(Cover Photo: Sanaa Lathan, Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix)
Netflix has just released “Nappily Ever After” starring Sanaa Lathan (Violet), Ricky Whittle (Clint), and Lynn Whitfield (Paulette Jones).
The movie captures the essence of the modern black woman on a natural hair journey that leads to self-love, independence, and courage.
“When a perfectionist ad exec experiences a romantic setback, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery that begins with a dramatic hair makeover.” – Netflix
Happy To Be Nappy
Although it is 2018, many black women are still battling with inner perceptions of what is beautiful and what is not. Society in general force feeds the public this idea that you can not be nappy, and happy. Also, as the movie demonstrates, family and friends could be a driving force behind the campaigns against natural black hair. Long straight hair, wigs, and weaves have become somewhat of the expectation if you are to be a beautiful black woman. This is absolutely ridiculous.This movie does a great job at portraying this natural hair journey from all angles. I don’t want to ruin the movie for those of you who haven’t seen it but I can’t help but express my appreciation for this film.
Black women should not have to feel any shame from being their natural selves. Hair does not completely define a person’s character or qualifications, but there is power and peace in being who you are naturally. Sanaa Lathan was the perfect actress for ‘Nappily Ever After’ and I find it very profound that she cut her own hair during the movie. Although I’m not sure if she already had plans to cut it or if it was part of the movie script, nonetheless, she did that.
If you haven’t already open your Netflix up, watch ‘Nappily Ever After’ and make sure you are happy to be nappy!