The Wright Museum


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In the movie School Daze, Spike Lee staged a dance number in which two bands of African American college students debated the merits of "Straight and Nappy" hair in song, and now comedian Chris Rock and filmmaker Jeff Stilson have extended the conversation to a full-length film in this witty documentary with serious undertones. Rock says he was inspired to make the film when his young daughter asked him, "Daddy, how come I don't have good hair?" and he and Stilson examine black America's obsession with its hair as they visit the Bronner Brothers International Hair Show, an annual trade show for the African American hair care industry which includes fierce competitions among stylists from around the country and demonstrations of new hair products and techniques. Along the way, Rock interviews a number of African American celebrities and icons about their hair (including Maya Angelou, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Nia Long, Raven Symone, Ice-T, and Paul Mooney), researches the dangers of many common hair-straightening treatments, reveals the surprising expense of regular hair "relaxing" and weaves, and ponders what the pursuit of straight hair says about African American cultural identity. "Good Hair" received its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

For a preview, please visit Presented in partnership with the Shrine of the Black Madonna.  A panel discussion will follow the screening.  This event is FREE and open to the public.  The Black History Month film series is sponsored by Comcast.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201-1443
(313) 494-5800
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