Justin Simien’s ‘Bad Hair’ Is a Tribute to Exploited Black Women Everywhere, Director Says

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Justin Simien’s ‘Bad Hair’ Is a Tribute to Exploited Black Women Everywhere, Director Says
Deeply personal but indulgently campy, Justin Simien’s Sundance opener “Bad Hair” is a genre-blending horror show that the director said serves as a tribute to the struggles of black women.

The mind behind “Dear White People” staged the world premiere for the project at Park City’s Ray Theater on Thursday night, before a cast that included newcomer and lead Elle Lorraine, Lena Waithe, and Kelly Rowland.

“I made this movie with one group in mind — black women,” Simien said, adding that he hoped to “interrogate a system obsessed with black culture, but one that doesn’t give a s— about black lives.”

Lorraine plays Anna, a hopeful on-air host stuck at the assistant level at a stagnating cable network in 1989. The channel’s programming skews authentically African American, until an evil white executive (James Van Der Beek) sees the pending hip-hip revolution about to saturate pop culture and shakes things up.
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