Monday, October 12, 2009


A complaint and later filed Ex Parte Application for Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) was filed against Chris Rock and HBO to prevent the release of Rock’s film, Good Hair, in the Central District of Los Angeles. Plaintiff Regina Kimbell, has already written and produced a documentary entitled My Nappy Roots, which explores the social and cultural issues surround black hair care.

Kimbell claims that Rock invited her to the Paramount lot and asked her to bring a copy of her film with the intention helping her with it. But rather, Rock was really looking for research and help himself with his own film. Kimbell’s copyright lawyers claim copyright infringement of the work. The TRO describes a side by side analysis of the similarities of the two works, namely, the similarity of the people interviewed, and the places visited in both movies.

On October 8, 2009, the Judge denied the TRO on the basis that Kimbell’s motion was untimely and in any event lacks merit. It seem that the deciding factor was that Rock’s version was comedic and not a serious documentary. The Judge’s order states “My Nappy Roots, in contrast, takes a serious and holistic view of Black hair care throughout its history…This is nothing in the record to suggest the world of academia has accorded Rock similar status.” The Judge did however, allow Kimbell’s request for expedited discovery. So it appears for now, that Kimbell will not get her preliminary injunction, but the case will proceed on, so she is not out of the game yet. Rock’s Good Hair is slated to be released nationwide on October 23, 2009.


  1. Please take a moment to check out my documentary film BLACK HAIR

    It is free at youtube. 6 parts including an update from London, England.

    It explores the Korean Take-over of the Black Beauty Supply and Hair biz..

    The current situation makes it hard to believe that Madame C.J. Walker once ran the whole thing.

    I am not a hater, I am a motivator.

    Plus I am a White guy who stumbled upon this, and felt it was so wrong I had to make a film about it.

    self-funded film, made from the heart.

    Can it be taken back?


  2. To me it seems like Chris Rock would be the perfect individual to guide us through this movie, but he seems harnessed. And whether it's because the people in the frame with him are fragile and therefore undeserving of outrage or he's following someone else's script, it's surprising that the only rage expressed comes in the final few moments (by no one less than the "self-proclaimed inventor" of Jheri Curl), and it's such an over the top rant, that we laugh it off.

    - Vincent