“The Hair Tales” hails from the Onyx Collective, Disney’s recently launched content brand for creators of color and underrepresented voices on Hulu. The docuseries, produced by Joy Mill Entertainment, Culture House, Tretravision and Harpo Films, will simultaneously debut on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s cable channel and on Hulu. Winfrey executive produces alongside the “Black-ish” actor and “The Meaning of Mariah Carey” author. Tara Duncan, the president of Freeform and the Onyx Collective, also exec produces alongside Culture House Founding Partners Raeshem Nijhon and Carri Twigg.
“This series is about identity, culture and legacy, beauty, strength and joy,” Ross said in a statement. “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.”
“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.
Per the logline, “The Hair Tales” will lead the audience through a revelatory journey of connecting the personal tales of phenomenal Black women to broader societal and historic themes. The stories shared in the series offer an honest and layered look into the complex culture of Black hair and ultimately Black women’s identity, creativity and contributions to society.
“Every Black woman has a personal and defining story that involves her hair,” stated Duncan. “From the moment Tracee and Michaela shared the idea for this series, I knew it would strike a chord with Black women and anyone who has ever been curious about the singular connection between our hair, our agency, our beauty and our identity. It’s incredibly exciting for Onyx Collective to bring this project, that is entirely produced by women of color, to Hulu and OWN.”
“The Hair Tales” will begin production later this year for a 2022 premiere.