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'Good Hair': Is Chris Rock's Wife Unbeweavable?

Monday, October 12, 2009

As the audiences hee and haw at Chris Rock's "Good Hair," a look inside the hairstory of black women, many are taking aim at someone on the sidelines: Chris Rock's wife.
Malaak Compton-Rock has been scrutinized heavily (and that's putting it nicely) since her husband's film came out. She's notably absent from the documentary, many say, and it's because she wears exactly what Rock makes fun of in the film: A weave.

Comments range from: L"I didn't know his wife had 'good hair.'

Others say: "His daughters don't like their hair because their own Mamma is sporting weave and a perm..."

The posts can get pretty brutal.

I say give the woman a break. It's not her documentary, it's her husband's, and he's a comedian.

P.S: Ashanti's hair looks mighty "good," too, don't it?


Aron Ranen said...

Please take a moment to check out my documentary film BLACK HAIR

It is free at youtube. 6 parts including an update from London, England.

It explores the Korean Take-over of the Black Beauty Supply and Hair biz..

The current situation makes it hard to believe that Madame C.J. Walker once ran the whole thing.

I am not a hater, I am a motivator.

Plus I am a White guy who stumbled upon this, and felt it was so wrong I had to make a film about it.

self-funded film, made from the heart.

Can it be taken back?


October 13, 2009 at 2:56 AM
CraigJC said...

@Aron, this is interesting. Please contact me via email. I've got a project you may be interested in.

October 13, 2009 at 9:31 AM
Ms. Bar B: said...

I agree. At the end of the day, hair is a choice, and we make those choices based on a range of influences. I think its really funny how women are so up in arms about this film. Why? Because it makes us take a long hard look at ourselves or it forces us to ask questions and dialog about deep rooted hair issues? Doesn't that conversation need to be taking place anyway? Its nothing new, but the technology and many possibilities of hair and what we can do "to" it is new.

I'm not mad at Chris for putting it out there. Its out there on a grand scale now, so instead of trying to push it back under the rug, we need to continue the conversation.

October 13, 2009 at 1:57 PM
CraigJC said...

@Ms Bar B: Truer words have never been spoken. Sounds like Chris has uncovered some MAJOR insecurities. Let's deal with them, people.

October 13, 2009 at 5:38 PM
Sille.Q said...

I'm a white woman with so-called good hair. I find it interesting to see how women everywhere struggle with their insecurities.

I might have ''good hair'', but I still have to fight everyday to allow myself to be who I am anyway.

The western socities, popculture etc. are also feeding into peoples poor self image when it comes to weight, educational level, motherhood choises etc.

Chris Rocks documentary interests me at this, human level: When we, as women, as mothers etc. chose to live a certain way, we automatically poison our childrens minds with our poor self esteem.

When C.R.'s wife wears straight, weaved hair, she sets the example for her girls.

Then he can say all he likes, that his daugthers are beautiful, but as long as his wife is ''straight'', there's a miscommunication between the two viewpoints, which only makes the childrens insecurities bigger...

We can all learn from this, to set better examples for our children than what we've gotten ourselves, no matter our hair-sructure, skin color or other.

October 19, 2009 at 1:51 PM

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