She Is Focused

August 3, 2009

Got Good Hair?

Filed under: Chat 'bout — Felicia @ 10:56 am

Good HairI don’t typically post anything beauty-related, but I saw the topic on one of my favorite sites today wanted to share my thoughts on the subject. Chris Rock released his documentary Good Hair at the 2009 “Sundance Film Festival” and took home an award for it. African American women for decades have had an obsession with hair and what was considered “good hair”.

Madame_CJ_WalkerMadame CJ Walker was the inventor of hair relaxers for African American hair in the early 1900s and this afforded her the title as the first African American millionaire. If it weren’t for Madame Walker then Black women would have to walk around appreciating the hair texture they were born with; Lord forbid.

I have used relaxers in my hair ever since about 3rd or 4th grade or so. In adulthood after talking with friends and realizing it really wasn’t necessary, I’ve decided to discontinue putting harmful chemicals in my hair and encourage others to do the same. Society has really done a good job of embedding what is considered good hair in the African American race and it’s unfortunate to see that folks are still under this false perception of beauty.

Check the preview below along with additional background information on the documentary.


US Documentary Feature Films
U.S.A.,  2009, 95 mins., color

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.

Recipient of A Special Jury Prize: U.S. Documentary.

Jeff Stilson
Chris Rock, Jeff Stilson, Lance Crouther, Chuck Sklar
Executive Producer:
Nelson George
Chris Rock, Kevin O’Donnell, Jenny Hunter
Cliff Charles
Paul Marchand, Greg Nash
Marcus Miller


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