Office of DEI Presents "Good Hair" in the 1st Annual Black History Month Film Series
Throughout the month of February, we’ll be showing one movie per week that addresses the Black experience in America on the Eventive platform, for a true virtual film screening experience, followed by expert-led interactive discussions on the themes raised in the films.
WEEK 1 (FEB. 3, 6pm, EST): GOOD HAIR: Good Hair is a 2009 American documentary starring and narrated by comedian Chris Rock that focuses on the issue of how African American women have perceived and styled their hair. The film explores the current styling industry for Black women, explores which hairstyles are considered acceptable and desirable for African American women in the United States, and how these styles relate to African American culture.
Rock was inspired to make the movie after his three-year-old daughter Lola asked him, "Daddy, how come I don't have good hair?"
Rock delves into the $9 billion black hair industry, and visits such places as beauty salons, barbershops, and hairstyling conventions to explore popular approaches to styling. He also visits scientific laboratories to learn the science behind chemical relaxers.
The movie features interviews from hair care industry businesspeople, stylists (Derek J, Jason Griggers and others) and their customers, and celebrities such as Ice-T, Nia Long, Paul Mooney, T-Pain, Raven-Symoné, Maya Angelou, KRS-One, Salt-n-Pepa, Kerry Washington, Eve, Reverend Al Sharpton, Andre Harrell, Tracie Thoms, Lauren London, and Meagan Good.
Following the movie, attorney and author Tracy Sanders, Esq., will lead a discussion on the film and its themes.
- Tracy Sanders, Esq