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Comedian Chris Rock takes on locks in the documentary \"Good Hair\"

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"Good Hair"
7:30 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch.
236-3100, www.okcmoa.com/film

Examining racial differences on film typically results in documentaries that raise and debate issues and motivations, often with a politically pointed finger.

But comedian Chris Rock has taken a different angle. An exposition on African-American hair care, "Good Hair" is a documentary departure that forgoes underlying lessons and conclusions, opting instead for a cultural anthropology lesson that follows a simple and a very entertaining exploration.

Rock doesn't know how to reply when his young daughters ask why they don't have "good" hair, so the actor/comedian dives into celebrity interviews (including actors Nia Long and Raven-Symoné, musicians Ice-T and Salt-N-Pepa, poet Maya Angelou and the Rev. Al Sharpton) to examine the attitudes surrounding black hair and the culture supporting the mixtures and methods often employed to "fix" it.

Rock tracks the industrial roots of chemical hair relaxer, uncovers the surprising human source for many hair weaves and mixes in his findings with footage of contestants as they prepare for the annual Bronner Bros. hair show, the "American Idol" of black hairstyling, and street interviews conducted with everyday patrons of barber shops and beauty salons."Gazette staff

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