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[Chris Rock, Lola(C) and Zahra(R)]

Actor/comedian Chris Rock, has been inspired by his daughter Lola ,6, to do a documentary film about  African American hair culture. The documentary was inspired by Chris Rock’s daughter’s question about why she doesn’t have “good hair”; “Good Hair” premieres at the Sundance Film Festival, which runs from Jan. 15(today)-25 in Park City, Utah.

Via Sundance:
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.




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  1. i love this, we need to learn that all types of hair texture, colour, are beautiful!! am African and im sick and tired of this misconception thateveryone should conform to one version of beauty that is extremely narrow minded and limited! I LOVE MY CURLY BUSHY KINKY BLACK AFRO HAIR!!!

  2. I agree, db. Hair issues, i.e. the ‘good’ hair, ‘bad’ hair topic has become a problem and have gone beyond the realm of what could be called preferences, basically because of societal racism and certain indoctrinated beauty standards.

    A person can have a preference for curly black hair instead of a preference for short sandy hair. It doesn’t mean that the curly black hair is ‘good’ and short sandy hair is ‘bad’. It simply means a certain individual has a preference for one particular look. The problems arise when women of color are being told in a million different ways, subtle and not so subtle that coarse, curly, thick hair is ‘BAD’ and straight hair is ‘GOOD’-definitively. These kinds of behaviors can come from other people in the Black community, white people, and people of other races. I have naturally thick, coarse/curly hair and I have personally witnessed certain people’s behavior over this issue. I have experienced in one situation a person (Caucasian woman) attempting to make me feel bad about my natural hair texture, and in the occasional periods when I’ve had my hair straightened, I’ve noticed a bizarre behavior when people are suddenly paying more attention to me and/or giving me more stares.

    It’s totally ridiculous how so much attention has been placed on what I feel is the triviality of hair texture, and how it has affected so many women of color.

  3. Well that is true NBI concerning preferences. But the issue with there not being good hair is true, preferences being a separate thing. I’ve worked as a hairstylist who’s styled all types of hair as in every texture on every race of people. And each texture has it’s on issues with it.

    And while I’m sure there is a white girl who was teased about her thin stringy hair or being a brunette etc etc etc…..there isn’t the stigma attached to any other race of people concerning their hair like it is attached to black people. And many peoples perceived preference is shaped by the ignorance placed in their brains concerning our hair. Many of us do not or did not know how to care for our own hair apart from someone deciding to step up and rock their hair natural and then teaching others. Many of us find our hair difficult because we do not understand said texture, limiting because we do not understand said texture and hate it because it’s so different and I’d love to see the statistic of black women who’ve chosen to permanently alter the texture of their hair but we can easily look around in the world, whatever our wold may be and see that natural haired ladies are the minority.

    So it’s way beyond preferences and the same goes for skin color we know dog on well there are a lot of black men that will marry an unattractive woman of any race but would not get with the most beautiful in their own. Not saying women of other races are unattractive!! But bottom line it goes beyond preferences those prejudices self hate etc need to be gutted before a person can even go on to what they prefer. You don’t know what you prefer because your mind has been shaped by another’s opinion of what should be preferred.

  4. In my personal opinion, I don’t feel that those who claim there is no such thing as good hair “sound delusional”. Nobody denies that everyone has preferences for different looks. Preferences are perfectly fine, in my opinion. I feel that problems arise, however, when varying textures of hair are definitively stated as being “good” and “bad”. There really is no such thing. All textures of hair are equally ‘good’. What type of textures some individuals find *personally* appealing to themselves is another matter.

  5. Those who claim there is no such thing as good hair sound delusional. That’s like saying there’s no such thing as a pretty woman or man or child for that matter. Not everything is pretty, nor good, nor is all hair considered “good” to everybody. The real solution is not to deny that people have preferences; there’s no getting around it! Instead, by instilling in your child at an early age that looks in general–not just hair–don’t define his or her self work (like some readers stated they have above) children will be able to appreciate themselves for who they really are and not just the exterior.

  6. I can’t wait to see this… I am soooo overly bored with the good hair issue. Still holding on to white perceptions of beauty, Black people… we deserve to give ourselves a break. I can actually relate to this little girl- when I was 5, I lived in NY, and moved from Brooklyn (where there was a large Black population) to Long Island, and my town is LI was mostly white. And the prejudiced white, too, I mean most of the parents of the kids on my block wouldn’t even let me come in the house, we had to play outside only. I remember praying fervently to God at least twice a week to turn me white so that I could have long hair. My parents had ALWAYS told me that I was beautiful, but this white perception of beauty still had a profound effect on me. I have come to love myself and my hair, and am very proud of who I am, but it hurts my heart to see this still going on… not that I’m surprised. One of my best friends has a biracial daughter, who had thick, curly, long hair. And every few months when the child was growing up, she go to me “Look, look at how loooong her hair’s getting. She has such good hair!” I would say, she’s growing up, that’s what hair does as you grow- it grows too, lol. She would also tell me she prefers men with “good hair”, too. When I ask her what in the hell that means, she doesn’t really have a response. So Chris, I looooooooong to see your film, it’s long overdue… cannot wait…

