Movie: Chris Rock gets black women to talk about having good hair

Leave it to comedian Chris Rock to tell the story about African American women and their hair in such a way that everyone can laugh about it. There is a lot of truth to this movie, black women spend a lot of money on their hair and you better not try to get her in a pool when she just had her hair done…..especially when she hasn’t had a touch up on her roots.

When Chris Rocks 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 Stilsons 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 exposé 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 Symoné, 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 daughters question. What he discovers is that black hair is a big business that doesnt always benefit the black community and little Lolas 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.

Recipient of A Special Jury Prize: U.S. Documentary

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  • black hair

    Just a note to inform you that I have placed my entire documentary film BLACK HAIR for free at youtube. 6 parts including an update from London, England.

    It explores the Korean Take-over of the Black Beauty Supply and Hair biz..can it be taken back?


  • geekgirl

    Thanks for the comment and the link to your youtube video. I watched this very interesting piece about black hair care and who is profiting from it. Not African American women. Black women spend billions of dollars on hair care products every year. I could never understand why there aren’t that many black hair care salons and beauty supply suppliers around the world. It is a tough business to break into….Asians have the market dominated with their own beauty supply stores..they obviously knew something about the business of African American products and provided the need for black women. They also needed a way to make a living to take care of their families upon arriving into the states. This is a tough subject that can garner some very interesting feedback from both sides of the fence. Good work though and thanks for sharing.