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Sanaa Lathan’s shaved head causes buzz

Shonda McClain | 9/11/2017, 5:46 p.m.
Sanaa Lathan took a sharp pair of clippers to her hair recently. The star revealed her newly shorn look on ...
Sanaa Lathan

Sanaa Lathan took a sharp pair of clippers to her hair recently. The star revealed her newly shorn look on Instagram and fans went into a frenzy – speculating on why the beautiful actress would cut off her crowning glory.

No, Lathan is not going through a Britney Spears-like meltdown.

The actress is preparing for a new role on Netflix’s forthcoming original film “Nappily Ever After,” based on the book series by Trisha R. Thomas. According to Deadline.com, “Nappily Ever After” centers on Violet Jones (Lathan), a woman who seems to have it all until “an accident at the hair dresser causes her life to unravel and she begins to realize that she was living the life she thought she was supposed to live, not the one that she really wanted. She starts to put the pieces back together with a little help from a soulful barber and his young daughter. Violet finds the courage to cast off some of the things that she didn’t really need, starting with the perfectly straightened hair, and find a life that has real meaning.”

Throughout filming, Lathan has chronicled her hair journey for her 3.5 million Instagram followers, giving them a sneak peek at a brushed out natural afro; a glamorous, sleek platinum-blonde do, and most recently, a video of the big chop, saying “It’s all off. I feel like it’s so light I could fly away.”

Celebrity hair stylist Larry Sims, who is working on “Nappily Ever After,” told People, “We are creating some black girl hair magic on this film. It’s going to be really good, and the message is really amazing. It’s near and dear to my heart, and I know that women around the world will be able to relate to Violet, aka Sanaa Lathan for ‘Nappily Ever After.’”

The Netflix film reunites Lathan with filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood. The two first joined forces on the 2000 cult classic “Love & Basketball,” and more recently worked on the limited Fox series “Shots Fired.” Lathan will next appear in “American Assassin” with Michael Keaton and Dylan O’Brien.

“Nappily Ever After” will debut on Netflix in 2019.

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