Friday, October 16, 2009

Guest Post: Chris Rock and the "Good Hair" Phenomenon

Guest Post

The question is did Chris Rock go too far??

The documentary titled "Good Hair" is one of the most sensitive issues for African American women. Indeed, the title is in contrast to "bad hair," "kinky hair," "nappy hair," or whatever you may call it.

Here's the problem: in this movie, Chris Rock has exposed all the techniques we, as Black women, do to our hair: perms, weaves, wigs, braids and so forth. But how is this movie helping us?? Is it just for fun?? More importantly, why has our hair been made into a MOVIE??

I'm indifferent because out of all the topics worth creating a dialogue about, this is not a topic I choose to discuss...and yet here I am. My caucasian colleagues have seen the movie and came to work with a ton of questions!! I have to admit, I was a little disturbed.

Yes, I am permed but I don't feel it correlates to me trying to be white. For me, I am natural. I wear my own hair!! However, by any means, don't ask a Black woman: "is that your real hair?"!!! (My sistas know what I'm talking about) It's just rude.

Nevertheless, I still don't understand why Chris Rock made a documentary as a eye opener for all the world to see....what is his point?? Is it that Black women spend the most money on hair maintenance or that most Black women don't have "Good Hair?"

If anyone has seen the movie, what are your pros/cons to the issues at hand?? And is there such a thing as Good Hair??

Jamillah is a PR Rep with First Investors and is currently a student at Kean University (Class of 2010) where she is pursuing her MA degree in Corporate Communications and Public Relations.
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