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October 26, 2009

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Um...It was Chris Rock. He's smart and all, but he's a comedian. Did you really have high expectations?

As someone whose hair is generally available for touching (except for the tightness immediately following a twist but it passes quickly), I don't understand relaxers and weaves and whatnot. I don't even know why I used to have relaxers and braids (fake hair in my natural hair), but I'm glad I got over it. It has saved me thousands of dollars. At the same time, if folks can afford it, it's their heads. I just wish they'd stop relaxing little girls' hair and let them decide when they are adults what they want to do.

I can understand your frustration with the essentialist nature of the film and the one-sidedness considering the fact that this may, as you say, be Black Hair 101 for non-blacks.

I haven't seen the film yet, but I sat in on a class where body image came up. I pointed out that black women have demonstrated persistent (but weakening) resistance to body image pressures over the centuries, except for hair. Someone immediately tossed in "the Chris Rock film" as support. That makes me a little nervous.

Very well said. I'm not a Chris Rock fan and have no comment but I guess I will say this-I had no expectations considering it was a film by him. It's just Chris being Chris and I'm not impressed.

Yes, you guys, I went in with expectations. Kicking myself.

There's was a nice discussion in the comments about this post on my Facebook Fan page! Check it.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/HomeGirl/136278074758

I just saw it and wished he would've talked to MORE natural women to have a healthy balance and a different viewpoint. I did learn a lot though. Glad I'm natural. There's NO WAY I'm paying over $1,000 for some hair!!

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