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Movie Preview: Chris Rock's Documentary, Good Hair

Movie Preview: Chris Rock's Documentary, Good Hair

Chris Rock's documentary Good Hair already made me feel a little emotional back in January when I saw the video of him talking about his project just before it screened at Sundance. In that video, Rock explains that he always believed that if he told his daughter how beautiful she is and how much he loves her all the time, he could help her avoid developing self-esteem issues. But his daughter still told her dad that she didn't like her hair — she wanted "good hair." In his movie, Rock explores this topic — the hair industry in general and the idea of "good hair."

The new trailer for his film is great — entertaining and funny, but also thought-provoking. The movie will have a limited release starting Oct. 9. To check out the trailer,


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Nessa75 Nessa75 7 years
that's all u can say b/c u know it's true...answer this many black women in hollywood ie: actresses, comedians, musicians have songs or movies that REGULARLY depict black men in a negative light, or put their dirty laundry out for all to see... why do we continue to defend brothers that do's sad, you all want to bash me? it's cool...check out today's episode on the view...chris rock was on their. guess who saw his documentary? barbara walters...and she now THINKS WE ALL WANT TO BE WHITE. that's all i'm trying to say...white women get tans. boob implants, butt's considered a choice...why are we not viewed the same and given the respect to make OUR OWN CHOICES....all behind a hair do? african americans have way bigger issues to tackle then this!...wanna really laugh...i got fake kinky twist in my hair b/c my real hair is too wavy to hold the style...i just like the ethnic look but cant mimic for real and i'm just as black as anyone else. i dont see how the jokes on me...i'm just not endorsing blackmen to insult me or my sex anymore. if u like's your choice...
Nessa75 Nessa75 7 years
I agree. I will not be going to see this movie. I am so tired of black men (especially comedians) using their platform to exploit black women! All they do is give ammunition to other racial groups to mock us or discriminate. I happen to be a black women who likes to wear my own hair, weaves, perms extensions etc because I CAN. IT'S A PERSONAL what shoes I wear or jewelry. You have no idea how many whites, Hispanics etc I have to set straight because whenever they see my "natural" hair they wonder why I wear braids, weaves etc.. I get dumb comments like, " I thought your hair was really short, why do you wear extensions etc." I'm like, " Duh... not EVERYONE THAT WEARS EXTENSIONS HAVE SHORT HAIR...OR HAVE A SELF ESTEEM COMPLEX." None the less...leave it to a black man to bring this trivial issue to the whole damn world like it's a frigin' epidemic. Do you see white comedians doing documentaries on why white women go to tanning booths? NO U DON'T...why because some things are personal and really isn't everyone else business. You don't see them on talk shows obsessing over it. You know what I'd like to see...some of these wealthy sista's in Hollywood do a documentary on the secrets black men undercover brothers that don't have the courage to come out of the closet etc...Or better yet...let's do a documentary on why black men get all those nasty hair bumps on their skin when they shave. Let's talk about all of the "extensive measures they have to take to lighten up those dark and discolored areas". You know why it will NEVER happen?...because we respect our brothers too much...while we give them license to embarrass and exploit us through their songs, jokes and movies. Thanks alot Chris just took black women back about 25 years... Now I've got to deprogram all of the misinformed people that will "take pity" on me if I go to a salon for pete's sake! Man, what does it take to make a black man happy these days! They got a million rules for us ie: how to dress, wear our hair, who we date (race) while they HAVE NONE. Shame on all you women who think this documentary is going to help usual...sister...the jokes on us!
khameel khameel 7 years
I'm really excited about this film. As a black woman, I understand the desire to have 'good hair.' I love that Chris Rock's daughter's inspired him to make this documentary. I can't wait to see it!
Symphonee Symphonee 7 years
"Creamy Crack" I haven't heard that in awhile. I went natural over a year and a half ago and go to a natural hair salon so it's been a while. I really look forward to seeing this and hopefully the conversation that it brings up about perceptions of beauty in the AA community.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
This looks like a humorous and thoughtful movie. I love the reason behind the start of the project; makes me like Chris even more. I cannot wait to see this film.
Allyace Allyace 7 years
That's really awesome that he decided to tackle this topic. I'm trying to remember what play they talk about changing a woman's hair (I'm pretty sure it was Raisin in the Sun). But until I had read it, I had never really thought about it before. Great that he is bringing it up.
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years
I totally understand why little girls would think having straight or Anglo type hair would be nicer than their own. Look at all the black women in entertainment out there. Tyra has long wavy-straight blonde/light brown hair, Wendy Williams too, Naomi has long pin straight black hair...and so on. How are these girls supposed to grow up thinking their hair is beautiful (props to Chris Rock for trying so hard!) if all the black female role models don't seem to love their own natural hair?
Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
Looking forward to seeing this!
niqua230 niqua230 7 years
Anonymous is talking out her butt! Children pick up things from other kids and the media makes it seem like straight hair is the only way you can be perceived as beautiful! I can't wait for this to come out!
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