Rather than solving racism, the goal of filmmaker Justin Simien, lauded as one of Variety’s “10 Directors to Watch”, was to start a conversation about race in the Obama era. Just the title has proven effectively enough to do just that but there is much more to the film. It’s clever, funny and provokes a debate on several levels.
Picaninny black / Picaninny blue / Your hair’s in kinky knots, mine is silky smooth / Do you wash it? / Do you dry it? / Did you braid it, dye it, buy it? / How’d you do it? / Why’d you do it? / Can you take it out, comb through it?