Friday, August 7, 2009

Chris Rock tackles "Good Hair"

I admit, when I first heard Chris Rock was doing this, I gave the project the side-eye (for reasons regular readers of the blog well know), but it looks like Rock may get it right:


6 comments:

realitysurfer said...

Please take a moment to check out my documentary film BLACK HAIR

It is 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..

Kinda like Madame C.J. Walker in Reverse....a tragic comedy.

I am not a hater, I am a motivator.

Plus I am a White guy who stumbled upon this, and felt it was so wrong I had to make a film about it.

Can it be taken back?

Link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p96aaTSdrAE

Sandy said...

I guess I'm kind of surprised that this has been labeled a comedy. It seems funny, but more importantly it looks like a documentary. Any thoughts on that?

RMJ said...

I'm a little worried about the portions of the film in India - I sensed a little xenophobia when Rock made the porno reference.

But otherwise this looks rad.

Sassy J said...

"Vanity Fair calls this Hilarious."

Right.

Tami said...

Y'know,

Sandy and Sassy J, you raise good points. I'm looking at this trailer as a black woman who has embraced her natural hair and I am able to look beyond a comedian's humor to a deeper point, in part because it is part of my culture.

What about those who don't have that context? Will this end of being another "gee. black folks and their crazy hair issues...ha, ha" thing.

It reminds me of when I wear my "I love nappy hair" t-shirt around my mostly-white Central Indiana suburb. At least twice, young, white girls have enthusiasticly offered approval for the message. One said: "I LOVE you're shirt! It's so FUNNY!" I walked away from those encounters wondering exactly why these girls who likely had no idea of the social challenges of nappy hair liked my shirt and why was my shirt "funny?"

SterlingRose said...

Lola and Zahara Rock: Daddy why don't we have good hair?

In the movie preview Rock practically orgasms as he runs his hands through the freshly relaxed hair of a beauty shop patron. "I still got my ring!!!" Will there be a similar scene of ecstasy featuring the "nappy" hair of a natural sister? Pair that with Rock's own wife sporting a weave and his expressed attitudes about women and I believe we can all answer the girls' question.

Judging from the clip alone I would be shocked if anyone with natural hair was featured as heavily or held up to be as beautiful as the sisters with weaves. Will anyone in the movie have the guts to come out and say what’s really behind the blond weave in the African American community? I hope this film will explore why society should see both pressed and curled White House Michelle Obama and big afroed New Yorker Michelle Obama as beautiful, non-frightening, non-threatening and equally worthy of acceptance. Only then will Chris Rock’s daughters learn to love their hair however THEY decide to wear it. I want to give Rock the benefit of the doubt. I hope this documentary is enlightening and a catalyst for change.

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