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YBF Talks To Good Hair Celebs+Filmmaker Sues Chris Rock Over Alleged Good Hair Copyright Infringement

YBF's NYC correspondent Kourtney "K-Rich" Ri'chard hit the red carpet for last night's Target and Cinema Society Good Hair premiere. And we've got some exclusive video of celebs cracking us up talking hair:

Check out what Ashanti (who says she doesn't use a perm), Wendy Williams, Chris Rock, Al Sharpton, and others had to say about what "good hair" means to them. Chris Rock gets slapped with a copyright infringement suit when you read the rest...

The obligatory copyright infringement lawsuit for Chris Rock has popped up. According to the press release today: Yesterday filmmaker Regina Kimbell filed a $5 million copyright infringement lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against Chris Rock, HBO, the domestic and foreign distributor theatrical distributors for soon to be released documentary “Good Hair.” The complaint alleges Kimbell’s movie, “My Nappy ROOTS: A Journey Through Black Hair-itage” was copied by Chris Rock after he and his production team viewed the film in June 2007. After hearing the buzz about the film, Rock requested a private screening at Paramount Studios. Unaware that Rock had a deal to produce a black hair documentary for HBO, Kimbell agreed to let him see the film. When Kimbell saw the trailer for “Good Hair,” she immediately saw the similarities and was stunned. “This was an important story for me to tell, which is why I poured over five years of my life researching, traveling, and, shooting this film,” explains Kimbell. “I had a feeling of disbelief and disappointment, so overwhelming that all I thought was I am seeing my film with a different title.” Here we go....

Photog: Williamson

The Randomness: 1.  Shyne got out of jail today.  The homie's been in lock up for the last 10 years.  Watch yo back Diddy.... 2. Mariah's recording a Christmas song with her mother. She told music reporters: I shouldn’t tell you this, but I’m going to record another Christmas song, with my mother. I’m going to sing in my style, and she is going to sing operatic, which is her style." (Patricia Carey, Mariah’s mom, is a former opera singer and vocal coach.)

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Interesting. I think Chris's

Interesting. I think Chris's objective is to get people talking. Pardon the pun; but the root of the issue is how we women of African decent feel about what God gave us. By that I mean natural/nappy/tightly curled hair. Truth is that the global standards of beauty that impact us, facilitates the issues we have with our hair. I personally see no difference between using chemicals to lighten your skin Vs. using chemicals to change or remove the curl pattern from your hair. For those that believe 'good hair' is about wearing your hair in a way that makes you feel confident - try using the WHY? technique on yourslef; I think you would soon arrive at an early childhood memory where you wished your hair was straight and moved in the wind. Lets keep it real ladies; we need to start loving what God gave us. Untainted, natural curls - unique and our gift to be treasured; not destroyed
Happy's picture

Read and then font: Good

Read and then font: Good for you Christnac! The people cheering chris on in his theft are unsympathetic because they don’t create anything. How could you understand, you are programmed consumers. This disrespect of creaters who are not rich, famous and oprah affiliated needs to STOP. Chris, like so many other hollywood JOKERS STEAL! They steal ideas to stay relevant. They steal material, concepts and anything that comes across their desk because they have to feed the beast known as their ego. The general public for the most part accepts it because they are content consuming whatever is put in front of them. This happens because sidea stealing celebrity makes the person who came up with the original idea feel like their idea is bad. They don’t call after the meeting and then years later you see your brilliance with their name all over it along with all their celebrity friends applauding YOUR GENIUS! Fuck that and Fuck off to all ya’ll who think Chris deserves to rob this woman and get aways with it. Church it, and preach it! there are so many others, for example, the new steve harvey books folks are drooling over, that was originally written by a woman. throw steve harvey in, change a couple of pronouns and viola! he's a best selling author and she's still waiting on funding to publish her book. or that poor girl who co-wrote and sang "if i were a boy" before beyonce's team got a hold of it. it's a sad fact of business that you can come up with a great idea, song, movie, book, vision, and have it stollen by a celebrity becuase they have the money an backing to produce it quicker than you can. anyone who's creative would know this.
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Well I hope if Chris Rock

Well I hope if Chris Rock really did steal this concept it comes back to him but in all honesty, the woman who suing doesn't own the rights to talk about black hair. I mean it's a heated debate in the black community, especially relaxed vs natural which I really wasn't aware of until I joined hair boards but maybe she planted the seed in him, unfortunately for her she ain't have the $$$ like he does!
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Eat'em Up ASHANTI!

