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CROWN Documentary Explores Racial Hair Discrimination

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From director Dr. Tamecca Rogers, a Tulsa native, award-winning, best-selling author, publisher, columnist, and filmmaker, comes the feature-length documentary CROWN.

This timely documentary explores the lived experiences of prominent Black women in Tulsa pertaining to racism and discrimination in the workplace and school. It is also a call to action for Oklahoma to join 19 other states to pass the CROWN ACT to prevent bullying and discrimination based on ethnic hair in the workplace and schools.

Currently, because the CROWN Act has not been passed in Oklahoma, Black people can legally be denied employment or professional advancement opportunities without consequences. According to a Dove’s Crown Coalition Research Study, nationwide, Black women are 80 percent more likely to change their natural hair to meet social norms or expectations at work. And children in Oklahoma have been denied entry to school or educational opportunities because of their natural hair.

The director, Dr. Rogers, aims to fight systemic racism through the Tulsa community and, ultimately, the United States. The documentary explores what Oklahomans and lawmakers can offer to rectify this community issue, create opportunities, and drive change.

There will be a red-carpet screening Feb. 17th, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. The event will include live entertainment, a CROWN Art Exhibit, and a Q & A Session with the director and cast members.

The film has won several film festivals awards, including the LA Independent Film Channel Festival, LA Independent Women Film Awards, and Vegas Shorts. 

 

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