About the Film
"My Nappy ROOTS: A journey through Black Hairitage"
Award winning Educational version :22 minutes
Award winning Feature version :78 minutes
Educational Multi-media Presentations:varies
200+ Additional hours interviews & footage
Interviews (Abbreviated List)
Ethnic Haircare Industry
George Johnson, Johnson Products
Ed Gardner, Founder, Soft Sheen
Gary Gardner, Founder, Organic Root Stimulator, ORS
Bernard Bronner, Intl Bronner Brothers, Upscale Magazine
Lafayette Jones, Marketing, SMSI
A'lelia Bundles, Mme CJ Walker, Descendent, historian
Clyde Hammon, CEO, Summit Labs
Oran Z, Inventor
Mr Kim, CEO Royal Imax
Dr JoAnn Cornwell, Founder, Sisterlocks
Vivica A Fox
My Nappy ROOTS” vibrantly depicts complex social, political and cultural influences that have dominated the dialogue surrounding African and African American hairstyles from styling patterns and cultural trends to the business of black hair care products, services and advertising. The full- length, feature version of the documentary film depicts the history of black hairstyles, images and pride in Africa using a personal narrative format with dialogue that evokes humor, passion and thoughtful discourse. The film’s overtones deal with the pressure that media-driven body images and cultural icons impose on men and women of all ages and colors. The film uses the evolution of black hairstyles as a touchstone to address the broader struggle of the African American people in their search for social control, identity and economic independence.
Each distinctive hair style marks a time in American history, politics, and African American culture. Exploring beyond the surface, My Nappy ROOTS delves internally into the mindset that created the never-ending debate of “good hair vs. bad hair” and the role media plays as the instigator.
Brighton Lynscot K * Regina Kimbell * Jay Bluemke