While we might not have a lot in common with Tracee Ellis Ross – she’s an award-winning actress, owns a million-dollar hair company (Pattern Beauty), and is the daughter of the legendary Diana Ross, there’s one thing we’re all passionate about – Black hair.
Like every other Black woman, Tracee believes that every strand on our head tells a story of struggle, resilience, and empowerment –that’s why she’s decided to let the world know about the beauty of Black hair through her new (OWN in conjunction with Hulu) docuseries, The Hair Tales.
The docuseries, which is executive produced by Oprah Winfrey & Tracee Ellis Ross and co-created with renowned journalist and writer Michaela Angela Davis, focuses on Black women’s identity, beauty, and sense of self through the distinctive lens of Black hair.
“This series is about identity, culture and legacy, beauty, strength, and joy,” Tracee said in a statement.
“Hair is a portal into the souls of Black women. It drives straight to the center of who we are. Our goal is to share this vibrant community, where we hold a sacred space for each other. Like many women, I can trace my own journey to self-acceptance through my hair. This series is personal and universal, American and global. It is a love letter to Black women.”
“There is a story in every curl, coil, and kink of our hair. This show will be a dynamic adventure through these stories of ancestry and innovation, politics and pop culture, ritual, resilience, and revolution but mostly reveal humanity. It will affirm Black women, inform others and inspire everyone,” Angela Davis added.
The series will also feature in-depth conversations with various Black women celebrities in Hollywood, including Congresswoman Ayana Pressley, Black-ish actress Marsai Martin, eight-time Emmy nominee Issa Rae, and Grammy nominee Chloe Bailey & Chika, alongside brilliant scholars, haircare experts, cultural and industry leaders, and influential contributors including Eggleston Bracey, Dr. Noliwe Rooks, and Meshell Ndegeocello, among others.
The Oprah, Tracee, and Davis’ production is part of the Onyx Collective (for Black and underrepresented creators). It will be produced by Joy Mill Entertainment, Culture House, Harpo Films, and Retravision.
The Hair Tales will enjoy a simultaneous two-episode debut on Hulu and OWN on October 22. Afterward, Hulu will release two new episodes weekly while OWN will drop one every week at its 9 p.m. ET/PT time slot.
Check out the trailer below:
We obviously can’t wait to see this masterpiece. What about you? Share your thoughts!