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Lockin’ Up
A film by T. Nicole Atkinson
1997, 29 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W99625
When Jamaican-born filmmaker T. Nicole Atkinson threw away her comb to let her hair coil into dreadlocks, she was forced to challenge both society’s and her own conflicted notions of beauty. Her story and those of other African Americans who have chosen to ‘lock up’ are wittily chronicled in this award-winning, entertaining film. Anecdotes, historical data, groit performances, and hair tips mingle in a survey of the origins and cultural significance of dreadlocks, including the stereotypes which mirror the racism inherent in Western standards of beauty. T. Nicole Atkinson is the co-producer of the late Marlon Riggs’ acclaimed documentary, BLACK IS...BLACK AINT.


  • San Francisco Intl. Film Fest, Golden Gate Award
  • Black Independent Film & Video Competition, Award Winner
  • Women of Color Film Festival

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    “A shining testament to the determination of Black women to embrace our natural beauty in the face of it all.”
    Evelyn C. White, Editor
    The Black Women’s Health Book

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