Donna Guthrie

Good Hair

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Director: Jeff Stilson; Release date: 25 June

Chris Rock's new documentary journeys through the world of weaves, relaxers and perms to illustrate the pressures that black women come under to conform to what is accepted as beautiful.

Rock was inspired by his five year old daughter, Lola, who asked him, "Daddy, how come I don't have good hair?" He visits hair salons, hair battles (hairdressing competitions), chemical factories and Indian temples to explore why the hair industry impacts on the lifestyles and self-esteem of black people to such an extent as to affect the mindset of its preschool children.

Anti-fascists keep BNP on the run

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The Nazi British National Party (BNP) had hoped to build on the election of their two MEPs in June. Instead they have found themselves hounded wherever they go. Their first post-election press conference ended in farce as leader Nick Griffin was covered in eggs and forced to flee.

But their biggest setback came with the protests outside their annual Red, White and Blue "festival" in Codnor, Derbyshire, last month. Unite Against Fascism (UAF), the Midlands TUC and local groups called a national protest that mobilised over 2,000 protesters.

Tell it Like it is

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Editor: Brian Richardson, Bookmarks, £6.99

This new edition of Tell It Like It Is contains additional inspiring contributions on the still very relevant subject of racism and education, at a time when everyone can see the impact of racism on black children in society-such as in coverage of gun crime, where the authorities blame the young victims and their families.

Tell It Like It Is seeks to uncover and expose the truths about the education system that perpetually fails our young black children.

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