Tracee Ellis Ross and Oprah Winfrey have teamed up to create a new documentary series about the experience of Black women in America through the lens of Black hair. As described, The Hair Tales will provide an "intimate exploration of Black women, beauty and identity through the distinctive lens of Black hair."
“This series is about identity, culture and legacy, beauty, strength and joy,” Tracee Ellis Ross said.
“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.”
Tracee Ellis Ross and Michaela Angela Davis will narrate the series while Tara Duncan, Raeshem Nijhon, Carri Twigg and Oprah Winfrey serve as executive producers. Production is slated to begin later this year.
“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,” Davis added.
“Hair has been part of every Black woman’s identity and personal expression throughout history, and this series celebrates and fully embraces a woman’s power to be herself. We are especially happy to be partnering with Hulu to ensure that this impactful new series that Tracee and Michaela created reaches the widest audience possible," OWN President Tina Perry added.
The Hair Tales will air on Hulu and the Oprah Winfrey Network in 2022.