An article in Time Out Chicago deals with a pretty common practice in the black community…
Why are so many little black girls being “relaxed?” And in the first place, why are they wanting these chemical treatments so young?
Christina Couch did an interview with comedian Chris Rock who must have been wondering the same thing. In the interview, he talks a bit about his documentary that is scheduled to debut at the Sundance Film Festival this week.
His first documentary, Good Hair, focuses on the ends and outs of black hair, and the cultural and social implications that surround its appearance:
Time Out Chicago: You spent two years researching hair? Really?
Chris Rock: Ha, ha, ha, yes. My daughter’s the star, and I’m a PA. You’ve got to bend over backwards to make sure the star is happy, so if my baby’s not happy with her hair, I’ve got to do something about that. I’ve got to go investigate. [Laughs]
TOC: It just seems like a pretty random topic, especially for someone not all that obsessed with hair.
Chris Rock: On the surface, it seems like it’s not what I normally do, but when you watch the movie, it’s very political, and it deals with relationships. It deals with a lot of issues I would deal with in an HBO special, just in another way. What goes on in the movie most black people know about, maybe not to the extent that we covered it, but any white person who sees it is going to think, Wow, I had no idea. [Good Hair] is kind of a love letter to black women, and it’s definitely a love letter to my daughter.
Whether you choose to relax or not, I think Chris Rock is doing a commendable feat just by asking a simple question. “WHY?“
Do any of you regret getting relaxers at a young age? Did you realize what was going on? Why did you want them? Any of you think relaxers are no biggie?
I’d love to hear your responses.
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