When I was younger and living in Chi-town housing projects with my uncle slash cousin’s wife and step-kids, all the housing project kids had jehri curls and I wanted one so bad, but only the super-cool and alpha-male could pull off a black-perm. Jeff Stilson and Chris Rock’s Good Hair documentary explores African-Americans and the process of perming their hair straight.
Good Hair is the winner of the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize @ the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and chekc out the new trailer below –
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. Rock 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.
Chris Rock is repped by Carol Goll, Steve Levine and Edward Yablans @ International Creative Management, attorney Stephen Barnes @ Morris, Yorn, Barnes & Levine, publicist Leslie Sloane Zelnik @ Baker/Winokur/Ryder and animation voice-over agency @ Danis Panaro Nist.
Jeff Stilson is repped by Ted Miller @ Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and attorney Jon Moonves @ Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano.