Perspectives on Race

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Chris Rock’s documentary “Good Hair”

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Chris Rock was a guest on the talk show The View yesterday morning promoting his new documentary titled “Good Hair.”  In it he dives into the world of black female hair.  He interviews black women and asks them why they go through trouble to get hair like the women they see in the media.  Barbara Walters is a co-host of The View and repeatedly talked about why black women want to be like white women and have white hair.  Whoopi Goldberg clearly didn’t like what Barbara was saying and kept saying that it’s not that black women want to be like white women at all.  There was definitely some static between the black co-hosts and Barbara.

Chris Rock stated the reason he decided to do such a documentary was when he was picking up his daughter from dance class and she kept talking about how pretty her white friend’s hair was and that she wanted to have hair like that.

The footage that I saw was very interesting, but I wasn’t able to watch the entire interview.  Go to youtube and check it out.


Written by jubol

October 8, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I am glad that Whoopi Goldberg corrected Barbara Walters and clarified that black women are not wanting to be like white women. Clearly, Chris Rock’s daughter was not wanting to be like the young white girl in her ballet class. She just wanting to know why her hair isn’t like the white girl’s hair and whether she could have hair like that. It wasn’t about wanting to BE white.

    I saw a preview for this documentary a few weeks ago and truthfully, was shocked that it was real. I couldn’t imagine devoting an entire documentary to issues regarding hair. However, as Chris Rock suggested, there is a cultural, economic and social relevance to black hair. After taking a step back and realizing the extent to which people will go to have such hair, I now can appreciate his documentary and the importance of raising awareness about what it takes to have “good hair”.


    October 9, 2009 at 1:00 pm

  2. The media is at fault for setting unrealistic standards of beauty, most of which are white features such as long, light, straight hair. Women don’t want to look like white women, but they have been made to feel like their features are not beautiful and that they must conform to these standards even if it means undergoing chemical hair processes.


    October 12, 2009 at 12:00 am

  3. I agree… Black women do not want to look like white women, but society and the media make it harder for women to proudly accept themselves as looking differently than the those seen as powerful and important. There needs to be a higher number of black models, actors, actresses, musicians, etc. in order to increase feelings of self-worth and self-respect among those that need it the most: teenage girls.


    October 13, 2009 at 12:19 am

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