A Conversation In The Barbershop
Noted social commentator, actress and New York native Fran Lebowitz once said, “You’re only as good as your last haircut.” But for Chris Matthew, a fellow New Yorker and a master barber, there’s far more to walking into the barbershop than just a new look.
Matthew was born in Brooklyn and lost his mother to cancer when he was just three years old, leaving his wide-eyed father in charge and trying to find answers. Matthew's father battled drug addiction and eventually sought help in a New York City rehab clinic, where he ultimately got clean and took a job as a counselor to other recovering addicts. He took his young son to the clinic periodically, in part to expose him to the diverse faces there, and Matthew never forgot the experience.
On this episode of Paternal, Matthew discusses what the barbershop means to men, why he began cutting hair for homeless men after his father exposed him to the drug rehab clinic, and what values he tries to instill in his young daughter