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Rock's take on the subject seems to be that it is more important what's in your head than on your head. But it also recognizes the pressures placed on black women to fit in with society's beauty standards and understands why these women forsake their natural hair for perms and extensions. The film delves into serious subjects but maintains a funny and playful tone throughout. I certainly found myself laughing more than I did at the usual Hollywood comedy. And I even left the theater feeling a little smarter about a topic I knew almost nothing about. One of the better documentaries of the year.
I'm biracial with extremely thick out-of-control curly hair. There have been times when my hair has broken combs, curling irons and hair brushes. When I was younger, I used relaxers to straighten my hair. Most of the time, they'd last for only a week or two before my hair reverted to its natural state. And there were times when my scalp was burned by the lye. So I could definitely relate to the coke can with the lye demo in the film.
I wanted to give Maya Angelou kudos for not getting a relaxer until she was 70. When Chris Rock remarked that Ms. Angelou had waited her whole life for a relaxer, I loved her retort that she wasn't dead yet.
I almost fell out my chair laughing when Chris Rock tried to sell African-American hair to beauty shops. At the same time, it was sad commentary. Why is African-American hair worth nothing? Why can't we embrace all types of hair?
I also was saddened that African-American high school girls thought that natural African-American hair was "unprofessional" and "bad." Again, why is straight hair good? Maybe if Michelle Obama and other powerful African-American women started to wear their hair natural, we would finally embrace natural African-American hair. Just a thought.
Black hair can be nappy, kinky, wavy, curly, and even straight. What about dreadlocks and their historical significance? What about the political implications of wearing an afro? Why not challenge the perception that unrelaxed hair isn't professional? I would rather he had discussed these things instead of focusing on weave-worshipers and some silly hair show that frankly, makes black people look like fools.
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I think this was a powerful documentary, and a must-see for EVERYONE, not just African American women. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kay Woods
I look at everyone with long hair now and wonder what kind of weave it is.Published 25 days ago by Melissa McCauley
IF you're promoting a healthy, natural hair lifestyle this film is for you. IMHO, every young African American child should see at least a few clips of this film. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Camille
I rented this movie to show as a teaching aid for my cosmetology and barbering students. It is an entertaining and informative documentary and is a fun way to get the students to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Just My Opinion