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Chris Rock Speaks On His “Good Hair”

 

Chris Rock

“Surely, there must be a real movie you want to make,” jokes Chris Rock of the response he initially received from Hollywood when it came time to fund his latest movie, “Good Hair,” a documentary that explores Black hair culture.

In fact, Rock decided to go ahead with the making of the film despite being denied funding. “The biggest obstacle in making this movie was getting the funding for it,” he tells BET.com in an exclusive 1-on-1 interview. “It is a specific topic for a specific group of people.”

 

So after a week of putting up his own money, HBO Films decided to buckle, and back the project, which has been keeping Rock very busy these days. Released in select cities Friday, October 9th, “Good Hair” is the talk of the town, be it in the barber shops of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn or on the couch of the most famous talk show host, Oprah Winfrey. Chris Rock’s documentary goes into depth about Black hair. He covers topics such as what chemicals are used in perms, addresses the financial burden of keeping a Black woman’s hair looking “good,” and even ventures to India to learn more about where the human hair sold as weaves comes from.

The film is centered around the Bronner Bros. hair show, a popular hair show event that takes place each year in Atlanta, Georgia. Chris says that ever since he learned of the show 17 years ago, he’s wanted to make a movie about it. It is a unique event where the industry’s top hair stylists put on an elaborate stage performance to show off their skills. According to Chris, everything grew from this hair show which gave him the idea to explore the history of this culture more seriously.

Nia Long, Maya Angelou, Lauren London, Raven Symone, Traci Thoms, Melyssa Ford and the Rev. Al Sharpton, (who makes it clear that women aren’t the only ones who care that much about their hair) are among the celebrities featured in the film. They are interviewed by Chris Rock who through his own way of investigative reporting takes the viewer on an informative yet comical journey through the manufacturing of perms,  exporting of Indian hair and beyond. Nia Long gives her honest perspective about why Black women feel pressured into maintaining such a costly hair lifestyle, while stars such as Raven Symone manage to tug it back and forth while admitting to her own weave addictions. “Nia Long articulates it well, showing how it’s a style choice….while other women are just happy to be in a movie,” laughs Chris.

But all jokes aside, Chris comes clean about the one thing he is against. “Kiddie perms. Stop kiddie perms. It’s like creamy crack. It locks a child into something for almost life,” says Rock, father of two daughters who have not yet had perms. “Early on, it’s one of the few things I actually said no to. No chemicals.”

“Good Hair” is playing in select cities today and opens nationwide this Friday, October 23rd.

 

Credit: bet

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