Is There Such a Thing as "Good" Hair? by Stephanie Perry of KFAI Youth News

October 6, 2010 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

Black women’s hair became the talk of the nation earlier this year when Chris Rock released the documentary Good Hair. It showed a world of hair styling choices the likes that people of all different cultures and races had never known about. It was a little controversial. Supporters and critics thought it was too skeptical of the way it seemed to condemn black women for spending so much money on weaves, extensions, and tracks.

Stephanie adds her view to this cultural exploration in her feature for KFAI Youth News.  This feature is fun, funny, and pushes the limits of personal boundaries.

Intro and outro music is by Goodwill (Custodian of Records) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0. You can download his tracks for free at the Free Music Archive.

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An Interview with Stephanie Perry

I have to ask if you've seen Chris Rock's movie Good Hair? What did you think of it?

I have to say I have never seen Good Hair but I did watch the previews. I'm glad I didn't because I didnt want to subconciously compare my results to the movies'. I really do want to see the movie though now that I'm done with my story.

So where did you get the idea for this story?

I got the idea to do this story in a weird way. I was walking home one day from work and I saw a swarm of African-American women crowding the hair shops down the street from my house. Which is when I noticed the number of hair shops there was: 3 all on the same block! It made me wonder why almost all of them had straight faux hair…

Did you do all these interviews in one day?

My subjects vary in age. The women are in their late teens to early fifties and the men are in their middle teens to late forties. I did them all in the same day because when I went out the day before, I couldn't find a lot of willing people.

What are your favorite radio shows?

It's funny but I dont really listen to radio. I like my mp3 player attached to my ears at all times. I'm more of a reader than a listener.