Not too long ago Oprah invited Chris Rock onto her show to talk about his movie, Good Hair. We watched with interest just to hear what Chris Rock would say about black womens’ hair. We sista ladies were looking onto Chris Rock from all of our political and emotional positions. And we all were waiting (with side-eyes ready) for some affirmation of our black beauty. Some of us were waiting for condemnation.
I have long ago left the place where I need outside affirmation for my nappy hair. Not from mainstream America, or even from the brothas or the sistas. I have finally affirmed my nappy happy hair for my nappy self. But for those of us who still think we need someone else’s thumbs up on our hair, Chris was not so affirming, from what I have read.
It’s already been a while since his movie Good Hair has come and gone. I don’t think many people are still talking about the movie anymore. I do wonder, though, if the movie helped Chris’ wife to come to terms with her own daughter’s hair issues, which Chris stated was his reason for creating the film. Maybe bccause of the film, Mrs. Rock will decide to become natural so she can instill some self-love into her beautiful daughters. Mom’s nappy hair example would be so powerful for her girls, who were so enamored of their white friends’ “good” hair. We black mothers have to get our emotional selves together for the sakes of our daughters who will surely ask that question about their “unpretty” hair one day.
As for Oprah, we gotta love her! I loved how she exalted in all her glorious long, swinging, REAL Rapunzelesque hair. Oprah was so hilarious to me! She had Chris rubbing all up and down on her scalp, once and for all proving that there were no weave tracks! Put that rumor to bed for good! That was priceless to me. I didn’t read many blogs comments about that display. Not sure why.
Didn’t she tossed her hair to and fro? Somehow and for some reason, I did thoroughly enjoy her in it all! The unabashed boldness! I can’t help but wonder how Oprah saw herself on that episode of her show?
Did she feel priviledged? Or did she feel a connection her white women audience? Did she see herself as lucky? A black sistah without all the political hair hangup? Or did she simply see herself as having it going on in the hair department? I would love to have been a fly on the walls of her mind for this one.
She did say the politically correct thing and told us she has all her hair because she has had a stylist for the past 25 years. I was and still am interested in just how does Oprah view herself in this highly charged issue of black women who generally see themselves as losers as it pertains to their hair. I’m thinking she saw herself on the winning side. I’m not hating on you Oprah, but simply congratulating! 😛