Eat'em Up ASHANTI!
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BK Girl: I believe

BK Girl: I believe Ashanti…with her annoying laugh that she doesn’t get a perm. I’m also in the process of growing my perm out and I wear my hair straight. My sylist blow dries my hair and flatirons it…. it’s possibly sistas. LOL And Spinderlla should’ve just kept it 100 from the jump instead off trying to lie about her hair being hers…. wendy kept it 100 by explaining her reasons for wearing wigs up front. Right it is possible..did we forget most of our grannies did not use relaxers but straighten their hair.
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this fool went to africa and

this fool went to africa and got conned into putting our licensed black beauticians out of business, so that illegal african hair braiders can eat.
AmericanHaters's picture

so i guess this fool is

so i guess this fool is promoting that all black women go to the illegal alien, no cosmetology license or greencard, african hair braiding shops to get our heads so tightened with painful braids that we become brain damaged. what an idiot. he should be sued for making rascist statments. just cause he black shouldn't exempt him. our licensed beautificians are having hard enough time surviving without this ignorant brainwashed african wannabee.
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I believe Ashanti...with her

I believe Ashanti...with her annoying laugh that she doesn't get a perm. I'm also in the process of growing my perm out and I wear my hair straight. My sylist blow dries my hair and flatirons it.... it's possibly sistas. LOL And Spinderlla should've just kept it 100 from the jump instead off trying to lie about her hair being hers.... wendy kept it 100 by explaining her reasons for wearing wigs up front.
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ASHANTI SHOULD STOP LAUGHING

ASHANTI SHOULD STOP LAUGHING SO MUCH IN EVERY INTERVIEW SHE DOES. GET THAT MESS OFF HER HEAD AND LIGHTEN HER EYEBROWS JUST A BIT
BBQ's picture

Read and then font: Good

Read and then font: Good for you Christnac! The people cheering chris on in his theft are unsympathetic because they don’t create anything. How could you understand, you are programmed consumers. This disrespect of creaters who are not rich, famous and oprah affiliated needs to STOP. Chris, like so many other hollywood JOKERS STEAL! They steal ideas to stay relevant. They steal material, concepts and anything that comes across their desk because they have to feed the beast known as their ego. The general public for the most part accepts it because they are content consuming whatever is put in front of them. This happens because sidea stealing celebrity makes the person who came up with the original idea feel like their idea is bad. They don’t call after the meeting and then years later you see your brilliance with their name all over it along with all their celebrity friends applauding YOUR GENIUS! Fuck that and Fuck off to all ya’ll who think Chris deserves to rob this woman and get aways with it. Please calm down. Yes, some people steal, but you can't say that everyone who has a similar idea as someone else must have stole it. And even if by some chance, he did steal this idea, then how is it his fault that a movie he put out over 2 years after she finished her film is successful and no one has ever heard of her? My point is, I'm calling BS because if Chris' movie was connected to hers, we should have seen hers in theaters or circulating in the bootleg bin somewhere long before this film. Good luck in court, Kimball bc you will need it.
elle's picture

Ashanti, behave like a lady,

Ashanti, behave like a lady, especially on the red carpet. That laugh like a hyena is out of order on a red carpet and on TV, it makes you look loud and unpolished.
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shay: Why is it so hard to

shay: Why is it so hard to believe Ashanti doesn’t have a relaxer..she don’t have one..she said herself that she uses a hot comb.Hell in my own circle of friends and family there are many that no longer relax their hair and I am in the process of growing my own relaxer out. You go girl. I am also a natural. 2 years. my hair has been the healthiest ever. Not all naturals wear locs and afros. You can be a straightened natural. So it's very likely that she doesn't have a relaxer.
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Delis: Thought the point of

Delis: Thought the point of the film was to encourage open debate about how we women of colour feel about our hair so interesting that in the clip so many of the women were acting shady.Ashanti, you don’t wear a relaxer?Really?Pretty much every woman hesitated before she gave an answer to the question which in many cases was self-evident.Fact is, if you wear a weave, natural whatever no need to distort the truth about it. In the grand scheme of things, who gives a damn. Why is it so hard to believe Ashanti doesn't have a relaxer..she don't have one..she said herself that she uses a hot comb. Hell in my own circle of friends and family there are many that no longer relax their hair and I am in the process of growing my own relaxer out.
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Thought the point of the film

Thought the point of the film was to encourage open debate about how we women of colour feel about our hair so interesting that in the clip so many of the women were acting shady. Ashanti, you don't wear a relaxer? Really? Pretty much every woman hesitated before she gave an answer to the question which in many cases was self-evident. Fact is, if you wear a weave, natural whatever no need to distort the truth about it. In the grand scheme of things, who gives a damn.
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Drop3sizesin10mins!: Damn…

Drop3sizesin10mins!: Damn… I guess Everybody really does Hate Chris! Ha! Agreed.
sun.kissed's picture

PEOPLE...GET A LIFE..U ARE

PEOPLE...GET A LIFE..U ARE TAKING THESE BLOGS TOO SERIOUSLY... GET A JOB
robert's picture

