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  (in credits order)
Tanya Crumel ... Herself - Hair Battle Contestant
Kevin Kirk ... Himself - Hair Battle Contestant

Jason Griggers ... Himself - Hair Battle Contestant

Maya Angelou ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marvet Britto ... Herself
A'Lelia Bundles ... Herself

Vanessa Bell Calloway ... Herself

Sandra 'Pepa' Denton ... Herself (as Salt-N-Pepa)

Eve ... Herself

Farrah Fawcett ... Herself (archive footage)

Melyssa Ford ... Herself

Meagan Good ... Herself

Andre Harrell ... Himself

Ice-T ... Himself
Cheryl 'Salt' James ... Herself (as Salt-N-Pepa)

Sarah Jones ... Herself

KRS-One ... Himself

Lauren London ... Herself

Nia Long ... Herself

Paul Mooney ... Himself

Faheem Najm ... Himself (as T-Pain)

Raven-Symoné ... Herself

Salli Richardson-Whitfield ... Herself (as Salli Richardson)

Chris Rock ... Himself
Emily Santos ... Herself: Clip from 'Keep Punching' modeling hair (archive footage)

Al Sharpton ... Himself

Tracie Thoms ... Herself

Jennifer Lauren ... Dancer (Battle of the Bands) (uncredited)

Kerry Washington ... Herself (uncredited)

Directed by
Jeff Stilson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lance Crouther  written by
Paul Marchand  ghostwriter
Chris Rock  written by
Chuck Sklar  written by
Jeff Stilson  written by

Produced by
Nelson George .... producer
Jenny Hunter .... producer
Kalynn Jenkins .... field producer: Los Angeles
Doug Miller .... associate producer
Kevin O'Donnell .... producer
Chris Rock .... producer
Original Music by
Marcus Miller 
Cinematography by
Cliff Charles (director of photography)
Mark Henderson 
Film Editing by
Paul Marchand  (as Mr. Paul Marchand)
Greg Nash 
Makeup Department
Bridgit Crider .... makeup artist
Production Management
Janet Fries Eckholm .... additional post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Art Department
Asami Morita .... model maker
Sound Department
Chris Durfy .... sound mixer
Christopher Eakins .... sound effects editor
Michael Farkas .... sound effects editor
Robert Jackson .... supervising sound editor
Adam T. Jones .... sound mixer
Roy Latham .... original dialogue mixer
Goeun Lee .... foley editor
Travis MacKay .... adr recordist
Gabriel J. Serrano .... sound recordist
Geordy Sincavage .... foley mixer
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Visual Effects by
Christopher Joseph .... graphics
Camera and Electrical Department
Todd Hornsby .... camera operator
W. Alex. Mackey III .... additional camera operator
Bob Mahoney .... still photographer
Paul Marchand .... camera operator
Robert Shoemaker .... best boy electric
Matt Zschoche .... gaffer
Shanele Alvarez .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ivan Velez .... behind-the-scenes videographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Alastor Arnold .... digital intermediate editor
Christopher Joseph .... assistant editor
Mato .... color timer
Walter Volpatto .... digital intermediate colorist
Music Department
Michele Aristy .... score coordinator
P.J. Bloom .... music supervisor
Todd Bozung .... music editor
Heather Guibert .... music coordinator
Dean Krippaehne .... composer: additional music
Marcus Miller .... musician: musical score
Jaclyn Newman .... assistant music editor (as Jaclyn Newman Dorn)
Jason Tregoe Newman .... music editor
Sara Novak .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Anola Seibert .... personal driver
Other crew
Tim Alexander .... security: Mr. Rock, Atlanta
Otto Arsenault .... map graphic designer
Piper Bagley .... production accountant
Tony Blades .... security: Mr. Rock, Los Angeles
Bernard Bronner .... consultant
Ava DuVernay .... promotional services
Patricia Fernandez .... production coordinator
Jana Harris .... production assistant
Kalynn Jenkins .... production coordinator
Pearl Lieberman .... archival research supervisor
Canyon Lindley .... security: Mr. Rock, Dallas
Terry McAllister .... security: Mr. Rock, New York
Nicole Nelch .... researcher
Akosua Adoma Owusu .... post -production assistant
Keegan Sacko .... set production assistant
Jeremy Sklar .... lead transcriber
Amber Leigh Smith .... production assistant
Mitch Spacone .... system support: FotoKem
Corey Wilson .... security: Mr. Rock, Greensboro
Simon Brown .... thanks
Ed Martin .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for some language including sex and drug references, and brief partial nudity
96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Australia:M | Canada:PG (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Ireland:12A | Netherlands:AL | Portugal:M/6 | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #45377)
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Maya Angelou:I would say that hair is a woman's glory and that you share that glory with your family. And they get to see you braiding it and they get to see you washing it.
[... ]
Maya Angelou:But it is not a bad thing or a good thing, it's hair.
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating, but misses the whole story, IMO, 2 February 2011
Author: Charles Herold (cherold) from United States

This breezy documentary explored the black female hair industry, which turns out to be crazily huge, because so many black women want hair very different from what grows out of their head. Of course, white women are often dissatisfied with their hair too, but not, it seems, to this extent.

It's an interesting look at the world of black womens' hair. I never really thought much about it, but apparently when you see a black girl with straight hair you are looking at an elaborate, expensive process and possibly some Indian girl's hair sewn on.

It's also interesting to see a "hair show" where hair stylists have these crazy elaborate, very entertaining demos of their skills. That looks like fun.

Rock is amusing and entertaining as he tells us how it is forbidden to touch a black girl's hair and goes to the barbershop to learn how men feel about it all.

And that's all good as far as it goes. But I felt the documentary fell short of really exploring the topic. It beings with Rock talking about how his young daughter asks why she doesn't have "good hair." This means, basically, non-black hair. While the documentary explores the lengths women go to in order to get this non-black hair, there is virtually no discussion of those black women who stick with the hair they've got. There's only one girl with an afro in the movie, and she's there so her friends can talk about how awful they think her hair is.

I like natural black-girl hair. I think it can look really cool. But the movie never talks about that. The movie doesn't discuss the 60s, when young black men and women were making a political decision to not process their hair. The movie shows the world of black hair care as being a bit insane, but it doesn't really show an alternative.

I suspect Rock was flummoxed by his daughter's question in part because he agrees with her. He can say he wants her to be happy the way she is, but his wife has her hair heavily processed, and that is probably what he likes. So he can't really just tell his daughter, your hair is awesome.

I can tell her that, though. Maybe it's because I'm white and grew up among white people with white hair and find afros interesting because they seem unusual to me, but for whatever reason, I really like that afro look (sometimes; hair always varies from person to person).

(Apparently there is a similar movie called "My Nappy Roots" that presumably would get into more of this. The director sued this movie saying Rock had ripped off her ideas. There are more examples of black women with natural hair in the minute-and-a-half trailer for that movie than in all of "Good Hair.")

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