October 24, 2009

“Good Hair”

Category: Movies/TV,Opinion — jerry @ 11:49 am

I’m looking forward to seeing this well-reviewed documentary–but not in the movie theaters. I don’t think it’s going to do well there. Too controversial. I’ll wait for the DVD.

Having been done by Chris Rock, you know it’s going to be funny. But edgy. Very, very edgy.

Because it’s about a topic that African-Americans, especially women, are uncomfortable discussing–their hair.

What is it about hair? As a white male with a hairline that creeps back more and more every year, I can vouch that I started being obsessed with my own hair in about 6th grade (even before the Beatles came to America and made us all crazy). I still feel better on “good hair” days than I do on “bad hair” days (today being one of the latter, by the way).

What was one of the definitive works of art for the 1960s? The musical “HAIR”. Who rocked out in the 1980s? The hair bands. Corn rows in the 70s. Rogaine© commercials in the 90s. And so on.

So here we are with the issue of African-American women and their love/hate relationship with their hair. In the trailer below there is a brief flash of Angela Davis sporting a ‘fro. When I was in college, it was all about “Black Is Beautiful”, being natural, and taking pride in your true self. What happened with all of that?

When Don Imus offended with his “nappy-headed hos” comment, which part of that statement did the young ladies on the Rutgers team find more offensive: being called “hos” or being call “nappy-headed”?

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