Good Hair

Director:   Jeff Stilson
Year:   2009
Language:   English
Time:   96 minutes

Comedian Chris Rock is a sometimes bemused and sometimes befuddled anchor man for this engaging documentary about African-Americans and the $9 billion hair industry. Rock talks with men and women in quest to discover what "good hair" really means for the black community. His interviewees include Al Sharpton and Maya Angelou. He travels to beauty salons, industry trade shows and India, where straight black hair is harvested from tonsure ceremonies at temples and shipped to Los Angeles to make weaves.

Rated PG-13 for language including sex and drug references.

This is a special presentation in conjunction with Shepherd University’s Common Reading and Black History Month programs and co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

Post-film discussion led by Rebecca McPipe, member, Multicultural Leadership Team at Shepherd University.


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