Nia Long, Chris Rock, Take On Racial Identity in 'Good Hair'

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(L-R) Actors Chris Rock And Nia Long visit fuse TV's "Hip Hop Shop" at fuse Studios on October 7, 2009 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics »Actress Nia Long has joined up with comedian Chris Rock for the new documentary Good Hair. The film explores the popularity of straightened or relaxed hair with black women, and raises questions about the origins of that preference.

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Chris Rock says he thought of the idea when his daughter came to him and asked "Daddy, why don't I have good hair?" Rock set out to explore the idea of "good hair" and called in Nia Long.

"I just got a call that Chris was doing a movie called Good Hair. And I was like good hair?' But then I thought, 'Chris Rock -- Good Hair… OK, I’ll do it,'" Long said in one interview. "Whenever you say good hair it's taboo in our community. Your mom said never to say that. I would get popped if I said, 'I got good hair, or she has good hair.' But I knew Chris would enlighten us and show all sides of it, because he’s kinda smart."


Cinema Society & Target Host A Screening Of "Good Hair"
  • Nia Long in Cinema Society & Target Host A Screening Of "Good Hair" - Arrivals
  • Nia Long in Cinema Society & Target Host A Screening Of "Good Hair" - Arrivals
  • Nia Long in Cinema Society & Target Host A Screening Of "Good Hair" - Arrivals
  • Nia Long in Cinema Society & Target Host A Screening Of "Good Hair" - Arrivals
  • Nia Long in Cinema Society & Target Host A Screening Of "Good Hair" - Arrivals
  • Nia Long in Cinema Society & Target Host A Screening Of "Good Hair" - Arrivals
  • Nia Long in Cinema Society & Target Host A Screening Of "Good Hair" - Arrivals
  • Nia Long in Cinema Society & Target Host A Screening Of "Good Hair" - Arrivals
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