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What do you think about Chris Rock’s “Good Hair”?

Hi all,

I was so proud to strut out of the theatre rocking my long, natural locs after seeing Chris Rock’s “Good Hair”.  No perm over here, homey!

I’ve seen some reviews from sistas on blogs and all over the net… all largely positive.  I was enlightened by the information on how the chemicals in relaxer really work (that chicken example cured me from ever wanting the “creamy crack on my head AGAIN!!!) and the info on where weave really comes from.  It made me wonder if some of the women I know (who are very picky and won’t even eat the potato salad at a picnic if they don’t know who made it) will be weary of wearing hair that might have had “bugs” in it.

Things I loved about it:

  • Derek J – A tiny man in tall heels
  • The scene where the white guy gets botox.  Hilarious!
  • The reactions to Chris selling black hair – I wonder if someone is going to have some angry customers at their weave shop after that??
  • The fact that they didn’t show the hair being washed and chemical treated in India – Um…did they wash and treat it?  I mean he showed Dudley Product’s whole set up…just wondering.
  • Black men talking about how they can’t touch their woman’s hair.
  • Exposing how bad relaxer really is for the skin and hair.
  • Raven Simone – That is a REAL chick, right there!  Someone who you could just hang out with.  I love her!
  • Nia Long needs her own TV show.  She is so funny and real.  Loved her comments.
  • It’s a shame how early some little girls are taught that their hair is “bad”.
  • Where are women getting thousands of dollars to spend on weave?!?!  I never knew it cost so much for good quality “fake” natural hair.

Like many of the reviewers who’ve commented on the movie, I thought there was a lot of information missing regarding the source of self hatred when it comes to beauty in the black community and assimilation to euro standards (Sharpton did break it down, though.  Nicely!).   However, the movie is a winner without that information.  Rock is a commedian, not an activist.  I loved the movie and encourage others to see it.

Did you see the movie?  What are your thoughts on “Good Hair”?

Update: One of my black young female co-workers and a white older female co-worker were talking about the movie a few mins ago.  The younger one said “My boyfriend told me yesterday, “You’re wearing those people’s oppression on your head!”, referring to her weave.  Toooo Funny!  Although, he does kinda have a point.

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Black Pantene Commercials: Is that real hair?

I just saw one of the Pantene Relaxed and Natural commercials (the one where the lead has like a thousand ringlets and they are having a “picnic” or something) and I’m asking the question…is that the lead model’s real hair? Sure, sure I know they use fake hair in all kinds of hair care product commercials for all races. I mean…I’ve seen very few women who have hair the reflects light like a mirror. However, when it comes to black women, I’d love to know if that’s a wig, half a head of weave, a few pieces for fullness…what??

One or two times I’ve seen that Pantene tries to be true to the natural in the title of their products, relaxed and natural. I’ve seen older models with very short hair cuts and models with kinky weaves. However, I’m a black woman who loves hair…I know a weave when I see one. I may not know the number of bags of hair or the color (1B is my fave when it comes to braid hair), but I know about texture and sheen. Nothing says weave like you real permed hair being kinda lack luster or dry and your weave being “just permed” shiny.

I’d be interested to know any black women out there like the line. I’ve read a few bad reviews. Hair care products can be a very particular thing when it comes to black women. My mom used the same comb for years and years, and would be pissed when it got misplaced. I’ve talked to sisters about perm strengths and hot oil treatments vs. cream conditioning treatments. The opinions abound in hairland. I think Pantene just wants a piece of the black hair market pie…and that’s a huge pie. I’m not mad at them.

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The Aftermath of the Glamour Magazine Ethinic Hair Scandal

I wrote about the comments made by Glamour Magazine employee, Ashley Baker, months ago when this story broke.

Newsday is reporting (click here for the full article) that Glamour magazine still is trying to put to bed an ugly matter that erupted five months ago when a staffer made racially insensitive comments about the appropriateness of black women’s hairstyles in the workplace.

Tuesday Nov 27th, the magazine will hosted “Women, Race & Beauty,” a panel that explored the culture of beauty, with an emphasis on ethnic hairstyles in corporate America. About a hundred people, including selected readers who wrote in about the incident, were slated to attend. The event was not open to the public, but the magazine will write about it for an upcoming issue, said Samantha Rosenthal, a Glamour spokeswoman.

