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Friday, January 30, 2009

Flying with our Hair


My friend Winifred Sanders made a quilt some time back about black women's hair...

It is a fun, whimsical, yet powerful piece.

We spend a lot of time thinking about our hair.

Chris Rock has made a documentary film about Black Women's hair.


I cannot wait to see it.....


Wouldn't it be great to be able to set up a screening of this film somewhere and really talk about this?


I have been sick, like really sick for the past 3 days, I am on the mend now, Thank you God!,
but in the midst of being so sick that I could not eat for almost 3 days, I felt the need to wash, dry and straighten my hair....


My good friend, Catherine Lamkin, daughter of Winifred Sanders, says, and I think she is totally right, besides the things you Never ever talk about in public, (sex, religion, and politics,) and to that, black women and how we choose to wear our hair...


I think this film will open great dialog....


Anyone know how to get a copy of a Sundance Film?


This blurb is from THEROOT.com, if you do not know this site it is a good one.
http://www.theroot.com/blogs/dig/sundance-loves-chris-rocks-good-hair

Sundance loves Chris Rock's Good Hair

Sundance honored Chris Rock's documentary Good Hair over the weekend with A Special Jury Prize for U.S. Documentaries. Apparently, Good Hair was one the most talked about projects up there in Utah. And that's no surprise. Black folks love or hate us some "good hair". The documentary, inspired by Rock's daughter's disappointment in not having "good hair", is a witty and intelligent look at the issue of "good hair" and why it still plagues, shapes, inspires and disheartens the black community. When I first heard about the documentary my immediate reaction was "Isn't this a female issue? Why isn't a woman spearheading a project like this?" Then I snapped into eight-rock deep reality: I know plenty of men who will only date or marry or compliment women whose hair shows very little evidence of west African DNA [naturally or synthentically]. Then there are men who demand for the female partners to "pretty up the hair" [and I have examples, just ask]. Not to mention the fashion industry [dominated by men] that continues to rehash that same standard of beauty for black women which include [what some of my relatives innocently call] "soft hair". I look forward to Chris Rock's take on this die-hard and will-never-die worrisome disease called "good hair". Congrats to Rock and his scribe Nelson George for bringing hair front and center.


Aiming High with straightened hair,

Cookie

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