"Good Hair" Debuts at Sundance

Judging from the audience reaction at the press screening of Chris Rock's "Good Hair," HBO should look to air the documentary, a commentary by Rock (interviewed on video earlier) on the industry and mindset of African-American hair, as soon as possible. Snickers, guffaws, gasps, nods of agreement, winces and cheers arose from the industry crowd as Rock, with a cavalcade of stars including Nia Long, Ice-T, the Rev. Al Sharpton, video vixen Melyssa Ford and Dr. Maya Angelou, commented on personal and societal rules when dealing with black hair. Especially that of a black woman. Rock seemingly decided to make the ode to weavology as he tried to figure out what to tell his daughter, Lola, when she asked him: "Daddy, how come I don't have good hair?" The question, and Rock's curiosity with how it became so important, sent the comedian from the barbershops of Harlem to salons in the streets of Beverly Hills to religious institutions in Tiropati, India, as he probed questions dealing with relaxers, weaves and 100% human hair. Dispersed throughout is the tale of four hairstylists competing, with vastly different methods, in the huge Bronners Brothers competition in Atlanta. The outrageous contest, which has stylists doing hair to music and in increasingly weird situations (one competitor cut a woman's hair while underwater), is one of the many points that help illustrate how big the African-American hair culture has become. -- Jevon Phillips (LA TIMES) http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sundance/2009/01/review-good-hai.html