“It was important to open up a dialogue on personal issues related to women, race and beauty,” said Rosenthal.

“We wanted to do something to address the issue raised by the incident.”

The incident that Rosenthal is talking about involves Ashley Baker, a white associate editor at Glamour, who touched off a firestorm last summer when she told a roomful of female attorneys at law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Manhattan that Afro-styled hairdos and dreadlocks are Glamour “don’t’s.”

“‘No offense,’ she sniffed, but those ‘political hairstyles really have to go,'” reported American Lawyer magazine, which broke the story.

After Don Imus’ “nappy-headed hos” comment about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team in April, the remarks were shockingly hard to believe; some actually thought them a joke.

Glamour received hundreds of letters from angry readers, Rosenthal said. Editor in chief Cindy Leive posted an apology on the magazine’s Web site. Baker resigned shortly after.

Still, the anger over her comments continued to foment, prompting Glamour to assemble tomorrow’s panel in the Conde Nast auditorium in Manhattan, moderated by Farai Chideya, host of “News & Notes” at National Public Radio. Panelists include Essence magazine’s executive editor, Vanessa Bush; Lisa Price, founder of Carol’s Daughter, which creates natural haircare and beauty products for black women; Jami Floyd, news anchor and legal analyst for Court TV; Daisy Hernandez, managing editor of ColorLines, a magazine on race and politics; celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal, as well as professors Venus Opal Reese, who teaches aesthetic studies at the University of Texas at Dallas, and Barbara Trepagnier, who teaches sociology at Texas State University.

Baker declined to comment for this article, but she did send Newsday an e-mail: Continue reading

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Black Hair Care equals $$$ for “The Other Man”

The Black Hair Project wants to know…

Are you now buying your health and beauty supplies from your local drugstore or grocer? Are those products manufactured or distributed by those who share our culture, or MORE IMPORTANTLY, do any of the dollars associated with your purchase come back to YOUR community? Do these businesses support your schools, churches, and businesses? Do they buy your calendars, artwork, etc., or patronize your restaurant or other small business? Do they circulate discount coupons in YOUR neighborhood; place a banner of support for your causes in their place of business?”

Black hair is big business and the people who spend money on products should consider these issues when they purchase products and buy from businesses who are making money in the African American community.

Here is some information about the Black Beauty Supply Association

:: BBSA is the Black Beauty Supply Association, dedicated to helping African-Americans regain ownership of the Black Hair industry businesses. Primarily Koreans control this $4 billion dollar industry, once dominated by African-Americans. They’ve come into our neighborhoods and now sell products for our hair to us, while disrespecting us as customers.

If anyone doubts the seriousness of the current situation, you need only look at two videos that show in vivid detail who owns the industry. The video is the result of extensive research by Aron Ranen, both in the U.S. and London, England. The exact same situation exists in both locations – The Black Hair industry is being run by other than African-Americans. In the U.S., it is the Koreans. In London, owners are primarily East Indian. See what’s going on in the U.S. here, and in London here.

It’s time to take action. Continue reading

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Glamour Magazine editor “resigns” after black hair bashing

UPDATE: I posted a few months ago about the Glamour Magazine Editor who said that locs and afros were unattractive and unprofessional hairstyles at a presentation given at a NYC Law Firm.  The actual editor responsible has now been named and ‘resigned” due to the fallout.  Ashley, you should have known better and you should be a little more sensitive in the future, huh?

ABC NEWS reports: “In June, then-associate editor Ashley Baker spoke to a group of about 40 lawyers at the offices of Cleary Gottlieb in Manhattan. The idea was that Baker would offer the “dos and don’ts” of corporate fashion, so far so good. But, when Baker got to a slide showing a black woman sporting an Afro, it read “Just say no to the ‘fro.” Outrage ensued.

In the firestorm that followed, Baker was forced to resign. Glamour’s web site sports a front-page response from editor Cindi Leive that reads, in part “Glamour did not, does not, and would never endorse the comments made; we are a magazine that believes in the beauty of all women.””

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