Good Hair is a documentary film created and produced by Chris Rock and released in 2009. It explores the culture and aesthetics of hair in the African American female community. It also delves into the big business of the hair industry, as well as the global trade of hair to feed the African American market.
This short film from National Geographhic's Short Film Showcase follows the story of Eri Hayward and her lifelong struggle with gender identity. Though Eri felt she was a girl from an early age, her Mormon upbringing didn’t allow her to embrace being transgender until she was an adult. The film explores her family’s journey to accept her gender identity and concludes with her trip to Thailand to undergo sexual reassignment surgery.
The following clip comes from the Black Tree TV production that drew from a 2007 BET special that explored a number of issues surrounding the intersections between rap and hip hop, African American culture, and the broader American society. This section focuses on how black culture is presented to white culture in and through hip hop culture. Contributors bring to the table a number of interesting arguments, but they all agree that interpreting black culture only through hip hop is inaccurate and problematic.
This clip comes again from the Black Tree TV/BET special that was produced in 2007. It expands upon the discussion of the exploitation of women in music videos to explore some of the social structural foundations upon which this exploitation is built. It features a lively debate between academics, critics, and rappers like Nelly and TI.
The following clip comes from a Black Tree TV production. It drew from a 2007 BET special that explored a number of issues surrounding the intersections between rap and hip hop, African American culture, and the broader American society. This clip focuses on the “video girls” of hip hop culture, and the controversies surrounding the use of black females in hip hop videos. With voices from rappers, video models, academics and others, this conversation is a nuanced look at the complicated state of black in femininity as illustrated through hip hop culture.