Good Hair (2009) ($3)

Chris Rock’s 2009 comedy documentary, ‘Good Hair’ might seem like a simple straightforward comedy documentary about a women’s hair salon. Actually, it goes deeper than that. Something as seemingly simple and innocuous as hairstyle actually has deep historical roots in the African-American community. During slave years and the years following, African-Americans were defined by the norms of beauty of a community outside itself. Watch on Youtube for $3. The phrase ‘good hair’ meant an African-American had straight hair. This was the standard of beauty among many African-Americans during slavery and for many years after slavery. This internalization of the greater White American culture’s beauty norms provided a stark reminder that African-American communities haven’t fully outgrown the... read more
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Good Hair (2009)