  7. I look forward to seeing Chris Rock’s documentary because it truly saddens me when beautiful black little girls feel that way about themselves. I’m a 39 year old black woman and my mother taught me at 5 years old that no matter if your hair is short, medium length or long your a beautiful girl and hair does not define you and I have always lived by that. I have a niece that is 5years old and goddaughters that I tell that too because I always want them to feel good about themselves and have SELF ESTEEM. Thats why it was never a problem for me to cut my hair short or allow it to grow long because I knew that the way I choose to wear my hair was my choice not society. Every hairstyle I had over the years I loved them all. Now I have been wearing my hair medium length and this summer I’m about to make the Big 40 and I’m about to chop it all off again. I truly encouraged every mother, grandmother, aunt or godmother to teach these beautiful black girls that hair does not DEFINE YOU. LIKE OBAMA SAID ITS TIME FOR CHANGE AND WE HAVE TO HELP THESE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS KNOW THEY ARE HEAVEN SENT WITH THAT BEAUTIFUL GRADE OF HAIR THAT GOD CREATED THEM WITH.

  8. I would love to see this. I see that it’s playing at the Film Festival in Utah, but when can the general public see?

  9. This is a reply to Blue’s comment, I know exactly what your sister’s going through. I remember when I first moved to North Carolina the other girls were so mean to me just because my hair wasn’t straightened. Then when I started high school I got a perm and all of a sudden people were talking to me. I want to see this film and I hope ignorant people who judge others for something as simple as hair, can learn from it.

  10. That sounds like a very interesting film project. I’d definitely be interested in seeing it.

    In my opinion, there is simply NO such thing as “good hair”. Good hair is any hair. What of a cancer patient who has lost their hair? Any kind of hair is ‘good’ to them.

    I find all textures of hair in the Black community beautiful and unique!

  11. this is absolutely sad. this should put into perspective all the ignorant comments some of you make on this site regarding the stigmas u place on children’s hair. a damn crying shame this little girl already feels the impact of the world’s ignorance. i hope the older she gets, the more she experiences self-love for what she was blessed with.

  12. Kudos to Chris! It’s about time we stop sweeping this issue under the rug and get it out in the open. I’m 45 years old and I remember tying a scarf around my hair pretending it was long. This good hair mantra is old and stinking. In 2009, many of us still worship “good hair” and hate ourselves because ours doesn’t fit the bill. It’s time to elevate.

    Again, good for Chris!

  13. this sounds like an incredibly important film that needs to be viewed by everyone, not just black. i will definitely watch.

  14. I am glad that Chris is doing this documentary. My daughter has been feeling the same way as his daughter. Our African American children have been brainwashed by these images of what is so called beautiful for too long, all hair is good hair. I showed my daughter the pic of Chris’s daughter’s with the ponytail puffs because some little white girls have been teasing her about her puffs at school, saying that she looks like Minnie Mouse and etc. I may have been wrong but I told her to tell them, I don’t want hair like yours because if God had intended for all of us to look the same, we would be that way and that with the hair that she has, she can style it anyway she chooses. A smile came to her face when she saw the pic and she proclaimed, they’re hair is just like mine. Thanks BCK!

  15. This should be good because some of us(not all) are so preoccupied about hair.Because my daughter has curly hair and that is the first thing since day one that people worry about and try to tell me what to do with it.I get all the time Where she get that hair from? I had a friend be upset that her daughter wasnt born with curly hair because she looks a certain way. I cant wait to see it because Chris is so funny.

  16. Thank you Chris. Thank you for being an intelligent black man willing to tackle such huge issue in the black community. I’m from NY but live in VA. I get so sick of hearing some of the ignorant comments i hear southerns make about having good hair. Hopefully, we can realize hair is just hair and there are more important things in life to worry about. Chris, thank God for enlightened brothers like you.

  17. I am excited about this documentary and hope that it will lead us in taking a step towards the right direction.

    I remember seeing a children’s program on HBO called “Happy to be Nappy” which showed 2 little black girls that were more than happy to have the hair texture that they did. They were the only two black children in their school (or class…can’t remember which) and they talked about what is was like. There needs to be more shows like this where black children take pride in their features/appearance.

    My 9 year old sister got her hair straitened for the first time (no chemicals just with a flattening iron)and the kids at school actually treat her better now that her hair is straight. Children who never talked to her before or who were mean to her (she is bi-racial and gets picked on a lot because it) come up to her and compliment her on her hair and have asked to be her friend. That just made me sick! As if her natural curly hair wasn’t good enough. Her school is predominantly black and 9 out of 10 girls have perms.

  18. I had a really long thing I was gonna say, but you know what, never mind. All I’m gonna say is that this documentary looks very interesting about such an important topic and I can’t wait to check it out.

  19. the children do indeed have good hair, and as Kola Boof would say, “GOD PUT PROOF ON THE BLACK MAN’s HEAD.” Black hair is delicate and it coils in sync like the strands dna as well as the universe. Black hair is the crown that God placed on that little girl’s head as a reminder that she descends from his image. Our hair left its marks in many forms from an unruly wisp to the tightest kink as evident the black man was here. There is no need to set out on a quest to determine the why when it comes to black hair, for it is in God’s fullest glory, therefore…it is GOOD.

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