I write about black women and hair a lot. In fact, I'd love to one day write a book on the topic. I would shoot for a documentary, but, as I'm sure you know by now, comedian Chris Rock has beat me to it.
Rock's documentary Good Hair, which hits select theaters tomorrow and opens nationwide Oct. 23, has received plenty of buzz (and a lawsuit).
Here's an excerpt from a review of the movie by the Hartford Courant:
What's so funny about so many black women wanting "white" hair? Plenty, it turns out, in Chris Rock's surprisingly insightful documentary, "Good Hair."
The well-known history of black people straightening their natural curls is more tragedy than comedy, rooted in the bygone belief that all things European were better than anything African. But Rock sheds new light on this old story through a poignant mix of interviews, investigation and his trademark satire.
More than a dozen famous and beautiful black women sit for Rock's camera, ranging from the sage Maya Angelou to video vixen Melyssa Ford to an interior designer with a skin disease that has left her proudly bald. Their testimony illuminates today's reality: Black women who straighten their hair are not ashamed of their heritage — like women the world over, they just want to work with what they have.
We talk about natural hair a lot on this blog, but I want to hear from all ladies. If you proudly straighten your hair we want to know your story too.