual blogs favs and came across a post about this film on Afrobella's site. Comedian Chris Rock has done a documentary about black folks and hair which has peeked alot of folks (natural heads) interest, including my own. Here is a description of the film.

When Chris Rock’s daughter, Lola, came up to him crying and asked, “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?” the bewildered comic committed himself to search the ends of the earth and the depths of black culture to find out who had put that question into his little girl's head! Director Jeff Stilson’s camera followed the funnyman, and the result is Good Hair, a wonderfully insightful and entertaining, yet remarkably serious, documentary about African American hair culture.An exposĂ© of comic proportions that only Chris Rock could pull off, Good Hair visits hair salons and styling battles, scientific laboratories, and Indian temples to explore the way black hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships, and self-esteem of black people. Celebrities such as Ice-T, Kerry Washington, Nia Long, Paul Mooney, Raven SymonĂ©, Maya Angelou, and Reverend Al Sharpton all candidly offer their stories and observations to Rock while he struggles with the task of figuring out how to respond to his daughter’s question. What he discovers is that black hair is a big business that doesn’t always benefit the black community and little Lola’s question might well be bigger than his ability to convince her that the stuff on top of her head is nowhere near as important as what is inside.

In all honesty, I wonder if he has done this topic justice. (This is how I feel about it.) I do want to see the film and I do like Chris Rock, however, as he is a comedian I'm a bit concerned about his delivery on this topic. Part of me wonders if he talked to some non-celebrity "natural heads". Just curious. If anyone has seen this, please share your opinion/review on this film.


  1. How interesting is this?! What do you think when you hear someone say "good hair"? I get that weird look on my face! I would really like to see this documentary. As we all know, "black hair" is a big business. I have seen several documentaries on black hair care products. It's amazing how the vast majority of production and revenue is generated outside of our community. Are you surprised? What's also interesting is that Asian influence has pretty much monopolized the industry. This has really peaked my interestd. I would like to see this in it's entirety before forming my opinion, but I don't like the idea of pimping your child (or her hair) to try and prove a point, make a statement, or perpetuate a stereotype. I hope he isn't using humor to mask an underlying issue. As we know, everyone has an opinion about "our hair". Black hair is beautiful no matter the textur or grade! Ms. M

  2. I so wish we could just turn the corner on this one and simply love our hair as it is. I look forward to seeing this and hope that it does not disappoint.

  3. I really want to see this. I hear it's going to be on HBO sooner or later, so I'll be waiting. Someone on NP saw it and gave it a pretty good review.

  4. InstantVintage, I'm glad to hear that it's going to be on HBO. I'll definitely keep a look out for it!


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