Why hasnt that womans movie

Why hasnt that womans movie came out yet if she done so much research? how long was she gonna wait to release it?
s's picture

Damn... I guess Everybody

Damn... I guess Everybody really does Hate Chris!
Drop3sizesin10mins!'s picture

Good for you Christnac! The

Good for you Christnac! The people cheering chris on in his theft are unsympathetic because they don't create anything. How could you understand, you are programmed consumers. This disrespect of creaters who are not rich, famous and oprah affiliated needs to STOP. Chris, like so many other hollywood JOKERS STEAL! They steal ideas to stay relevant. They steal material, concepts and anything that comes across their desk because they have to feed the beast known as their ego. The general public for the most part accepts it because they are content consuming whatever is put in front of them. This happens because sidea stealing celebrity makes the person who came up with the original idea feel like their idea is bad. They don't call after the meeting and then years later you see your brilliance with their name all over it along with all their celebrity friends applauding YOUR GENIUS! Fuck that and Fuck off to all ya'll who think Chris deserves to rob this woman and get aways with it.
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Wow @ Christinac...you must

Wow @ Christinac...you must be this women trying to sue Chris Rock or her lawyer.I think I'll get lost. :(
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beautifuldaidreamer is

beautifuldaidreamer is still on a Maxwell high...: Damn 10 years?? I wonder what kind of person Shyne is now. I don’t get these copyright infringement . If your idea hasn’t been materialized, then how is it infringement? She can’t be mad because she had an idea and somebody else took it upon themselves to make that idea a reality. Unless she had the idea patented or whatever, it’s frivolous. Folks do movies, books, docs, etc that are similar to others’ works all the time. Her gripe is too little and too late… Can you read? She showed him her documentary on the set of his show! Do you honestly think this woman should let him make millions off of a concept she was trying to get him on board with years ago? IT was a great idea and he knew it so he stole it. These celebs are self centered and greedy to think they will get away with it. Idiots like you enable the wal-marts of the entertainment world to stamp out the little guy every time. Let someone steal from you and see if you don't sue.
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Well if you saw the movie you

Well if you saw the movie you would understand why she asked that question. Before you comment on anything, you really need to think first. Chris Rock talks about relaxers for the first half of the movie. K-rich did an excellent job once again! MizzThangthang: Have to ask why K-rich (interviewer from the video) was asking folks if they had a relaxer? What did that have to do with the definition of “Good Hair”? Obviously she was imposing her own views thru her line of questioning….
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4 words: NIA LONG LOOKS

4 words: NIA LONG LOOKS AMAZING!
makeup's picture

if i hear al sharpton tell

if i hear al sharpton tell that 'ode to james brown' story one more time, i will personally shave off all my good hair. lol
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***aahhhemmm** Kimbell, 5

***aahhhemmm** Kimbell, 5 million.. pleaze, try again, Chris legal team ALONE will let you suffer. SAVE your money! Nothing else worth commenting on!
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Spinderella gets the side eye

Spinderella gets the side eye for trying to lie LOL
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@beautifuldaidreamer: Taken

@beautifuldaidreamer: Taken from the U.S. Copyright Office Chapter 5 Copyright Infringement (and this is Federal Law) § 501. Infringement of copyright2 (a) Anyone who violates any of the exclusive rights of the copyright owner as provided by sections 106 through 122 or of the author as provided in section 106A(a), or who imports copies or phonorecords into the United States in violation of section 602, is an infringer of the copyright or right of the author, as the case may be. For purposes of this chapter (other than section 506), any reference to copyright shall be deemed to include the rights conferred by section 106A(a). As used in this subsection, the term “anyone” includes any State, any instrumentality of a State, and any officer or employee of a State or instrumentality of a State acting in his or her official capacity. Any State, and any such instrumentality, officer, or employee, shall be subject to the provisions of this title in the same manner and to the same extent as any nongovernmental entity. (b) The legal or beneficial owner of an exclusive right under a copyright is entitled, subject to the requirements of section 411, to institute an action for any infringement of that particular right committed while he or she is the owner of it. The court may require such owner to serve written notice of the action with a copy of the complaint upon any person shown, by the records of the Copyright Office or otherwise, to have or claim an interest in the copyright, and shall require that such notice be served upon any person whose interest is likely to be affected by a decision in the case. The court may require the joinder, and shall permit the intervention, of any person having or claiming an interest in the copyright. (c) For any secondary transmission by a cable system that embodies a performance or a display of a work which is actionable as an act of infringement under subsection (c) of section 111, a television broadcast station holding a copyright or other license to transmit or perform the same version of that work shall, for purposes of subsection (b) of this section, be treated as a legal or beneficial owner if such secondary transmission occurs within the local service area of that television station. (d) For any secondary transmission by a cable system that is actionable as an act of infringement pursuant to section 111(c)(3), the following shall also have standing to sue: (i) the primary transmitter whose transmission has been altered by the cable system; and (ii) any broadcast station within whose local service area the secondary transmission occurs. (e) With respect to any secondary transmission that is made by a satellite carrier of a performance or display of a work embodied in a primary transmission and is actionable as an act of infringement under section 119(a)(5), a network station holding a copyright or other license to transmit or perform the same version of that work shall, for purposes of subsection (b) of this section, be treated as a legal or beneficial owner if such secondary transmission occurs within the local service area of that station. (f)(1) With respect to any secondary transmission that is made by a satellite carrier of a performance or display of a work embodied in a primary transmission and is actionable as an act of infringement under section 122, a television broadcast station holding a copyright or other license to transmit or perform the same version of that work shall, for purposes of subsection (b) of this section, be treated as a legal or beneficial owner if such secondary transmission occurs within the local market of that station. (2) A television broadcast station may file a civil action against any satellite carrier that has refused to carry television broadcast signals, as required under section 122(a)(2), to enforce that television broadcast station’s rights under section 338(a) of the Communications Act of 1934. Get with it or get lost.
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SHYNE OUT OF JAIL = MIXTAPES

