Chris Rock Presents Good Hair
Prompted by his daughter Lola’s question Daddy why don’t I have good hair, Chris Rock produced and wrote the film, GOOD HAIR, to seek out the true definition of black women’s hair within the black community.
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 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 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.
I’m definitely interested in learning what Chris Rock discovered about relaxer’s chemicals, what every black girl feel about their hair, where his daughter Lola got the idea of ‘good hair’, and the price of Indian-made human hair. I honestly laughed at Rev. Al Sharpton’s reply in the trailer.
Here’s a quick look at various FG2BH vixen’s hairstyles from Alek Wek, Liya Kebede, Iman, Lisa Izibor, Estelle, Korto Momlu, Sophie Okonedo, Thandie Newton, Oluchi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Carmen Ejogo, and Sade.
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