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Entertainment Lena Waithe Talks New Film Bad Hair's Powerful Message: 'Black Women Have Been Forced to Conform'

06:20  24 october  2020
06:20  24 october  2020 Source:   people.com

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Lena Waithe and Vanessa Williams’ new movie Bad Hair illustrates an important message about Black hair . In a new interview with Good Morning “I think for a lot of black women , particularly in corporate America, they have been forced to conform and to look palatable for their white coworkers

Hair extensions are usually clipped, glued or sewn into natural hair . A weave is a popular method where hair wefts are Lena Waithe , who plays Brook-Lynne, said the film Filmmaker Justin Simien said the idea of “ Bad Hair ” came to him after watching a few Asian horror films about demonized hair .

Lena Waithe, Vanessa Williams posing for the camera: Lena Waithe and Vanessa Williams © Provided by People Lena Waithe and Vanessa Williams

Lena Waithe and Vanessa Williams’ new movie Bad Hair illustrates an important message about Black hair.

In a new interview with Good Morning America, the two stars of the Hulu horror satire — which is currently streaming — opened up about the underlying message of the film, which is about a young woman who gets a weave in order to fit in at work, only to find out that the weave has a dangerous mind of its own.

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“ Bad Hair ,” which releases Friday on Hulu, certainly left an impression on the Emmy-nominated Hair extensions are usually clipped, glued or sewn into natural hair . A weave is a popular method where He said the writing process started with talking to some of his closest friends who are Black women .

' Bad Hair ' is a very weird love letter to Black women and the unparalleled power they possess to Though the film is comedic in nature, actress Lena Waithe said the root of its plot is much deeper Photos were taken in front of a “ Bad Hair ” background via green screen. In accordance with safety

“I think for a lot of black women, particularly in corporate America, they have been forced to conform and to look palatable for their white coworkers,” explained Waithe, 36. “We’ve also had this sort of European beauty and what we were supposed to look like.”

“There’s a lot of pressure on Black women to straighten their hair, even if they don’t want to,” she continued.

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Waithe went on to clarify that the film isn’t “anti-straight hair or natural hair, it’s more about having the freedom to wear your hair however you choose.”

“Things like the Crown Act are a prime example of that,” she added, referring to legislation that prohibits employers from discriminating against people with natural hair textures and hairstyles, which has been signed into law in a number of states.

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Actor and writer Lena Waithe says she didn’t have a Plan B if she didn’t make it in the entertainment industry. Overall, Waithe encourages young women in the industry to care less about public perception and stay true to their authentic selves. “Stop giving a s — what other people think of you.

Lena Waithe is the Emmy award-winning screenwriter and creator of the Showtime series “The Chi,” about the South Side of Chicago. Queen & Slim is a powerful , consciousness-raising love story that explores themes of trauma, freedom, legacy and hope.

“I think the movie is really all about not conforming to fit in but more about doing what makes sense for you and standing out,” Waithe added.

“The genre is one that we have not seen in the United States,” added Williams, explaining that stylistically, the film was based on a genre of films from Japan about killer hair. “So this is a new twist.”

“My hair and a lot of people’s hair in the movie does have some evil intentions,” she said.

Yaani King, Elle Johnson, Lena Waithe standing around each other: Hulu Bad Hair © Provided by People Hulu Bad Hair

Set in 1989, the horror satire has an A-List cast including Laverne Cox, Jay Pharoah, Blair Underwood, Kelly Rowland, James Van Der Beek and singer Usher Raymond.

"In Bad Hair I wanted to use the language of psychological thrillers and classics in the horror genre to interrogate how systems of white supremacy are often disguised as opportunities for Black people,” director Justin Simien previously told PEOPLE.

Continuing, he added, “I also wanted to showcase Black women in a genre that typically excludes them as well as celebrate the last black renaissance of the late 80’s and 90’s."

Bad Hair is currently streaming on Hulu.

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