SHYNE OUT OF JAIL = MIXTAPES WITH LIL WAYNE AND DRAKE AND SIT YO A** DOWN KIMBELL! YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME.
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Wowza! I wonder what Regina's

Wowza! I wonder what Regina's documentary looks like. That top Nia has on....I WANT IT NOW! Shyne did his time but he gets no applause from me. He went in that club with a loaded weapon firing wildly. He better thank goodness no one died. I hope he's grown into a man now.
Whoa! Libra TIME!! Hallelujah - Au Bon Pain got my corn chow's picture

Sueing someone because of a

Sueing someone because of a common topic is like being able to sue everyone who has made a zombie movie. I hope Shyne can move on with his life...I wish him well. Mariah...love her. Chris...love him.
Miss Moon's picture

Damn 10 years?? I wonder what

Damn 10 years?? I wonder what kind of person Shyne is now. I don't get these copyright infringement suits. If your idea hasn't been materialized, then how is it infringement? She can't be mad because she had an idea and somebody else took it upon themselves to make that idea a reality. Unless she had the idea patented or whatever, it's frivolous. Folks do movies, books, docs, etc that are similar to others' works all the time. Her gripe is too little and too late...
beautifuldaidreamer is still on a Maxwell high...'s picture

Kimbell what the HELL

Kimbell what the HELL ever!!!! Nia is sooo beautiful!!! Damnit!!! LOL @ that video Good hair= healthy hair that has NO split ends, isn't bleached to death, and has some type of shine. Basically not dried out
Honesty's picture

Damn...10 years...hope he has

Damn...10 years...hope he has some money in the bank...ahem...Diddy!
Chica's picture

Welcome Home Shyne....It's

Welcome Home Shyne....It's been a long time comin my brother.....
Johnny's picture

Have to ask why K-rich

Have to ask why K-rich (interviewer from the video) was asking folks if they had a relaxer? What did that have to do with the definition of "Good Hair"? Obviously she was imposing her own views thru her line of questioning....
MizzThangthang's picture

Diddy better pay up. Shyne

Diddy better pay up. Shyne wasted his whole 20s Anywho, these events are free promo for anyone nowadays. No perm? U mean relaxer folks (since people want to get technical)
Joja86's picture

good hair to me means healthy

good hair to me means healthy hair..i dont know what the big fuss is...it's ur hair do what u please perm or no perm...
TIA's picture

I was wondering what happen 2

I was wondering what happen 2 mimi mama I kno her sis is a prostitiue. I'm sure the song will be cute. Feel bad for that writer BUT this happens in hollywood . I'm glad shine is out,its time 4 a big TELL ALL book! Take that! Take that!
msbliss's picture

Shyne out of jail!! Wow,

Shyne out of jail!! Wow, completely forgot about him. He needs to call Diddy about collecting them unemployment checks. i didn't feel like watching the video (sorry) so I will say what good hair means to me: 1. looking nice 2. clean. that is all
Poked In the Morning- Partying all weekend if I see another 's picture

Shyne got out of jail

Shyne got out of jail today....Watch yo back Diddy!!!! That was too funny!
BoogieT's picture

Yardy: Hair will always be

Yardy: Hair will always be a topic of heated discussion with our people I concur!
goober's picture

Welcome Home Shyne!!!

Welcome Home Shyne!!!
Latina4Life's picture

yeah shyne!!!!!!

yeah shyne!!!!!!
Jaurdyn22 - Excuses me...'it's Mrs.''s picture

Hair will always be a topic

Hair will always be a topic of heated discussion with our people :)
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