Tracee Ellis Ross and Michaela Angela Davis are swapping “Hair Tales.” The pair are set to exec produce and narrate a docuseries that will see the real-life friends leading “a revelatory journey of connecting the personal tales of phenomenal Black women to broader societal and historic themes,” per Deadline. OWN and Hulu are joining forces for the first time on the project, which will be available on cable via OWN and streaming via Hulu.
“This series is about identity, culture and legacy, beauty, strength and joy,” said Ellis Ross. “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.”
A four-time Emmy nominee for her starring role in “Black-ish,” Ellis Ross’ other credits include “The High Note” and “Girlfriends.”
Davis, who created the series concept for “The Hair Tales,” launched her writing career at Essence, where she served as associate fashion editor. She’s since worked at Vibe and Honey. She wrote “Beloved Baby: A Baby’s Scrapbook and Journal,” released in 1995, and collaborated with Mariah Carey on the singer’s 2020 memoir, “The Meaning of Mariah Carey.”
Horror satire “Bad Hair” also recently tackled Black hair. Set in 1989, the 2020 pic sees Elle Lorraine playing an ambitious young woman trying to launch a career in music television and being pressured to get a weave.
“The Hair Tales” doesn’t have a premiere date yet. International audiences will be able to check out the docuseries on Disney+.
Check out a teaser for “The Hair Tales” below.