Fresh off the buzz created @ Sundance, here’s the trailer for Nelson George & Chris Rock’s upcoming film that digs into the roots of the notion of good hair, the money involved in the coiffure business & weaves. Reportedly, the film will show Rock traveling to India, the main source for the human hair used for weave, hits a laboratory to show how powerfully corrosive the chemicals used in perms can be…in other words, he gets deep y’all. Of course, he mixes in funny too I presume.
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 was going to make a few tongue in cheek remarks about how I’d watch this @ the house (I wasn’t gonna burn it; I’d buy a legit copy at least lol0 but probably not in theaters. The reality is though that Chris Rock is making good use of his fortune, helping his daughter discover facts & myths about herself & our culture…there’s a mixture of good here that deserves a kudos.
And maybe, instead of watching it @ the crib, I’ll posse up with my daughter and we take another trip to the movies in October.