I really want to show that cutting hair is a universal thing. It brings the universe together, so to speak, where people can connect.
Tell me about "the hustle". What does that expression mean?
You got barbers who just kinda sit in the barber shop all day and wait for people to come to them. Then you got a guy that realizes that it's an art, but it's also a profession, and you have to hustle. So, if I'm slow on a particular day, I just get outside and bring somebody in. I'm gonna build up this energy. It's the hustle. It's kinda like scoring a basket in basketball. You score a basket, you score another one and all of a sudden the basket just gets bigger. Same thing with barbering. It's a sport. That's the hustle.
What do you hope the audience will take away from the film?
I hope what the audience takes away is that we all have a lot more in common than we believe. I think the general population has been bombarded with certain images of black men as athletes, as entertainers. But we are all that and more. We're all share many universal qualities, and I think that this bridges the gap of humanity.
I also think there are certain stereotypes, and the most common stereotype for black men is not that they are intelligent. And I think what you see in the barber shop are guys who are maybe on the street, guys who might be working class but who have intelligent political opinions. So I hope it brings a greater appreciation for that kind of black intelligence.
For me I really want to show that cutting hair is a universal thing. It brings the universe together, so to speak, where people can connect. I also want people to see the diversity of black men, seeing that we're all so different, and not putting us into one category. And I want people to see barbering as a sport, showing that it's no different than a guy who took a skateboard and made millions with it. It's entertainment