Tracee Ellis Ross says ‘The Hair Tales’ is “about Black women, for everyone”

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Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae, Marsai Martin, Chika, Chlöe Bailey and many others sit down to discuss their lives and career journeys using personal stories about their hair for the Hulu Onyx Collective special The Hair Tales

Though the stories focus on Black women, their experiences and identities tied to their hair, Ross says Hair Tales is a show for all audiences.

“I say that this is a show that is about Black women, for everyone, in that it is an opportunity for us to gain context and connection,” she told Essence, adding that the conversation about hair and its complexities “is always an important” one to have. 

Executive produced by Ross, Oprah Winfrey and Michaela Angela DavisThe Hair Tales arrives at a time when leaders and change-makers are continuing to fight hair-based discrimination in the U.S.

“So often we forget that our society and our culture has been selling us a lie about ourselves and particularly about our hair,” Ross said. “Hair really is a portal into our souls and you’re in a sacred position when you’re the ones putting your hands in our hair, having your hands in our souls.”

By way of honest, open discussions, Ross hopes The Hair Tales resonates deeply with Black women.

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“This show is an intimate and intentional discovery of the humanity of Black women told through the metaphor of hair,” she said. “Our intention was that this was a love letter to Black women.”  

The Hair Tales will debut October 22 on OWN and Hulu at 9 p.m. EST.

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