Barbershop Culture (02:49)
Malik has been cutting hair for 16 years. He advertises to passersby outside the shop during slow hours with business cards. He works at the Levels Barbershop in Harlem, New York City and entered the business via his brother, June, who has 30 years in the field.
Barber Psychologist (02:52)
Barbershops are traditionally one of the few places where black men can go to vent. Men in the shop theorize with June and Malik about sex. They consider themselves barbers and psychologists, using humor to pass the time for their customers.
The Preacher (03:09)
Pete, a Ph. D candidate at Columbia University, speaks passionately about the blasphemy of $100 sneakers. Malik analyzes Pete's passionate rants and accompanying body language, disagreeing with his argument.
Denny Moe (02:33)
Denny Moe is a legendary barber at Levels, known for cutting the hair of the likes of Mike Tyson, Keith Sweat, Freddie Jackson, and Boyz II Men. He makes close to $700 on a good day at the shop.
Loyal Clients (01:01)
Denny Moe and a celebrity customer talk about Moe's special skills as a barber and what sets the work of a barber aside from that of a hair cutter. They consider barbers to be artists.
Shop Groupies (01:05)
Malik points out that "groupies" exist at the barbershop. These are the people hanging out in the shop that are not receiving haircuts, but Malik admits that he does the same thing, because he loves the atmosphere and conversation associated with the barbershop.
Morning Break (02:47)
Malik confesses to being an internet junkie and talks about a girl he wants to meet. Malik describes his brother as a money man and says that his life revolves around women.
Women in the Shop (03:58)
Jade, a writer and teacher, discusses the fundamental differences she believes exist between men and women. The only female stylist in Levels Barbershop, Tabitha, says she just listens when the men talk about women.
Minister Money (01:17)
Malik tells about his pastor father forcing him to go to church and how he stopped going at age 17. A man called "Rev" collects money for a "Men's Day" rally at the church, but Malik is suspicious and not contributing.
The Hustle (03:34)
Malik and June talk about the importance of advertising outside the barbershop and drawing in customers. Dane explains the method he uses to pull in new clients.
The Mix of Life (01:50)
Sugar Dice is a barbershop customer a music executive known for talking very loudly in the barbershop. He shares his opinions on gay marriage and Michael Jackson.
A neighborhood character considers himself a "pimpnologist," which is different than being a stereotypical pimp.
A customer named Slick describes police beatings and shows the scars on his head. He sees June at Levels and considers June a magician and a therapist.
Interracial Dating (09:15)
Malik says that he thinks that people should not care if people date outside of their races. A mixed race woman at the shop says she feels interracial relationships are wrong and Malik tells about his split with his son's mother who now lives with his son in Massachusetts.
Torn Between Two Barbers (02:57)
A customer describes navigating the territorial waters that come with switching barbers when they both work in the same shop. Malik continues to advertise on the street.
Late Night (05:12)
The men in the shop discuss celebrity women such as Paris Hilton and J.Lo. They argue over who is the best actress with the nicest body.
Credits: Cutting Edge (00:04)
Credits: Cutting Edge
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