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Executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, Tracee Ellis Ross and Michaela angela Davis, “The Hair Tales” leads the audience through a revelatory journey connecting the personal tales of phenomenal Black women to broader societal and historic themes. The stories shared in the series offer an honest and layered look into the complex culture of Black hair and, ultimately, Black women’s identity, beauty, cultural and social contributions and humanity.
Guests featured include the inimitable Oprah Winfrey, Emmy® nominee Issa Rae, GRAMMY® nominees Chlöe Bailey and Chika, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and “black-ish” star Marsai Martin, alongside brilliant scholars, industry and cultural leaders, hair professionals and influential contributors including Esi Eggleston Bracey, Dr. Noliwe Rooks, Mickalene Thomas and Meshell Ndegeocello, to name a few.
“The Hair Tales” is produced by Culture House, Joy Mill Entertainment, Tetravision and Harpo Films. Raeshem Nijhon, Carri Twigg and Kisha Imani Cameron also serve as executive producers.
S1 Episode 106 ‘Chloe Bailey | Deeply Rooted ’
When rooted in our truth, we can’t be shook. Anchored in the love of her family, Chloe Bailey celebrates how being loc’d for life will never box her in. We unpack employment access, acceptability and how Black hair and girls are worthy of protection.
S1 Episode 105 ‘Marsai Martin | Freedom's Heir’
Our hair won’t be watered down. Marsai Martin found out the hard way. Empowered by generations, she can let her Freedom Hair run wild into big boss possibilities. Unpacked here: the privilege of unprofessionalism, Barbie and Black imagery in media.
S1 Episode 104 ‘Chika | Audacious Visibility’
When the others count us out, we show out. Being CHIKA is a revolutionary act. She cut trauma out of her hair, and stepped into herself as an artistic alchemist. We unpack the unregulated madness of perms, bra strap level goals and the art of Black hair.
S1 Episode 103 ‘Ayanna Pressley | Embodied Liberation’
Freedom ain’t free – nor is maintaining our hair or humanity. Ayanna Pressley puts her ambition, betrayal, loss and beauty on the table. In this episode, we unpack how the hair salon is the Black women’s country club and the politics of hair.
S1 Episode 102 ‘Issa Rae | Powerful Versatility’
Black hairs’ ability to shapeshift often mystifies others, but Issa Rae reveals its super power. Her big chop uncovered that awkward is pretty awesome. We also unpack the miseducation of black hair terms from nappy to peasy and the rough road to “smooth.”
S1 Episode 101 ‘Oprah Winfrey | Beyond A Wild Dream’
Born with a thick head of hair and a “desire to inspire,” Oprah always understood the impact of Black hair. Modeling a life of purpose, she’s a North Star. We unpack the big business of hair, respectability politics and the vibe of a fresh press.
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